Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, May 26: Man United to activate Griezmann’s £86m release clause, Arsenal offer Sanchez £270,000-a-week to stay

28 May

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

Manchester United are confident of clinching a deal for Antoine Griezmann this summer. United are ready to activate the forward’s £86million release clause at Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Wayne Rooney has at least two £50million offers from China to consider as his Manchester United career draws to a close. But it is thought Rooney would find it difficult to reject an emotional return to boyhood club Everton, despite the riches on offer in the Far East. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United sources have laughed off the idea that they would sell Ander Herrera to Barcelona, with the Europa League winners keen to hold on to their player of the season. (Independent)

Arsenal have made another offer to contract rebel Alexis Sanchez in a bid to keep him from Bayern Munich’s clutches. The deal is understood to be about £270,000-a-week, short of the £300,000 the Chile star is demanding. However, the offer is loaded with incentives taking it closer to the figure he wants. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool will have to smash their transfer record to have any hope of signing the Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita after the German side insisted that he was not for sale. (The Times)

Chelsea will reject any cut-price offers for Diego Costa this summer and are adamant that it will take a huge bid of over £60m to prise their leading goalscorer from Stamford Bridge. (The Times)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Borussia Dortmund chiefs that he wants to leave. The Gabon striker is reportedly a target for Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, while Arsenal and Liverpool have both been keen to try their luck. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have no plans to sign a goalkeeper this summer – despite speculation linking them with Iker Casillas. (Liverpool Echo)

Watford will tell all suitors for Troy Deeney that they will have to pay £35million to get their man this summer. The 28-year-old is a target for West Bromwich Albion while Leicester City and Everton have also discussed the Birmingham-born striker. (Daily Mail)

Premier League new boys Brighton are hoping to beat Newcastle United to the loan signing of Tammy Abraham after both clubs were given permission to speak to the Chelsea starlet. (Daily Telegraph)

Garry Monk is set for talks with Middlesbrough after quitting Leeds United. Boss Monk walked out of Elland Road on Thursday, despite a long-term contract being on the table. His departure leaves former Boro boss Aitor Karanka among the favourites for his old job — and it could end up as a job swap if Monk does end up joining the Teessiders following their relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Derby are trying to snap up George Boyd on a free to take advantage of his contract wrangle with Burnley. Scottish international midfielder Boyd, 31, is out of contract at the Premier League Clarets this summer. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Manchester United MUST mount a Premier League title challenge next season, according to former Red Devil Wes Brown

Wayne Rooney has been told he must leave Manchester United this summer by former Red Devils star Paul Parker

Juventus are pulling out of the race to sign highly-rated Arsenal target Corentin Tolisso

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is set to snub both Arsenal and Chelsea in order to join AC Milan

Newcastle United are set to kick off their summer spending spree with a sensational £39m bid for Sporting’s William Carvalho, according to reports

Swansea hitman Fernando Llorente has opened up on Chelsea’s attempt to land him in January

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