Manchester United are willing to make Frenkie de Jong their highest paid player to convince him to sign from Barcelona, while Arsenal and Newcastle are battling for the capture of a French star – both in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
FRENKIE DE JONG RECEIVES MAN UTD WAGE OFFER
Manchester United are open to paying Frenkie de Jong a huge weekly wage if he signs from Barcelona this summer, according to a report.
Erik ten Hag is aiming to bolster his midfield options in the next few months as Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both prepare to leave Old Trafford.
De Jong is a high-quality operater and would likely come straight into the United team.
Ten Hag knows the Dutchman well from their time together at Ajax. And De Jong could be partnered with Donny van de Beek in midfield next season, if the outcast is given a United lifeline.
Recent reports suggest United have told De Jong to make a final decision on his future. They don’t want to be kept waiting as this will disrupt Ten Hag’s plans for pre-season and the next campaign.
According to the Daily Star, the Red Devils are prepared to make De Jong their highest paid player – ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea.
He will be offered a long-term deal worth £395,000 each week, which equates to around £20.54million a year.
The report claims this is more than Ronaldo and de Gea, who earn £300,000 and £375,000 a week respectively. De Jong’s potential sum is also above that of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Frenkie de Jong competition between PSG and Manchester United
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is wanted by Manchester United and now PSG
The 25-year-old midfielder must now decide what he wants the next few years of his career to look like.
He can remain at Barcelona and form an important part of Xavi’s project at the Nou Camp, or take a risk and swap it for Ten Hag’s one in Manchester.
Either decision means he will join a team that needs a few years to improve. But United’s ambitious plans suggest Ten Hag will be handed new players to improve the squad massively, making it an exciting option.
ARSENAL, NEWCASTLE WANT DE JONG TEAM-MATE
De Jong is not the only player who could swap Barca for the Premier League in the summer. That’s because French centre-back Clement Lenglet is on the radars of Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham and Everton. (Sport)
New Aston Villa midfielder Boubacar Kamara has revealed he spoke with Lucas Digne and Steven Gerrard before deciding on the transfer. (L’Equipe)
Arsenal have the finances to sign Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid, but the striker’s disappointing spell with Chelsea could put him off a return to London. (Calciomercato)
Fellow Atleti player Saul Niguez will return to the club this summer with his tail between his legs after a poor loan spell at Chelsea. (AS)
ARSENAL, TOTTENHAM FACE COMPETITION FOR DYBALA
Arsenal and Tottenham could lose out on free agent Paulo Dybala as Roma are leading the race for him. (TyC Sports)
Newcastle are looking into the possibility of signing Nabil Fekir from Real Betis. But the Spanish club want a big fee for Fekir as he is one of their most important players. (AS)
The same outlet claims West Ham hold an interest in Betis striker Borja Iglesias, who bagged 19 goals in the recently concluded season.
Robert Lewandowski says it will be ‘difficult’ for him to stay at Bayern next season, while also calling Spain ‘a cool place’. The goalscorer is a prime target for Barcelona ahead of the window opening. (Sky Sports Germany)
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Spurs are ‘prioritising’ the sale of Bryan Gil, despite previous reports suggesting he will be available on loan. The winger will soon return to England after a temporary spell with Valencia. (AS)
Everton and Newcastle have both been given the opportunity to snatch Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City. (The Athletic)
Wolves loanee Francisco Trincao is wanted by Sporting Lisbon and they could soon enter negotiations with Barca for his signature. (Sport)
Lucas Moura admits he wants to re-join Sao Paulo in the future, although his Spurs contract is making this ‘difficult’. (Globo Esporte)