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– Manchester United have made an offer to Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
– Liverpool have identified two positions they need to fill in their side this summer
– Tiemoue Bakayoko is prioritising a return to Chelsea after his AC Milan loan
Pepe bid made by Liverpool?
Liverpool have upped their pursuit of Lille star Nicolas Pepe by tabling a €80M (£71m) bid for the talented winger.
Liverpool are one of several clubs keen on the 24-year-old attacker with Arsenal and Manchester United also keeping tabs on the player.
But it seems the Reds have moved ahead of their rivals in the race to his signature with Gazzetto dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira claiming a five-year deal has now been put forward to the Ivory Coast international with Jurgen Klopp keen on securing his first summer signing,
“#Liverpool want to close Nicolas #Pepe,” Schira tweeted.
“#Klopp has offered €80M to #Lille and for him to contract until 2024 (€3M plus bonus at year).”
Man City to raid Leicester?
Pep Guardiola’s search for home-grown stars to give his treble-winners an English injection of talent will see him banging on Leicester’s door when he returns from holiday, Starsport understands.
But King Power boss Brendan Rodgers is in no hurry to answer as Guardiola brings out his Manchester City cheque book to splash £125m on Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell.
If City offered £80 million for Maguire, 26, the board would have to think long and hard with Chilwell, 22, valued at £50 million.
Croydon-born Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, is another Guardiola target with a £40 million price tag on the Crystal Palace defender’s head.
Wan-Bissaka is a highly-rated right back who would put pressure on Kyle Walker’s position.
Man Utd to loan Bale?
Manchester United want to try and sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of the fact that Bale is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
But because of his substantial £480,000-a-week wages and poor injury record, no suitors have yet come forward.
According to the Mirror though, United may have a solution in bringing the Wales international in on a season-long loan deal with an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
That would enable Madrid to slash up to £50m off their wage bill over the course of the next two seasons and this would suit all parties involved.
United would also be willing to pay a loan fee to the Spanish side to try and temp them into getting shot of the winger.
Man Utd bid for Wan-Bissaka?
Manchester United have made a ‘substantial bid’ for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
It was believed that United had tabled an initial £25m for the defender which was rejected.
But according to Sky Sports, they have upped their bid to a “substantial” one in order to try and get the deal done.
Crystal Palace are believed to want somewhere in the region of £50m for Wan-Bissaka.
He has three years remaining on his contract and the London club do not want to sell, but their resolve could be tested by a huge offer.
West Ham battle Arsenal for £30m Kessie?
West Ham are ready to fight Arsenal and Tottenham for AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
Milan could be forced to sell the midfielder in the summer to satisfy Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and the Daily Express says they will listen to offers in the region of £30million.
Kessie, 22, would prefer to move to a club who can offer him European football.
And that would put the two north London rivals in pole position for a player who is highly rated in Serie A.
The all-action Ivorian moved to the San Siro from Atalanta on a two-year loan deal in 2017 but they have an obligation to buy him for a fee that is understood to be in the region of £24m.
Arsenal might have a problem raising the finds as they will have limited funds available in the summer and West Ham are looking to rival them as they eye an alternative to Everton-bound Andre Gomes.
Bakayoko wants Chelsea return?
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s brother and agent has claimed he would like to stay at Chelsea next season because of “stability” and the appeal of Champions League football.
Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea from Monaco in 2017 for £40m, spent last season on loan at AC Milan, but he could be handed a fresh start at Stamford Bridge.
“There are some pretty interesting, quite heavy clubs that have enquired, but we give priority to Chelsea,” Abdoulaye Bakayoko told L’Equipe.
“We already know, there is the Champions League and we are looking for stability, Tiemoue has decided to stay there.”