Tottenham look set to break their transfer record twice with the addition of two new midfielders, while Man City have put a £90m defender move on hold, according to Friday’s papers.
DOUBLE MIDFIELDER DEAL ON CARDS FOR SPURS
Tottenham could break their transfer record twice this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino keen wrapping up moves for Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele.
Having not made a single signing in the last two transfer windows, Spurs finally look set to splash the cash this summer – with Pochettino said to close to adding Real Betis ace Lo Celso and Lyon enforcer Ndombele to his ranks.
However, chairman Daniel Levy remains determined to drive a hard bargain over both players – despite giving Pochettino funds to strengthen, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
Spurs have already had a bid worth up to £53m for Lo Celso rejected, but the report states that they are set to make an improved offer over the next few days.
And they are also confident a deal can be struck with for Ndombele after opening talks with the Ligue 1 club for the £71m-rated France midfielder.
With Mousa Dembele heading to China back in January and doubts over the long-term futures of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier, Pochettino is looking to revamp an area of the pitch were Spurs have also had injury issues with Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.
The potential arrivals of Lo Celso and Ndombele would add creativity and power to a Spurs side that had their most inconsistent season yet under Pochettino – despite reaching the Champions League final and qualifying for Europe’s premier cup competition once again.
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AND THE REST
Leicester’s £90m valuation of Harry Maguire has put a hold on the England defender’s proposed transfer to Manchester City (Daily Mail)
Massimiliano Allegri ruled himself out of the running to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea on Thursday night, announcing he is taking a year off (Daily Mail)
Borussia Dortmund are monitoring developments with Arsenal’s 33-year-old French defender Laurent Koscielny, who could be allowed to leave this summer (Daily Mail)
Sheffield United are among the clubs who have made an offer to free agent and former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia (Daily Mail)
Stoke are lining up Joe Hart to replace Jack Butland this summer (The Sun)
Celtic have opened talks over a deal to land Republic of Ireland midfielder Luca Connell from Bolton (The Sun)
Liverpool have no plans to resurrect a deal for 25-year-old Lyon and France playmaker Nabil Fekir, despite claims to the contrary in his homeland (Independent)
Sought-after Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt will end up costing interested parties around £80m this summer (Daily Star)
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is reportedly closing in on a move to Inter Milan (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal will demand £10.6m for captain Laurent Koscielny as Borussia Dortmund step up their interest (Daily Mirror)
Real Madrid are set to continue their summer transfer spree with the arrival of Japanese starlet Takefusa Kubo (Daily Mirror)
Adrien Rabiot could be set to sensationally stay at Paris Saint-Germain, despite initially appearing to have no future at the club having not appeared since before Christmas (Daily Mirror)
Eden Hazard’s request for the Real Madrid number 10 shirt has been rejected by Luka Modric (Daily Mirror)
Celta Vigo are trying to steal Celtic target Christopher Jullien while the Hoops are busy thrashing out a deal for 18-year-old Bolton midfielder Luca Connell (Daily Record)
Lyon are poised to join the race to land Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham (Scottish Sun)
Former Cardiff and Southampton manager Dave Jones has revealed moving to Scotland to become Kilmarnock boss would be an exciting prospect (Scottish Sun)
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