Inigo Martinez is set to complete a €32 million move to Barcelona this week, according to Marca.
The 26-year-old is admired by Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and Blaugrana are willing to meet the defender’s buy-out before the start of the La Liga season on August 20.
With two crunch Spanish Super Cup clashes coming up against arch-rivals Real Madrid on August 14 and 17, Barcelona would hope to tie-up a deal before then for the centre-back.
Martinez only penned a five-year contract with with the Basque club last season but is said to be very keen on a switch to the Camp Nou.
Manchester United are interested in signing Tottenham left-back DANNY ROSE, according to the Mirror.
United have reportedly turned their attention to signing the England international, despite the 27-year-old currently being sidelined with a knee problem.
Chelsea’s own pursuit of a left-sided defender has hit a major roadblock, with the Independent claiming Juventus have ruled out any hope of the Premier League champions signing ALEX SANDRO this summer.
But Antonio Conte could still be close to boosting his back line.
The Telegraph writes the Blues are hoping to sign Paris St Germain right-back SERGE AURIER, while they are looking to join the race for wantaway Southampton defender VIRGIL VAN DIJK.
Van Dijk has handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s – and the south-coast club are already lining up a replacement.
The Saints are hoping to sign Middlesbrough defender BEN GIBSON in a £30million deal, according to the Sun.
Stoke hope to sign last season’s loanee BRUNO MARTINS INDI, reports the Stoke Sentinel, while L’equipe claims Potters midfielder GIANNELLI IMBULA is closing in on a move to Monaco.
@SkySportsPL: ” Philippe Coutinho would like to move to @FCBarcelona if a deal can be done amicably with @LFC, say Sky sources”
@DailyStar_Sport: “Arsenal legend Tony Adams in £200m bid for Crystal Palace 3CPFC”
Jose Mourinho has said Manchester United will pursue the Real Madrid forward – if he is not involved in Tuesday night’s Super Cup.
After the defender went public with his transfer request, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with him.
The reported Manchester United target’s agent has been quoted saying his client is looking to leave Anderlecht.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to “fight” for Gareth Bale’s signature if Real Madrid leave the attacker out of the UEFA Super Cup.
Skopje plays hosts to the annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League on Tuesday evening, with both sides looking to kick the campaign off with silverware.
Bale is part of the 24-man squad in Macedonia for the match, but speculation continues over the Wales international’s future.
There have been suggestions in Spain that Madrid are willing to part company with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, giving hope to long-standing admirers United.
Mourinho recently said it would be impossible to bring in Bale, but is now ready to pounce on any softening on their part.
“If he’s playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn’t think of that possibility of signing on (Bale),” the United boss said in Macedonia ahead of facing his former club.
“If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach’s plans and in the club’s plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.
“So I haven’t even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.
“If he’s not in the club’s plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.
“If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.
“But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.”