Ten Hag blows as Man City step in to sign Man Utd’s top midfield target

Manchester City are ready to make a move towards Manchester United midfielder’s top summer target Frenkie de Jong, while Friday’s Paper Talk names Tottenham and Newcastle as main contenders for Jordan Pickford as Everton plan to cash in of one of their best stars.

MAN CITY TO TAKE TOP UNITED TARGET OF JONG

Manchester City have added major Manchester United target midfielder Frenkie de Jong to their transfer wishlist as they seek to freshen up parts of Pep Guardiola’s squad this summer.

the Daily mail claims that City, fresh from their devastating defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, plan to start next season with at least three new faces.

The Premier League champions are set to land striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund to fill a void up front. Guardiola, meanwhile, will also lead rule on Argentine striker Julian Alvarez during pre-season.

But the City boss is also looking to capture a midfielder who can play a box-to-box role. And it’s there DeJong fits in.

Guardiola wanted to sign the Ajax player three years ago. However, City were beaten to his signature by Barcelona.

They could reignite that interest if Barca are forced to sell the 24-year-old due to financial constraints.

Ten Hag wants De Jong on board at Old Trafford

City will have a battle on their hands to secure their man, however, with new United boss Erik ten Hag also making his compatriot a priority signing from Old Trafford.

Ten Hag is expected to bring in a number of signings this summer as part of a United squad overhaul.

But it now looks like he could face a major test in his efforts to onboard De Jong, if the report in the To post is correct.

TOTTENHAM, NEWCASTLE LINE-UP PICKFORD MOVE

Everton would be ready to listen to the offers of the England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – even if they remain standing.

The 28-year-old will push for a move if the Toffees are relegated from the Premier League. This is to preserve his status as Gareth Southgate’s No. 1 at the World Cup in Qatar.

Either way, manager Frank Lampard is considering cashing in on Pickford to fund a summer rebuild.

Pickford, who joined Everton from hometown club Sunderland in 2017 for £25m, is one of the Merseysiders’ most salable assets.

Tottenham are known to be monitoring Pickford’s situation with Newcastle, as reported talkSPORT. However, his links with Sunderland would make a move to St James’ Park potentially awkward and highly unlikely.

Spurs have been admirers of Pickford for several years. But the consistency of Hugo Lloris prevented them from moving before.

The Frenchman signed a new contract with the club until 2024 in January but that hasn’t stopped Tottenham from looking to the future.

CONFLICT REPORTS ON THE NEW MBAPPE PSG AGREEMENT

Kylian Mbappe is set to sign a two-year contract extension with Paris St-Germain worth £42.5m a year, plus an £85m signing fee for the 23-year-old years.

Kylian Mbappé celebrating for Paris Saint-Germain

This is according to a report The Parisianalthough the attacker’s mother denied the reports.

That, in turn, gives Real Madrid hope that a deal can still be done for the French star.

She said: “There is no agreement in principle with Paris Saint-Germain or any other club. Discussions around Kylian’s future are continuing with great serenity to allow him to make the best choice. , with respect for all parties.

Mbappe’s contract is still set to expire at the end of the season, leaving his future wide open.