Erik ten Hag is looking to completely revamp his midfield with the addition of two world-class talents in 2023, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a Tottenham star could be close to swapping London for Seville.
UNITED DOUBLE MIDFIELD DEAL ON THE CARDS
Manchester United are looking to completely revamp their midfield with two new signings in 2023, as reported by ESPN.
Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag brought in Christian Eriksen and Casemiro over the summer. However, while the Dane has excelled, Casemiro is yet to make a Premier League start – despite costing an initial £60million.
To be fair, Eriksen has formed a strong partnership with Scott McTominay during United’s four-match winning run.
However, both Eriksen and Casemiro are both 30 and not the long-term answer for Ten Hag.
To that end, ESPN reports the Red Devils are still confident of sealing a deal for long-term target Frenkie de Jong.
Ten Hag is said to be adamant he can convince his fellow countryman to sign from Barcelona next summer.
Ten Hag faces Bellingham fight
The England youngster is been on Liverpool’s radar ever since he moved to Germany from Birmingham. However, it appears that United will look to steal a march on their Premier League rivals.
Partnering 18-year-old Bellingham with De Jong, 25, would give the Red Devils their midfield for the next five or six years.
However, there is the small matter of the asking price for both players. Indeed, Dortmund want in excess of £100m for Bellingham, while United agreed a £63m fee with De Jong over the summer and that figure is unlikely to drop by much.
De Jong is also still owed wages by Barca, which makes completing a deal doubly difficult. There is the hope, though, by next summer that the Catalan giants might have eased their current financial struggles.
LUCAS DELIGHTED WITH SEVILLA LINKS
Tottenham star Lucas Moura has flirted with the idea of joining Sevilla in the January transfer window. The winger is out of contract in 2024 and an initial loan move has been mooted. (VamosMiSevilla)
Loic Tanzi has confirmed that Christopher Nkunku did not have a medical with Chelsea in Frankfurt ahead of his proposed move, contrary to what German outlet Bild has reported. (L’Equipe)
Liverpool, meanwhile, are ‘far from giving up’ in the race for Nkunku, despite fierce competition from elsewhere. (Fussball Transfers)
Real Madrid have made Thomas Tuchel their favoured candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti as coach. The Italian has made it clear that this season will be his last at the helm. (El Nacional)
Gerard Pique will not be joining Atletico Madrid in January and has decided to fight for his place at Barcelona. (Sport)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Dario Osorio, the 18-year-old Chilean who has already made his international debut, is being monitored by a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Napoli are weighing up a permanent move for West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic, who is currently on loan at Torino. (Calcio Napoli 24)
Chelsea have decided that Tim Steidten of Bayer Leverkusen is the right man to take over as the club’s sporting director. (Sky Sport Germany)
Striker Luis Muriel has decided that his time at Atalanta is near its end. (Calciomercato)
Andrea Poli has joined Modena and has signed a deal until the end of June 2023.