Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd readying bid for Napoli defender

Date published: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 7:02

Manchester United have stepped their efforts to land a Napoli star, while PSG have emerged as the favourites to beat Tottenham and Arsenal to a Ligue 1 attacker, according to Tuesday’s European papers.

 

MAN UTD STEP UP EFFORTS TO LAND NAPOLI STAR

Manchester United are preparing their first bid to sign Napoli star Faouzi Ghoulam, according to reports in France.

Ghoulam has made 151 appearances for Napoli since 2014 but the 27-year-old left-back has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford since the turn of the year.

Liverpool and Chelsea have also registered an interest in the Algerian but United are understood to have held talks with the player’s Jorge Mendes over a summer move.

RMC suggests the Red Devils have been monitoring the full-back for some time and are readying an offer, believed to be around £26million, which will be made in the coming weeks.

Ghoulam, whose current Napoli contract expires in 2022, is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury he sustained in November.

 

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PSG LEAPFROG LONDON DUO IN RACE FOR MALCOM

Paris Saint-Germain look to have taken the lead in the race to land Brazilian star Malcom.

The Bordeaux winger has been in brilliant form this season and has been strongly linked with a €50million exit this summer.

The 21-year-old has scored nine Ligue 1 goals and provided six assists, leading to strong interest from London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

However, France Football claims that PSG are now the favourites to land the attacker, news that will come as a big blow to the Premier League duo.

The report states that PSG’s sporting director, Antero Henrique, has an advantage due to his close relationship with Malcom’s agency, Elenko Sports.

Henrique worked at Portuguese giants Porto before heading to France, where he developed a huge network of contacts throughout South America, from where Portuguese clubs are known to recruit many players.

Those links are thought to be the key to Malcom staying in France and swapping Bordeaux for Paris, leaving Spurs and Arsenal disappointed.

 

AND THE REST

Juventus are still confident of signing Emre Can from Liverpool but fear losing out to the competition from the other big clubs (Calciomercato)

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club’s intention to sign on-loan playmaker James Rodriguez on a permanent basis (AS)

PSG talisman Neymar has reportedly told his old Barcelona team-mates he wants to quit the Parc des Princes amid offers from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City (Don Balon)

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has identified Arturo Vidal and Memphis Depay as two targets for the summer transfer window (Tuttosport)

Barcelona will know the future of highly-rated teenager Robert Navarro in the next ten days (Sport)

Barcelona’s 23-year-old France defender Samuel Umtiti says he has not started talks over extending his contract, amid “interest from various clubs” (Sport)

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes says Real Madrid have no chance of signing the German club’s 29-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (Marca)

If AC Milan beat Inter Milan on Wednesday, Gennaro Gattuso will sign a new contract immediately (Corriere dello Sport)

Michael Zorc will leave his post as Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director once his contract expires in 2021 (Kicker)

Barcelona are set to reignite their interest in Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet (Sport)

Javier Pastore could still move to Inter in the summer. The Argentine saw his move break down in January, but has since expressed his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain (Tuttosport)

Atletico Madrid may move for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno this summer should Antoine Griezmann leave the club (Cadena Ser)

Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has admitted he does not know whether he’ll stay at the club in the long term (Marca)

Paco Alcacer is likely to leave Barcelona in the summer with Celta Vigo and Villarreal at the head of the queue for his signature (Mundo Deportivo)

Nice coach Lucien Favre is Borussia Dortmund’s top choice to replace Peter Stoger in the summer, with their current boss likely to leave at the end of the season (Bild)

 

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