Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to launch January bid for Real Madrid misfit as GK jets in for trial; Chelsea to blow Liverpool away for game-changer

Real Madrid stars Nacho, Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde

Manchester United are ready to launch a January bid to sign a Real Madrid attacker struggling for starts at The Bernabeu, while a young keeper has arrived on trial at Old Trafford and Chelsea are desperate to beat Liverpool to a generational talent – in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United are reportedly preparing to launch a bid to sign Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio in January.

The Spain international was linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu over the summer, having been a long-time Premier League target.

Indeed, in the past Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have all shown form interest in the 26-year-old.

But with Asensio yet to start a game for Real this term, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, an exit now appears almost inevitable.

And according to reports from Spain, United are willing to take a chance on the player. Indeed, a bid could be forthcoming in the upcoming January transfer window.

Despite his lack of game time, Asensio still wants to extend his deal with Los Blancos. However, after reports of his agent Jorge Mendes speaking to fierce rivals Barcelona about a potential free transfer next summer, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reluctant to offer a new contract.

But as Real decide what to do with the talented attacking talent, United are likely to strike.

Young keeper arrives for Man Utd trial

Meanwhile, a report from Bosnian outlet Reprezentacija claims United transfer target Tarik Karic has flown to England to work with the club’s coaches after Red Devils scouts sent a request to his club Zeljeznicar.

The 16-year-old goalkeeper will be assessed in Manchester over a specified timeframe.

United have been monitoring the youngster’s progress but want a first-hand look before deciding whether to strike a deal.


Jude Bellingham, October 2022

Chelsea are willing to pay more than £87million to sign priority Liverpool and Real Madrid transfer target Jude Bellingham. (SportBILD)

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram is an alternative target for Bayern Munich if they fail to land Harry Kane from Tottenham. (TZ)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is certain Joao Felix will “triumph” at the club. That’s amid reports the forward wants to leave in January in search of regular playing time. (COPE)

Gabriel Martinelli wants to extend his contract with Arsenal despite Chelsea showing interest. (Christian Falk).

Inter Milan are eager to land Everton’s Yerry Mina in January as a replacement for Milan Skriniar. (CalcioMercatoWeb)


AC Milan forward Rafael Leao

Paris Saint-Germain have joined Chelsea in trying to sign AC Milan’s Rafael Leao. The winger has a release clause of €150m. (Calciomercato)

Young defender Giorgio Scalvini’s development at Atalanta has caught the attention of Manchester City. (La Repubblica)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that it is down to Toni Kroos whether or not the midfielder’s contract will be extended past its current expiration in 2023. (Sky Germany)

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have enquired about Manchester City’s Nathan Ake. However, the defender is not for sale.

Barcelona watched Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez in action against PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Diario Sport)


Douglas Luiz, Aston Villa v West Ham August 2022

Roma will be among the frontrunners to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz on a free next summer. (RomaGialloRossa)

Everton are ‘offering figures close to €15-16m’ for Villarreal striker Boulaye Dia. (Tutto Salernitana)

Roma will be among the frontrunners to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz on a free next summer. (RomaGialloRossa)

AC Milan have been told they should sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja. (Sport Witness)

Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro both seem destined to leave Juventus at the end of the season. (Calciomercato)