Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool and Man United battle for £45m defender, Newcastle ace ‘wanted by rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online.

Liverpool hero Mohamed Salah has been urged to quit the European champions and move to Barcelona – by Nou Camp legend Samuel Eto’o – FULL STORY

Liverpool and Manchester United will battle for the signature of 22-year-old Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo. (Marca)

Meanwhile, Real Betis are interested in Reds striker Divock Origi, 24. (Estadio Deportivo)

Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is the subject of an £80m bid from Inter Milan. (L’Equipe)

Junior Firpo is on Liverpool and Man United’s radar


Junior Firpo is on Liverpool and Man United’s radar

Newcastle United are set to hold last-ditch talks with Rafael Benitez in an attempt to persuade the Spaniard to extend his contract as manager. The 59-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of June, has reportedly been offered a job in China. (Evening Chronicle)

Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has caught the eye of Real Madrid with his impressive form at the Copa America – it would take £35m to prise him away from the Toon in the current transfer market. FULL STORY

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Harry Maguire is set to become the world’s most expensive defender this week, having reportedly agreed a £80m move to Manchester City after snubbing rivals Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Man United will trigger their 12-month extension option in Marcus Rashford’s contract, amid fears the 21-year-old striker may leave when his current deal expires next summer. (The Sun)

Inter Milan are still €25m (£22.3m) short of the Red Devils’ valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Almiron became Newcastle’s record signing when he joined for £21m from Atlanta United in January


Almiron became Newcastle’s record signing when he joined for £21m from Atlanta United in January

Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the 23-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. (Sport Mediaset)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a personal plea to United chief Ed Woodward to move quickly and sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (Record)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia for an initial £600,000 from Real Zaragoza.(The Sun)

Adrian Durham discusses Aubameyang’s possible transfer to Manchester United

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been told it is a waste of time to try to sign Celtic’s 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will step up talks to sign Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old Englishman was instrumental in Villa’s promotion to the Premier League when on loan with the club last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Sheffield Unitedare among a number of clubs interested in £15m-rated defender Ben Gibson, 26, who has been told he can leave Burnley this summer.(Teamtalk)

Brighton have agreed to sign Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, 24, from Genk for £18m. (Sky Sports)

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed they have held talks with Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie. (Daily Echo)