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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd set up derby for €50m signing of Portuguese midfield star

Matheus Nunes trying to evade Bernardo Silva

Matheus Nunes is the latest midfielder to be linked with a transfer to Manchester United, while Liverpool have become aware their chances of signing Gavi are getting slimmer – all in Monday’s Euro transfer gossip.

MAN UTD ENTER RACE FOR MATHEUS NUNES

Manchester United are ready to rival neighbours Man City for the signing of Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes.

That’s according to Portuguese source Correio da Manha, who claim a deal could be done for €50m (£42.7m) plus a player on loan. The identity of a potential counterweight is not disclosed.

Nunes has been linked with Man City in recent weeks. He has a major fan in the form of Pep Guardiola. However, Manchester United are now ready to provide competition in the battle for the Portuguese star’s services.

With Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard departing from their midfield this summer, reinforcements are required. It will be important to get the balance right with existing players like Fred and Scott McTominay.

Nunes largely plays as a central midfielder but can sit in if necessary. Therefore, he would be more of a replacement for Pogba in terms of his specific position.

United could sign him by activating a €60m (£51.3m) release clause. However, Sporting are willing to accept slightly lower proposals for a player under contract until 2026.

Man City still have chance for Matheus Nunes

There remains a good chance, though, that such an offer could instead come from City, who have just done business with Sporting over the future of Pedro Porro.

However, United have negotiated with the Lisbon-based outfit before too. Therefore, Nunes could follow in the footsteps of Bruno Fernandes.

At the age of 23, United believe in his potential. They could make a move after his commitments with Portugal at the UEFA Nations League end on June 12th.

Nunes, who was born in Brazil, provided four goals and five assists from 50 appearances in the 2021-22 season. The coming months will reveal whether it was his last with Sporting or not.

LIVERPOOL GIVING UP FOR GAVI

Barcelona star Gavi

Gavi is close to signing a new contract with Barcelona, which means Liverpool are having to shelve their pursuit. (Sport)

Man City striker Gabriel Jesus wants an annual salary of €5m (£82,000 per week) from his next club, amid links with Real Madrid. (Cadena Ser)

Man Utd are close to reaching an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Frenkie De Jong. (Sport)

Newcastle will try to sign Merih Demiral from Juventus if his Atalanta loan doesn’t become permanent, in turn allowing Juve to target Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. (Calciomercato.it)

Fulham are showing big interest in €15m-rated left-back Alex Moreno, who could be Real Betis’ first sale of the summer. (AS)

KEY WEEK FOR TCHOUAMENI FUTURE

Aurelin Tchouameni Monaco midfielder, during the UEFA Europa League match at Stade Louis II, Monaco

Real Madrid will negotiate directly with Monaco over the future of Aurelien Tchouameni this week. (Fabrizio Romano)

Wolves are looking into a double deal with Braga for David Carmo and Al-Musrati. (O Jogo)

Newcastle, Arsenal and Barcelona are showing an interest in former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata. (Calciomercato.it)

Goncalo Inacio is ready to reject Newcastle or Wolves in favour of fighting for trophies with Sporting CP. (A Bola)

Sassuolo have identified Agustin Alvarez as a successor to Arsenal striker target Gianluca Scamacca. (Corriere Dello Sport)

AND MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

Angel Di Maria is waiting to see if Barcelona will make him an offer as he becomes a free agent, despite strong links with Juventus. (Mundo Deportivo)

AC Milan are more interested in Sven Botman than Inter target Gleison Bremer. (FCInterNews)

Napoli are keen on Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, who is also a target for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

Valencia, meanwhile, are ready to announce Gennaro Gattuso as their next manager. (Fabrizio Romano)

Inter Milan are in talks to sell midfielder Stefano Sensi to newly promoted Serie A side Monza. (Nicolo Schira)