Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal

Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is poised to join Man Utd this week (Pic: GETTY)

Man Utd on verge of Wan-Bissaka deal

Manchester United could finally agree a deal with Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka tonight.

It appears a compromise is on the verge of being agreed.

United are now prepared to meet Palace's demands of an initial £50m plus around £5m in add-ons.

According to The Times, an agreement to sign him may be struck as early as today.

Hint at Arsenal done deal?

Arsenal target Gabriel Martinelli's pal has dropped a major hint that a transfer is imminent.

Reports in Brazil earlier this month claimed the 18-year-old forward has agreed to join the Gunners.

According to Globo Esporto, Martinelli will sign a five-year deal after a £6m fee was agreed between Arsenal and Ituano FC.

Martinelli shared a photo with his friends including Ituano team-mate Leo Santos on Instagram.

Santos reposted the image on his Instagram Story along with a caption that suggests Arsenal will soon be getting their man.

"Safe trip. God bless you, just progress for your life," he wrote to Martinelli. "We'll be out there soon, God willing."

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Arsenal have put forward £26m for William Saliba (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal make Saliba bid

Arsenal have met Saint Etienne's demands with their opening offer for William Saliba.

A £26m bid has been tabled for the highly-rated centre-half amid interest from neighbours Tottenham.

Saliba has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal too, meaning Spurs may be set to miss out.

However, while French outlet RMC say the Gunners are looking to close a deal quickly by making the £26m offer, there is still an issue to overcome.

Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne remain completely adamant for now that Saliba must be loaned back for the 2019/20 campaign.

They are apparently not budging on that front when it comes to negotiations over the player's future.

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Mauro Icardi has been offered to Man Utd as Inter Milan look to sign Romelu Lukaku (Pic: GETTY)

Man Utd reject Icardi Lukaku proposal

Manchester United have rejected a proposed deal from Inter Milan that included Mauro Icardi and Romelu Lukaku swapping clubs.

United are holding firm over their demands for the Belgium international as they are adamant they want to recoup the £75m they paid Everton back in 2017.

Lukaku is open to the possibility of joining Inter but ESPN say he will not hand in a transfer request to force a move.

As a result, United's demands are substantial, meaning Inter have had to make cash-plus-player offers.

A straight cash deal for close to £80m is beyond what Inter can afford, and even Argentinian goalscorer Icardi has been put forward to United.

But ESPN add so far, any compromise - including the one with Icardi - has been rejected by United.

Newcastle close to deal

Newcastle are reportedly close to agreeing personal terms with Nice star Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to Nice-Matin, Newcastle are in advanced talks with Saint-Maximin.

The winger enjoyed an impressive campaign in France and is valued at €30m (£27m) by Nice.

The report claims talks over a fee are not yet underway but Newcastle are prepared to pay €25m (£22m).

Saint-Maximin would be willing to move after he reportedly lowered his ambitions, having wanted to join a top club earlier this year.

But despite the reports, Rafa Benitez's departure could scupper the deal.

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Transfer news LIVE: All the latest news, gossip and rumours (Pic: GETTY)

£200m Salah exit

Liverpool might be tempted to sell Mohamed Salah next summer if Real Madrid offer an eye-watering £200m, according to journalist Jonathan Northcroft.

"There's no pressure, there's no desire at the moment to sell," he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

"But they are in that nice position now where if someone wants to offer Philippe Coutinho money, which probably wouldn't be in the next year for Salah, but might come somewhere down the lime, they can present the head coach with the option, 'what do you wanna do here?'

"And they can also take into account whether the player wants to go, that was a position they obviously found themselves in with Coutinho.

"So let's say in a year's time Real Madrid did materialise with £150m-£200m for Salah, the player wanted to go and Jurgen Klopp thought 'well, that's a good deal in terms of being able to reinvest in the squad.' I think they'd be in position to do that and they would have things lined up."

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah could be targeted by Real Madrid next summer (Pic: GETTY)

Man Utd eye £58m deal

Manchester United's hopes of signing Issa Diop from West Ham appear to have increased.

The Hammers are demanding a whopping £75m - more than treble what they paid for Diop a year ago.

Despite West Ham's tough stance, France Football suggest a deal could instead be finalised for around £58m.

That would still earn the east Londoners more than double the fee they spent on Diop.

And a fresh attempt from United to sign Diop is expected in the coming days.

Transfer news LIVE: £200m Salah claim, Man Utd close on £55m star, Newcastle near to deal
Man Utd could land West Ham defender Issa Diop for £58m (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal approach Bailly

Arsenal have approached Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to journalist Duncan Castles.

"I know that [Arsenal] have a longstanding interest in Eric Bailly and have approached him to find out if he'd be interested in moving to Arsenal," he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

"But the question mark in that deal has been: would they have the money to give Manchester United back what they paid to sign him three seasons ago?

"That essentially came down to whether they qualified for the Champions League or not, and when they didn't, it doesn't look like they're gonna have the resources to get Bailly out.

"And Bailly himself has been told that Solskjaer doesn't want to sell him."

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