Transfer news: Spurs want £75m for Toby Alderweireld, Loftus-Cheek, Fred & more

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Spurs set Alderweireld price

Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to bring in Toby Alderweireld, who has rejected the opportunity to sign a new contract at Tottenham, according to reports by the Daily Mirror.

Spurs are demanding a whopping £75 million for the centre-back after opening negotiations with United this week.

Alderweireld’s existing deal with Spurs doesn’t expire until 2020, but a clause in his contract dictates that he can leave for just £22 million next summer. That has prompted Spurs to listen to offers in the current window as they seek a fee to rival the money Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek not thinking about going loan again

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said he’s concentrating on the world cup.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed so much at Crystal Palace last season that he bagged a place in the England squad for the World Cup. Pressed on his future, he said: “I’m not thinking about [going on loan again] too much right now. I’m trying to focus on this summer and what’s to come.”

Manchester United to make Fred their first summer signing

United are closing in on their first signing of the summer, with Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred set to move to Old Trafford.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the midfielder could complete a medical as early as next week when he travels to England for Brazil’s friendly against Croatia at Anfield.

Jose Mourinho has spoken about wanting a Brazilian in his squad, and there’s still a chance that Fred could be joined by Alex Sandro and Willian as United look to wrap up most of their business before the World Cup.

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Manchester City were keen on Fred in January, but it seems they have switched their attention to Napoli playmaker Jorginho.

Top Clubs chase Lewandowski

Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all want to sign Robert Lewandowski, but Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness insists that the Bundesliga champions won’t sell the striker this summer.

Hoeness, in an interview with German magazine Kicker, pointed to Lewandowski’s contract, which doesn’t expire until 2021. “We will show the football world that the club holds more power,” he said.

Lewandowski has also been linked with Real Madrid, who could be willing to part with Karim Benzema following the Frenchman’s underwhelming season. Real are reportedly chasing England captain Harry Kane but could switch their focus to Lewandowski if Spurs refuse to play ball.

Man City near £60m Mahrez deal

Along with Jorginho, Pep Guardiola has earmarked Riyad Mahrez as a leading target to strengthen his title-winning team.

The 27-year-old handed in a transfer request after Leicester refused to entertain City’s interest in January, but it’s thought that the Foxes will enter talks this time around.

According to the Guardian, the champions will have to spend big to get their man, with Leicester demanding £75 million for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year.

The Guardian also says that Guardiola is tracking teenage Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.

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