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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Arsenal drawn into Victor Osimhen battle with huge bids eyed; Key Leeds man in exit talks

Jonny Whitfield
Victor Osimhen, Napoli v Sassuolo April 2022

Manchester United and Arsenal are both eyeing sizeable bids for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, while a key Leeds figure could leave – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD, ARSENAL IN OSIMHEN BATTLE

Manchester United and Arsenal could both soon submit bids of at least £84million for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to a report.

The two clubs have made an attacking signing a key priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window. While Cristiano Ronaldo has impressed upon his Old Trafford return with 24 goals in 38 games, at 37 he is nearing the end of his career.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are increasingly likely to lose both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette as free agents this summer. Those departures would come after the Gunners let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave in January.

United had links with a move for Nigeria international Osimhen before he moved from Lille to Naples. And Arsenal have had links in the past few months after their failure to sign Dusan Vlahovic in January.

According to Corriere del Mezzogiorno, the interest from both Premier League clubs remain strong.

In fact, the Italian newspaper claims that both Man Utd and Arsenal are likely to make bids of €100million to sign the 23-year-old.

Osimhen has scored 17 goals in 29 games this season, including 13 in 24 Serie A outings.

Manchester United told of £100m price tag set by Napoli for Victor Osimhen

Man United will have to pay £100m for Victor Osimhen from Napoli is they want to sign him this summer

He has three years left on his Napoli contract, so club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has a strong negotiating position.

Interim Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has called on the club to sign two “modern strikers” to help incoming new manager Erik ten Hag.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, also needs reinforcements up top as he looks to take his team to the next level.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Franz Schiemer, Jesse Marsch Leeds, March 2022

Leeds United assistant coach Franz Schiemer has confirmed that he has held talks about joining Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the Austria national team. (Kurier)

Aston Villa are beginning to have doubts about exercising their option to buy Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona amid the Brazilian’s drop in form. (Mundo Deportivo)

Indeed, Newcastle are showing interest in a swoop for the 29-year-old. (Sport)

Arsenal could try again to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo amid doubt over his future in Turin. (Calciomercato)

Napoli are after Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, but Newcastle and both Milan clubs are also in the hunt. (Ciro Venerato)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION AND PREVIEWS

Gerard Moreno, Villarreal v Liverpool May 2022

Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno has said the La Liga side should be proud of their run to the Champions League semi-finals, following defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo)

Unai Emery has said that while Villarreal gave Liverpool a scare, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds deserve to be in the final. (Football Espana)

Still, Villarreal president Fernando Roig has claimed it is “scandalous” that the Spaniards did not get a penalty in the first half of their 3-2 second-leg defeat. (Mundo Deportivo)

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti has said that Real Madrid feel “very confident” of overturning their 4-3 deficit to Manchester City in Wednesday’s second semi-final. (Mundo Deportivo)

EURO PAPER TALK – WEST HAM LEARN STRIKER FEE

Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque

West Ham will have to pay €15million (£13million) if they want to sign Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque. (La Voix du Nord)

Barcelona feel they can get €70million (£59million) for Frenkie de Jong, amid exit speculation surrounding the Dutch midfielder. (Cuatro)

Tottenham are in regular contact with Borussia Monchengladbach over Jonas Hofmann and could therefore swoop this summer. (Bild)

Spurs are also thinking of signing Inter star Denzel Dumfries. Bayern Munich are on Dumfries’ trail, but they could yet go after Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui instead. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are keeping tabs on Udinese and former Everton star Gerard Deulofeu following his standout season in Serie A. (TuttoUdinese)

Juan Mata will have three transfer options in La Liga following his Man Utd exit. However, the midfielder’s former club Valencia think they can beat Real Betis and Real Sociedad to the 34-year-old. (Sport)