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Manchester United plan £50m swoop for Wolves’ Pedro Neto

The January transfer window may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Man United lining up Pedro Neto move

Manchester United are preparing a £50 million swoop for Wolverhampton Wanderers star Pedro Neto, reports The Sun.

The Red Devils have made a right-sided winger a priority this summer and 21-year-old Neto is now perceived as a more viable option compared to Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

Neto has been in impressive form this season and would be half the cost of England international Sancho.

Manchester City are also said to be interested in Neto, though they appear to be prioritising Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish instead.

As well as Portugal international Neto, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also believed to be interested in Leeds United winger Raphinha and Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Goncalves.

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11.03 GMT: Arsenal, Leicester City, Leeds United and Sevilla are all said to be tracking Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu — and now Spanish newspaper La Razon reports that his asking price has been slashed in half.

The 20-year-old could now be available for £10m, after Feyenoord were seeking double that last summer. The financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic mean the Eredivisie club are ready to do a deal on the Turkey international.

“I have a contract until 2025 but the situation has changed,” Kokcu said recently. “The club has been very clear about the financial situation and it is clear that it is not good.

“So if a club comes with a good proposal for me and the entity can enter a good amount, I imagine that it will be listened to.”

10.16 GMT: The Sunday Times is reporting that Georginio Wijnaldum has reached a pre-contract agreement to sign for Barcelona as of July 1.

The Netherlands international is out of contract with Liverpool at the end of the season, and attempts to get the 30-year-old to stay at Anfield have failed.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Camp Nou for several months and will become the first signing of Joan Laporta’s second spell as president of Barca.

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle for £25m five years ago.

09.30 GMT: Luke Shaw has been in the form of his career for Manchester United this season, and the Daily Mirror reckons he will be rewarded with a new contract.

The 25-year-old left-back, who joined United from Southampton in a £34m deal seven years ago, has overcome a series of injury and fitness problems to rediscover his form and earn an England recall for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania, Poland and San Marino.

Shaw’s deal expires in the summer of 2023, meaning United need to start talks over an extension to reward his performances.

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North London derby for Vazquez

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has turned down the offer of a new contract, and Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been approached to see if they have any interest, reports the Daily Mirror.

The 29-year-old rejected a three-year deal on the table at the Bernabeu, reported to feature a 10% reduction in wages, which means he’s now on the lookout for a fresh challenge.

Vasquez has instructed his representatives to find a new club in the Premier League and, having worked under Spurs boss and former Madrid supremo Jose Mourinho, Tottenham is the most obvious place to start.

Arsenal have also been approached, with Vasquez keen to move to London. The only issue is that the winger wants a four-year contract with a Champions League club, and neither Spurs or Arsenal are in a position to offer him that at the moment.

Vasquez can play on the right side of midfield and at right-back.

Inter join race for Aguero

Internazionale have joined Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the hunt for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, reports The Sun.

The Argentina star, City’s top goal scorer of all time, is out of contract in the summer and is yet to agree a new deal.

The 32-year-old is not adverse to staying in England, but he would appear to have his pick of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Inter are also said to be monitoring Edinson Cavani‘s situation at Manchester United. Cavani, 34, has the option of a one-year extension at Old Trafford, but is also rumoured to be talking to Boca Juniors.

Tap-ins

– Real Madrid have offered David Alaba £165,000 a week and a huge £17m bonus in an effort to lure the Bayern Munich man to the Bernabeu. That is according to ABC Deportes, which says Alaba has verbally agreed to join Madrid after more than a decade at the German champions. He won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues during his time in Germany, and now it appears as though the soon-to-be free agent will join 13-time European champions Madrid.

– Where next for Erling Haaland? That’s the multi-million dollar question, and Marca says Haaland would prefer to join Real Madrid. Madrid believe that the Norway superstar wants to move to the Bernabeu and that his agent, Mino Raiola, will help facilitate the transfer.

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