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Euro Paper Talk: Rangnick wants to realise failed Leipzig dream as Man Utd scout Serie A duo

Mattias Svanberg, Nicolas Gonzalez Fiorentina v Bologna March 2022

Manchester United send scouts to watch a Serie A duo including a long-term Ralf Rangnick target, while Newcastle want a Turkish star – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD WATCH SERIE A DUO

Manchester United had scouts watch centre-back Nikola Milenkovic and midfielder Mattias Svanberg in Serie A action on Sunday, according to a report.

The Red Devils are facing a pivotal transfer window as they look to transition again from a change of manager. Whoever steps in to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick has a sizeable job on their hands to drive progress at Old Trafford.

A Premier League top-four finish is still possible with United in fifth. However, Arsenal in fourth have three games in hand and subsequently control over the race.

Nevertheless, United are reportedly eyeing three major new signings in the summer. They want a new defender, a new defensive midfielder and a top-class striker.

What’s more, club chiefs do not feel worried about the prospect of no Champions League football affecting their chances.

According to Calciomercato, Man Utd sent officials to watch Fiorentina’s 1-0 win over Bologna on Sunday.

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While there, they watched Fiorentina’s Serbia international centre-back Milenkovic. The 24-year-old is reportedly a long-term target for Red Devils chiefs in their hunt to bolster their defence.

However, United also watched Bologna’s Sweden midfielder Svanberg. The 23-year-old was firmly on Rangnick’s radar when the German was at RB Leipzig, but the pair never came together.

As a result, Rangnick is now leaning United towards a move for Svanberg. The midfielder, who moved to Bologna from Malmo in 2018, has played in all-but one Serie A game this term.

Milenkovic, meanwhile, has made 24 Serie A outings this term and both players are starring for their respective clubs.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Ugurcan Cakir, Fenerbahce v Trabzonspor March 2022

Newcastle are eyeing a raid on Turkish club Trabzonspor for goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. (Takvim)

Tottenham and AC Milan are showing transfer interest in Monaco’s 17-year-old midfielder Mamadou Coulibaly. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Milan have in fact already held initial talks over a raid for the Frenchman. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma are planning a move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is likely to become a free agent in the summer. (AS Roma Live)

Roma also want Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest, who admires the Serie A side’s manager Jose Mourinho. (Corriere dello Sport)

EURO PAPER TALK – BARCELONA COULD MOVE FOR SALAH

Mohamed Salah, Brighton v Liverpool March 2022

Barcelona are not ruling out a move for Liverpool’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, whose contract saga continues to rumble on. (AS)

For now, though, Barca are pondering a raid for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak instead of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. (El Nacional)

Still, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted concerns over big signings which could put the club in further financial trouble. (TV3)

Liverpool are monitoring a potential move for Villarreal forward Yeremy Pino amid concerns over Salah’s future. (El Desmarque)

Aston Villa’s Matty Cash remains Atletico Madrid’s top full-back target for the summer, but the club are focusing on a strong La Liga finish first. (Marca)

Angel di Maria wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ends in the summer, following the club’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. He has an eye on returning to Benfica. (AS)

EURO PAPER TALK – TORREIRA GIVES ARSENAL FUTURE HINT

Lucas Torreira Fiorentina March 2022

Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira has pledged to give his all for Fiorentina “until the end” of the season, amid the possibility of a permanent move. (Fiorentina.it)

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata feels delighted with the “very different atmosphere” at the club compared to earlier this season, but insisted his future in Turin is not up to him. (DAZN)

Juve’s priority is instead to sell French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, whose €7million (£5.8million) salary is putting a squeeze on the club’s finances. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are on alert after talks between teenage midfielder Gavi and Barcelona stalled. For now, though, the Spaniard’s only focus is on a new deal at Camp Nou. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona’s contract discussions with defender Ronald Araujo have also stalled, giving Man Utd a boost. (Mundo Deportivo)