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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd hopeful as rivals for star set to ‘mark an era’ fear being forced to retreat; Tottenham eye Serie A talent

Vanderson, March 2022

Manchester United receive a hopeful update over a rising defender target, while Tottenham eye up a growing Serie A talent – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United would have a solid chance of tempting Vanderson to Old Trafford if a bidding war with Barcelona started, according to a report.

The Red Devils made several signings all across the pitch this summer in Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as manager. However, one area they did not strengthen was at right-back.

United had links with potential additions such as Jonathan Clauss, Sergino Dest and Benjamin Pavard. In the end, though, Ten Hag stuck with Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as his options.

The idea of signing a new right-back is regardless still a hot topic at Man Utd. And more recently, Monaco star Vanderson has emerged on United’s radar.

Ten Hag’s side have registered interest in the 21-year-old Brazilian alongside Barcelona, who were quoted €60million (£52million) by the French club for the star this summer.

According to the latest from Sport, though, Barcelona will not engage in a bidding war for Vanderson if it comes to it.

The La Liga side do not have the finances to overpower the English clubs who are interested. Indeed, Sport adds that Vanderson has a number of offers from the Premier League.

Barcelona would therefore have to hope Vanderson gives them his word. His fellow Brazilian Raphinha did the same this summer amid Chelsea and Arsenal’s interest in the former Leeds United man.

Vanderson only moved to Monaco from Gremio in January. After impressing in his first half-season in France, though, he earned a bumper new contract this summer – and his lofty current valuation to boot.

Sport adds that Vanderson could yet ‘mark an era’ for Brazil at left-back, if the 21-year-old continues his current rise.

As well as playing at right-back, the player has been deployed further forward by Monaco this season.


Tottenham and Brighton are keeping tabs on Sassuolo’s Italy midfielder Davide Frattesi, who played against England in June. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Ousmane Dembele has a £42million release clause in the Barcelona contract he signed this summer. What’s more, interested clubs can activate the clause from next summer. (L’Equipe)

Daichi Kamada could become a free agent next summer because Eintracht Frankfurt have concerns about handing him a new contract. (Kicker)

Marseille defender Jonathan Clauss says he turned down Chelsea because the French club offered him more than just being able to say he played for the Blues. (Info Sport)

William Saliba says his loan spell at Marseille ahead of his return to Arsenal made him “stronger” as a player. (Canal+)


Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will get the chance to avoid the sack and turn the club’s form around following their tough start to the season. (Fabrizio Romano)

AC Milan want to spend up to €40million (£35million) on a new striker in 2023 and have subsequently made Chelsea’s Armando Broja a firm target. (Tuttosport)

Milan are also closing in on the €18million (£16million) signing of Spezia defender Jakub Kiwior. West Ham tried and failed to sign the Poland international this summer. (Foot Mercato)

The agent of Torino defender Perr Schuurs has revealed Liverpool and Tottenham wanted the Dutchman this summer before his summer transfer from Ajax to Italy. (Tuttosport)

Nottingham Forest could launch a January raid for Cremonese’s Emanuele Valeri, who would be their fourth left-back signing in two transfer windows. (Radiosei)


Manchester City are monitoring Atalanta rising star defender Giorgio Scalvini. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is a target for Barcelona, but the La Liga side’s priority target in midfield is Real Socidead’s Martin Zubimendi. (Sport)

Tottenham are still lingering with interest in Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni after Antonio Conte’s summer interest. (InterLive)

Newcastle are unlikely to be signing Benfica star Goncalo Ramos, who is instead destined for a bigger club. Although, Benfica hope to tie the Portuguese star down to a new contract. (A Bola)

Axel Witsel says he is happy to fill in as a defender for Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, but would rather play as a six like with Belgium. (AS)

Meanwhile, Italy boss Roberto Mancini could switch to a 3-5-2 formation against England on Friday night. (Corriere dello Sport)