Tottenham have already hatched a plan to find a perfect Gareth Bale successor, while a Manchester City man’s exit from the club is under threat – both in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
SPURS EYE ELECTRIC WINGER RAID
Tottenham have stepped up their efforts to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore amid Gareth Bale’s continuing frustrations in north London, according to a report.
Bale made one of the headlines of the last transfer window by moving back to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid.
But despite featuring in three of four Premier League matches after recovering from a knee injury which he had upon signing, the Welshman has played only 45 minutes in the past 10 games.
As well as suffering calf problems, he has remained either on the bench or not in the squad in that time.
As such, Don Balon claims that such a ‘disappointment’ has ‘intensified’ Spurs’ interest in Traore. The 24-year-old faces an uncertain future at Wolves as his stand-off over a new contract continues.
Indeed, reports last year claimed that the Molineux club had become ‘annoyed’ at the winger for stalling. In addition to his off-field situation, he continues to be linked with a move elsewhere.
Don Balon claims that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to pay around €50million (£44.5million) for Traore next summer.
However, Spurs could well fall out of the race with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City also keen.
While Spurs could be an attractive proposition, their top-flight rivals could offer a higher transfer fee or a better salary.
In any case, Spain international Traore has his eye on the 2022 World Cup and wants a move. His contract with Wolves runs out in the summer of 2023.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barcelona’s move for Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia is under threat. Indeed, the three leading presidential candidates have not agreed on the deal, with Barcelona’s election now pushed back to March. (Marca)
Fiorentina will imminently send an offer to Arsenal for Lucas Torreira for an initial loan leading to a permanent deal worth €12million. The midfielder is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid. (Todofichajes)
Meanwhile, the Gunners remain keen on signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto as back-up to Bernd Leno. (AS)
Chelsea and AC Milan are closing in on a loan deal to send defender Fikayo Tomori to Italy. (Sport Mediaset)
Milan are also close to signing Mario Mandzukic and the striker undergoing medical tests. (Calciomercato)
WEST BROM IN MIDFIELDER TALKS
The agent of Celta Vigo midfielder Okay Yokuslu has confirmed talks about a potential deal with West Brom. (AS)
West Ham would have to pay ‘significantly’ more than €30million to sign Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri this month. (Estadio Deportivo)
Newcastle left-back Achraf Lazaar is free to find a new club and has a new agent looking to secure his next move. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Real Madrid defender Eder Militao, who has been linked with Tottenham, is one of a number of players targeted in a clear-out at Los Blancos. (Don Balon)
ZIDANE WANTS NEW STRIKER AT MADRID
However, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to sign a new striker after Luka Jovic’s departure on loan. (AS)
Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman insisted that his side’s Supercopa final defeat is not a “step backwards”. (Marca)
Stefan El-Shaarawy and Everton winger Bernard are in a ‘sprint’ to become Roma’s latest recruit. (Corrierre dello Sport)