Euro Paper Talk: Star’s decline sees Murtough rush through major Man Utd signing

Date published: Tuesday 9th November 2021 12:28 - James Marshment

Manchester United football director John Murtough

Manchester United have a contract in place to seal a big-name January signing, Chelsea are planning to sign a quality winger with another potentially leaving, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Everton are looking at a Russian attacker.

TRIPPIER DEAL ‘AGREED’ FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Kieran Trippier to move to Old Trafford in January.

The England full-back has long been on their list of targets and was seemingly close to signing over the summer. However, having already brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, United were not prepared to meet Atletico’s £28m demands.

Since then though an alarming slump in form from Aaron Wan-Bissaka has prompted United to step up that chase. The £50m man has been way below his best, but a lack of competition means he’s not being kept on his toes.

Now, as per AS, United are willing to meet Atletico’s price for the 31-year-old. They state director of football John Murtough has already agreed a contract for the England man on a reported two-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford.

They report that Diego Simeone doesn’t want to lose Trippier. However, the player’s desire to return to his native north-west will see the deal pushed through, with Atleti making a handsome profit on the side.

Trippier is reportedly being chased by Newcastle United but only has eyes for Manchester United.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, will hope the signing of Trippier can have a positive affect on Wan-Bissaka. They employed a similar tactic in signing Alex Telles to put pressure on Luke Shaw. And the signing of Trippier will also be seen as a way of raising Wan-Bissaka’s game.

That said, Trippier is likely to be seen as a solid player who can very much improve their defence. Indeed, the full-back is viewed as an upgrade on Wan-Bissaka in a United side struggling for clean sheets.

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PORTO TOLD OF HUGE FEE FOR LUIS DIAZ

Luis Diaz Porto Tottenham interest TEAMtalk

Chelsea have learned Colombia winger Luis Diaz will cost his full £67.7m (€80m) exit clause in January. (Record)

The Blues are looking to bring in Diaz should Christian Pulisic depart, with Genoa emerging as a possible option. (various)

Barcelona are ready to open talks over a deal for Edinson Cavani – but want him on an end-of-season free rather than to pay in January. (Fijaches)

Real Madrid star Vinicus Junior has reportedly turned down a huge £12m a year deal to join Manchester United in January. (El Nacional)

Everton manager Rafael Benitez is chasing a deal to bring Monaco attacker Aleksandr Golovin to Goodison Park in January. (Telefoot)

GUARDIOLA BATS OFF STERLING SPECULATION

Raheem Sterling, Manchester City in Premier League action

Pep Guardiola remains unconcerned about reports linking Barcelona with Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling. (Mundo Deportivo)

Norwich are considering the appointment of Kjetil Knutsen, who currently is in charge of Bodo/Glimt. (TV2)

Crystal Palace’s chances of poaching André-Frank Zambo Anguissa away from Napoli appear over. That’s with Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli already triggering the option to make his loan permanent in January. (Radio Kiss Kiss)

Juventus are ready to battle Roma for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, who on Arsenal’s wishlist. (Tuttosport)

Newcastle target Philippe Coutinho still hopes to stay at Barcelona and is backing new coach Xavi to do “a great job”. (Mundo Deportivo)

Stade Brestois midfielder Romain Faivre – previously linked with Leeds – admits he feels flattered by interest from AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

MOURINHO AT ODDS WITH ROMA PLAYERS

Jose Mourinho, Roma manager

Jose Mourinho is ‘at war’ with his Roma squad and only considers 13 of his players up to the required standard. (Il Messaggero)

Liverpool still have a chance of signing Kylian Mbappe with the striker ‘unconvinced’ by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. (El Nacional)

Xavi Hernandez is backing Ousmane Dembele to become one of the world’s elite stars and says he hopes he signs a new deal at Barcelona. (Sport)

Juventus wing-back Juan Cuadrado hopes to sign a new two-year deal with the Bianconeri as soon as he returns from international duty with Colombia. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Tottenham are willing to pay Fiorentina £60m to beat Arsenal to the signing of Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic. (La Nazione)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Leicester and Watford are chasing a January deal for highly-rated Genoa left-back Andrea Cambiaso. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Roma have reportedly contacted Bodo/Glimt over a January move for striker Erik Botheim after starring against them in the Europa League. (TV2)

Juventus are willing to let Aaron Ramsey leave for free in January despite having 18 months remaining on his contract. (Calciomercato)

France boss Didier Deschamps is backing Real Madrid star Karim Benzema to win the Balon d’Or this year. (L’Equipe)

Arsenal will priortise the signing of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak in 2022 as they bid to replace Alexandre Lacazette. (various)

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