Frenkie de Jong reaches out to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to give his final word on an Old Trafford transfer, while West Ham eye a Paris Saint-Germain star – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
DE JONG REACHES OUT TO MAN UTD
Frenkie de Jong has personally informed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag that he doesn’t want to move to Old Trafford, according to a report.
The transfer saga involving the Netherlands midfielder has been ongoing for a number of weeks now without a resolution. United have agreed an initial £63million fee with Barcelona, but major deal roadblocks remain.
Not only does De Jong want to stay at Camp Nou, but he would rather move elsewhere than to the Red Devils.
What’s more, the issue of his deferred wages that Barcelona owe him is causing Man Utd further frustration.
United have therefore been focusing on what they can change – trying to persuade De Jong otherwise while Barcelona resolve his wage dispute by potentially demanding he takes a pay cut.
However, Sport has now revealed that De Jong has himself told Ten Hag that a move to United is firmly off the cards.
Barring a ‘miracle’, the report adds, the new manager will not be getting his top midfield target this summer.
De Jong and Ten Hag starred at Ajax together, reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
Frenkie de Jong doesn't want Man Utd move
Frenkie de Jong has reportedly told Erik ten Hag he doesn’t want to join Manchester United.
Ten Hag consequently wants to reunite with his fellow Dutchman to get his Man Utd project up and running.
But De Jong is clear that he wants to stay and so he will have to come to an agreement with Barca.
Nevertheless, the La Liga club – who have spent big on Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski – need to balance their books. They would rather sell De Jong, who they view as their most saleable asset.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
West Ham are looking at Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo as a £17million-rated defensive signing. (Media Foot)
PSG are open to letting Diallo go because Chelsea target Presnel Kimpembe has decided to stay instead of moving to Stamford Bridge. (Media Foot / Le10 Sport)
The Hammers have also a €25million bid for Piotr Zielinski turned down, but they are now ready to offer €36million. (Corriere dello Sport)
AC Milan will soon walk away from Charles De Ketelaere unless they can strike a deal for the Club Brugge striker. (Corriere dello Sport)
Bayern Munich believe they are planting the seeds for a Harry Kane raid on Tottenham with their recent comments about the striker. (Bild)
NICE WANT ARNAUD KALIMUENDO
Nice are keen on Leeds-linked PSG striker Arnaud Kalimuendo and will move for the Frenchman if they fail to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram. (L’Equipe)
Everton have agreed a deal to sign Sporting star Ruben Vinagre on a season-long loan deal. They will also have a €20million option to buy next summer. (A Bola)
An intermediary is in London trying to seal a loan deal to take Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares to Atalanta. (Sportitalia)
But Arsenal are stalling discussions because they don’t want the Serie A side to have an option to buy. (Gianluca di Marzio)
Bayern could miss out on Konrad Laimer because they can’t agree with RB Leipzig over the midfielder’s valuation. (Goal)
EURO PAPER TALK – VLAHOVIC WANTS JUVENTUS IMPROVEMENT
Dusan Vlahovic has said that while he enjoyed his debut Juventus season, he could have done much better and is looking to hit the ground running next term. (Football Italia)
Barcelona winger Raphinha has admitted that he “probably wouldn’t be here” without Marcelo Bielsa’s help at Leeds United. (Mundo Deportivo)
Barca head coach Xavi claims “special” Ousmane Dembele’s pre-season brace against Juventus showed exactly why he pushed the winger to sign a new contract. (Mundo Deportivo)
Leicester could hijack a move for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has instead been closing in on a Fulham transfer. (Get French Football News)
Man Utd full-back Alex Telles is a target for Nice following the arrival of Tyrell Malacia at Old Trafford. (Tuttomercato)