Man Utd agree Milinkovic-Savic deal
Manchester United have landed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for £80 million ($108M) as their first signing of the summer, reports the Sun.
While Jose Mourinho was reluctant to pay the fee, he has decided he must in order to land the midfielder with the retirement of Michael Carrick and possible departure of Marouane Fellaini.
The fee will make Milinkovic-Savic the second-highest priced player in Premier League history, after Paul Pogba.
Arsenal make progress in Wilshere deal
Arsenal have made progress in their aim to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract after he has enjoyed a good run of form with the club, reports the Telegraph.
The Gunners had been willing to let Wilshere depart the club last summer but now are willing to keep him at £110,000 per week with bonuses.
Wilshere can leave the club on free this summer and may wish to wait until Arsenal appoint a new manager before making a decision.
Chinese club denies Iniesta contract
Andres Iniesta’s transfer to China may be in jeopardy after his reported destination club, Chongqing Lifan, said a deal may not happen.
The Chinese Super League club announced difficulties in finalising a contract due the high wage demands of Iniesta, making it hard for the club to comply with the league’s rules.
The club did not rule out a deal in the future, but emphasised the difficulties faced at the current time.
Jorginho agent confirms Premier League interest
The agent for Napoli midfielder Jorginho claims “four or five” Premier League clubs are after his client’s services but the Serie A club have yet to decide his future.
Agent Joao Santos admitted that “everyone knows” of the English interest in his client, he’s never talked with teams as he waits on Napoli.
Jorginho is signed until 2020 and Santos did not rule out a new deal for the Italy midfielder.
Fire officials to meet with Torres
Representatives from the Chicago Fire are in Madrid to attempt to seal a deal for Atletico Madrid’s departing forward Fernando Torres, according to ESPN.
The Fire own Torres’ discovery rights, so MLS rules state they are the only team in the league which can currently negotiate with him.
However, Torres prefers a warm weather climate, which could put the Houston Dynamo in position to sign him, while Sporting KC and the Montreal Impact are also believed to have interest.
Luis Enrique pricing himself out of Arsenal job
Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is in danger of pricing himself out of the running to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, reports the Mirror.
Enrique’s wage demands are reported to be £15 million ($20M) after tax, though that has not completely removed him from the frame.
Arsenal are hoping to name a replacement for Wenger before the start of the World Cup this summer.
Iniesta looking at Japan and Australia
Following the breakdown of a move to China, Andres Iniesta will look at moving to Japan or Australia according to Sport.
Iniesta would prefer Australia, where European stars Alessandro del Piero and David Villa have played previously, and he believes could be an easier transition for his family.
However, Iniesta is also looking at Japan and possibly Vissel Kobe, a club which is owned by Hiroshi Mikitani, who also owns Rakkuten, Barcelona’s shirt sponsor.
Juventus plan Allegri talks amid Arsenal links
Juventus plan to have talks with manager Massimiliano Allegri after the league is decided according to the club’s chief executive.
Allegri has been linked to multiple jobs this summer, including being among the favorites to take over for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
However Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says the sides will talk following the club’s likely Serie A title and is confident they can mutual satisfaction over a deal.
Atletico after Herrera and Martial
Atletico Madrid are looking to make a double swoop for both Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial from Manchester United according to El Gol Digital.
Herrera is considered a priority target for the La Liga club, but Atletico do not want to miss out on an opportunity to land Martial, who Jose Mourinho is ready to jettison.
The two players could cost upwards of €80 million ($95M/£70M) to land.
Premier League clubs chasing Delaney
Premier League clubs are looking into signing Weder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney according to Bild.
Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann has confirmed Delaney would like to be allowed to leave the Bundesliga club if an offer comes in.
Currently five English clubs are interested in signing into the Danish midfielder.
Crystal Palace wants ‘irresistible’ offer for Zaha
Crystal Palace are willing to sell Christian Benteke but a hoping to hold onto the star Wilfried Zaha this summer, reports the Mirror.
The Ivory Coast international is believed to have interest from multiple big Premier League clubs and if a large offer comes in, Palace think they will have to cash in.
However they would prefer to sell Benteke if they can get a large chunk of the £27 million ($37M) they paid for him back.
Messi doesn’t want Deulofeu return
Lionel Messi doesn’t want Gerard Deulofeu to return to Barcelona after his loan at Watford ends, according to Don Balon.
The winger returned to Barcelona this season after impressing on loan with AC Milan.
However Deulofeu failed to impress with Barca before going back out on loan in the Premier League and Messi thinks he has had enough chances to show his quality.