Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd hold talks over outstanding French teenager

Date published: Monday 10th June 2019 11:59

Manchester United could spring a transfer shock by signing a €30m-rated St Etienne teenager, while West Ham are plotting three impressive transfers to the tune of €95m, according to Monday’s European papers.



Manchester United could be ready to spring a surprise in their hunt for a new central defender this summer after reportedly holding talks with the agent of a talented St Etienne teenager.

William Sailba has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Ligue 1 side, with the teenager carving out a reputation for himself as one of Europe’s leading next generation of defenders.

With much of the hype – quite justifiably – surrounding Matthijs De Ligt, Saliba has quietly developed without too much focus on his young shoulders – but that hasn’t stopped neither Manchester United or Arsenal making checks on his progress.

Now, and after drawing a blank over efforts to sign a long list of defenders that includes De Ligt, Toby Alderweireld, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Samuel Umtiti, Joachim Andersen et al, reports in France, via Metro, claim United are ready to switch their focus to France U19 prospect Saliba.

And to further the rumours, Sailba’s representative, Djibril Niang, uploaded an Instagram story from Manchester restaurant, Ivy Asia, on Saturday.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho has been impressed by Saliba after the youngster’s meteoric rise in Ligue  and said recently: “I think he has everything needed to become a good player, much like Kurt Zouma, who I signed.”

It’s believed St Etienne have slapped a €30m (£26m) asking price on Saliba’s head, with the 18-year-old also being watched by Southampton and Watford at various stages through this season.


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West Ham are aiming to negotiate a €60m double deal for Celta Vigo pair Maxi Gomez and Stanislav Lobotka (Mundo Deportivo)

West Ham are also in talks to sign Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, who is rated at €35m (Le 10 Sport)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has already agreed to return to Juventus this summer, though the Italian champions will have to sell some players in order to fund a potential €140m deal for the Frenchman (Corriere dello Sport)

Among the players set to leave Juventus this summer are striker Mario Mandzukic, full-back Joao Cancelo, winger Juan Cuadrado and goalkeeper Mattia Perin – while Paulo Dybala can leave if Juve can sign Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan (Tuttosport)

PSG have lowered their asking price for Neymar to €200m this summer – and plan to replace him with Manchester United target Jadon Sancho (Don Balon)


Real Madrid will complete the signing of Lyon defender Ferland Mendy this week once he returns from international duty, with the deal expected to be around €55m plus add-ons (Marca)

As a result, Brazil full-back Marcelo may still leave Real Madrid this summer, with Juventus again pondering a move (Marca)

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has convinced chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez this summer (Calciomercato)

Matteo Kovacic has agreed to return to Inter Milan this summer after his season on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid (La Repubblica)


Newcastle and Southampton are among a raft of clubs who have bid for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who is rated as much as €30m by the Bundesliga club (L’Equipe)

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is now being tracked by Lazio, with Valencia, Roma and Inter Milan also keen (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen says no decision has been made over his future (Marca)

Matthijs De Ligt does not know what colour shirt he will be wearing next season, with the highly rated Ajax teenager planning to mull over his options during the post-season break (various)

Marseille are hopeful of signing central defender Joris Gnagnon from Sevilla this summer (Marca)

Atletico Madrid are closing on a €25m deal, plus add-ons, for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan have reportedly declared defender Alessio Romagnoli untouchable this summer amid interest from Manchester United (Gazzetta dello Sport)


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