Thursday 14 December 2017

Paper Talk: Zlatan still on Man United radar as Chelsea weigh up €80m offer for Atletico star

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against United in pre-season
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against United in pre-season Newsdesk Newsdesk

Manchester United's attack could be bolstered by one of the biggest names in football while Chelsea may be about to spend big on an attacker rather than a defender.

Louis van Gaal is expected to add at least one striker to his squad before the end of the transfer window. Robin van Persie's departure, the failure to extend the stay of Radamel Falcao and the poor form of main striker Wayne Rooney would indicate that a forward is a priority for the Red Devils.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic told he can leave PSG this summer, United are again being linked with a move for the gifted Swede.

The Daily Mail reports that Ibrahimovic will be available at a cut-price fee this month, with the Premier League a possible destination.

Arsenal are also believed to be monitoring the situation.

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It is no secret that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is after Everton's John Stones, with a new offer of £30m lodged by the Blues.

Stones will almost certainly become the most expensive defender in British history if he completes the move before the window closes, comfortably eclipsing the £31.9m that Manchester City paid for Eliaquim Mangala last year.

However, according to The Daily Star, Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann remains a transfer target also.

Chelsea were believed to be chasing Griezmann’s signature earlier on this summer, but the 2014 La Liga champions were unwilling to sell.

The Blues are reportedly in for the France international once more, with Russian owner Roman Abramovich sanctioning a €30 opening bid.

With the 24-year-old’s release clause recently being upped to €80m, it’s unlikely that Atletico would accept anything lower than that amount, but Chelsea may be tempted to match it as deadline day approaches.

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