Euro Paper Talk: Napoli close on Arsenal target; £70m United raid on

Manchester United are close to landing a major target in a £70m deal, while Arsenal are in danger of suffering a transfer blow, according to Sunday’s European papers.



Manchester United are on the brink of succumbing to Tottenham’s demands over Toby Alderweireld, according to multiple reports.

ESPN say United had hoped to tie up a £55m deal for the defender, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sanction the deal has seen his asking price rise to £70m.

Those claims are now backed up by Belgian paper Het Laatste which suggests a €79.8million deal could be tied up in the coming days.

A clause in Alderweireld’s deal allows him to leave for just £25m next summer, but Mourinho’s determination to land the player and partner him up with Eric Bailly will see the move go ahead imminently.

Part of the outlay over Alderweireld could be offset by the potential sale of Victor Lindelof, who has been linked with a big-money move to Everton.


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Napoli have taken a significant step towards signing Arsenal target Bernd Leno after agreeing personal terms with the player. However, the Serie A giants are yet to reach agreement with Bayer Leverkusen and are trying to pay less than the €25m exit clause in the player’s contract (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona will sit down with Frenkie de Jong’s representatives this week to sort out a potential €35m deal for the Ajax midfielder (AS)

Napoli star Marek Hamsik could be on his way to China with Guangzhou Evergrande (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Madrid are set to launch a €150m (£132m) bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and blow Manchester United out of the water for the in-demand Lazio midfielder (ll Messaggaro)

Valencia have agreed a €50m deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Portugal winger Goncalo Guedes (Radio Montecarlo)

Marseille and Lyon are going head-to-head to sign Brazilian defender Lucas Verissimo from Santos this summer (L’Equipe)

Lionel Messi has encouraged Barcelona to make a move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann (Sport)

Watford and Barcelona have reached an agreement over the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu, with the fee set at €13m plus add-ons (Sport)

Mario Gotze has refused to rule out a reunion with former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool (DAZN)

Several English clubs have shown interest in Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson this week, with Tottenham leading the chase (La Provence)

Bayern Munich full-back David Alaba says he will stay at the club (Bild)

Barcelona have not ruled out the prospect of selling Liverpool target Jasper Cillessen this summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United are braced for another approach from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David de Gea (Sky Italia)

Norwich have signed Emi Buendia from Getafe, with the deal effective from July 1. (Various)

Manchester United are only willing to let David de Gea depart for Real Madrid if the club can secure the signing of Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid (Diario Gol)

Harry Kane signing a new contract with Tottenham has forced Florentino Perez to turn his attention to Juventus forward Paulo Dybala (Don Balon)

Napoli are nearing a deal for RB Salzburg winger Stefan Lainer (Football Italia)

Inter Milan are looking to offload players in an attempt to meet their Financial Fair Play restrictions (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Lionel Messi has given the all clear for Barcelona to let Paco Alcacer leave the club this summer (Don Balon)

Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have confirmed the loan signing of Anderson Talisca from Benfica (Various)

Inter are in talks with striker Mauro Icardi over the renewal of his contract and could be prepared to offer him €8m a season (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus are on the verge of completing the signing of 15-year-old Lucas Gomes, a promising Portuguese striker with Brazilian passport who was heading to Man Utd (Ilbianconero)

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will make a decision on his future after the World Cup (Ilbianconero)

Man Utd have intensified talks with Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s representatives (Don Balon)