Rumour Has It: Barca eyes United's Lindelof as De Ligt alternative

We round up the front and back pages across Europe on transfer-related reports.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof   -  Getty Images

Defence appears to be an area of interest for LaLiga champions Barcelona.

Despite already boasting centre-backs Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, Barca continueS to be linked to Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt.

However, the Blaugrana have contingency plans should they miss out on the 19-year-old sensation.

TOP STORY – LINDELOF BARCA'S PLAN B

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is Barcelona's alternative to Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The race is hotting up for De Ligt, who is a target for the La Liga champion, United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

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With uncertainty over De Ligt's destination, Barca reportedly contacted United over Lindelof but the Red Devils rejected the approach. The 24-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Benfica for €35million in 2017 and the Spanish club remains confident a deal can be struck.

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ROUND-UP

Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek has emerged as alternative target should Real Madrid miss out on Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to Marca. Pogba has also been linked to Juventus and Corriere dello Sport claims the Frenchman and the Serie A champion will ask Adidas to intervene in a bid to bring him back to Turin.

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- According to Tuttosport, an agreement on salary has been reached between Juventus and De Ligt. Juve is increasingly optimistic a deal will be reached with Ajax.

Tottenham has not signed a player since 2018 but the Champions League finalist us poised to complete a club-record transfer for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, says the Telegraph. A £55m transfer is set to be finalised, with Spurs also closing in on Leeds winger Jack Clarke, according to the Daily Mail.

- Marca says Barcelona is preparing for lengthy negotiations as it tries to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain following his €222milllion move in 2017.

- Premier League champion Manchester City and rival Manchester United will battle it out for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, who is rated at £65m, Sky Sports reports.

AC Milan is confident of signing Lucas Torreira from Arsenal, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Milan wants to reunite Torreira with former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo on an initial two-year deal with the option of a permanent €30m transfer. France Football also says the Rossoneri is also a possible destination for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir.

Manchester United is considering a move for Sevilla's Wissam Ben Yedder should Romelu Lukakujoin Inter, according to France Football.