Football transfer rumours: Elseid Hysaj a target for Manchester United?

Ed Aarons on 15 May 2018

Despite doing everything to show that he is a man for the big occasion in helping his team reach a third successive Champions League final, Real Madrid are continuing their seemingly never-ending search for Keylor Navas’s replacement by switching their sights to Thibaut Courtois.

All is not well at Stamford Bridge after Newcastle and Huddersfield condemned Chelsea to Thursday night football next season and the Belgian could be one of the first out of the door this summer. He has only a year left on his contract having stalled on signing a new deal worth £200,000 a week and has always said he intends to return to the Spanish capital at some point in his career having spent three years on loan at Atlético Madrid. With Manchester United digging their heels in over David de Gea, Courtois is seen as the next best thing and could therefore be on his way to Spain.

Speaking of Manchester United, Albania international Elseid Hysaj is a target for José Mourinho. The Napoli man has a £44m release clause – a figure described as “quite modest for a full back” – and could therefore be on his way to Old Trafford to replacing the ageing Antonio Valencia.

PSG’s Thomas Meunier is an alternative, presumably for quite a lot less. It’s going to be a busy summer by the looks of things in Manchester because Mourinho is also eyeing up a move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who has a £53m release clause. Pep Guardiola has been linked to the Brazil international in the past and PSG have now entered the fray as well.

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In promising news for Newcastle fans, it seems Rafael Benítez has held talks with PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola over a potential move, perhaps signalling that he may still be there in August. Italian media is reporting the Spaniish manager has already turned down an approach from Napoli because he is negotiating a new contract on Tyneside.

Down in south London, a former Newcastle player could be set to stay a little longer if things all go to plan. Yohan Cabaye has played his part in Crystal Palace’s strong end to the season and could now be persuaded to sign a new deal on reduced terms. His future and that of Wilfried Zaha, who has once again been attracting the attention of Manchester City, may take a while longer to be resolved.

Fresh from their own feat of escapology, Southampton are already casting the net far and wide and could end up landing Denmark forward Pione Sisto if they are prepared to pay his £36m release clause to Celta Vigo. Sofiane Boufal could be on his way, however, after his fallout with Mark Hughes. The Morocco forward has admitted he wants to return to France tout suite.

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