Manchester United have changed their January midfield priority after Ajax set a tempting price for a star man, while Tottenham are ready to pounce for a €40m Roma star in January, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
AJAX READY TO SELL VAN DE BEEK TO MAN UTD
Manchester United are reported to have signalled their intentions to sign Donny van de Beek in January after Ajax stuck a bargain fee on his head.
The midfielder is one of European football’s most in-demand players and Don Balon suggests he is wanted by United, Tottenham and Real Madrid in January after Ajax told interested parties the midfielder would cost just €60m (£51.5m) if they were to pursue a deal in January.
However, with Spurs turning their attentions instead to a Roma star and with Real considering a deal for Bruno Fernandes, it is United who have been given first refusal to sign the midfielder, as per the Spanish outlet.
And with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to add more goals and creativity to his midfield, it’s suggested Van de Beek will become a priority signing for the club in January as his asking price is set considerably lower than that of alternatives James Maddison and Kai Havertz, who are rated at nearer the £80m mark.
The 22-year-old Van de Beek has weighed in with 17 goals for Ajax from midfield last season and already has seven to his name this to outline his value to the Dutch club.
But having seen many of his teammates depart in high-profile deals over the summer, the midfielder has reportedly told his club he too wants to move on too – and it’s now claimed Ajax have decided to relent on that request.
AND THE REST
Tottenham are plotting a €40m January move for Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini after sending scouts to watch the young Italian on several occasions (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid have been offered first refusal on a January deal for Spurs target Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon set his asking price at €55m (Don Balon)
Real Madrid are looking to sell as many as six first team stars in January in order to fund a move for PSG forward and reported Liverpool target Kylian Mbappe. Luka Modric, Alvaro Odriozola, Isco, Mariano Diaz and Lucas Vazquez are among the players likely to be shifted on (Don Balon)
Matteo Darmian, Nemanja Matic, Arturo Vidal and Olivier Giroud are on Inter Milan’s wishlist ahead of the January window, with Antonio Conte poised to sign a defender, a midfielder and an attacker (Calciomercato)
Leicester forward Ayoze Perez has admitted he turned down the chance to return to Spain with Valencia this summer in order to sign for the Foxes (ABC de Sevilla)
Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi might be on his way out the door in January, with Cagliari and Sampdoria joining Inter and Fiorentina in proposing loan deals (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Crystal Palace saw a summer bid fail for Andrea Conti with the Eagles wanting the AC Milan star as a replacement for Manchester United bound Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Milan News)
Juventus have told RB Salzburg they will top Real Madrid’s bid for Erling Haaland by a further €15m in a bid to win the race for the Norwegian striker (Don Balon)
AC Milan have targeted a January move for a new striker – with Manchester United-linked Mario Mandzukic of Juventus and Dries Mertens of Napoli top of their wishlist (Tuttosport)
Neymar’s father has moved to dismiss fresh rumours of his son returning to Barcelona next summer (ESPN Brazil)
Wojciech Szczesny insists Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent frustrations are born out of his own inability to match the high standards he sets for himself, rather than a feud with manager Maurizio Sarri (Tuttosport)
AC Milan had a summer bid of €30m rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk for Taison, despite the Brazilian midfielder wanting to make the move (Calciomercato)