Transfer News Today: Serie A return an option for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Liverpool line up Philippe Coutinho replacement


Napoli latest club linked with Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic still has plenty of options on the table if he decides not to extend his contract with Manchester United for another season.

The 35-year-old Swede has been a revelation for United since his move on a free transfer last summer, but the club are set to invest heavily in a new long-term strikeforce this summer.

That has Ibrahimovic mulling his options as his desire to play first-team football every week remains high, and Corriere dello Sport suggest Napoli are prepared to offer him a route back to Serie A, though a move to LA Galaxy appears more likely at this stage.

 

Mahrez to replace Coutinho at Liverpool?

Riyad Mahrez has emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool, but only if the Reds are forced to sell key playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this summer.

It is widely expected that Liverpool’s resolve will be tested this summer as Barcelona are likely to bid big for the talented Brazilian, who has been out of form of late, perhaps owing to uncertainty over his future.

Mahrez has only recently returned to the sort of form that made him a key player in Leicester’s Premier League-winning campaign last year, and the 26-year-old would only cost half of what Liverpool can expect to receive for any such sale of Coutinho.



 

Mbappe’s value soars ahead of summer bids

Monaco already appear resigned to losing teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe – thought to be worth up to £60m – this summer as the young Frenchman continues to thrive in the limelight.

Monaco are currently one of the most thrilling outfits in Europe and Mbappe, 18, helped them on their way to knocking Manchester City out of the Champions League on Wednesday night with his 17th goal of the season.

Manchester United and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for his services, and Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev admitted to French outlet RMC: "I cannot confirm that Kylian Mbappe will not leave." On Thursday, France manager Didier Deschamps called Mbappe up to his squad for the first time.