Atletico to fight off Man Utd, Real by offering Griezmann bumper new deal

When pressed on Antoine Griezmann’s future, Diego Simeone reveals he is in the dark, but praises his qualities nonetheless.

The football world’s gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals here.

Atleti ready to fight for Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann, a player reportedly able to take his pick of a move to either Manchester United or Real Madrid this summer, will not be sold by Atletico Madrid without a fight, according to AS.

The Spanish publication reports that talks have already begun over an improved contract for the France international, and they are certainly worth listening to, with a pay rise of €3 million per year said to be on the table. That would see Griezmann improve his salary to €10m annually.

Any new deal could keep Griezmann at the club beyond 2021 and, perhaps more importantly, increase his release clause in an effort to ward off the likes of United and Real.

Shaw to see time ahead of summer sale

The Mirror reports that Jose Mourinho has been told to give Luke Shaw plenty of playing time between now and the end of the season so that Manchester United are able to recoup as much money as possible should they choose to sell the left-back.

Shaw started United’s 3-0 Premier League win against Sunderland on Sunday, a decision from Mourinho that represented a big turnaround after he questioned the player’s commitment earlier this month and then said he helped him through the draw against Everton. Mourinho is said to have already decided to sell the England international, who signed from Southampton for around £27m in 2014, as he continues to overhaul United’s squad.

Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger have already been moved on this season, with more expected to follow in the summer.

Pepe has no shortage of suitors

Marca reckons that Pepe is certain to leave Real Madrid come the end of the current campaign, and the veteran defender reportedly has plenty of options to consider when it comes to making his next move.

The 34-year-old is a two-time European champion with Los Blancos but his time at the Bernabeu looks to be coming to an end over a disagreement about the length of contract going forward. He wants two years, but Madrid have only offered one.

A swansong at Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain is sure to appeal to the Portugal international, but financially the lure of the Chinese Super League could prove hard to resist too.



– Everton boss Ronald Koeman has issued Ross Barkley an ultimatum: Sign a new contract or leave Goodison Park.

The midfielder has 12 months left to run on his contract, and Koeman has urged the 23-year-old to commit to a new deal as the Toffees aren’t interested in a drawn out transfer saga this summer.

Max Meyer and Schalke are preparing to go their separate ways at the end of the season, Bild claims, with Tottenham ready to sign the Germany international forward for a fee in the region of €20m.

Meyer has little more than a year left on his deal and the Bundesliga side want to cash in on him while they still can.

– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will cut a deal with former employers Juventus for the transfer of Juan Cuadrado, according to Calcio Mercato.

Juve already have the Colombia international on a long-term loan deal, but they are keen to tie up his permanent signing for a €25m fee.

– Leicester are interested in adding Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to their squad next season, either on loan or in a £15m permanent transfer, the Sun claims.

Abraham has scored 24 times on loan at Bristol City this season and Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has had the 19-year-old scouted.

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