Euro Paper Talk: PSG contacted as Man Utd identify new A-grade target

Date published: Monday 24th June 2019 8:22

Man Utd have asked PSG about the prospect of signing a €40m-rated centre-half, while Arsenal have turned their attentions towards a young Borussia Dortmund talent, according to Monday’s European papers.



Presnel Kimpembe has emerged as Manchester United’s new primary central defensive target this summer, according to reports in the French media.

United have so far drawn a blank in their long-running quest to sign a new centre-half, with Man City bound Harry Maguire and Matthijs De Ligt, who is heading to Juventus, seemingly the latest two to opt for moves elsewhere.

That has led United to turn to PSG star Kimpembe, who is apparently rated in the €40m bracket.

The 23-year-old defender, whilst an important member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad, is yet to establish himself as a bona fide regular in the PSG side and is said to be open to the prospect of a move elsewhere if he is guaranteed a regular shirt.

According to France Football, as translated by Sport Witness, both United and Arsenal have been in touch with the Ligue 1 giants about a potential swoop for the player, who is said to be keen on playing in England at some point in his career.


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SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 08: Suso of AC Milan duels for the ball with Junior Firpo of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Real Betis and AC Milan at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 8, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Manchester United are ready to spring a transfer surprise and seal a deal for Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo, according to reports in Spain.

The Spain Under-21 international has seen his stock rise on the back of an excellent season in LaLiga and was, at the back end of last week, tipped as a target for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

But Monday’s Marca claims it is United who are ready to strike with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to strengthen both full-back options this summer. A deal for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also reportedly close.

The report claims United have held initial talks with Betis over a potential deal and are willing to meet the €50m exit clause that exists in his deal – leaving Betis powerless

LaLiga champions Barcelona are also reported to be keen on Firpo and apparently see him as a long term successor to Jordi Alba.

United are also reportedly mulling over a swoop for his Betis teammate Giovani Lo Celso.

The playmaker is also on the radar of Tottenham, but it is claimed United have also told Betis they are willing to meet the €75m buyout clause in the Argentinian’s deal.

However, any deal for Lo Celso will depend on their efforts to sign Bruno Fernandes, with the Portuguese star said to be their preferred midfield target.


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Arsenal are keen on a potential deal of highly-rated Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, 20 (France Football)

Italy defender Armando Izzo insists he is ‘happy’ at Torino, and has no interest in a move to England amid links to Arsenal, Man Utd and Everton (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Mario Mandzukic won’t rush into a decision on his future after being unconvinced by initial offers he’s received to leave Juventus and move to China or Germany (Calciomercato)

Sevilla midfielder Roque Mesa admits he expects to leave the club this summer (Marca)

AC Milan are keen to rescue Javier Pastore from his struggles at Roma (Soccerlink.Fr)

Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi is reportedly on Sampdoria’s radar this summer amid talk of a €12m offer (ANSA)

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa will do ‘anything and everything’ to get his hands on Gianluigi Buffon this summer, with the veteran keeper ‘intrigued’ by the challenge of helping the Yorkshiremen return to the Premier League (Corriere della Sera)

Arsenal have targeted a trio of Serie A players in the form of Armando Izzo, Franck Kessie and Ivan Perisic this summer, though will likely have to sell in order to fund moves for the €100m-rated trio (Calciomercato)

Manchester United have signed Real Zaragoza’s 16-year-old winger Mateo Mejia in a deal worth €600k (Sportaragon)

Lucas Torreira has set his heart on a move to AC Milan this summer and has told Arsenal he wants to be allowed to leave (SportItalia)

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Napoli have insisted that Lorenzo Insigne and Allan are not for sale this summer and have accused Gazzetta dello Sport of a ‘wind-up’ (various)

Dani Alves has targeted a return to former club Barcelona when his PSG contract expires on July 1 (Sport)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be used as a central striker by Juventus this coming season, new manager Maurizio Sarri has decided (Calciomercato)

Juventus director Pavel Nedved has met with Mino Raiola in Monte Carlo to put the finishing touches to the Matthijs De Ligt signing and also to discuss the possibility of the Serie A side re-signing Paul Pogba (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are making a serious move for Theo Hernandez, with Paolo Maldini meeting the Real Madrid star in Ibiza on Sunday to discuss a potential move from Real Madrid (AS)

Inter Milan are willing to invest a total of €200m in this summer’s transfer market, as they look to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title next season (Tuttosport)

Eibar are optimistic about completing the signing of Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Tejero on a permanent deal worth €3m (Marca)

Manchester United are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe this summer and will not be perturbed by the €80m asking price (La Voix du Nord)

Veteran former Roma star Daniele De Rossi has received an offer to continue in Serie A at AC Milan (Sky Italia)

Manchester City have offered Juventus a chance to sign Danilo in an exchange deal for Joao Cancelo (Calciomercato)

Kalidou Koulibaly has refused to rule out a transfer to the Premier League amid reported interest in the Napoli defender from Man Utd and Man City (Goal)

James Rodriguez will become a Napoli player before the end of this week after a €5m loan deal was arranged with Real Madrid (Corriere Dello Sport)

Roma have joined Milan, Tottenham, Arsenal and Lyon in the race for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, seen as the replacement for Kostas Manolas (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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Samuel Eto’o has told Mohamed Salah to quit Liverpool and join Barcelona if he’s to achieve his ambition of winning the Ballon d’Or 

Getafe are set to confirm the signing of Scottish forward Jack Harper from second division Malaga (Marca)

Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona on July 1 – the day his exit clause at Atletico Madrid drops to €120m (Diario Gol)

Leroy Sane has told friends he will snub a return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and could yet sign an improved deal with Manchester City (Bild)

Sevilla are leading the race to sign talented Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi this summer (Marca)


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