Premier League Transfer News June 8, 2017: Jose Mourinho Target Valued at £87 Million, Arsenal Deal Breaks Down

Less than 24 hours until the transfer window slides open and the Premier League’s top teams are being linked with spending big this summer.

Manchester United paid a world-record sum to sign Paul Pogba last summer, and it may have to do so again during this window as Jose Mourinho seeks a new striker. His former club Chelsea is also in the market for a new forward, as well as Antonio Conte considering a swap deal to strengthen his defense.

Arsene Wenger looks to have been hit with a blow in his pursuit of one of Europe’s finest young talents, while Tottenham seeks a defender to join its already solid backline. Here, Newsweek guides you through the news and rumors on Thursday morning:

Jose Mourinho’s hunt for a striker has seen him linked with Europe’s finest. Manchester United has had a £52.4 million bid for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata turned down, according to Sky Sports.

Mourinho’s other option has been Torino’s 23-year-old striker Andrea Belotti, the Italian who scored 28 goals in Serie A last season. But the Manchester Evening News says United will have to meet Belotti’s £87 million release clause if it wants to bring him to Old Trafford.

Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his Chelsea squad ahead of the new season, and his pursuit of center back Leonardo Bonucci has been widely reported. This morning, The Sun says Chelsea is willing to offer £48 million for the Italian plus midfielder Nemanja Matic.

After reports yesterday that Romelu Lukaku had told his agent, Mino Raiola, that he wanted to join Chelsea, the London Evening Standard says the west London club will pay £80 million for the Belgian striker and pay him more than £150,000-a-week.

Lukaku looks set to replace Diego Costa as the club’s main striker after the Spaniard told reporters that Conte told him he was no longer needed at Chelsea and would need to find a new club, as quoted by the BBC.

In north London, Arsene Wenger has been reportedly chasing the signature of Monaco wonderboy Kylian Mbappe, 18. Arsenal is also facing competition from the might of Real Madrid, with some suggestions saying the young forward would cost a world-record sum. But, according to Le Parisien, Mbappe will reject any move away from Monaco and sign a new contract.

Real Madrid has also ended its interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, according to Marca, and will stick with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla instead.

Mauricio Pochettino will spend the summer trying to hold onto Tottenham’s best players, but he is also aiming to strengthen the team that finished runner-up in the Premier League last season. Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter, 23, is on his list of targets, The Independent says, and he would cost around £15 million.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is back up for grabs after Liverpool, which was set to pay £60 million for the Dutchman, released a statement apologizing to the south coast club and ending its interest in him.

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