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Transfer Talk: New doubts arise for De Gea’s future at Man Utd

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De Gea’s United future in fresh doubt

The Mirror have revealed fresh doubts over the future of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, claiming the Spaniard is yet to agree a new deal at Old Trafford.

Reports last month had claimed the 28-year-old was on the verge of signing a new long-term contract worth around £350,000 a week, but it is now believed that no breakthrough has been made in negotiations between United chiefs and de Gea’s representatives.

Such developments are likely to be welcome news for a string of top European clubs, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid still believed to be keen on doing a deal.

Former Atletico Madrid stopper De Gea is free to talk to European clubs at the turn of the year, and could sign a pre-contract agreement that would see him leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side for nothing next summer.

No cash to trade hands in Barca Neymar deal

Marca claims Barcelona are feeling the squeeze following of a heavy summer of spending, and the Spanish publication reckons the Catalan giants will only consider a move for Neymar if PSG are open to a player-swap deal.

The La Liga champions have spent well in excess of £200 million this summer, with more than £100 million being splashed on Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, while moves for Frenkie De Jong and Neto have also left a heavy dent in the Barca finances.

Those moves, plus their unsuccessful attempts to sell Philippe Coutinho, mean they are no longer in a position to offer Paris Saint-Germain a package that includes any cash in exchange.

Despite the situation, coupled with Real Madrid’s well-documented attempts to sign the Brazilian, Barca are convinced the 27-year-old will remain in France until at least January.

Inter keen on Biraghi reunion

Inter Milan’s summer spending is showing no signs of letting up following the signing of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, and Calciomercato claims the Nerazzurri are hoping to clinch a deal to re-sign former youth player Cristiano Biraghi from Fiorentina.

The 26-year-old failed to make a senior appearance for Inter after joining the club as a 13-year-old in 2005, but has prospered in Tuscany with Fiorentina, and his form at left-back has seen him earn senior international honours with Italy.

Last season’s form reportedly caught the eye of Antonio Conte, who is considering his options for the left-back berth, with reports claiming the former Chelsea boss is unconvinced with current incumbent Kwadwo Asamoah.

Biraghi would be the second major defensive acquisition for Inter this summer, following Diego Godin‘s arrival from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.

Tap Ins

– Lyon are targeting a late swoop for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi, and Calciomercato claims the French side are not put off by the player’s €3 million-per-year salary. The Giallorrossi are reluctant to sell the former Blackburn Rovers man for anything under €20 million, but a deal is expected to be agreed.

– Liverpool have been left short in the goalkeeping department following an injury to first-choice stopper Alisson, as well as the sale of Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge, and The Mirror claims Jurgen Klopp’s side could offer free agent Andy Longergan a contract to provide cover between the sticks.

– Former Tottenham and West Brom winger Nacer Chadli is believed to be on the move, with reports in the Belgian press claiming the 30-year-old is set to swap Monaco for Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht. The Belgium international has struggled to settle in Ligue 1 after making the switch across the Channel a year ago.

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