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Euro Paper Talk: Rangnick agrees first signing as ‘secret’ talks reveal two striker deals

Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Neymar, PSG celeb during Ligue 1 game

Manchester United have agreed a deal for Julian Alvarez and want Mauro Icardi next, with two set to depart, Liverpool are considering a surprise move for a former star, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Chelsea are ready to pay a huge salary to land a world-class star.

ALVAREZ, MAURO ICARDI PLANS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told agent Fernando Hidalgo he wants to sign Julian Alvarez – but must first sort out Anthony Martial’s future.

Argentine starlet Alvarez appears destined to leave River Plate soon. European clubs are queuing up for his services, most notably United and Tottenham.

A recent report claims the Reds are willing to pay Alvarez’s release clause this month, reportedly set at €20million (£16.7m).

Now, according to il Gazzetta dello Sport, Rangnick has confirmed his intentions to sign Alvarez following a chat with his agent on Monday night.

They claim Rangnick has informed agent Fernando Hidalgo in the ‘secret meeting’ that he “likes Alavrez a lot”. Furthermore, he’s been told that United have the financial means to sign the player before the month is out.

However, they claim United must first finalise the departure of Anthony Martial, with talks over a move to Sevilla ongoing.

But once his signing is secured, Rangnick is expected to then make Alvarez the first signing of his reign.

United also in for Mauro Icardi

It seems United and Rangick will not stop there, either.

Indeed, as per L’Equipe, Rangnick is also making plans to secure the signing of Mauro Icardi from PSG.

Icardi available, multiple teams interested

Icardi wants consistent playing time, and there are interested several teams who can give him that.

The paper claims he’s likely to depart PSG this summer and that United see him as a suitable replacement for Edinson Cavani.

The veteran Uruguayan’s deal expires this summer, leaving him free to depart Old Trafford as a free agent.

PSG hope to use finances raised by Icardi’s sale to bring in Belgian pearl Charles De Ketelaere, recently mentioned as a Leicester target.

COUTINHO RETURN ON THE CARDS FOR LIVERPOOL

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona

Liverpool are ‘strongly considering’ a shock move for Philippe Coutinho, who looks increasingly likely to leave Barcelona for a cut-price fee. (Goal Brasil)

Chelsea are likely to step up their pursuit of Erling Haaland this summer and have a ‘conceivable chance of signing him’ following the recent comments of Romelu Lukaku. (SportBILD)

Arsenal remain keen on a deal for Philippe Coutinho, but will only sign him if he accepts a huge reduction in wages and the deal contains an option, rather than an obligation, to buy. (Sport)

Newcastle are ‘very serious’ in their interest to sign Mathias Ginter and are emerging as Bayern Munich’s main rivals for the Borussia Monchengladbach star. (Inter Live)

Roma will secure the signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Wednesday with the player ready for a medical on a €1m loan deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

MILAN OLD BOY ADVISES DIVOCK ORIGI SWOOP

Divock Origi AC Milan v Liverpool

Demetrio Albertini is advising AC Milan to sign Divock Origi as he’ll ‘score loads of goals in Serie A’. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Leeds United are reportedly set to launch a bid to sign long-time midfield target Nahitan Nandez after Cagliari reduced his asking price to £16.6m. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Brentford are one of six clubs showing an interest in Schalke midfielder Mehmet Can Aydın. Real Betis, Anderlecht, Lille, Marseille and Parma are also keen. (Sport1)

Jean-Philippe Mateta is likely to leave Crystal Palace on loan with a temporary switch to St Etienne on the cards. (Le Progrés)

Real Madrid are willing to launch a €50m offer to sign Kylian Mbappe this month, while his PSG future remains unresolved. (Sport)

DORTMUND WANT ADEYEMI TO REPLACE HAALAND

Karim Adeyemi, RB Salzburg celebrates a goal in Austrian Bundesliga v Sturm Graz

Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi is emerging as Borussia Dortmund’s top target to replace Erling Haaland this summer. (Marca)

Juventus are keeping tabs on Gabriel Slonina, who is a 17-year-old goalkeeper under contract with Chicago Fire FC. (Tuttosport)

Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest is not considering leaving the club amid interest from Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. (Sport)

Newcastle target Samuel Umtiti is giving up on trying to force his way into the Barcelona team and now plans to leave this month. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan want veteran keeper Samir Handanovic to sign a new deal despite the summer arrival of Andre Onana. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Barcelona are placing a deadline of Sunday to Ousmane Dembele on whether he will sign or reject a new deal. Failure to sign will see the player transfer-listed with immediate effect. (Sport)

Manchester United have made contact to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou. (Fussball Transfers)

Real Madrid are cooling their interest in Antonio Rudiger and no formal offer will be made following a round of talks with the Chelsea defender. (Marca)

West Ham must act fast if their talks with Gabriel Barbosa are to reap a reward after a report revealed Newcastle are preparing to ramp up their pursuit. (90 min)

AC Milan are chasing the signing of Nantes striker Randal Kolo Muani in January. (Gazzetta dello Sport)