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Paper Talk: Solskjaer puts his foot down hard over star duo

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Manchester United have made moves to block the sales of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, while Arsenal are back on the trail of a Portugal defender, all in the papers.


Manchester United have added £30million to their valuation of France midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Daily Star.

United now want £180m for the 26-year-old player they re-signed for £89million in 2016 and that is out of reach of his former club.

The Mail claim Juventus have ended their interest in Pogba, leaving the way clear for Real Madrid to sign the France international.

Meanwhile, United want £90million for Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, claim the Daily Telegraph.

Inter Milan have confirmed they have held talks over a move for the 26-year-old, but they likely to be unwilling to go to £90million for the striker, who cost United £75million from Everton.

The BBC report that Lukaku “appears likely to stay at Manchester United” with Inter unable to match United’s valuation as Ole Gunnar Solskajer puts his foot down at Old Trafford.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he is still looking for the “X-factor” as he continues to rebuild his Manchester United squad. (Daily Mirror)

Nicolo Barella has signed for Inter Milan. The Italian midfielder has joined the Club from Cagliari on an initial year-long loan deal, with an obligation to buy.

Manchester United have lost teenage goalscoring sensation, Mipo Odubeko, after the youngster turned down a new contract, with Bayern Munich, Feyenoord and Genoa ready to make their move. (Mail)

Manchester United ace Andreas Pereira has told Paul Pogba he is one of the players who must lead by example this season. (Daily Mirror)

Roma officials have met with Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld’s agent, but they have offered close to €20million whereas the London club are requesting the club meet his €28million clause.

AC Milan are nearing a deal for Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Fulham have contacted Brighton over a £15m transfer for Anthony Knockaert as they aim to bounce back to the Premier League. (Sun)

Arsenal will demand £8.8m for 33-year-old France defender Laurent Koscielny, who wants to leave the club and refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the US. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is in regular contact with PSG star Kylian Mbappe (Le10Sport)

Arsenal have revived their interest in Benfica defender Ruben Dias, who has a £57m release clause, in the wake of the Koscielny developments. (Mail)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will have the fitness levels to play the front foot football he wants next season. (Telegraph)

Manchester United could turn to Monaco’s France Under-19 defender Benoit Badiashile, 18 – also being monitored by Wolves – if they miss out on Leicester’s England international Harry Maguire, 26. (L’Equipe)

United will face a Perth Glory squad containing several schoolchildren in their opening tour game in Australia on Saturday. (Mail)

Everton will demand RB Leipzig pay £25million for striker Ademola Lookman (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham are in talks with Eintracht Frankfurt over a deal to sign 25-year-old French striker Sebastian Haller for around £40m. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United’s Republic of Ireland Under-17 striker Mipo Odubeko, 16, who scored 35 goals for the academy last season, has turned down a new contract. (Mail)

Juventus have agreed a fee of around  £63m with Ajax for their 19-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt. (De Telegraaf)

Real Madrid are monitoring Barcelona’s pursuit of Paris St-Germain striker Neymar because president Florentino Perez still regrets not signing the Brazilian, 27, from Santos. (Star)

West Ham have demanded £10m for Equatorial Guinea midfielder Pedro Obiang, 27, amid interest from Italian sides Bologna and Sassuolo. (Sun)

Tottenham are set to make a bid for Leeds’ English midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who the Yorkshire club value at £30m. (Mirror)

West Brom want to bring in Brentford’s French forward Neal Maupay, 22, but are behind Sheffield United and local rivals Aston Villa in the queue for his signature. (Express and Star)

Relegated Fulham have contacted Brighton over a move for their French winger Anthony Knockaert, 27. (Argus)

Manchester United remain interested in signing midfielder Sean Longstaff from Newcastle despite the clubs remaining a long way apart in their valuation of the 21-year-old Englishman. (Sky Sports)

But Newcastle’s £50m price tag on Longstaff may force Manchester United to end their pursuit. (ESPN)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could end up having to pay more to make Steve Bruce his new manager than he offered Rafael Benitez to stay. (Sun)

Blackpool are among the sides hoping to sign Everton’s Scotland Under-21 forward Fraser Hornby, 19, on loan this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Everton have had a £200,00 bid rejected by Fleetwood for 19-year-old England Under-19 goalkeeper Billy Crellin. (Mail)

Neil Lennon has rubbished a suggestion Celtic can’t compete financially with clubs in the English Championship. (Daily Record)

Martin Skrtel has confirmed talks with Rangers about a proposed summer move.  (Daily Record)


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