The news that Antoine Griezmann ‘tops Manchester United’s summer wishlist’ will surprise no-one, nor will the fact that Victor Lindelof is not far behind in terms of the Premier League club’s priority signings. Yet that is the line the Daily Mail are feeding us on Friday morning.
The pair, according to Dominic King, would cost a combined £130million, and ‘will make United champions’ in the eyes of Jose Mourinho. Lindelof is seen as a ‘significant improvement’ on the club’s current defenders. Griezmann would ‘define his plans for the next campaign’.
Another rumour that does not shock or stun but in fact makes perfect sense is the Daily Mirror’s claim that Real Madrid want Sergio Aguero. The Manchester City striker has long been linked with the Spanish giants, but that was before his place at the Etihad Stadium was ever threatened. With Gabriel Jesus now on the scene, could Aguero move on?
John Cross and Darren Lewis team up to tell us that Real will make a bid, with Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata potentially leaving the club. Atletico Madrid and also interested, as well as Juventus and PSG.
HOME IS WHERE THE HART IS
In other Manchester City news, The Sun claim that Joe Hart could find himself back in the Premier League next season. Not with Pep Guardiola’s side, but at West Ham.
Hart has impressed on loan at Torino, but the move is unlikely to be made permanent, and it will not improve his stock with Guardiola. As a result, Slaven Bilic, who wants a new goalkeeper, could make a £15million bid. If not, the Hammers will target Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic.
We join The Times for our final update, which is that Bayern Munich continue to monitor Dele Alli’s progress. They have been watching the Tottenham midfielder since his days with MK Dons, and are suitably impressed.
Matt Hughes reports that the Bundesliga giants are ‘considering a summer bid’, while Real Madrid are also circling. The bad news for them is that the 20-year-old is valued at £85m by Daniel Levy. Sure.
AND THE REST
Michael Carrick will be offered a new contract at Manchester United…Real Madrid have offered Isco a new deal, but the midfielder is apparently not ready to sign because he wants to move on in order to find regular playing time…Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez wants showdown talks with the club at the end of the season after he failed to make any new signings in the January transfer window…Roberto Mancini is waiting in the wings to take over at West Ham if Slaven Bilic fails to turn it around.