Each morning, Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major transfer news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club. We then assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves, and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.
Today’s edition of the European round-up includes reports of Real Madrid holding strong on their valuation of Manchester United transfer target, Álvaro Morata and Paris Saint-Germain holding talks with Europe’s most-wanted, Kylian Mbappé.
Man United Need to up Striker Bid
Jose Mourinho is willing to spend €70million on luring Morata to Old Trafford but according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real Madrid will accept nothing less than €90m.
This seems to be posturing from both sides. Zinedine Zidane’s side are keen to sell for the right price, but without the Spaniard leaving the French boss is left with an abundance of forwards in his squad.
Marca is the pro-Real paper in Spain, so they will always favour in terms of the capital club. Morata is in contract until 2021, so there is no need to let him go on the cheap.
The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in all competitions last term and United need a new man to spearhead the attack. Both clubs know that, which puts the Champions League winners in a position of strength, which means the English club will have to bend a little to get their man.
Arsenal Full-Back Edges Closer to Move
Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting on Tuesday that Barcelona are going to send representatives to the English capital in order to progress their potential signing of Héctor Bellerín.
Barça are big fans of the former Catalan youngster and are willing to do what it takes in order to seal his return. Now that the Confederations Cup is over, reports that Arsène Wenger is set to enter into crisis talks with the right-back about his future.
Bellerín is contracted to Arsenal until 2023, which puts them in a position of power, however, as a home-grown player, the draw of the Spanish giants could be enough to push a deal through.
PSG make moves to sign Mbappé
French newspaper L’Equipe report that Mbappé and his father met with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Arturo Henrique regarding a move to the capital club.
Although the talks went amicably, the belief is that Mbappé is happy to stay with Monaco for another season despite being a known transfer target for Arsenal too.
PSG are trying to pull out all the stops and are looking to up their rejected €45million bid for Manchester United target, Fabinho. The teenage striker is a big fan of the Brazilian midfielder and they hope by signing him they can convince the forward to move too.
However, on the other hand, there is very little chance that Monaco, the Ligue 1 champions are going to sell both players to their rivals. PSG would also be handing around €200million to their strongest opponents.
Monaco may have to give up Fabinho if the player is closer to PSG than United, but it’s very unlikely their 18-year-old will also arrive at the Parc des Princes.
Will Naby Keita force move to Liverpool
Although it is not sure what this means in terms of a possible £70million move to Anfield, it is somewhat out of the norm.
It could be that he has come back to talk to the club and see what the possibility is of joining Jurgen Klopp’s side, or he could simply feel that he needs the extra work to be ready for the new season.
The new Bundesliga campaign starts on the August 18, whereas the Premier League begins six days before, on August 12.
“Would £70million put me off buying Keita? No,” Dietmar Hamann told the Liverpool Echo.
“Just getting through the play-off round and into the group stage of the Champions League would pay off a big chunk of that fee.
“With Keita on board, Liverpool would have an even better chance of getting through. It’s no good saying the market value is £30million because you aren’t going to get someone like that for that fee.”
“If Liverpool had to pay £60million or £70million to get Keita it wouldn’t worry me. You are buying a top player for years to come.”
Donnarumma to stay at Milan, for now
The teenager will receive a wage increase of around €6million-per-season, but the youngster is still eyeing up a move away from the San Siro with his new contract including two separate release clauses.
If Milan under Vincenzo Montella fail to qualify for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, he will be allowed to leave for €50million, but if the Rossoneri do qualify, his release jumps up to €100million.
This both protects Milan and the player’s future and makes sure the club gets a substantial return for their investment. It also offers Donnarumma, who PSG have shown great interest in this summer, a way out of the club that should satisfy the passionate and irate fan-base.