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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Man Utd begin talks for €85m-rated Barcelona star

Frenkie de Jong
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Man Utd begin talks for €85m-rated Barcelona star

Manchester United have held talks with Barcelona about a transfer for Frenkie de Jong.

The 25-year-old Dutchman is on Manchester United’s list of midfield targets as the club look to strengthen in the area following the summer exits of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. But there are ‘significant obstacles’ to overcome for a deal. Namely, Barcelona’s reported €85 million asking price and the player’s willingness to join the Premier League club.

In an interview on Tuesday, De Jong stated his preference would be to stay at Barcelona. [Sky Sports]

Salah wants to stay in the Premier League

Mohamed Salah wants to stay in the Premier League, even if he leaves Liverpool as a free agent in the summer of 2023.

The 29-year-old forward’s contract at Anfield runs out next summer. His representatives are yet to reach an agreement with Liverpool over a fresh deal, but he intends to stay at the club for next season regardless. [The Athletic – subscription required]

Sadio Mane ‘really wants to leave Liverpool’

Bellingham is on Real Madrid’s transfer list

Real Madrid plan to target a transfer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer of 2023.

The 18-year-old is already a fully-fledged member of the England national team and Dortmund. His performances in Germany have caught the eye of Real Madrid. However, as his contract runs until 2025, he won’t come cheap if the Spanish and European champions step up their interest. [Bild – in German]

Inter try to poach Mkhitaryan from Roma

Inter Milan plan to poach Henrikh Mkhitaryan from AS Roma as the midfielder enters the last month of his contract.

Roma have offered Mkhitaryan €3.5 million per year plus bonuses to extend his contract. However, Inter have offered the former Manchester United and Arsenal man a two-year contract worth €4.5 million per year. They can also give him the chance to play in the Champions League again. [Sky Sport Italia – in Italian]

Man Utd’s right-back plan revealed

PSG plot to rival Real Madrid for Tchouameni

Paris Saint-Germain could out-muscle Real Madrid financially in the transfer race for AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.

Tchouameni favors a move to Spain, but PSG are offering Monaco €100 million to sign him. Real Madrid are interested in a deal, but feel such a large fee could impact the club’s stability. [Marca]