Football rumours from the media – 8 June 2017

What the papers say

Manchester United dominate the gossip column, with their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata taking the headlines.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that United have issued a £60million take-it-or-leave-it offer to the European champions after they turned down an opening bid of £54.7million.

One transaction that will not be happening between United and Real is the sale of goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper has long been linked with a move to the Bernabeu, but Spanish newspaper Marca has said the LaLiga club’s interest has cooled.

The Manchester Evening News are reporting that United must pay £87million if they are to sign Andrea Belotti from Torino.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s potential Old Trafford exit could be hindered by his wage demands, with the Daily Star reporting that Everton will be unable to afford their former striker.

Chelsea are preparing a player-plus-cash deal for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, according to the Sun. The Premier League champions will offer £48million and Nemanja Matic to bring the Italian to Stamford Bridge.

The Independent are reporting that Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter is a £15million target for Tottenham.

Online/Social round-up

Romelu Lukaku
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is thought to be interested in returning to his former club Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

@MirrorFootball: Lionel Messi ‘agrees in principle’ to new deal at Barcelona

@SportWitness: From Belgium: Mino Raiola would prefer it if Romelu Lukaku joins Manchester United, but player eyeing Chelsea.

@DeadlineDayLive: Sevilla are interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

Players to watch

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe could snub Real Madrid and stay at Monaco (Adam Davy/Empics)

Kylian Mbappe: One of this summer’s most talked about players will snub a move to Real Madrid and stay with Monaco, reports French newspaper Le Parisien.Kyle Walker: The England right-back’s Tottenham exit might not be cut and dried, with the Mirror reporting Spurs are hiking up their asking price.Claude Puel: The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the Southampton manager is still a condemned man, but will not get fired until the club pinpoint a replacement.

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