Euro Paper Talk: Juventus eye United target; Chelsea given striker hope

Date published: Saturday 15th July 2017 7:02

Juventus are looking at Manchester United target Kostas Manolas as a possible signing, while Chelsea may be able to land one target for less than his release clause, all in today’s Euro Paper Talk.

 

MOURINHO TO DEMAND VARANE IN DE GEA DEAL

Jose Mourinho won’t let David de Gea leave Manchester United without receiving a Real Madrid star in return, according to reports.

The Red Devils keeper is once again on the radar at the Santiago Bernabeu and the club are set to renew the pursuit of the Spanish international.

Don Balon claims that Mourinho will only let De Gea go to the Champions League winners if the include a top player as part of the deal with Raphael Varane being his preferred choice.

United have already strengthened at centre-back this summer with the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica but it is understood that Mourinho is still keen to improve in defence.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones reportedly have uncertain futures at Old Trafford and, with Real still wanting De Gea, United will look to take advantage of their interest.

The report continues by saying that Leonardo Bonucci’s move to AC Milan could hamper any chance of United signing Varane with Bonucci one of Real’s key summer targets.

JUVENTUS TURN DOWN £88M BID FOR HIGUAIN

Chelsea’s search for a striker continues after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United last week.

Tuttosport claims that the Blues have turned their attention towards Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain with their initial offer immediately rejected by the Turin-based outfit.

The bid was thought to be €100m (£88m) with Antonio Conte keen to tie up a deal with his former club for the Argentinian.

Lukaku joined the Red Devils last week for an initial £75million, while any move from Chelsea for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata seems to have hit the buffers.

Juve’s CEO Beppe Marotta is reportedly unwilling to let Higuain go as they have already let star defender Leonardo Bonucci join Serie A rivals Milan.

Higuain scored 32 goals in all competitions last campaign for the Bianconeri and they are reluctant to lose their star striker.

AND THE REST…

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic with Juventus and Manchester United both keen on the midfielder.(Calcio Mercato)

Nikola Kalinic could be heading to AC Milan this summer with Fiorentina giving the player four days to mull over his future. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lazio’s Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia is next on AC Milan’s wish list, with the Rome-based side eyeing up Chelsea’s young midfielder Mario Pasalic as a possible replacement. (Calcio Mercato)

Roma have made Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez one of their top transfer targets. The 2015/16 Premier League champions are demanding £50million for his services with Roma looking to replace Mo Salah, who left to join Liverpool this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has reportedly indicated he could leave the Ligue 1 champions with interest from Arsenal growing. (Marca)

Paulinho’s potential switch from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona is at risk with the Chinese club reportedly considering suing the Catalans over their ‘harassment’ of the Brazilian in negotiations. (AS)

Tianjin Quanjian won’t be signing Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer after the Chinese transfer window shut on Friday. (Bild)

Bayer Leverkusen winger Kevin Kampl, who was the subject of a €27million offer from Beijing Guoan, won’t be heading to China this transfer window. (Kicker)

Nice left-back Dalbert, who is keen to join Inter Milan, claims more than ten European clubs have been in touch with his agent. (L’Equipe)

Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of signing Monaco midfielder Fabinho have been ended. (L’Equipe)

Renato Sanches is the latest player wanted by Milan who could agree a €7million loan fee. (Record)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted Zlatan Ibrahimovic could yet return to Old Trafford. (Record)

Juventus are looking to replace AC Milan signing Leonardo Bonucci with either Manchester United target Kostas Manolas or Stefan De Vrij. (Various)

Torino are open to negotiating a deal to sell Andrea Belotti to AC Milan or Chelsea. The Serie A side have reportedly been told to pay €80million plus Gabriel Paletta and M’Baye Niang to land the forward after Milan offered €45million plus the pair. However, it is looking increasingly likely that Torino will settle for less than his €100million release clause if other players are involved in the deal. (Sky Sport)

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