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Man United and Liverpool battle it out for Portuguese midfielder and more transfer gossip

Elsewhere, Leicester City look set to break their transfer record and new boys Middlesbrough bring in Dutchman from Serie A.

HERE’S THE GOOD, the bad and unlikely football moves being talked about today.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly keen on Porto’s 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves. Valued at £13 million (€15m), the teenager played 35 times for his club last season but missed out on a place in Portugal’s Euro 2016 squad.

Portugal Soccer Porto's Ruben Neves (centre) in action against Sporting Lisbon. Source: AP/Press Association Images


United are eager to add fresh faces ahead of Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge and they are in talks with Mexican winger Hirving Lozano, according to his club Pachuca.

The 20-year-old is capped seven times for his country and will feature at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

Arsenal are in the market for a striker and they have been linked with big-money moves for Belgium and Everton centre forward Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon.

The Toffees want £65m (€76m) and French international Lacazette would cost around £38m (€44m).

Leicester City have agreed a club record deal for Nigerian winger Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow and he is due in England for a medical and to discuss personal terms tomorrow.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko has joined Manchester City from FC Ufa.

Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough have added Dutchman Marten de Roon, who arrives after a stint with Serie A club Atalanta.

And Italian champions Juventus are also close to bringing in Moroccan centre-half Mehdi Benatia as Bayern Munich are happy to let him leave.

Retro Deal of the Day  

In the summer of 2003, Tottenham took a gamble on 20-year-old striker Helder Postiga when they paid £8.25 million for his services.

Helder Postiga Signing Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The striker joined Spurs from Jose Mourinho’s Uefa Cup-winning Porto and manager Glenn Hoddle promised fans they would “enjoying watching him over the coming seasons.”

However, he managed just one goal in 19 Premier League appearances and returned to his former club the following season.

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