Tuesday 22 October 2019

Transfer rumours: Manchester United preparing £72million deal for Lazio midfielder

Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Manchester United are preparing a £72million deal to bring Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Old Trafford.

Sky Italy report that United are pursuing their interest and will try negotiate a deal well below the asking price of £90million for the 24-year-old, who signed a new contract with the Italians last October.

Meanwhile, the Mirror says Arsenal are refusing to give up on signing Wilfried Zaha and are preparing a player-plus-cash bid. Unai Emery has already seen the club's opening £40milion approach rejected with Crystal Palace demanding twice that. The Gunners will get nowhere near that figure but are now discussing putting players into the deal, with Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny all possible makeweights.

What the papers say

In related news, Arsenal are looking to hijack Everton's £31.5million move for Barcelona winger Malcom, according to The Sun. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reportedly identified the player as a possible alternative to signing Zaha.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha – could he become a Gunner? (Nigel French/PA)

Newcastle offered Sam Allardyce a surprise return as manager last week, the Mail says, but the former England boss rejected the chance. Now the Magpies appear focused on recruiting Steve Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday, it adds.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Paul Pogba that Manchester United will not be pressured into selling him, according to the Telegraph. "We are Man United, we don't have to sell players," Solskjaer reportedly said.

Roma want Tottenham's £25million-rated centre-back Toby Alderweireld, says the Mirror. The Italians are hunting two new defenders and have approached Spurs but are understood not to have made a formal offer. Alderweireld is available at that bargain price only until July 26, when a clause in his contract expires. Roma are reportedly the only club to have expressed an interest in the 30-year-old Belgium international, who has just 12 months left on his contract.

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Players to watch

Daniel Sturridge: the former Liverpool player may currently be without a club, but at least he has been reunited with his stolen dog, the Guardian reports. The 29-year-old posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday showing a broken glass door, which he said was where thieves broke in and took his dog as well as a number of bags from his Los Angeles home.

Daniel Sturridge has his dog back (Mike Egerton/PA)

Dani Ceballos Tottenham are stepping up their bid to land Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan. the Daily Star reports.

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