Euro Paper Talk: Spurs guru wants to spend Kane cash on tasty Lille trio

Jonathan David, Sven Botman, Zeki Celik, Lille celebrate

Daniel Levy is dreaming of an exciting triple Tottenham raid on Lille for three of their Ligue 1 title-winning squad, Leicester are closing on a €25m midfielder signing, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Liverpool have been cleared to sign a €40m Serie A star.

CELIK, BOTMAN WANTED BY TOTTENHAM

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly ready to spent a vast chunk of their expected Harry Kane windfall this summer on a trio of Lille stars.

The French outfit have upset the applecart in Ligue 1 by pipping big-spending PSG to the title, sparking jubilant scenes. However, their success is likely to see a plethora of their players lured away, with their side set to be broken up.

The first departure is likely to see goalkeeper Mike Maignan move to AC Milan as a replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italy keeper has been linked with Juventus and Barcelona.

However, Lille face a battle to keep three more stars, according to reports.

Indeed, L’Equipe reports that Tottenham are readying an approach for defensive duo Zeki Celik and Sven Botman. 

Turkey star Celik is wanted by Spurs as a replacement for the departing Serge Aurier. He’s enjoyed a brilliant season with Lille, scoring four times and adding two assists.

Spurs are also keen on Botman, who has shone at centre-half. Botman is valued in the €40m bracket and has been linked with Liverpool in recent months. The Dutchman only signed last summer though and is one star Lille don’t want to lose. In fact, Lille state they’d reject all approaches for him as he’s a player they plan to build their side around.

That said, the defender did drop a hint about the prospects of a move to the Premier League.

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Jonathan David also in demand

It’s a similar case with Jonathan David. The Canada striker joined last summer from Gent and has proved a big success. He’s being mentioned as a possible successor to Kane in the Spurs attack.

Furthermore, Todofijaces claim the attacker is also viewed by Real Madrid as a transfer alternative to Kylian Mbappe.

The trio all reportedly come recommended by Tottenham transfer guru Steve Hitchen. Deals for all three, albeit unlikely, would set Tottenham back a vast portion of their Kane transfer kitty.

DE PAUL TRANSFER BOOST FOR LIVERPOOL

Rodrigo de Paul, Udinese captain

Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino says he won’t stand in Rodrigo de Paul’s way if the €40m Liverpool target receives an offer he can’t refuse. (DAZN)

Man Utd are reportedly set to give Gianluigi Dommarumma €10m a year in wages and pay his agent €20m commission. (Corriere dello Sport)

Leicester have reached a €25m agreement to sign Boubakary Soumare, with his medical due to take place next week. (L’Equipe)

Departing Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has reached a verbal agreement to join Barcelona. (Fabrizio Romano)

Everton, Wolves and Leicester are chasing Sporting midfielder Joao Palhinha. (Record)

Chelsea have entered the race to sign Nuno Mendes, though Man Utd and Man City lead the race for Sporting left-back. (Record)

Gianluigi Buffon is to hold talks with Benfica about extending his career, having left Juventus again this summer. (Todofijaches)

MKHITARYAN IRONS OUT MOURINHO DIFFERENCES

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will sign a new deal with Roma following positive talks with new manager Jose Mourinho over his role. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Barcelona are being offered Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen being eyed by Borusia Dortmund. Milan will sign Lille’s Mike Maignan as a replacement. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Ronald Koeman looks likely to stay at Barcelona beyond his 2022 contract, with the Dutchman holding positive talks with president Joan Laporte. (Mundo Deportivo)

Schalke defender Ozan Kabak is emerging as a transfer option for Leicester amid claims Liverpool no longer want to sign him. (various)

Milan are negotiating a new five-year deal with star midfielder Franck Kessie, keeping him at the club until 2026. (Calciomercato)

UEFA will expel Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the 2021/22 Champions League over their refusal to quit the European Super League. Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Napoli will be promoted from the Europa League. (El Partidazo de Cope)


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