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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd join Bayern, PSG as £17m striker race begins to heat up

Sasa Kalajdzic, Stuttgart v FC Koln May 2022

Manchester United are eyeing a sought-after Bundesliga striker this summer, while West Ham and Villa are battling for a signing – all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD AFTER SASA KALAJDZIC

Manchester United have made their interest in Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic known, according to a report.

The Red Devils are preparing for a busy summer transfer window where a new striker is a key priority. Cristiano Ronaldo has impressed upon his return to Old Trafford, but at 37 his career is nearing its end.

Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani is leaving this summer when his contract expires. And even if he did stay on, the 35-year-old is in a similar position to Ronaldo.

As a result, incoming Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag wants a top new signing to bolster his ranks. According to Sky Germany, Stuttgart marksman Kalajdzic is on United’s radar ahead of the upcoming market.

The 24-year-old has impressed with 24 goals in 57 appearances since leaving his native Austria in the summer of 2019.

And despite missing most of this season due to a shoulder injury, Kalajdzic has come back into the team in style with six goals and two assists in 14 Bundesliga games.

However, Kalajdzic’s return to form has come at a key moment. He will have only one year left on his contract at the end of this season. As such, it is not only United who are eyeing a potential deal for the 13-cap Austria international.

While United have enquired about a move, he is also a target for Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. Dortmund have lost Erling Haaland to Manchester City and signed Karim Adeyemi as a replacement – but could seek another signing.

PSG, meanwhile, are set to see Kylian Mbappe walk out at the end of his deal and need a new signing up front. Bayern could yet let Robert Lewandowski go.

As for Kalajdzic‘s fee, Sky Germany adds that he will be available for €20million (£17million).

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Maxence Lacroix, Robert Lewandowski Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich May 2022

West Ham and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix. (Jeunes Footeux)

Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he does not think reported Man Utd target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will leave this summer. Still, if he does go, Sarri reckons he would not stay in Italy. (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could bring on back-up goalkeeper Andriy Lunin if the Champions League final against Liverpool goes to penalties. (Defensa Central)

Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey is closing in on a transfer to Arsenal following a meeting between club chiefs last week. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle still have interest in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, although they may not be willing to pay €100million (£84million) for the Nigerian. (Nicolo Ceccarini)

BARCELONA WANT TWO SALES

Clement Lenglet and Memphis Depay

Barcelona want to sell defenders Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti this summer but accept that they may have to send Lenglet out on loan. (Sport)

Barcelona subsequently want to sign either Sevilla’s Jules Kounde or Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli. (Mundo Deportivo)

PSG winger Angel di Maria is in line for a move to Juventus following the expiry of his contract this summer. (Football Italia)

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will announce a decision over his future after the final game of the Serie A season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus want to cut short Moise Kean’s stay in Turin, but Everton are unwilling to review the forward’s two-year loan until next season. (Calciomercato)

EURO PAPER TALK – LIVERPOOL, MBAPPE ATTEMPT

Kylian Mbappe celebrating for Paris Saint-Germain

Liverpool made a recent attempt to sign Kylian Mbappe, despite Jurgen Klopp insisting that the Reds will not be in the race for the Paris Saint-Germain striker. (Marca)

Nevertheless, Mbappe has decided to move to Real Madrid when his PSG contract expires this summer. (Marca)

Tottenham want to sign on-loan back-up goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to a long-term deal. However, Torino are still in the race and could offer him more regular football. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Despite interest from Chelsea and PSG in Robert Lewandowski, the Bayern Munich striker’s priority is a move to Barcelona. (Fabrizio Romano)