Manchester United and Chelsea have entered transfer talks with super-agent Mino Raiola, while a Liverpool man receives a contract offer – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, CHELSEA IN RAIOLA TALKS
Manchester United and Chelsea have recently held talks with super-agent Mino Raiola about a deal for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, reports claim.
The Italian has fast become one of the world’s most coveted goalkeepers, despite still being at the tender age of 22.
Indeed, he already has a plethora of first-team experience, having made his Milan debut at the age of 16.
The Italy international also lined up against United in Thursday’s Europa League tie, amid swirling uncertainty over his future.
His contract expires this summer and Milan have yet to make a significant breakthrough in extension talks.
As such, there is a race going on parallel to the contract talks between interested, with United and Chelsea supposedly among them.
According to journalist Duncan Castles, both Premier League clubs have been in touch with Donnarumma’s notorious agent, Raiola.
Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast: “Our information is that both Chelsea and Manchester United have been in talks with Raiola about Donnarumma.
“It looks like Donnarumma has an opportunity to move to England, should he choose to.
“Accompanied by the commission that Raiola seeks and would want for free transfer of such a valuable asset.
“There is an opportunity for either club and others to secure Donnarumma on a longer-term contract without there being a fee.”
Moving to the Premier League would represent a significant step up for a goalkeeper who has established himself both in Europe and on the international stage, with 22 Italy caps already to his name.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Barcelona have sent a contract offer for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. (Football Insider)
Inter Milan have also began talks with the Dutchman. However, their progress has stalled as they focus on more pressing targets. (Calciomercato)
Brighton have received enquiries for defender Ben White, amid interest from Manchester United. (Jonathan Shrager)
Fulham feel confident of signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently from Chelsea if they ensure Premier League survival. (The Sun)
AVRAM GLAZER SELLS MAN UTD SHARES
Meanwhile, Avram Glazer has sold five million of his shares in the Old Trafford club. As such, he is hopeful of netting $100million (£71million) in windfall. (The Telegraph)
United’s new football director John Murtough turned down a role at David Beckham’s Inter Miami. (The Sun)
The Red Devils still have Tottenham striker Harry Kane on their radar for a top new attacking signing. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City inserted an ‘anti-Man Utd’ clause in Brahim Diaz’s contract when he signed for Real Madrid. (Daily Star)
PREM LOOKING TO IMPROVE VAR
The Premier League has written to its clubs asking for feedback on VAR, ahead of a plan to improve the technology and its use next season. (Daily Mail)
Craig Dawson is 135 minutes away from becoming a permanent West Ham player. The defender has a clause in his loan deal from Watford which will extend the move if he makes 15 Premier League outings of 45 minutes or more.
JUVE SCOUT EYES CELTIC ROLE
Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi has shown interest in becoming Celtic’s director of football. (The Scottish Sun)
What’s more, recently-departed Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he is ready to step back into the dugout. (Scottish Sun)
Meanwhile, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is interested in taking up the Aberdeen manager’s job. (Daily Record)