Manchester United have a standout right-back candidate as they draw up a list of options, while Liverpool eye a Ligue 1 star – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD EYE ACHRAF HAKIMI
Manchester United are reportedly beginning to turn their attentions to signing a new right-back, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Achraf Hakimi a firm target.
United have finally begun to get going in this summer’s transfer window, sealing three signings in quick succession. Left-back Tyrell Malacia was the first, with Lisandro Martinez the latest defensive addition.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen has bolstered Erik ten Hag’s midfield, with Frenkie de Jong also eyed in that area.
But new Man Utd boss Ten Hag wants a new right-back in at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.
The report claims that Ten Hag ‘really likes’ the 23-year-old, who impressed in his debut season at the Parc des Princes.
Hakimi played 32 Ligue 1 matches, chipping in with four goals and six assists as the French giants won the title back. However, he would reportedly be a costlier option than Dumfries.
Indeed, Hakimi‘s contract only runs out in 2026 and he is looking to settle at a club. He spent two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid before moving to Inter, where he only lasted one season.
And Football Transfers adds that United will look to offload Aaron Wan-Bissaka before making a new right-back signing. But the Red Devils accept his wage demands and the fact that he has two years left on his deal will make that difficult.
Nevertheless, the report concludes that Ten Hag feels ‘confident’ of an overhaul this summer to get his Old Trafford project up and running.
Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters is also reportedly on United’s radar. Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot shared the right-back responsibility at Old Trafford last season, though neither truly convinced.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Liverpool are keen on a move for Rennes striker Martin Terrier alongside Leeds United and West Ham. (L’Equipe)
Chelsea are focusing their transfer efforts on PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe instead of Jules Kounde. Barcelona therefore hope to snap Kounde up. (Sport)
Wolves target Matheus Nunes wants to stay at Sporting for at least one more season following talks with manager Bruno Anorim. (Record)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone both like the idea of the Man Utd star moving to Atletico Madrid. However, the La Liga side must make money through sales to afford a deal. (AS)
Atletico Madrid are also keen on former Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier, who is currently a free agent. (AS)
LEWANDOWSKI LOOKING TO FORGET
Robert Lewandowski hopes to “forget” the last week of intense pressure after sealing his move from Bayern Munich to Barcelona. He added that Barca was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity he could not turn down. (Bild)
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a “dream of the future” for Bayern Munich according to club chief Oliver Kahn. (Bild)
Bayern will sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt for an initial £59.4million fee. (Goal)
Atalanta would be willing to sell Newcastle-linked Colombia striker Duvan Zapata for €25million (£21million). (L’Eco di Bergamo)
Marseille are close to signing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a four-year deal. He is scheduled to play the second season of his AC Milan loan-to-buy deal, but the Serie A side could terminate that agreement. (Foot Mercato)
EURO PAPER TALK – PAULO DYBALA SEALS ROMA TRANSFER
Paulo Dybala has finally decided on his future and will move to Roma after his Juventus exit earlier this year. (Gianluca di Marzio)
Arsenal have rekindled interest in Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, but Barcelona remain transfer rivals for the Brazilian. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Meanwhile, the Gunners are confident of tying Bukayo Saka down to a new contract and Arsenal would view the deal like a new signing. (Fabrizio Romano)
Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been a Juventus priority for “months”, but a move rests on his transfer fee. (Fabrizio Romano)
Napoli hope a meeting with Kim Min-jae’s agents on Monday will see them beat Rennes to the Fenerbahce defender. (Gianluca di Marzio)