first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United are set to blow Liverpool out of the water in the race to sign Christian Benteke. United will meet the Aston Villa striker’s £32.5m release clause and are confident of closing a deal. (The Sun)Manchester United have told Real Madrid to accept a final bid of £35m for Sergio Ramos – or forget about signing David De Gea in return. (Daily Star)Tottenham are in talks to sell Roberto Soldado to Spanish club Sevilla. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants £11million for the striker, who has scored just seven Premier League goals – three of them penalties – since arriving from Valencia in 2013 for £26m. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not want to sell Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal, amid reports from Spain that Athletic Bilbao are close to completing a £7m deal. (Daily Mirror)Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Manchester City target James McCarthy is a “central part of his plans” and will not be sold. (Daily Express)Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there is “no chance” star striker Gonzalo Higuain will leave the club this summer. The Argentina forward has been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all mooted to be interested at various points through the summer. (Daily Mirror)Watford are set to continue their squad strengthening for their return to the Premier League with the £3.5m purchase of the Holland winger Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar. (Guardian)Aston Villa are hopeful of completing the signing of Nice defender Jordan Amavi this week after agreeing a fee of around £9m. (Daily Telegraph)Claudio Ranieri could make former West Ham striker Carlton Cole his first signing. Leicester boss Ranieri is weighing up a move for free agent Cole as he knows him from his time in charge at Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Slaven Bilic has confirmed West Ham are still hoping to sign Alex Song, despite his injury problems. Barcelona midfielder Song could face surgery on an ankle problem and his potential transfer to West Ham has been held up. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Louis van Gaal says Manchester United plan to sell goalkeeper Victor ValdesArsenal defender Nacho Monreal closing in on £6m move to Athletic Bilbao – reportsManchester United and Roma ‘in talks’ to sign Argentina international Sergio Romero on free transferJuventus ready to offer Juan Cuadrado early exit from ChelseaRoma poised to fight off Chelsea interest to land young defenderEverton target Ivan Perisic close to agreeing Inter Milan moveCrystal Palace and Swansea City chase Hull star Dame N’Doye after Besiktas deal falls throughArsenal, Man United and Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain will NOT leave Napoli, claims club presidentManchester United enter race to land former Manchester City manStuttgart striker to hold talks over future as West Ham linked with swooplast_img

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