Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Man City in scrap with Barcelona for £35m Bundesliga playmaker; Liverpool, Chelsea rocked by Real interest in Napoli target

Dani Olmo RB Leipzig

Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to fight it out with Barcelona for a Bundesliga attacker, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Real Madrid have moved ahead of both Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for a Napoli winger.


Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are all reportedly interested in signing RB Leipzig attacker Dani Olmo.

The 25-year-old has struggled to make an impact on the Bundesliga this season. However, missing several after a ruptured ligament injury has not helped.

Olmo is back fit again and starred in Leipzig’s 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday evening.

That victory put the Bundesliga outfit into the last 16, although that may now deter Leipzig from selling.

The winger has scored twice and added four assists in 11 appearances so far this season.

Despite his return to form, reports from Spain suggest Leipzig could still move the player on next summer.

The Spain international, who is expected to feature for his country at the World Cup in Qatar, is currently contracted until 2024.

That contract stratus means Leipzig effectively have two windows to gain maximum value before his price drops.

Olmo value could rise after World Cup

Olmo is currently valued at around £34.5million (as per transfermarkt), although Leipzig would hope to recoup more.

The former Barcelona starlet is capable of playing on both wings or as a No.10 and arguably suits City’s style of play more than United’s.

However, Erik ten Hag is clearly adapting the style of play at Old Trafford and Olmo would be a useful addition to his squad.

The one major issue is the number of wingers already on United’s books.

Jadon Sancho and Antony appear to be first-choice, when fit. However, Marcus Rashford also operates well from the left flank and Anthony Elanga is another option for Ten Hag.

Youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo are also waiting in the wings, with the latter currently on loan at Sunderland.


Real Madrid have moved ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to sign Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. (Ekrem Konur)

Newcastle United ‘see a great opportunity’ to sign AC Milan forward Charles De Ketelaere in the January window. (Voetbalkrant)

Scouts from Real Madrid and Manchester City were present in the stands of the Allianz Parque when Palmeiras teenager Endrick scored in a 4-0 win over Fortaleza to lift the Brazilian league title. The forward has a contract until 2025 that has a £51.8million (€60m) release clause. (Mundo Deportivo)

Salzburg value Noah Okafor at £25.8million-plus (€30million-plus). (Calciomercato)

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is a target for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus still think they can sign Gianluigi Donnarumma, even after his move to PSG. (Calciomercato)


Eden Hazard could leave Real Madrid in January. Juventus and Aston Villa both want the former Chelsea playmaker. (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard

Argentinian club Rosario Central have reached an agreement with Brighton for the transfer of attacking midfielder Facundo Buonanotte. ( Rosario Central)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen to activate the extension clause in boss Luciano Spalletti’s contract. (Il Mattino)

Everton are likely to trigger Jarrad Branthwaite return clause in January as the defender has failed to get enough minutes at PSV. (Eindhovens Dagblad)

Former Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui wants to bring Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid to Wolves if he gets the job with the Premier League team. (Fichajes)

Barcelona have joined Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard. (Mundo Deportivo)

AC Milan are planning to open talks over a new contract with Olivier Giroud, 36. (Fabrizio Romano)

Juventus are discussing a loan move for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola. (Calciomercato)