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Paper Talk: Dynamic midfield star wants Man Utd switch; Everton make £26m centre-back bid

A dynamic midfield star is keen on a move to Man Utd if Chelsea decide to sell him, while Everton have bid £26million in their efforts to sign a new centre-back, according to Thursday’s transfer gossip.



Chelsea star N’Golo Kante would be keen on a move to Manchester United if he leaves the west London outfit, according to a report in the Daily Star.

The France international has been linked with a shock switch to Old Trafford, as his future under Frank Lampard remains in the balance.

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The 29-year-old has rumoured to return to his native France.

The Athletic journalist David Ornstein does not believe that the player will end up leaving Chelsea this summer.

But should a move happen, Kante would prefer a stay in the Premier League due to the fact he is settled in England.

“I don’t think we should be getting too excited about the prospect of N’Golo Kante signing for Manchester United before the deadline. I don’t think he’ll be leaving Chelsea full stop,” he told the Tifo Podcast.

“Before the window, it was relayed to me that if Kante was to depart Stamford Bridge, then Old Trafford might be a potential destination for him.

“Why? When a player of such quality – even at the age of 29 – becomes available, there are very few major clubs who wouldn’t at least consider him, especially in that crucial holding midfield role.


“Then, there’s his relationship with Paul Pogba, they’re close friends and won the World Cup together with France.

“However, there’s no evidence that he’s available.

“I don’t see N’Golo Kante leaving Stamford Bridge, I don’t see him joining Manchester United and I don’t think they’ve even been in the market for that precise position in this transfer window.”

Kante’s midfield partner Jorginho has also been linked with a move away this summer, as the Blues continue to chase a deal for West Ham’s Declan Rice.



Everton have offered Norwich City £26million to sign their star centre-back Ben Godfrey. (Daily Telegraph)

Jadon Sancho believes he will be a Manchester United player before the transfer window closes on Monday. (The Sun)

Manchester United have been told Luka Jovic wants to join them – with Real Madrid set to make a decision on his future. (Daily Star)

Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance will soon be announced as a Leeds United player. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have given Antonio Rudiger a transfer ultimatum to sign a contract extension or stay out in the cold, amid interest from Tottenham and West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Lyon have completed the signing of midfielder Lucas Paqueta, potentially paving the way for Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)



Both Manchester United and Arsenal have distanced themselves from suggestions that Ainsley Maitland-Niles could move to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea cannot even find anyone to take Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan as they face wasting £5m to pay the ‘keeper to sit on the bench. (The Sun)

Tottenham are in talks with Italian giants Napoli about a shock £25m deal for Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik. (The Sun)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has made a stunning £23m bid for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster. (The Sun)

Dele Alli is considering his future after being left out of Tottenham’s squad again for the win over Chelsea. (The Times)

Manchester City have been told they must pay £23m if they want to buy Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax. (MEN)

England manager Gareth Southgate will name an extended squad on Thursday to ensure he can rotate players during this month’s international triple-header. (Daily Mail)




Nicolas Tagliafico will cost Manchester City in the region of £23m should they firm up interest in the Ajax defender. (Daily Mail)

A Roma official has landed in Manchester in a final attempt to sign United defender Chris Smalling, who spent last season on loan with the Italians. (Daily Mail)

Ross Barkley is targeting a place at next year’s Euros with England after sealing his loan move to Aston Villa. (Daily Telegraph)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has not even considered allowing Juan Mata to leave Manchester United this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City’s chances of signing David Alaba have been dealt a blow. Bayern Munich insist they will not sell the defender even though he is in the final year of his contract. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United had a loan enquiry turned down for Italy winger Federico Chiesa after failing to make a breakthrough in Jadon Sancho negotiations with Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Telegraph)

Jim Goodwin insists St Mirren won’t be selling star Kyle Magennis before the transfer window shuts. (Scottish Sun)

Aston Villa are favourites to sign 15-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith from Dundee United. (Dundee Telegraph)


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