EVERTON WANT ALL THE MONEY FOR LUKAKU
Everton will allow Romelu Lukaku to leave Everton if any club meets their £65m valuation of the striker, say the Sunday Mirror.
Lukaku is said to be keen to quit Everton this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all reportedly among his suitors.
The Mirror reportsthat Everton will be willing to sanction Lukaku’s exit providing they receive a fee of £65million – more than double the £28million they paid Chelsea for the centre-forward two years ago. That’s an astonishing amount of money, and yet you see Everton’s point.
Roberto Martinez said this week that Everton should not be afraid of losing players, with Lukaku having recently spoken of his desire to be playing in the Champions League. He should be more worried for his own job.
MANCHESTER UNITED AND ARSENAL WANT MARQUINHOS
Sticking with the Sunday Mirror, and they claim that Arsenal and Manchester United will compete against each other for the signing of Paris St Germain central defender Marquinhos.
The Brazil international is reportedly angry about being left on the bench by Laurent Blanc for PSG’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City on Tuesday, and will therefore look for a better option in the summer.
The Mirror report that both Arsenal and United have previously shown interest in Marquinhos, and will step up that interest after this latest development. They also mention that Barcelona are interested, which might put a spanner in the works.
So might the asking price, actually. PSG paid more than £25m for Marquinhos, and he’s only 21. At a guess, the bidding will start at £35m.
GUNDOGAN TO CITY
Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stepped up his attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Yaya Toure looks likely to quit the Etihad Stadium a year before the conclusion of his contract, with his agent talking up a move at any possible opportunity. Guardiola reportedly sees Gundogan as Toure’s replacement. He really isn’t that.
The Sun claims that Guardiola has spoken to Borussia Dortmund representatives over a possible £25m deal for Gundogan, who has only a year remaining on his deal. That’s quite a lot of money for a player who can discuss a free transfer six months later.
AND THE REST
Yaya Toure will become the first big-name player to buy himself out of his contract if Manchester City try to keep him for the final year of his current deal… Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in Dinamo Zagreb’s 17-year-old sensation Josip Brekalo… Louis van Gaal is already planning his summer recruiting drive at Manchester United in further defiance of the speculation linking Jose Mourinho to his job… Louis van Gaal has suggested that he would turn down the chance to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United because of the striker’s age.