Transfer rumours: Umtiti, Koulibaly, Pjanic, Haaland, Rabiot


Barcelonahave lowered their valuation of 26-year-old French defender Samuel Umtiti to just £27m, amid interest fromManchester UnitedandArsenal.(Sport – in Spanish)

Unitedhave made recruiting a new centre-back their top priority this summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a clear path to signingNapoli’s28-year-old Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, withParis St-Germainno longer interested.(Express)

Juventusand Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, will turn down a move to the Premier League this summer, withChelseaamong the clubs interested.(Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Real MadridandManchester Unitedcould be forced to wait two years to sign 19-year-oldBorussia Dortmundstriker Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian’s 75m euro release clause not active until 2022.(Evening Standard)

Arsenalare planning a £25m transfer move forDortmund’s24-year-old Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji, after talks began in January.(Sun)

Meanwhile,the Gunnershave joinedEvertonin targetingJuventus’French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, and hope he can form a partnership with compatriot Matteo Guendouzi, 21.(Le10 Sport – in French)

Tottenham Hotspur’s29-year-old defender Danny Rose, who is on loan atNewcastle United,has revealed he wants to play forLeicester Citymanager Brendan Rodgers – but joked that Foxes left-back and England team-mate Ben Chilwell, 22, would “have to be bought first”.(Mail)

Paris St-Germainremain open to signingArsenal’s30-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has one year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium.(Le10 Sport – in French)

LeicesterleadManchester City,Wolverhampton WanderersandEvertonin the pursuit ofCelticand Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer, 22.(

Dortmundand Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, says he would never sign forManchester Unitedbecause his “heart would not allow it” after playing forLiverpool.(Bild, via Mirror)

Crystal Palaceare ready to make a move forBournemouthwinger Ryan Fraser. The player favours a move toTottenham, but manager Jose Mourinho is unconvinced of the 26-year-old Scotland international’s suitability for a top-six club.(Express)

Manchester Unitedare putting together a £10m package forSporting Lisbon’s17-year-old Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes, after former Old Trafford winger Nani recommended his compatriot.(Star)


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