Gossip – Man Utd to offer £173m plus De Gea for Ronaldo

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Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, has told his agent Jorge Mendes to seal a dream return to Manchester United. (Sun)

But Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not want his compatriot as he feels he is a player in decline. (Diario Gol via Daily Star)

Real boss Zinedine Zidane has called Ronaldo to try to convince him to stay with the Spanish champions. (Marca)

Manchester United will offer £183m plus their 26-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea in exchange for Ronaldo and Spain striker Alvaro Morata. (Tuttosport via Daily Mail)

Alternatively, United will offer Spain international De Gea and £175m for Ronaldo and pursue Morata, 24, in a separate deal. (Daily Mirror)

If De Gea goes to Madrid, then United could move for AC Milan’s 18-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as a replacement. (Calciomercato via Metro)

Serie A side AC Milan could make a move for Manchester City’s 30-year-old keeper Joe Hart, who was on loan at fellow Serie A side Torino last season, if Donnarumma leaves them. (Daily Express)

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is attracting interest from clubs in Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States as well as China, but the 31-year-old England captain could still stay at the Old Trafford club.(Times – subscription required)

Chelsea are to increase their efforts to sign Juventus’ Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 26, and Monaco and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22.(Guardian)

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 24, wants to leave Paris St-Germain for Barcelona.(Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Barcelona are to activate a buyback clause in Everton and Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu’s contract which will see the Goodison Park club receive about £10.5m.(Times – subscription required)

Marco Asensio could ask to leave Real Madrid if the club sign players that could limit his playing time, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus having enquired about the 21-year-old Spain attacking midfielder.(Diario Gol via Daily Star)

Liverpool remain in talks with Roma over winger Mohamed Salah, 25, but will not pay more than £35m for the Egypt international, which falls short of the Serie A club’s valuation. (Sky Sports)

Everton will take their summer spending past £60m this week by signing Malaga’s Spain striker Sandro Ramirez, 21.(Daily Star)

Southampton are keen on Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, but want Tottenham to reduce their £20m asking price. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth’s Norway striker Joshua King, 25, says he is flattered to be linked with a move to Spurs.(Bournemouth Echo)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has included Premier League-based options in each of the four areas of the team he wants to address this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester City are set to confirm the appointment of Michael Appleton as Craig Shakespeare’s assistant and are considering a second bid for West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 29.(Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal striker Takuma Asano, 22, will stay on loan at German club Stuttgart next season instead of returning to the Gunners as the Japan forward does not meet work permit guidelines.(Daily Express)

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The Daily Express reports that Chelsea will make an improved offer £60m for Juventus’ Alex Sandro

Meanwhile…

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini will make his professional tennis debut at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Milan later this month. (ESPN)

Manchester City playmaker David Silva, 31, says he would retire if he won the Champions League, the one trophy that has eluded him in his career.(Daily Mail)

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, 36, has been pictured playing golf with Steve Bruce, increasing speculation that he will join Aston Villa.(Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal are expected to appoint former Liverpool fitness expert Darren Burgess into a new role as director of high performance. (Daily Telegraph)

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Paolo Maldini wrote: “Ready for the Aspria Milano ATP Challenge” in a post on Instagram

The best of Sunday’s transfer news

Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)

But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”. (Sunday Telegraph)

Chelsea have emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old. (Sunday Express)

The Premier League champions could scupper Manchester United’s move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata with a £70m bid for the 24-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham could move for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, 27, with boss Mauricio Pochettino wanting cover at centre-back. (Sun)

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