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Lindelof And Kessie Top Man United's Shopping List; Bayern In For Belotti
A hefty release clause reportedly won't be enough to keep Andrea Belotti out of the hands of Bayern Munich.
February 17th, 2017 | 16:40 PM | 781 views
Kessie, Lindelof top United target list
Jose Mourinho is looking to recruit Victor Lindelof and Franck Kessie -- two of the brightest talents in world football -- for Manchester United this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain and Roma have joined the race to sign 22-year-old defender Lindelof from Benfica but, according to Calcio Mercato, United have already agreed a pre-contract deal to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the season. The Sweden international has long been linked with Jose Mourinho's side and it would appear his persistence has paid off.
And what's more, The Sun reports that 20-year-old Atalanta midfielder Kessie impressed United scouts when they watched him at the African Nations Cup where he played alongside Eric Bailly for the Ivory Coast. Kessie, who has been linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan among others, could set United back £25 million.
Terry turned down MLS
John Terry has turned down the chance to join LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Orlando City in order to see the season out with Chelsea in a bid to land a fifth Premier League title.
The three MLS sides made their move for the former England captain under the proviso that he joins them in time for the new season in the U.S. top flight, according to the Daily Star.
Terry will become a free agent in the summer and reportedly turned down a £500,000 signing fee as well as wages that would amount to £200,000-per-week to remain at Stamford Bridge.
Belotti could be Bayern bound
Any clubs hoping to sign Andrea Belotti -- and there are a few, judging by reports -- need to get a move on if they don't want to risk losing out to Bayern Munich.
The striker has a €100m release clause in his Torino contract, but that doesn't appear to have put off Bayern, who, according to La Stampa, have made contact about a transfer.
What that means for Robert Lewandowski is not clear, but he should take note that Belotti, five years his junior, has scored a formidable 17 goals in 21 Serie A games this season.
Who will replace Sanchez at Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger is looking almost certain to quit Arsenal this summer, and the first job facing his successor will be to replace Alexis Sanchez with the Premier League's top goal scorer set to follow his manager out of the door.
The Daily Mirror reports that Wenger's time in north London is coming to an end and, following the 5-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, so too is Sanchez's.
Replacing the Chile international won't be easy, or cheap, but with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus interested in signing him Arsenal should at least be able to start some kind of fund for acquiring a new star player.
- Lucas Perez's stay in the Premier League could be short and sweet. The Sun reckons Arsenal striker Perez, who has struggled for regular playing time this campaign, is ready to return to La Liga in the summer to give himself a better chance of making Spain's 2018 World Cup squad.
- Juventus stand to throw a major spanner in Liverpool's transfer plans this summer. The Daily Star claims Juve have their eye on Emre Can and reported Anfield target Mahmoud Dahoud. Liverpool can only be confident of their chances with the 'Glacbach midfelder if they can secure Champions League football.
- Walace only signed for Hamburg from Gremio in the January transfer window, but there is no point in attempting to settle in Germany. According to the Daily Mirror, Everton and Leicester City are already keen to bring the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder to the Premier League and are readying summer moves.
by MICHAEL WADE
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