Man United’s £70m Arsenal move, Liverpool make £100m contact, Barnes on possible Fekir move, Forget Bassika as defender wants chance
Here is a roundup of the latest Liverpool and Manchester United news and gossip
Manchester United want to add Arsenal hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their attacking department, claims talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein.
Aubameyang has become the most important member of the Arsenal attack since his move to the Emirates and netted an impressive 31 goals for the Gunners last season.
However, there has been some talk in the media which has claimed that he has been tempted by a big money move to China, with talk that they are prepared to pay around £500,000-a-week to nail down his services.
But Goldstein has now come out and claimed that United are keen to add the Gabon striker to their ranks this summer, as Ole gunnar Solskjaer seeks to bolster his front-line.
“I’ve got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip,” Goldstein said on TalkSport
“I would say he has a hit-ratio of about, quite high, 75-25. He’s told me quite a few that have happened. Not just at United but other clubs as well.
“He told me about Anthony Martial, which I tweeted I think two days before United even approached. It was one of them ‘how do you know?’, one of those.
“He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, he is 29 years old, he is the finished article. United did something similar with [Robin] van Persie, Romelu Lukaku isn’t doing it for Solskjaer, I’m led to believe.”
Diogo Dalot is eager to become Manchester United’s first-choice right-back despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eagerness to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Dalot arrived in the summer transfer window in a shock £19 million transfer deal, as ex-boss Jose Mourinho wanted a long-term replacement for the aging Antonio Valencia, who has struggled with injuries and poor performances this season.
But despite his impressive displays for the Red Devils, there has been talk that Solskjaer is keen to splash close to £50 million to try and nail down the services of Wan-Bassika, who is regarded as one of the most gifted right-backs in the premier League.
However, Dalot has told the United boss that he is ready to push on and become the clubs next right-back.
“I just need to push on,” said Dalot on the Daily Express website.
“My goal is to make right-back my own.
“I know that some people thought I might come here and not play as much as I have. Some people thought I would play more.
”We all have different opinions but, overall, I think it was a very good season to settle in, start to know the club, know the league, know the atmosphere and now there is no excuse for next season.
”I only started playing properly and had my fitness in December, so it’s been very good for me to have the opportunity to play in some different positions.
“I want to make my statement in the team and play as much as I can at right-back because, I think it’s my best position. I just need to prove that to the manager with my work.”
Liverpool have discussed a possible move for Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly with the Napoli defender’s agent, reports have claimed.
With United seeking to add some much needed world class players to the squad over the course of the next few months, there has been a lot of speculation in the media over the past few months which have suggested the Red Devils are keen to sign up Koulibaly.
The United back-line have simply not been good enough this season and it cost the club the chance to get back inside the top four, meaning that United will have to spend another season in the Europa League.
Koulibaly is regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe right now and it is believed that Napoli will be interested in doing a summer deal, if the likes of United meet the high £110 million valuation they have placed on the powerhouses head.
And according to recent reports, United are understood to have lodged an initial £100m offer for the Senegal international.
Liverpool legend John Barnes isn’t convinced that the Reds need Lyon star Nabil Fekir or any other signings this summer.
Liverpool were on the brink of signing France international Fekir before the World Cup but Klopp pulled the plug amid concerns over his medical.
The France international required two operations on his right knee inside the space of a year due to a cruciate ligament rupture and that made Liverpool walk away from the deal, but the 25-year-old has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this season, scoring 12 goals and registering nine assists and Liverpool have kept a key interest.
And there had been some speculation in the media that Liverpool could reignite their interest in the Frenchman in the coming months, especially as Lyon are open to the idea of doing business.
But Barnes has opened up and claimed that Arsenal may not even need to spend any money on signing Fekir, or anyone else this summer.
He said on the TalkSPort website: “Fekir would be a good addition to the squad. But it’s going to be difficult to get into the front three. It’s always good to have quality to help the squad. But it’s pure speculation until it happens.
“I don’t necessarily feel that Liverpool are desperate to sign anybody because of the squad they have and with two new players coming back in terms of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, who didn’t feature last year. We’ve still got Adam Lallana.
“It could be good for the squad but I don’t think we’re desperate to sign anybody.”