Arsenal are plotting a convincing new bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, while Feyenoord turn to Chelsea for their Tyrell Malacia replacement – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
NEW ARSENAL, MILINKOVIC-SAVIC BID
Arsenal are eyeing a second bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic which they hope will persuade Lazio to sell their star midfielder, according to a report.
The Gunners are looking to add the final pieces to their puzzle under manager Mikel Arteta to try and finish in the Premier League’s top four and get back in the Champions League, after coming so close last season.
Arsenal have already addressed their goalscoring concerns with the £45million Gabriel Jesus signing.
Arteta and transfer chief Edu are therefore now looking for a top midfielder to follow Fabio Vieira into the ranks. Indeed, Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic and Leicester’s Belgian star Youri Tielemans appear to be at the top of Arsenal’s shortlist.
Previous reports said that Arsenal have had an offer worth up to €55million (£47million) for Milinkovic-Savic rejected. Fabrizio Romano then claimed that Tielemans is the priority target because the Milinkovic-Savic deal will prove “complicated”.
According to an update from Il Messaggero, though, Arsenal are planning to offer as much as €65million (£55.6million) for the Lazio star.
And that bid would reportedly be enough to convince the Serie A side to sell up.
Arsenal ready to up their bid for Milinkovic-Savic
Arsenal are prepared to up their bid for Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic.
Given the arrival of Vieira for £34million and the reported interest in Milinkovic-Savic – taking their midfield spend this summer to around £89.6million – Arsenal would unlikely go after Tielemans as a third addition in that area.
Milinkovic-Savic has built up a raft of experience in Serie A after seven years with Lazio. He would subsequently prove an experienced Arsenal addition to freshen up their midfield.
Ruben Neves of Wolves is another reported midfield target for Arsenal.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Feyenoord want to sign Chelsea left-back Ian Maatsen to replace Manchester United-bound Tyrell Malacia. Although, last season’s Coventry loanee wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (AD)
Barcelona are pushing Frenkie de Jong away and towards Man Utd because they still owe him £75million. Indeed, the midfielder has four years left on his deal. (Marca)
United are monitoring free agent attacker Paulo Dybala but will wait to see how Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential exit plays out first. (TyC Sports)
Aston Villa’s Douglas Luis is a transfer target for AC Milan. Still, they would prefer a more attack-minded midfielder signing. (Calciomercato)
Milan have made a €20million (£17million) bid for Leeds attacking target Charles De Ketelaere. However, Club Brugge want a ‘much higher fee’, with Leeds firmly in the hunt. (Gianluca di Marzio)
DOUCOURE CLOSES IN ON PALACE DEAL
RC Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure is due in London on Wednesday to finalise his Crystal Palace transfer, following administrative issues slowing the deal down. (L’Equipe)
The agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed he will hold fresh contract talks with the midfielder and the Blues in September. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Isco has rejected a transfer offer from Roma following the expiry of the Spain international’s Real Madrid contract. (AS)
Nicolo Zaniolo’s exit from Roma to sign for Juventus could go through this week. (Alfredo Pedulla)
Erling Haaland can leave Manchester City for a €200million (£171million) release clause in 2024, or for €175million (£150million) in 2025. (Marca)
EURO PAPER TALK – INTER CONSIDER AKANJI AFTER SKRINIAR
Inter are considering Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji as a successor to exit-linked centre-back Milan Skriniar. (Bild)
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is targeting another treble trophy success like in 2015 to put the club firmly back on the map. (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham want to send Bryan Gil on loan again next season but would rather sell fellow fringe star Giovani Lo Celso after his Villarreal spell. (Super Deporte)
Steven Bergwijn could also leave Spurs permanently this summer, but Daniel Levy is causing friction with Ajax over a deal. (De Telegraaf)
RB Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has admitted doubt over a Leeds United raid on Mohamed Camara. However, he added that “a lot can happen very quickly” in the transfer market. (Salzburger Nachrichten)