Euro Paper Talk: Conte requests €25m striker as first Tottenham signing
Antonio Conte has identified the striker he wants to sign if he takes charge at Tottenham, while Chelsea have shifted their focus after their chances of signing Romelu Lukaku took a hit – all in Thursday’s Euro transfer gossip.
CONTE WANTS BELOTTI AT TOTTENHAM
Tottenham could look to make Andrea Belotti one of their first signings under Antonio Conte if the Italian takes charge.
Conte appears to be the favourite to become the next Tottenham head coach after recently leaving Inter Milan. He led the Nerazzurri to the Serie A title, but their financial situation prompted his departure.
The former Chelsea boss might not be out of work too long, as he has been tipped to return to London with Tottenham.
Conte has fond memories of working in the capital, having led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017. He could now move to one of their rivals – and look to bring a Blues striker target with him.
According to Tuttosport, Conte wants to sign Belotti for Tottenham. The Torino striker is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and now could be the time for him to leave.
He was linked with Chelsea back in April, as the Blues are looking for a more reliable striker. But Tottenham have also held an interest in the past and that would only increase with the appointment of Conte.
Belotti to replace Kane?
The Italian wants his compatriot to join Spurs, who are bracing themselves for the potential departure of Harry Kane. They would rather keep their centre-forward, but are drawing up plans in case he needs to be replaced.
Even if he stays, they could need another striker, as backup option Carlos Vinicius was only on loan.
Belotti would likely prefer to be a first-choice wherever he goes, so it may depend on Kane’s future. But Conte could be a convincing factor to lure the 27-year-old to London.
Torino want a fee of €25m for the striker, who also could have offers to stay in Serie A with Roma, Milan and Atalanta.
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CHELSEA MAKE HAALAND TOP TARGET
Erling Haaland is Chelsea’s main target for the summer after Romelu Lukaku pledged his future to Inter Milan. (Sky Sport Italia)
Man Utd are “well-placed” to sign Saul Niguez as Atletico Madrid come to terms with the idea of selling the midfielder, who is also being eyed by Juventus. (Marca)
In contrast, United are less likely to sign Kieran Trippier as Atletico do not want to sell him and he does not want to leave. (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich will listen to offers for Chelsea defensive target Niklas Sule this summer. (Sport Bild)
Tottenham are in the “driving seat” to sign Joachim Andersen from Lyon and it is “almost certain” he will play in the Premier League next season. (BT)
Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac could follow his friend Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce this summer after a loan spell at Schalke. (Fotomac)
MAN UTD SPEED UP SANCHO PURSUIT
Manchester United have accelerated their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and are trying to sign him within the coming days. The fee could be around €91m. (Don Balon)
Everton could look to appoint Maurizio Sarri if he fails to meet Lazio’s deadline of accepting their offer. (Calciomercato)
Gianluigi Donnarumma is keen to join Barcelona after his contract with AC Milan expires this month. (Diario Sport)
Ousmane Dembele has not confirmed whether he will sign a new deal with Barcelona amid links with a Premier League move. He is out of contract in 2022. (L’Equipe)
Wolves are looking less likely to sign Willian Jose on a permanent basis from Real Sociedad. (Mundo Deportivo)
Flamengo want to lure David Luiz back to Brazil on a free transfer after his release from Arsenal. (ESPN Brasil)
ANCELOTTI DECIDES BALE, ODEGAARD FUTURES
Gareth Bale is still up for sale from Real Madrid despite the return of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach. (Marca)
However, Martin Odegaard will be integrated back into the Madrid first team after his loan spell from Arsenal. (ABC)
AC Milan are leading the race to sign Olivier Giroud as a free agent upon the expiry of his Chelsea deal. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Luis Campos is in talks with Arsenal and Real Madrid over a role as director of football. (RMC Sport)
Fabio Paratici has agreed to take on a similar role at Tottenham, although there has been no announcement yet. (La Repubblica)
Jordi Cruyff is set to return to Barcelona as an adviser for Joan Laporta. (Diario Sport)
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Real Madrid, PSG and Juventus could be involved in a three-way transfer deal, while Kieran Tripper could be on his way to Man Utd and West HJam and Southampton are being linked with Junior Firpo.
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AND MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Barcelona are keeping an eye on Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte, who faces an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium. They have already lured his teammates Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia. (Diario Sport)
Sergio Ramos also looks almost certain to leave Real Madrid as a free agent after failing to agree a renewal. (AS)
Miralem Pjanic wants to leave Barcelona due to a deteriorating relationship with head coach Ronald Koeman. (TV3)
However, Pjanic looks set to turn down interest from Chelsea in favour of returning to Italy. (Diario Sport)
Interest in Leicester’s Sidnei Tavares is heating up ahead of the expiration of his contract next month. Inter, Milan and Napoli are trying to sign him if he doesn’t renew. (Inter Live)
Brighton have doubled their bid for Independiente teenager Alan Velasco. (TyC Sports)