Arsenal are turning their focus to a Guinean midfielder in a deal that will give the selling club funds to sign an unwanted Manchester United man, while Jose Mourinho has three huge targets at Tottenham before the window shuts, according to Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
DIAWARA TRANSFER HOPE FOR ARSENAL
Arsenal are ready to make their move for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta is looking to beef up his midfield before the window shuts. As such, he has targeted moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Their hopes for Aouar look promising, amid claims a renewed bid will be submitted this week.
However, despite planning to offload the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, Arsenal are unlikely to be able to afford both.
Aoaur is likely to cost around €45m, while Atletico are holding out for the €50m exit fee for Partey.
With Aouar the priority, Arteta will instead turn to Roma star Diawara as a midfield partner.
The Guinean is an important player in Paulo Fonseca’s side. However, Roma could look to cash in for a fee of around €30m – and that has alerted Arsenal.
At €20m less than Partey, Arteta believes his capture makes lots of sense and would give their midfield new bite.
The sale of the Guinean midfielder will finally give Roma the finances they need to bring Chris Smalling back to the club.
The Manchester United defender spent the 2019/20 season on loan in the Italian capital and proved a big success.
However, Roma’s attempts to sign Smalling on a permanent basis have proven difficult.
Another Italian side, Inter Milan, have shown interest in the player since, potentially offering United a winger in a swap deal.
The defender is keen to return to Roma, though, and has also turned down offers from other Premier League clubs to do so.
United are said to value Smalling at €20m and have refused to lower their asking price. However, the sale of Diawara will finally free up the funds needed to bring the player back.
MOURINHO WANTS DIAS, SKRINIAR, MILIK
Tottenham remain keen on a deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias and will move for him should they fail to land Milan Skriniar. Tanguy Ndombele could yet be offered in exchange for Inter defender Skriniar (Fabrizio Romano)
Spurs will look to offload Dele Alli to PSG on loan, and will sign a new defender and a new striker. (various)
Newcastle could hijack Tottenham’s move for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik. (Corriere dello Sport)
Senegalese striker Mbaye Niang has politely rejected an approach from West Brom, saying he has no interest in a move there. (L’Equipe)
Leicester have had a €32m offer for French centre-back Wesley Fofana rejected by Saint-Etienne. (L’Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain are keen on deals for Inter duo Marcelo Brozovic and Radja Nainggolan, who are both set to leave. (Tuttosport)
Lazio are in talks with Southampton to bring back defender Wesley Hoedt, on an initial loan with an option to buy. (Sky Italia)
PORTO WANT HERRERA BACK
FC Porto are hoping to re-sign Hector Herrera if Atletico Madrid manage to prise Lucas Torreira from Arsenal. (O Jogo)
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign United States defender Sergino Dest. (TV3)
Atletico Madrid will move to sign free agent Edinson Cavani should Barcelona block their deal for Luis Suarez. (Marca)
Torino are not yet out of the running for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, despite Atletico Madrid leading the race. (ESPN Uruguay)
Real Sociedad will target Mario Hermoso of Atletico Madrid and Espnayol’s Leandro Cabrera. That’s after they agreed to sell Diego Llorente to Leeds for €20m. (Marca)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah is a on a list of potential targets for Leicester City. (Kicker)
Rennes have turned down an approach from Spartak Moscow for their 18-year-old right-back Brandon Soppy. (L’Equipe)
Hellas Verona are in talks over deals for Atalanta forward Ebrima Colley and SPAL defender Nenad Tomovic. (Sky Italia)
Inter have set a €3m price on winger Antonio Candreva after Sampdoria’s approach. (Sky Italia)
PSG are keen on a deal to sign unwanted Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – and could pay up to €30m. (Le 10 Sport)
Francesco Totti could return to Roma as vice-president or technical director. (Corriere dello Sport)