Euro Paper Talk: Leeds to sign Barca forward; Rabiot in the money

Date published: Monday 13th May 2019 8:29

Leeds are thought to have secured the summer signing of a Barcelona attacker, while Adrien Rabiot has finally found a club willing to meet his huge wage demands and signing-on fees, according to Monday’s European papers.

 

LEEDS HAVE DEAL IN PLACE TO SIGN BARCELONA YOUNGSTER

Leeds United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona B forward Rafa Mujica, according to reports in Spain.

Marca claims Leeds director of football Victor Orta has negotiated a nominal fee with Barca to sign the 20-year-old forward and a move to Elland Road will be completed once the transfer window reopens.

Mujica is yet to make a senior appearance for Barca’s senior side, but has a decent scoring record for their B team, having played 59 times in total – including a handful of appearances in Segunda Division – scoring 10 times.

The player has two caps for Spain Under-19s and is thought to be an exciting prospect.

However, with the player seemingly some distance from making the step up into their first-team squad, Leeds appear to have secured a deal.

In 33 appearances this season, Mujica has netted seven times and has one assist to his name.

 

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SOLSKJAER SETTLES ON FOUR TOP MAN UTD TARGETS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has four major targets in mind this summer as he bids to stamp his mark on Manchester United and help the club reclaim their place among the elite.

United’s embarrassing 2-0 home defeat to relegated Cardiff on Sunday brought the curtain down on a disastrous campaign that saw them finish in a lowly sixth.

Solskjaer now has the massive task of rebuilding a side who look a million miles off challenging for the top honours – and according to multiple reports across Europe, the United manager has settled on the four names he wants to bring in in an ambitious €300m swoop.

According to il Corriere di Torino, United will make the capture of Paulo Dybala from Juventus their biggest summer outlay. Juve are willing to sell the Argentine and United are so far the only club willing to match their €100m valuation.

The paper claims talks between the clubs have already taken place and, to United’s delight, Juventus have shown an interest in taking Alexis Sanchez to Turin, as part of the deal. At this stage, however, it’s unclear as to how much United value Sanchez at and what Juve are willing to pay for a player, who has offered an apology for his disappointing campaign at Old Trafford.

And Dybala won’t be the only Juve man arriving at Old Trafford this summer, with il Gazzetta dello Sport claiming United are closing on the €42m capture of right-back Joao Cancelo. The Portuguese star is willing to make the move to Old Trafford and it’s reported that Matteo Darmian could move the opposite direction to bring the cost of the deal down.

Reports in Portugal, meanwhile, claim United are nearing a double raid for two of the country’s brightest stars.

According to Record, United are willing to go as high as €70m to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes, who has enjoyed a stellar goalscoring season in the heart of the midfield.

And finally, A Bola believe Solskjaer has settled on Benfica defender Ruben Dias as the answer to his central defender search. The Portugal defender has a €60m exit clause in his deal and, with Atletico Madrid having got cold feet, United are now in the driving seat to bring the player to Old Trafford.

 

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AND THE REST

Juventus are favourites to sign Liverpool and Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot after meeting with his representatives and telling them they will have no issues paying his €10m signing-on fee and meeting his wage demands (Tuttosport)

Benfica are very close to agreeing the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City will sacrifice Gabriel Jesus in order to snatch Benfica teenager Joao Felix from under Juventus’ noses (A Bola)

Real Madrid will wait until after Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal to announce the signing of Eden Hazard in a €100m deal (L’Equipe)

Mauro Icardi’s Inter Milan future will be decided in the coming weeks by their new coach – likely to be Antonio Conte – with a move to Juventus still a possibility (Calciomercato)

Wolves are ready to make a €40m approach for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson (Le Parisien)

Newcastle are plotting a surprise €30m swoop for Tiemoue Bakayoko if AC Milan decide against making his loan from Chelsea permanent (Calciomercato)

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is ready to snub a move to Liverpool in order to join Bayern Munich in a €65m deal (Suddeutsche Zeitung)

Bayern Munich are confident on a deal to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi, beating Liverpool to the capture of the Chelsea winger (Bild)

Mauricio Pochettino has ‘a Juventus identity’ and the Old Lady ‘need an Isco’ to win the Champions League, according to former midfielder Andrea Pirlo (Sky Italia)

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Assistant manager Davide Ancelotti has refused to be drawn on speculation linking star midfielder Allan with a summer move to PSG (Sky Italia)

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac’s future remains unclear with the club still unhappy with their round of 16 Champions League exit to Liverpool. A decision is due at the end of the season (Bild)

Manchester United target Youri Tielemans has revealed that he expects to return to Monaco when his loan at Leicester City ends (VTM Niews)

Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is set to extend his stay on loan at Leganes into next season (Marca)

Barcelona have made progress with their negotiations with Ajax over the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt and expect a deal to be reached before the end of the month (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette admits it is “flattering” to hear his name mentioned as a target for Barcelona (Telefoot)

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Antonio Conte is edging closer to joining Inter Milan after agreeing terms on a three-year contract worth €9million a year (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is committed to staying at the club – despite widespread reports linking him with a summer exit (Marca)

Ernesto Valverde insists resigning at Barcelona has never entered his mind as more questions were thrown his way over their embarrassing Champions League exit to Liverpool (various)

Barcelona are confident Philippe Coutinho will return from his thigh injury ahead of the Copa del Rey final against Valencia after announcing they expect him to be sidelined for no more than 10 days (various)

 

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