Manchester United turn up the heat over a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, while Newcastle plot a Bundesliga raid – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD ISSUE DE JONG ULTIMATUM
Manchester United have urged Frenkie de Jong to make a final decision on his Barcelona future, according to a report.
United are after the midfielder as part of new manager Erik ten Hag’s plan to revamp the Old Trafford club. The coach has identified the middle of the park as an area of his team that needs work.
Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are both leaving this summer, as is Jesse Lingard. As a result, there is room for a top new signing both in the team and on the wage bill.
And former Ajax boss Ten Hag believes his fellow Dutchman De Jong, who he worked with at the Eredivisie club, would be an ideal addition.
However, uncertainty over the 25-year-old’s future has dragged on for some time now. As such, Sport has claimed that United have called for him to make a decision over his future – and quick. They ‘cannot wait any longer’ in the hunt to snap him up.
Barca boss Xavi – a legendary former midfielder himself – has claimed that De Jong can become one of the best midfielders in the world if he stays at Camp Nou.
Nevertheless, Barcelona are in a delicate financial situation and could yet sell their star man.
He has not hit the heights of his spell at Ajax and has cut a frustrated figure at times.
Manchester United send Frenkie De Jong ultimatum
Having been linked with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong for some time, Manchester United are now looking for a definitive answer.
Forty-cap Netherlands international De Jong has four years left on his deal. A move to Man Utd would therefore not come cheap, even if United take advantage of Barca’s fiscal troubles.
Elsewhere in the report, Sport adds that United are planning an investment of around €250million (£212million) in their team this summer.
A new centre-back is another key target as Ten Hag looks to get his latest project up and running.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Newcastle have made French winger Moussa Diaby a summer target, but Bayer Leverkusen want him to stay. (L’Equipe)
Meanwhile, the Magpies are willing to spend over €60million (£51million) on Lucas Pacqueta, following a €40million (£34million) offer for Lyon’s Brazilian midfielder. (Tutto Juve / Le10 Sport)
Tottenham could look towards Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana as a key midfield signing. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Arsenal have offered €25million (£21million) for Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey, while West Ham have offered a little less. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roberto Firmino has made it clear that he feels “very happy” at Liverpool and wants to stay, despite having one year left on his contract. (TNT Sports)
CASILLAS FIRES MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WARNING
Iker Casillas has warned that “nobody will remember” Real Madrid’s incredible run to the Champions League final if they lose to Liverpool in Paris on Saturday. (Marca)
Aston Villa’s £26million deal for Diego Carlos was in fact a bargain, amounting to less than half his release clause. (ABC Sevilla)
Sevilla could yet lose Jules Kounde from their defence too, with Chelsea continuing talks over a deal. (ABC Sevilla)
Indeed, defensive signings are a priority for the Blues and so they have walked away – for now – from a deal for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. (Sport)
Barcelona want to sign Raphinha from Leeds United but must move Dembele on before going after the Brazilian. (Mundo Deportivo)
EURO PAPER TALK – POCHETTINO WANTS PSG STAY
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has agreed a contract extension until 2025. (Corriere dello Sport)
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he wants to stay as Paris Saint-Germain manager, despite reports that he is facing the sack. (El Partidazo de COPE)
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is already planning for life after Barcelona-linked Robert Lewandowski. (Sport1)
In fact, his plan is to sign Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, for whom the German champions are willing to pay £25million. (Bild)
Man Utd will send two officials to watch Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes in the coming weeks. While there is no idea on the fee, Flamengo are willing to sell the 21-year-old. (Rubro News Channel)