Paper Talk: Friday deadline looms for Man Utd centre-back deal; Woodward sees attacker bid rebuffed

Manchester United’s hopes of adding a new centre-back could face a deadline on Friday, while their first offer for Nicolas Pepe has been rejected, all in today’s papers.

MAN UTD’S TRANSFER TURMOIL

It’s been widely reported that Man Utd chief exec Ed Woodward has missed the last leg of United’s pre-season tour in a bid to get a couple of transfers over the line.
The Telegraph claim that Woodward will need to speed up his move for a centre-back as a result of Toby Alderweireld’s release clause, which expires on Friday.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s number one defensive target is Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, but Brendan Rodgers has again stated that the Foxes are in no rush to sell the England man and in fact have no need to sell the former Sheffield United defender.
Time is ticking on the deal because if they cannot get Maguire done by this Friday, long-term target Alderweireld’s release clause of £25million expires. The feeling is that Spurs chief Daniel Levy will then inflate that fee to £40million.
Elswhere, Yahoo Sport France, report that United’s first bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has been rebuffed.
Lille are understood to want around £70million for the player and much could depend on Romelu Lukaku’s future.
Inter Milan are dragging their feet over meeting United’s asking price for the Belgium forward and Calciomercato claim new Inter boss Antonio Conte has told club officials to up the ante in a bid to get Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

AND THE REST

Danny Rose TEAMtalk
Paris St-Germain have moved ahead of Juventus in the race for Tottenham defender Danny Rose and are confident of completing a £20m deal for the 29-year-old England international. (Sun)
Liverpool are prepared to offload England Under-21 midfielder Ovie Ejaria permanently this summer. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will not join the summer tour as the club continues to work on transfers with two weeks to go before the deadline. (ESPN)
Dani Ceballos TEAMtalk
Dani Ceballos will join Arsenal on a season-long loan after Real Madrid rejected an offer from Tottenham (ESPN)
Birmingham City are leading the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter on loan for the season. (Telegraph)
Beatriz Haddad Maia, the Brazilian who beat former champion Garbine Muguruza in the first round at this year’s Wimbledon, has been provisionally suspended following a positive drug test. (Telegraph)
Woodward remains confident of completing deals for Leicester’s England defender Harry Maguire, 26, and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21. (London Evening Standard)
Man Utd have told Inter Milan time is running out if they want to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26. (Mail)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery will decide in the next two weeks whether to let England Under-21 winger Reiss Nelson, 19, join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan. (Sun)
Gunners centre-back Rob Holding was almost caught out by a fan after they handed him at Tottenham shirt to sign – but the 23-year-old refused to sign it. (Twitter)
Tottenham have moved closer to signing Real Betis’ Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, for £45m. (Sun)
Celtic boss Neil Lennon will hold talks with Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney, 22, after a third bid from Arsenal was rejected for failing to meet the Scottish club’s valuation of £25m. (Daily Record)
Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, says he wants to play in the Premier League amid rumours of a move to Manchester United. (Mirror)
Sporting and Manchester United are still divided over the fee for Fernandes, with the Premier League side £7m short of the Portuguese outfit’s £62m valuation. (Star)

Leicester have reportedly offered to double the wages of Sampdoria’s Belgium midfielder Dennis Praet, 25, in order to beat AC Milan to the transfer. (Leicester Mercury)
Aston Villa have given up on their pursuit of Brentford winger Said Benrahma after having a £14m bid for the 23-year-old Algeria international rejected. (Sky Sports)
Liverpool will not allow England Under-21 midfielder Ovie Ejaria to leave on loan again this season – but are prepared to sell the 21-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is still looking to bring one more player in this summer, but admits it will be a very different transfer window to last summer’s when they spent £170m. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 21, who spent last term on loan at West Brom, is set for a second successive season away, joining Championship side Blackburn. (Manchester Evening News)
Dele Alli has defended himself after the Tottenham midfielder was snapped appearing to collapse on a sun lounger on Greek island Mykonos. (Mail)
Jordan Henderson revealed he wanted to share the Champions League trophy lifting duties with James Milner and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Mail)
Steve Bruce TEAMtalk
Sheffield Wednesday believe Steve Bruce’s £3.5m release clause was leaked to Newcastle after submitting a complaint to the Premier League. (Mail)
Marco Asensio left the field in tears after suffering a serious-looking knee injury during Real Madrid’s friendly clash with Arsenal. (Mail)
Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool are still active in the transfer market despite enduring a quiet window so far. (Mail)
Sheffield United are showing an interest in Dutch goalkeeper Michael Verrips from Mechelen in Belgium. (Mail)
Andreas Pereira TEAMtalk
Andreas Pereira has boldly claimed he can be like Manchester United legend David Beckham. (Sun)
Manchester City’s John Stones has vowed to navigate his career back on course after a choppy end to last season.  (Sun)
West Brom want to take Everton’s 22-year-old defender Mason Holgate back on loan after the England Under-21 international spent the second half of last season at the Hawthorns. (Sky Sports)
Sheffield United want to hijack Leroy Fer’s return to Holland. The 29-year-old midfielder, a free agent after leaving Swansea, is in talks with Feyenoord. (Sun)
Ipswich’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge, 30, has told manager Paul Lambert he would like to leave the club, amid interest from QPR. (East Anglian Daily Times)
James Tavernier insists he’s flattered to feature on former club Newcastle’s radar – but remains fully focused on Rangers. (Scottish Sun)
Fabian Delph says the volume of training is higher at Everton than at Manchester City. (Guardian)

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