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Manchester United prepare massive move for Griezmann; Transfer round-up

October 16, 2016

United lay groundwork for massive Griezmann move

Manchester United are ready to break the world transfer record again next summer in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, the Mirror claims.

United spent £89.3 million on Paul Pogba in August but are already laying the groundwork for another massive move knowing that others could attempt to rival their interest in Griezmann.

The 25-year-old France international, who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016, is aware of United’s interest and Atletico’s status as a selling club if big enough offers are tabled.

 

Bale wants level wages with Ronaldo

Gareth Bale will ask to be paid a gross wage of £750,000 a week, the same amount as Cristiano Ronaldo, in order to sign a new six-year contract with Real Madrid, the Times reports.

Bale currently takes home £525,000 a week before tax but wants a significant increase to reflect his level standing in the squad with Ronaldo, who is also negotiating an extension to his current deal. That will net the Wales international £20 million a year after tax.

 

Hart hopes for permanent home away from City

Joe Hart is keen to leave Manchester City on a permanent basis at the end of his season-long loan at Torino, with a return to the Premier League his preferred option, though he would also be open to staying abroad.

Hart “feels let down” by Pep Guardiola, who “never gave him a proper chance” to prove himself at City, according to the Sunday Express.

Hart’s nine-year association with City, which included two Premier League titles and a run to the Champions League semifinals, was brought to an abrupt end by Guardiola this summer, resulting in the 29-year-old’s temporary move away.

Klopp keen to add more goal-scoring firepower

Liverpool might be one of the Premier League’s top scoring sides, but Jurgen Klopp wants to add more firepower to his squad and is lining up a £19.5 million bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to Calcio Mercato.

Belotti, a 22-year-old Italy international who has a contract until 2020, has caught Klopp’s eye after notching five goals in five Serie A games so far this season and 17 in 40 games since joining from Palermo in 2015.

It is claimed that Klopp is keen to move fast to secure Belotti’s interest due to rival interest from Arsenal.

 

Tap-ins

– Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was Everton’s hero in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester City, saving penalties from Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, but that doesn’t mean his place in the Toffees’ team is assured, according to the Sun.

Ronald Koeman is lining up a move for Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford and wants the 22-year-old to become his long-term No. 1 at Goodison Park.

– Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Arsenal defender Kristopher Da Graca when his contract ends next summer. The Sun claims that the 18-year-old Swede is trying to break into the Gunners’ under-21 side without much luck and could opt to join the French champions in an effort to speed up his chances of playing regular senior football.

– Chelsea will give Porto midfielder Ruben Neves until the first week of November to decide if he wants to join them in the January transfer window, the Mirror reports. The Blues are not alone in their interest, with Liverpool and Valencia also keen, but they are prepared to pay £24 million and exchange a player for the 19-year-old, who is valued at £35m.

– Borussia Dortmund scouts have been spotted watching Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina, who is on loan to FC Twente. The Kosovan has a long-term contract at City, and the Sun claims Guardiola is a big fan, but Dortmund’s interest could be tempting if they can offer the 20-year-old guaranteed playing time.

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