Man Utd are optimistic they won’t have much competition should they move for Declan Rice, but Arsenal will fight them for Lautaro Martinez…
MAN UTD’S HOPE FOR FREE RUN AT ‘NEW INCE’
Having given some of their departing stars a send-off on Monday night, Manchester United’s attention is turning to a huge summer. When they reckon they could have a ‘clear run’ at their biggest target…
United’s interest in Declan Rice is well established but it was thought that the Red Devils would have many obstacles to overcome. Firstly, West Ham will demand a fee in excess of £100million; secondly, they cannot offer Champions League football next season, which their rivals for Rice’s signature can.
But ESPN says United reckon they won’t have any competition to land the England star. Manchester City are preoccupied by the prospect of signing Erland Halland, while Chelsea’s ownership issues, coupled with the fact they have priorities elsewhere gives the Red Devils a unique opportunity to recruit the ‘new Paul Ince’.
UNITED, ARSENAL TARGET PREFERS BARCA OPTION
United are also said to be interested in Ruben Neves, whom they watched at the weekend when he was hooked at half-time in Wolves’ 3-0 home defeat to Brighton.
Arsenal are also keen on the Portuguese midfielder who, like Rice, is valued in the £100million region by his club.
But Neves would prefer a move elsewhere. Sport says the 25-year-old wants to join Barcelona this summer, by which time he will have two years remaining on his Wolves deal.
EVERTON OPEN TO OFFERS FOR RICHARLISON
Both United and Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in Richarlison as they look to strengthen their attacking ranks.
The Brazilian is set to leave Everton this summer, with the Toffees willing to cash in whether they are relegated or not.
Football Insider claims Everton would accept an offer in excess of £50million for the forward who turns 25 next week. Richarlison moved to Goodison from Watford in 2018 in a deal that could have been worth up to £50million, with the attacker entering the final two years of his contract.
ARSENAL, UNITED TO DUEL OVER INTER STRIKER
Arsenal, though, may prioritise a move for Lautaro Martinez this summer, with the Gunners having renewed their interest in the Argentina star.
Mikel Arteta wants two strikers and The Times says Martinez is on the Arsenal manager’s wish list along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gabriel Jesus.
Martinez has bagged 17 goals again this season, with United also sniffing around the 24-year-old. Apparently, the Red Devils have offered Inter £42million in cash with Anthony Martial chucked in to sweeten the deal. Which probably isn’t having the effect United hoped it might.
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