Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd ready to go all out for ‘luxury’ Atletico Madrid star after cut-price fee emerges; Real want two Man City ‘Galacticos’

Jan Oblak and Koke

Manchester United are desperate to sign an Atletico Madrid player and could complete a deal for a brilliant fee, Real Madrid are plotting a raid on Manchester City for two top stars, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Arsenal can ‘easily afford’ to capture a Bundesliga man.

MAN UTD WANT ‘LUXURY’ LA LIGA STAR

Manchester United have a ‘fervent’ interest in Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and could sign him for much less than this transfer value, according to reports.

United’s current goalkeeper, David de Gea, is in the final year of his contract. Reports claim the Red Devils are considering offering him an extension.

But it seems United are keeping their options open and are also scouring Europe for a potential replacement between the sticks.

And they have landed on one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, in Oblak, as a transfer target.

United first set their sights on him on September 14. As per French source Jeunes Footeux, United want the 29-year-old so much that they are willing to double his Atleti wages.

Tottenham have since joined United in the race to sign the keeper. Antonio Conte needs a replacement for Hugo Lloris as the Frenchman is now 35 years old and firmly in the twilight years of his career.

With this in mind, Oblak has become a ‘primary target’ for Spurs in recent days. And they have made contact with his representatives over a switch to north London, too.

The pursuit is now heating up, as Spanish outlet AS provide their information on Oblak and claim United have a ‘fervent’ interest in landing him.

Ten Hag, along with senior United officials, views the Slovenia international as a ‘luxury replacement’ for De Gea at Old Trafford.

Rather than going for a young keeper with good potential, United want a world-class stopper to succeed from De Gea. And Oblak fits perfectly into this category, having kept 177 clean sheets in 360 games for Atleti.

Oblak has a six-year contract with Diego Simeone’s team, as well as a release clause standing at £103m. However, he could move to England for far less than this sum.

Shock fee for Oblak appears

That’s because the Evening Standard claim Atleti are willing to sell him for just £27m. transfermarkt rate Oblak at £36m, while his value has previously hit £90m. This shows just how good of a deal United or Spurs could get.

Atleti know Oblak is unsettled at the Wanda Metropolitano as he considers the two Prem proposals. Due to this, they are eyeing up De Gea as his replacement. This could see Oblak and De Gea go in opposite directions next year.

Oblak has won several trophies while at Atleti, including a La Liga title and the Europa League. He has generally competed in the Champions League with the Spanish club.

As such, the offer of UCL football will go a big way in deciding where the player ends up. This provides Spurs and United with even more motivation to get in the top four.

REAL PLAN DOUBLE MAN CITY RAID

Man City striker Erling Haaland

Atleti’s rivals Real are hoping to make City duo Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo their new ‘Galactico’ signings. (Diario AS)

Tammy Abraham’s future at Roma will be decided at the end of the season, and Graham Potter joining Chelsea could see the striker go back to Stamford Bridge. (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan have sent a new contract offer to Rafael Leao as they look to ward Chelsea and City off the attacker. (Tuttosport)

Gabriel Jesus was a ‘concrete option’ for Tottenham before he joined their local rivals Arsenal in the summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Karim Benzema’s contract talks with Real are in the final stages as he prepares to sign a new deal until 2024. (Nicolo Schira)

Dejan Kulusevski is a doubt for Spurs’ clash with Arsenal on Saturday after he returned from Sweden duty with a hamstring problem. (The Athletic)

ARSENAL MIDFIELD SIGNING LOOKING LIKELY

Jesper Lindstrom Frankfurt September 2022

Arsenal can ‘easily afford’ to match Jesper Lindstrom’s £17.8m (€20m) price tag, which means the Gunners could soon add him to their ranks. (Bild)

Inter Milan may have to sell a key star in January after announcing losses of €140m (£125m) for 2021-22. Several of their players are targets for Premier League clubs, including Milan Skriniar and Hakan Calhanoglu. (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona are ‘dreaming’ of Lionel Messi’s return to the club and their economic vice-president says the move is financially ‘viable’. (Fabrizio Romano and Catalunya Radio)

Juventus want to sign full-back Ramy Bensebaini from Borussia Monchengladbach in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)

Christian Pulisic says the arrival of Potter at Chelsea can be a ‘fresh start’ for him, following transfer links with Man Utd and Newcastle. (ESPN)

Vitaly Janet is ‘very happy’ with his time at Brentford and has called the Prem ‘the best league in the world’. (Sky Germany)

ROMANO UPDATE ON JUDE BELLINGHAM FUTURE

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham

Capturing Jude Bellingham is Liverpool’s ‘top priority’ for next year. City and Man Utd will also be in the mix, while Chelsea are stepping up their interest in the Englishman. (Fabrizio Romano)

Real Sociedad have begun contract talks with Martin Zubimendi amid claims he could replace Sergio Busquets in the Barcelona midfield. (Sport)

Eintracht Frankfurt ace Daichi Kamada is on Everton’s wish list, though it would take a ‘mega offer’ for the Toffees to land him. (Bild)

Nice’s former sporting director Julien Fournier wanted Roberto De Zerbi to become their manager prior to his Brighton appointment. (After Foot RMC)

Barcelona are keeping a close eye on Ilkay Gundogan’s situation. The 31-year-old will become a free agent in June unless City can sort out a renewal.  (Sport)

Blaugrana defender Ronald Araujo is a major doubt for the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a muscle injury. He could be out for up to three months. (Barcelona)