Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd near first January signing as duo are also linked

Date published: Friday 27th December 2019 11:55

Manchester United have plans in place to sign one of two strikers next month and also have set out their demands over a Paul Pogba swap with Real Madrid, while Chelsea have targeted three ambitious transfers in 2020, according to the European papers.



Manchester United are reported to have won the race to sign primary transfer target Erling Haaland in January – after offering the striker wages worth 10 times his current salary.

The RB Salzburg star finds himself a man in demand this winter after an incredible season with the Austrians saw and is also being chased by Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

And while reports earlier in the week claimed Juventus were on the brink of signing him, The Sun, via Tuttosport, believes the striker has now made up his mind and is willing to move to Old Trafford – thanks in no small part to the €200,000 a week wages being reportedly dangled in front of him.

It’s reported United will pay just €30m for Haaland due to a clause in his contract, with his relatively-low transfer fee clearing the way for United to offer the player big wages in return.

And having scored 28 goals in 22 appearances so far for Salzburg this term, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes the teenager will be able to immediately strengthen his side’s attacking prowess.

United, meanwhile, are also said to have told Real Madrid they want to sign Vinicius Junior as part of the Spanish giants’ attempts to lure Paul Pogba to the Bernabeu.

Despite Solskjaer’s insistence that the midfielder is not for sale, El Desmarque claims United are very much willing to let the Frenchman leave and have told Real they want €85m, plus Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior in return for the World Cup winner.


The 19-year-old forward has struggled to hold down a regular place under Zinedine Zidane and it’s suggested the approach will be deemed acceptable by Real, who face the prospect of having to pay well over €150m without offsetting the deal with Vinicius Junior.

And finally, Tuttosport suggests United could yet move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner should their efforts to land Haaland fail to materialise.

The Germany striker has long been linked with the Premier League and it’s suggested he could be Solskjaer’s first port of call if efforts to land the Norwegian fall short.

And with doubts emerging again over Werner’s future, the Italian paper believes Leipzig have targeted a move for AC Milan striker Krystof Piatek as his most likely replacement.



Chelsea are plotting a double swoop on PSG for Germany playmaker Julian Draxler and former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye (Le10 Sport)

Chelsea are also considering a move for on-loan Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho next summer should Bayern Munich fail to take up their option to sign him (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid are willing to pay up to €125m to beat Manchester United to the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho (Don Balon)

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is eager to finish his career in LaLiga, amid claims a move to Real Madrid could be on the horizon (Calciomercato)

Valencia are considering a January swoop for Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi (AS)

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Napoli have made a January move for former Arsenal target Yannick Carrasco their No 1 focus for the January transfer window (Calciomercato)

Mohamed Elneny’s father says the 27-year-old Egypt international, who is on loan at Besiktas from Arsenal, is in talks over a move to AC Milan (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Jose Mourinho has made contact with the agent of Gareth Bale over a January move to finally bring the Welshman back to Tottenham from Real Madrid (El Desmarque)

Italian striker Patrick Cutrone could leave Wolves in January after reportedly agreeing terms on a move to Fiorentina (SportItalia)

Atalanta star Musa Barrow could be on his way to Bologna with his side willing to let him leave for €15m this January (Corriere dello Sport)


Lorenzo Pellegrini is on the brink of signing a new deal with Roma that will remove his €30m exit clause and grant the player the coveted No 10 shirt at the club (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, who joined Real Sociedad on loan for two years in the summer, is set to be recalled by the Bernabeu club in June 2020 (AS)

Talks between Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic and Qatari club Al Duhail have broken down over wage demands (Tuttomercatoweb)

Granit Xhaka’s agent has confirmed the unsettled midfielder is on the brink of leaving Arsenal having agreed a deal with Hertha Berlin (Blick)

Valencia are set to open contract renewal talks with central defender Ezequiel Garay (AS)

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard could be out until the end of January or start of February with the ankle injury the Belgium international suffered at the end of November (Marca)

Mikel Arteta wants to make Adrien Rabiot his first signing for Arsenal when the transfer window opens next week (Foot Mercato)

French club Lyon have targeted Valencia striker Kevin Gameiro ahead of the January transfer window (L’Equipe)

Gennaro Gattuso is set to make Verona duo Sofyan Amrabat and Amir Rrahmani his first signings at Napoli, although they would stay out on loan until the summer (Gazzetta Dello Sport)


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