Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd plotting January raid for £45m-rated Diogo Dalot upgrade; Real Madrid to stun Chelsea with move for top defensive star

Manchester United are ready to step up their efforts to land an upgrade on Diogo Dalot at right-back in the January transfer window, while Real Madrid could launch a stunning raid on Chelsea for an in-form defender – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.

BAD NEWS FOR DALOT AS UNITED EYE INTER ACE

Manchester United are reportedly readying an offer for Inter Milan defender and Dutch international Denzel Dumfries.

Erik ten Hag is looking for United to challenge for major trophies again, and despite Diogo Dalot’s impressive start to the season he sees right-back as an area he wants to upgrade.

Back-up full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hardly featured and could even be moved on in January.

That, in turn, will lead the Red Devils towards a move for Inter star Dumfries in the new year, according to Calcio Mercato Web.

The report states that Dumfries will welcome the opportunity to work under fellow countryman Ten Hag at Old Trafford.

Attacking full-backs key to Ten Hag style

Once his system of play is fully ironed out with his players, Ten Hag is expected to put a lot of emphasis on having attacking full-backs – which is where Tyrell Malacia and Dumfries fit in.

The potential addition of the Netherlands star would be incredibly harsh on Dalot, who has done nothing wrong.

However, Ten Hag wants to put his own stamp on this United side and still feels there are a few signings away from being contenders.

After a nervy Europa League win on Thursday night, United are back in Premier League action on Sunday when they head to Everton.

CHELSEA STAR EMERGES ON REAL RADAR

Reece James and Kai Havertz

Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea and England right-back Reece James. (Fichajes)

Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos has emerged as a Man Utd target to replace David de Gea. (Media Foot)

Real Madrid’s hierarchy are discussing numbers having highlighted Jude Bellingham as their top target. (Marca)

Inter Milan are eyeing the signature of Nathan Ake as a replacement for Premier League target Stefan de Vrij. (FCInterNews)

West Ham and Sevilla are eying a move for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka. The centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season. (Jeunes Footeux)

France striker Karim Benzema is nearing a contract extension with Real Madrid. (Fabrizio Romano)

PSG TO REIGNITE SKRINIAR INTEREST

Paris Saint-Germain will try and sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January after a failed summer bid. (ESPN Football)

AC Milan are looking at signing Midtjylland winger Gustav Isaksen in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)

Sporting Lisbon have agreed to extend the contract of young attacking midfielder Mateus Fernandes. (Record)

Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to play Danilo at centre-back could mean that Juventus will step up efforts to sign another full-back. (Calciomercato)

Many clubs are tracking the progress of Guimaraes midfielder Ibrahima Bamba. (Fabrizio Romano)

MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

Gerard Pique is struggling for game time at Barcelona and he may look to leave the club either in January or next summer. (Sport)

Troyes starlet Moses Turay is attracting interest from numerous clubs across Europe, including Bayern Munich. (Foot Mercato)

Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Benfica’s 18-year-old Portuguese defender Antonio Silva. (Calciomercato)

Rayo Vallecano captain Oscar Trejo has signed a contract extension to stay at the LaLiga side until 2024. (ESPN Football)