Transfer zone: Man UTD prepared to wait for Toby Alsdrweireld

Manchester United are still pushing hard to sign long-term target Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur, but may be forced into playing the long game for another season before making their move, says the Mirror.

Spurs have valued the Belgium international at £75 million, with United steadfastly unwilling to pay that kind of money for a 29-year-old defender.

However, it has since come to light that United might be afforded the chance to purchase Alderweireld for a fraction of that price if they are simply willing to wait.

The centre-back’s contract runs until 2019, and Spurs retain an option to extend it by a year. Even then, thanks to a release clause inserted into his existing Spurs deal during the last round of negotiations, a two-week window would be triggered in which Alderweireld would be allowed to leave White Hart Lane for just £25m.

United might feel even more comfortable sitting back and seeing what transpires as, according to Mundo Deportivo, a deal to bring centre-back

Yerry Mina to Old Trafford is “practically agreed.” The Spanish paper says Mina has agreed terms with United and is just waiting for them to agree a fee with Barcelona.

Vidal to Barcelona done deal?

Multiple reports indicated overnight that Arturo Vidal has a verbal agreement in place to leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona.

According to Sport, Barca have been in contact with Vidal for more than a week and will pay Bayern around €30m for the midfielder, who had been heavily linked to a move to Inter Milan in recent months. The Guardian reported that Vidal, 31, passed a medical at Barca within the past week and has been given permission to leave by new coach Niko Kovac.

The only way the agreement falls through, Sport reported, is if Barca are able to somehow finalise a deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Adrien Rabiot , who would be the club’s first choice.

Zaha wants Chelsea switch

After struggling to make the grade at Manchester United a few years back,

Wilfried Zaha is once again intent on testing his mettle at one of the Premier League’s top sides. According to the Mirror, the Crystal Palace winger has told teammates he’s determined to leave Selhurst Park for a “big six” club this summer after rejecting a new £125,000-a-week contract offer.

Specifically, Zaha is keen to move across London to Chelsea, and would even be willing to submit a transfer request to push the deal through before the window closes.

Tottenham were known to be interested the 25-year-old, but it looks like they’ve now run out of patience with Palace and instead refocused their aim on signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Everton eye up Lascelles

Everton are willing to spend £30m to tempt Newcastle United into selling their club captain Jamaal Lascelles , says The Sun.

With Ashley Williams having joined Stoke on a season-long loan, the Toffees need to bolster their back line and are hoping that a significant offer for Lascelles would tempt Newcastle owner Mike Ashley into cashing in.

However, Rafa Benitez’s reluctance to part with his skipper and the fact that Lascelles is under contract until 2023 are likely to prove unassailable stumbling blocks in any approach for the 24-year-old centre-back.

Elsewhere

– Southampton have logged a “serious” interest in signing Lille full-back

Kevin Malcuit , according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

– Liverpool plan to loan out winger Sheyi Ojo again this season, with Middlesbrough likely to head up a queue of eager Championship suitors should Wolves successfully pilfer Adama Traore from their midst between now and next week, reports the Mirror.

– Borussia Dortmund hope to hijack Valencia’s attempts to sign striker Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla after outbidding their Spanish rivals to the tune of €23m, says Marca.

– Napoli have agreed a deal with Andrea Belotti and are prepared to offer €50m to Torino for the striker, according to reports in Italy.

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