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Paper Talk: Man Utd have £60m offer on table to sign 26-goal striker; Newcastle to offer star £1m incentive to snub Villa switch

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Manchester United have a big-money offer on the table to snap up Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, while Friday’s Paper Talk claims that Newcastle are offering Philippe Coutinho an incentive to join them over Aston Villa and Tottenham are chasing a highly-touted EFL defender.

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Manchester United reportedly have a €71million (£59.8m) offer on the table to sign highly-touted Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

The Portuguese giants are said to be willing to cash in on the exciting marksman, who is also being linked with Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle.

United are looking to replace Edinson Cavani this summer, while doubts have also emerged over the future of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood remains suspended.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to complete his two-year deal with the club in 2022-23. Indeed, Ralf Rangnick has already confirmed that the Red Devils want a new No.9 to partner Ronaldo next term.

And it would appear that Nunez could be that man.

The 22-year-old Uruguay international is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.

Nunez has notched 26 goals from 33 appearances for Benfica this season and is known for his movement, speed and finishing ability.

The Daily Telegraph does, however, claim that Champions League football would be necessary to seal a deal for the attacker.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League and are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. The Gunners also have a game in hand on their rivals.

NEWCASTLE OFFER COUTINHO INCENTIVE TO SIGN

Newcastle could reportedly offer Philippe Coutinho a £1million bonus to sign him ahead of Arsenal and Aston Villa.

The Barcelona playmaker has impressed on loan at Villa after arriving in the January transfer window.

But Spanish publication Sport claims the Saudi-backed Magpies have made contact over the Brazilian star via intermediaries.

It’s still claimed that Barca would be happy to turn his Villa switch into a permanent £33.5m deal.

However, any intervention from cash-rich Newcastle might drastically change the situation – with the financially-hit Catalan giants needing more funds to complete moves for prospective summer targets.

TOTTENHAM CHASING TOP EFL TALENT

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Tottenham have turned their attention to highly-rated Oxford United defender Luke McNally.

Football Insider claims that Spurs have been alerted to the potential availability of the 22-year-old amid plenty of interest from other clubs.

It’s reported that one bid of £2million has already been submitted for the player.

Football Insider states that Fabio Paratici has now stepped up his efforts to sign the Republic of Ireland international.

Tottenham scouts have been watching McNally recently and intend to carry on doing so until the end of the campaign.

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2 in, 1 out: The transfer scenarios that might play out at Portsmouth early in the summer transfer window

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Portsmouth will be looking to move forward as a club under the guidance of head coach Danny Cowley in the 2022/23 campaign.

Whereas Pompey did produce some encouraging performances in League One last season, a lack of consistency throughout the term resulted in them finishing 10 points adrift of the play-offs places.

In order to emerge as legitimate contenders for a top-six finish, Portsmouth will need to nail their transfer recruitment in the coming months.

Cowley will also need to make decisions regarding the futures of some of the current members of his squad.

Ahead of the start of the window, we have decided to take a look at three transfer scenarios that could play out at Portsmouth…

In: Lynden Gooch

As per a recent report from BBC Sport journalist Andrew Moon, Portsmouth are interested in signing Lynden Gooch this summer.

However, any potential deal will depend on whether Sunderland opt against extending the defender’s stay at the Stadium of Light as his current deal is set to expire next month.

The 26-year-old provided six direct goal contributions in 41 league appearances last season as he helped the Black Cats seal promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

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Another player who has been linked with a move to Portsmouth is Notts County forward Kyle Wootton.

Cowley recently admitted that Wootton is on a list of potential targets heading into the upcoming window.

Currently on course to become a free-agent this summer, the forward scored 19 goals for Notts County in the National League last season and will unquestionably be keen to test himself in the Football League again in the upcoming campaign.

Quiz: 24 facts every Portsmouth supporter should know about their club – Can you score full marks?

Out: Sean Raggett

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Portsmouth will be desperate to keep Sean Raggett at Fratton Park this summer as he produced a host of impressive performances for the club last season.

In the 45 league appearances that he made for Pompey, the defender managed to record an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.10.

Although Portsmouth have offered Raggett a new contract, the 29-year-old could opt to move on to pastures new when his current deal expires if he attracts interest from a team in a higher division.

In order to cover the possibility of Raggett leaving the club, Pompey will need to draft up a list of replacements for him.

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2 in, 1 out: The transfer scenarios that might play out at Stoke City early in the summer transfer window

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After a disappointing bottom-half finish in the Championship in 2021/22, Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill will know that his side simply have to be better next term or it could be his head on the chopping block. 

Having a successful summer is a step in the right direction and it would not be a surprise if they look to be proactive and make moves early in the window.

The window opens next month and we’ve highlighted three transfer scenarios that might play out at Stoke early on…

In: Romaine Sawyers

Romaine Sawyers has returned to West Bromwich Albion after his loan spell at Stoke last season and, according to Stoke On Trent Live, the Potters are expected to consider a fresh move for him this summer.

Joe Allen has been linked with the exit door and should he depart, O’Neill may feel it’s worth making an early move for the Albion midfielder to bolster his options in the centre of the park.

Sawyers should be available, too, after the Baggies opted not to activate the extension in his contract meaning he’s set to become a free agent.

In: Ryan Porteous 

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O’Neill has been watching Scottish top flight games as he prepares for the summer window, which suggests he may be looking at targets north of the border in the upcoming window.

Hibs centre-back Ryan Porteous has been linked with a Championship move in the past, with Millwall and QPR said to be interested at the time, while with Taylor Harwood-Bellis’ loan now done, it would not be a surprise to see them look to sign a replacement.

The 23-year-old may well be a player on Stoke’s radar and if he is then going for him early – to avoid late-window competition and allow him a full pre-season – could be a smart move.

Quiz: Can you name which club Stoke City sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

Out: Benik Afobe 

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When the Stoke boss spoke of “legacy players on high wages which are hurting us a bit” recently, striker Benik Afobe was undoubtedly one of those he was referring to.

The 29-year-old has made just two appearances for the Potters since the 2018/19 campaign but is earning a wage of £16,731-a-week (as per Capology) and under contract until next summer.

Offloading him early in the window would allow the club to clear space on the wage bill for new recruits to be brought in.

Having impressed at The Den while on loan there last season, Millwall boss Gary Rowett has hinted they would be interested in a new deal for the striker.

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