Man United look at Mbappe, Lewandowski given Griezmann setback

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TOP STORY: Man United turn focus to Mbappe, Lewandowski

Not that long ago, it was all about Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United in the summer — but no longer, says the Independent, which reports that United are now exploring other options.

Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann had been thought to be the club's key summer target, but they have become concerned about "how complicated any prospective deal" for him would be. (That and reports out of Spain indicate Atletico are confident in convincing him to stay.)

So if it isn't to be the France international, who might be lighting up Old Trafford next season instead? The Independent reports that the two leading alternative names are Monaco's Kylian Mbappe and, perhaps more of a long shot, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

It says a Griezmann deal has been "lessened in priority" because officials fear it would be "particularly tough due to the terms of his contract and Atleti's unwillingness to sell in a year when they also move stadium." United sources have said manager Jose Mourinho "doubts whether it will be feasible this summer," the report adds.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ander Herrera won't be going anywhere, according to the Sun, which says Mourinho "is set to give him a new deal after a stunning season."

Herrera's current United contract will soon enter its final year, but his impressive performances will reportedly lead to the activation of a 12-month extension.

Man City join race for Torino ace Belotti

Torino chairman Urbano Cairo said he believes the €100 million release clause for forward Andrea Belotti isn't high enough and he may have a point, according to the Mirror.

It says Belotti, who scored a seven-minute hat-trick on Sunday to move to the top of the Serie A scoring charts, is attracting the interest of a number of clubs happy to hand over that sort of money. The 23-year-old's release clause can only be activated by clubs outside Serie A and the Mirror reports that Manchester City have joined Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal in the queue.

Torino's on-loan Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart has described Belotti, who only signed a new contract containing the huge clause in December, as "a special player."

Belotti's deal runs until 2021 but Torino are prepared for interested parties to show their hand and coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has stressed that he hopes the Italy international will stay.

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– West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has dismissed talk that he could move for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was strongly linked with Bournemouth in January.

Begovic has become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge and seems certain to move on in the summer. But that move won't be to the London Stadium, with Metro reporting that Bilic is "happy with his options in goal."

– He arrived at Stoke City from Porto with high hopes, but the Mirror reports that record signing Giannelli Imbula could head back to Marseille, one of his former clubs.

Midfielder Imbula, who cost more than £18 million, has not started a Premier League game this season and has been linked with Marseille as owner Frank McCourt plots a big-spending summer window.


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