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Top Transfer Rumors: Koulibaly, Rakitic And Costa To Join Manchester United

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Manchester United are interested in signing Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona this summer but face stiff competition from Chelsea – the fee would be around £57m (Mail)

Despite the reports on Rakitic, the Mirror say Manchester United have four main targets this summer – Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27, Atletico Madrid‘s Lucas Hernandez, 22, Douglas Costa from Juventus, 28, and Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, 21.

Benfica’s 19-year-old midfielder Joao Felix is also wanted by the Old Trafford club (Sun)

Timo Werner has been told by Naby Keita and Sadio Mane to join Liverpool should he leave RB Leipzig this summer (ESPN)

One man who won’t be heading to the Premier League is Paulo Dybala after Juventus ruled out selling the forward to Manchester United or Chelsea (Sun)

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Man City Sign Ruben Dias As Otamendi Joins Benfica

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Benfica announced the sale of Ruben Dias to Manchester City while confirming a deal for Nicolas Otamendi on Sunday.
Manchester City have signed centre-back Ruben Dias from Benfica in a transfer worth an initial £62million (€68m) with Nicolas Otamendi heading the opposite way in a separate deal.

Portugal international Dias, 23, has been a regular for Primeira Liga side Benfica since emerging through the academy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Dias has been linked with a number of big-name clubs around Europe, including Manchester United, but rivals City have now reached an agreement with Benfica.

The Portuguese side confirmed the news on their official website on Sunday, shortly before announcing a €15m (£13.67m) deal is in place for Otamendi, who must now undergo a medical.

City will pay an additional €3.6m (£2.1m) in add-ons for Dias should he trigger various performance-related clauses.

Dias captained Benfica in Saturday’s victory over Moreirense and hugged his team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa as he left the field at full-time.

“It was a special moment [with Costa] and I think everyone already knows why,” Dias said after the game. “Obviously, people leave their mark on you, and the club also.

“Without a doubt, it was very special for me. I am very happy. It was very important to consecrate this game with a goal, it was very special for me.”

Dias’ arrival ends City manager Pep Guardiola’s search for a right-sided centre-back, 16 months after long-serving Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad Stadium for Anderlecht.

Otamendi – who played for Benfica’s Portuguese rivals Porto between 2010 and 2014 – spent five years with City and started 31 games in all competitions last term.

The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, four EFL Cup trophies, two Community Shields and the FA Cup during his time in Manchester, having arrived from Valencia in 2015.

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Manchester United Submit Final £90m ‘Take-It-Or-Leave-It’ Offer For Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United will reportedly make one final offer to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, a player they have pursued all summer but made no progress in talks.

So far, their only signing of the transfer window has been the £40m addition of Donny van de Beek, who scored on his Premier League debut last weekend.

Jadon Sancho has been Man United’s top target all summer but with less than two weeks before the transfer window shuts he’s still with the German club.

Dortmund imposed an August 10 deadline for Manchester United to strike a deal with them but none of that materialized and the Bundesliga club have made several statements insisting he would not be sold this summer.

Earlier this week, sporting director Sebastian Kehl asserted that the England international would not be going anywhere but a new report saysMan United will test Dortmund’s resolve, though, with a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ bid.

According to the Mirror UK, Man United will reportedly offer £75million up front with a further £15million in add-ons while United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will also tell Dortmund there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.

Dortmund’s asking price is said to be around the £108m mark but the Red Devils continue to be optimistic of getting a deal done before the October 18 deadline.

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Togo’s Prime Minister And His Government Resign

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Togo’s Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government have resigned in a political reshuffle delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The resignation came after President Faure Gnassingbe won his re-election in March, extending his 15-year-old rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Komi Selom Klassou has served as prime minister since 2015. Commenting on the resignation of the prime minister, Gnassingbe congratulated Klassou and his team for their “economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world.”

The presidency did not say when a new prime minister would be appointed.

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