Transfer gossip: Fulham want more for Rice replacement than Man Utd will pay for Kane

Man Utd target Kane

Transfer fees are funny, right? Man Utd would pay £80m for Harry Kane and Fulham have declared that Joao Palhinha will cost West Ham £90m.


Tuesday brought talk of interest from PSG but realistically we know that Harry Kane wants to stay in the Premier League and the Daily Mail claim that his ‘preference’ is very much to join Manchester United, but that depends on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reducing his asking price from the prohibitive £100m.

So what price would see Manchester United interested? The Mail say a price closer to £80m would tempt Manchester United away from their pursuit of Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund. They really cannot afford to go much higher as they have a budget of around £120m in total and they are still pursuing Mason Mount and may yet need to sign a goalkeeper.

Persistent reports suggest that the goalkeeper of choice will be Jordan Pickford.


With an ambitious move for Nicola Barella likely to fail amid interest from Liverpool, two other names are being mentioned as Newcastle try to upgrade their midfield. The first is Felix Nmecha, with Sky Germany saying that both Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle are interested in the Wolfsburg midfielder who could cost around £21m.

The other name mentioned is Sandro Tonali, with The Athletic claiming that the AC Milan and Italy midfielder is the subject of a £43m bid from Newcastle, who want two new central midfielders this summer as they prepare for the Champions League. The other club mentioned as potential suitors for Tonali are of course Chelsea.


The problem with Arsenal paying £100m for Declan Rice – as they surely will – is that every other better-than-average defensive midfielder is suddenly going to get more expensive, especially as that’s the market West Ham will be shopping in. According to the Daily Mail, Fulham have seized the opportunity and have declared that very good Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha will now cost £90m just a year after they bought him for £20m.

Fulham, meanwhile, are looking to buy Fred as a replacement from Manchester United for just £20m. Maybe United should ask for £80m?


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