Manchester United are going all out to sign a £109m target in the January window, while Aaron Ramsey is facing a heartbreaking blow at Juventus, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO PRIORITISE JANUARY SIGNING OF ATLETICO STAR
Manchester United will make the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak their No 1 priority in January, should David de Gea not renew his contract in the intervening months, claim reports in Spain.
With De Gea’s contract due to expire at the end of the season and with the player so far yet to agree an extension, the Red Devils are making plans to move the player on when the winter window opens, rather than lose him for nothing next summer.
As such, AS claims United are preparing a package to lure Oblak to the club as his replacement, with the club unmoved and prepared to meet the €120m release clause that exists in the player’s contract.
This is further backed up by reports in The Sun, which claims United’s only candidate to replace De Gea is Oblak, with the club refusing to take no for an answer in their pursuit of the Slovenian.
The potential £109m deal would break both United’s transfer record – which still stands at the £89.3m they paid for Paul Pogba in summer 2016 – as well as the world-record fee for the goalkeeper – currently the £71.6m (€80m) Chelsea paid for Kepa last summer.
Earlier this summer, Oblak said the renewal of his Atleti deal changes nothing as per his commitment to the club, telling Marca: “I renewed here but a new contract does not change anything.”
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Aaron Ramsey could be left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad due to doubts over his physical condition (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Man Utd will face further efforts from Juventus and Real Madrid to sign Paul Pogba in the January transfer window (Tuttosport)
Jurgen Klopp put the brakes on Dejan Lovren’s potential move to Juventus, Roma or AC Milan as he did not want to leave Liverpool light in the central defensive department (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sporting director Fabio Paratici believes the failure to shift Emre Can, Daniele Rugani and Mario Mandzukic cost them the chance of signing Ivan Rakitic on deadline day (Calciomercato)
Former Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki has left Malaga without playing a game for the club and amid claims they could not afford the player’s wages (Marca)
Napoli have completed the signing of free agent Fernando Llorente after his summer exit at Spurs, with the Italians beating Athletic Bilbao to his signature (various)
Paris Saint-Germain have signed goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid in a deal worth €15m, plus Alphonse Areola moving on a season’s loan in the opposite direction (various)
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi would only have let Neymar leave this summer if a world record €300m (£272m) bid had arrived (La Parisien)
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best Portuguese player of 2019 – the fourth year in a row he’s won the award since its inception (various)
Brescia are close to signing Sassuolo striker Alessandro Matri on a one-year deal with the option of a second year (Calciomercato)
Brazil midfielder Rafinha Alcantara signed a contract extension with Barcelona before joining La Liga rivals Celta Vigo on a season-long loan deal (Marca)
Taison has hit out at Shakhtar Donetsk for ‘ending my dream’ after they priced him out of a deadline-day move to AC Milan (Corriere dello Sport)
Martin Skrtel has completed a move to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir after being released by Atalanta (various)