Euro Paper Talk: Pivotal agent ploy puts Man Utd on path to big rival tussle for La Liga star

Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia Barcelona v Getafe, August 2021

Manchester United receive a boost over a transfer for a La Liga star through his agent, while Everton eye a Roma signing – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United and Juventus are still in the background ready to snap up Ousmane Dembele amid uncertainty over his Barcelona future, according to a report.

The 24-year-old has endured a mixed time of his spell at the La Liga club since his move in 2017. Indeed, injuries have largely kept him at bay. Last season, he enjoyed a fantastic term, but injury at Euro 2020 with France has kept him out so far this campaign.

As a result, the final year of his contract has come around with uncertainty over whether he will extend.

Reports last month claimed that Man Utd have already opened talks with Dembele’s representatives over his future.

According to the latest from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona president Joan Laporta feels ‘optimistic’ that the winger will sign a new contract until 2024.

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Laporta spoke ‘personally’ to Dembele and got the feeling that the player wants to get his career – and Barcelona – back on track.

Despite that, Barcelona chiefs fear that the winger’s agent is ‘delaying’ talks in a bid to get their client a move next summer.

That could prove pivotal as the report claims that Dembele may soon see the idea of moving clubs become ‘too great a temptation’.

Alongside that, United and Juventus are reportedly tempting the player and his agent with offers.

Dembele has played 118 games for Barcelona since his move from Borussia Dortmund, scoring 30 goals and assisting 21 others.

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Gonzalo Villar Roma v CSKA Sofia, September 2021

Everton want to sign Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar and will have to pay €4million (£3.4million) to sign him. (Fichajes)

Arsenal still have interest in Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir, but Everton and West Ham are keen. (Fichajes)

The agent of Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been working hard for weeks to find his client a new club, following a lack of game time. (Calciomercato)

What’s more, Juventus and Inter have transfer interest in the 24-year-old Netherlands international. (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, Everton director of football Marcel Brands has confirmed his club made two attempts to sign Van de Beek this summer. (NOS)


Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund September 2021

Manchester City are one of the frontrunners to sign Erling Haaland next summer. Furthermore, the Borussia Dortmund striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, is making moves over his client’s future. (AS)

Thomas Tuchel promised Saul Niguez minutes at Stamford Bridge, but the midfielder has not lived up to those expectations. (Mundo Deportivo)

A figure close to Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani has hinted at the Uruguayan’s potential exit in January. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Ajax star Danny Blind says that Man Utd are not playing in their familiar pattern following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival. (Sportnieuws)


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya enjoyed receiving a “compliment” from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following the 3-3 draw between the sides. (Marca)

Borussia Monchengladbach starlet Luca Netz has insisted that he would turn down a second approach from Manchester City. Indeed, he rejected a move to the Etihad Stadium three years ago. (Bild)

Napoli loanee Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa does not know whether his move from Fulham can be made permanent and is instead focusing on playing. (Radio Kiss Kiss)


Kylian Mbappe PSG goal celebration August 2021

Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. However, he has set the record straight over his relationship with sporting director Leonardo. (RMC Sport)

Arsenal are plotting a move in 2022 for Lille striker Jonathan David, amid uncertainty over Alexandre Lacazette. (Todofichajes)

The Gunners also have eyes on Valencia midfielder Goncalo Guedes, and are joined by Liverpool in the hunt. (Fichajes)

Barcelona are now in a position to make January signings. As such, RB Leipzig attacker Dani Olmo and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling are on their radar. (Mundo Deportivo)