The top stories making Monday’s back pages in the UK…
The Sun: Kevin De Bruyne admits it will be seriously tempting to return to England when Manchester City come calling. Also: Southampton new boy Jordy Clasie has revealed his heartache at being deserted by his mum.
Daily Mirror: Tottenham are ready to accept £11million for Roberto Soldado and have opened talks with Villarreal over a deal. Also: Lee Tomlin is trying to force his way out of Middlesbrough to get a move to the Premier League. And: Fulham will sign Dwight Gayle on loan from Crystal Palace this week.
Daily Star: Ashley Young has been offered a new three-year contract by Manchester United – with the option of a further year.
Daily Mail: Manchester City face a battle to keep one of the club’s most higly-rated youngsters after it emerged that attacking midfielder Marcos ‘Rony’ Lopes is a transfer target for a host of French sides. Also: Middlesbrough are lining up an improved £14million bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.
Daily Express: Arsene Wenger yesterday ended his Jose Mourinho jinx – yet the hostilities between the two managers goes on. Also: Atalanta defender Yohan Benalouane has confirmed he has agreed to join Leicester this summmer.
Metro: Arsenal have beaten Manchester United to sign Benfica goalkeeper Joao Virginia, according to reports. Also: Arsenal are hoping to complete the signing of Yoann Gourcuff, according to reports.
Daily Telegraph: Liverpool are determined to sign Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev and are readying a £14.9m bid to land the left winger. Also: West Ham United fear Enner Valencia could miss at least the first four months of the new season with the knee and ankle injuries he suffered in the Europa League.
The Times: Rafael Da Silva will become the sixth high-profile departure at Manchester United this summer with the Brazil defender joining Lyons in a £2.1 million deal. Also: José Mourinho accused Arsène Wenger of shunning the chance of a handshake and ditching his attacking philosophy as the feud between the Chelsea manager and his rival continued in the wake of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory in the FA Community Shield yesterday.
The Guardian: Dick Advocaat hopes to be in a position to include two new midfielders, Yann M’Vila and Leroy Fer, in the Sunderland squad he will take to Leicester City on Saturday.
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