Transfer News: Man Utd Eye £50m Defender | Chelsea Line-Up £15m Bid For Brazilian

By on August 4, 2016

The summer transfer window is in full swing so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, we’ve got news on Manchester United’s continued pursuit of John Stones while Chelsea are linked with a Brazilian youngster….

Man Utd remain keen on Stones

John Stones

Image: Liverpool Echo

First up and ESPN claim that Manchester United remain keen on Everton’s £50m-rated defender John Stones as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in a top class centre-back before the end of the summer.

Mourinho has already splashed out on Eric Bailly but there are concerns the Ivory Coast youngster isn’t ready to be a regular at a club like United just yet so the Red Devils are hoping to sign a more established partner for Chris Smalling.

ESPN claim that United are still monitoring John Stones’ situation with Everton understood to be willing to do business at £50m but the England international has also been attracting interest from Manchester City.

Stones has developed in to one of the hottest prospects in British football and no doubt has a huge future ahead of him, however, ESPN suggest that while United remain keen, the 22-year-old may not fit the profile of player that Mourinho is looking for.

The former Chelsea boss is understood to want an experienced centre-back who will lead the team and the report indicates that United could yet make a move for Southampton’s Jose Fonte or Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.

It’s certainly going to be an interesting few weeks and I suspect that once United wrap-up their proposed move for Paul Pogba, Mourinho will focus on bringing in a new defender during the closing stages of the window.

Chelsea eye £15m Brazilian

Next up and the Mirror are reporting that Chelsea are considering launching a £15m bid to sign highly-rated Brazilian youngster Thiago Maia.

Antonio Conte has been relatively quiet in the transfer market since taking over with the Italian tactician bringing in midfielder N’Golo Kante and striker Michy Batshuayi but he’s hinted that there will be plenty of activity over the coming weeks.

While a dominant centre-back such as Kalidou Kaulibaly and a top class striker like Romelu Lukaku are understood to be Conte’s priorities, the Mirror claim that the Blues boss is also eyeing a move for Santos midfielder Maia.

The 19-year-old has been impressing at Santos since breaking in to the first team two years ago and the newspaper says that his agent, Kia Joorabchian, has planned talks with Chelsea about a potential £15m move.

The Blues will get a chance to watch Maia in action this summer as the defensive midfielder is due to represent Brazil at the Olympics and it’s understood that he could be in-line for a huge windfall if he does join Chelsea, as he still owns 30% of his own economic rights.

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So that’s the latest transfer news. Which centre-back would Man Utd fans like to see join the club? Do Chelsea supporters think they need to add another defensive midfielder?

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One Comment

  1. FPL

    August 5, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Everton are going to have a massive budget if both Stones & Lukaku go.

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