Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to snare La Liga star in cut-price move; Arsenal bid on £20m-rated defender

Date published: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 12:25

Manchester United have concocted a plan to sign a midfielder from Barcelona on the cheap, while Arsenal are ready to bid £20million for a Mainz defender, according to Tuesday’s European papers.



Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho plans to add to his signing of Alexis Sanchez by concocting a plan to talk Barcelona into the cut-price sale of midfielder Andre Gomes.

According to reports in Spain, Mourinho will attempt to persuade the club into selling the Portuguese midfielder for a cut-price £20million fee by guaranteeing the La Liga club he won’t rival them for Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Furthermore, the report in Don Balon claims Mourinho believes Barcelona will sanction the sale of Gomes – a player who cost them £34million from Valencia just 18 months ago – as they are desperate to balance the books following their huge outlay for Philippe Coutinho.

Gomes has struggled to make an impact at Barcelona under both Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde and it’s believed Lionel Messi has told the La Liga giants he wants him sold.

Mourinho is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements with Marouane Fellaini likely to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer and Michael Carrick set to retire after accepting a position on the club’s coaching staff.





Mainz’s France Under-21 defender Abdou Diallo is the next player on Arsenal’s radar, with the Gunners preparing a £20million swoop (Kicker)

Manchester United had a €70million offer for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rejected in the summer, with Lazio now valuing the player at nearer €100m (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester City will sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £35million after the star snubbed a last-gasp approach from Manchester United (Arab News)

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed reports the Serie A champions are interested in signing Mario Balotelli as “a hoax” (MediaSet Premium)

Karim Benzema’s agent claims that Real Madrid fans are “unfair” to boo the striker, also labelling it a “lack of respect” (Marca)

Tottenham, Arsenal and Napoli target Lucas Moura says he is gutted at being frozen out at PSG and admits he is not prepared to stay in his current situation (L’Equipe)

Sevilla remain in pole position to sign former defender Aleix Vidal from Barcelona but the two clubs continue to disagree over a fee for the €12m-rated star (El Mundo Deportivo)

Sevilla are monitoring the situation of Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly as an alternative to signing Vidal (Marca)

Kylian Mbappe will miss both Champions League games against Real Madrid due to the injury he picked up at the weekend against Lyon (Corriere dello Sport)

Roma plan to sign Bryan Cristante and Simone Verdi with the money generated from the sale of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea (Calciomercato)

Real Betis vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has ruled out a return for Dani Ceballos (El Transistor)

Mauro Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara has done nothing to dampen talk her husband could sign for Real Madrid after posting two telling posts on Instagram

Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool torture appears to be nearing an end, with Roma the latest club to be linked with a move for the England striker

Unhappy Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu wants to return to AC Milan in the January transfer window (Corriere della Sera)

Esteban Cambiasso has slammed Inter Milan for signing a Barcelona reserve in Rafinha (Sky Italia)

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Inter Milan are still making plans to snatch Stefan De Vrij this month with his €25m Lazio exit clause still there to be activated (Calciomercato)

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