Wednesday’s big transfer rumours: Manchester United identify Lukaku replacement

What the papers say

Arsenal are set to make an improved £19 million offer for Celtic’sKieran Tierneyafter having an initial bid rejected, theDaily Mailreports. The Gunners were knocked back with their opening £15 million offer but are hopeful of reaching a compromise after Unai Emery identified the 22-year-old as his number-one left-back target, the paper says.

Crystal Palace are considering a bid for Liverpool goalkeeperSimon Mignolet, theDaily Mirrorsays. The 31-year-old is on course to leave Anfield this summer and is available for around £8 million, the paper claims. Brighton are also said to be interested in the Belgium international.

Simon Mignolet
Crystal Palace are said to be interested in Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (David Davies/PA)

Laurent Koscielnyis reportedly in talks with Arsenal over an early departure from the Emirates. The 33-year-old captain’s contract expires at the end of next season but he may decide that this summer is his last chance to move to another European club, theDaily Telegraphsays. Reports in France suggest Lyon and Rennes are among the clubs interested.

The departure of Rafael Benitez as Newcastle manager has led to speculation over who could replace him at St James’ Park. According to theDaily Mirror, four-time Ligue 1 winner Laurent Blanc, former Leicester managerClaudio Ranieriand ex-Feyenoord bossGiovanni van Bronckhorsthave already expressed interest in the position. And theDaily Mailnames Manchester City assistant coachMikel Artetaand Burnley’sSean Dycheas potential candidates.

Meanwhile, the Magpies could see the departure of several of their top stars following Benitez’s exit, according toThe Sun.Ayoze Perezis considering a move back to Spain, while centre-halfFabian Scharand keeperMartin Dubravkacould also be open to any approaches, the paper says.

Social media round-up

Arsenal ‘ready’ to raid Torino for £22.5m Italy international

— The Sun Football  (@TheSunFootball)June 26, 2019

Tottenham close on Ndombele transfer after Pochettino’s personal intervention

— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball)June 26, 2019

Players to watch

Mathis Rayan Cherki: Manchester United are weighing up a bid for the 15-year-old Lyon star, theDaily Telegraphclaims. The teenager is said to have also attracted interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Wissam Ben Yedder: United are also considering a move for Sevilla striker Ben Yedder, according to theDaily Mirror. The 28-year-old, who is also a target for Barcelona and Paris St Germain, could be seen as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, the paper says.


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