Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel eyes a statement first signing as Blues manager, while West Ham want a Europa League star who helped down Man Utd – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
BLUES, MAN UTD EYE VARANE
Chelsea and Manchester United have both offered to pay Raphael Varane double the salary he earns at Real Madrid to move to the Premier League, a report claims.
The Blues are set for another big summer of spending after becoming the new champions of Europe on Saturday. Reports (via The Telegraph) claim that owner Roman Abramovich will back his manager strongly in a bid to help the German create an ’empire’ at Stamford Bridge. Centre-back will prove an important area to address, with Antonio Rudiger’s future uncertain.
What’s more, Thiago Silva may be in line for a new deal (via The Sun) but at 36 years of age, his time at Stamford Bridge is limited.
United, meanwhile, have reportedly made the right side of attack a priority, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho their top target.
However, the Red Devils also reportedly want to find centre-back Harry Maguire a new long-term partner.
At 28 years of age, Varane looks a fine option to take that mantle for both Chelsea and United. He has become one of the best defenders in Europe after signing for Madrid in 2011, but doubt has emerged over his future.
The Frenchman – who was a key part of his country’s World Cup-winning team in 2018 – has only a year left on his deal.
Madrid have indicated that they would be willing to sell if he decides to move on. Furthermore, Defensa Central claims that they would want at least €70million (£60million) for the centre-back.
For now, though, Chelsea and United have both said that they will double Varane’s salary, meaning he would earn €12million (£10million) per season.
Varane has racked up 360 appearances for Madrid, winning four Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Newcastle and West Ham have registered interest in Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, who scored against Manchester United in the Europa League final. (Calciomercato)
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has agreed to join Marseille, but the Gunners and the French side have not yet reached their own agreement. (L’Equipe)
Mauricio Pochettino is willing to ‘ask the impossible’ of Paris Saint-Germain’s hierarchy in letting him depart regardless of his contractual situation. (Sport)
ALIOSKI CONSIDERING LEEDS U-TURN
Leeds’ Ezgjan Alioski is considering accepting the club’s new contract offer and staying in West Yorkshire. His proposed move to Galatasaray is subsequently under threat. (Karar)
Barcelona have asked for a meeting with Arsenal-linked Emerson Royal over his next steps, amid doubt over his future. As a result, they are willing to accept offers of €25million for the full-back. (Mundo Deportivo)
Meanwhile, Barca will make a host of announcements over key decisions on Monday and Tuesday. (AS)
However, Bayern Munich and Inter are also in the hunt for the Brazilian. (Mundo Deportivo)
PALACE MAN EYED FOR TURKISH CLUB
Besiktas could turn to Crystal Palace‘s Andros Townsend if they fail to sign Rachid Ghezzal from Leicester. (Takvim)
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has snubbed the chance to sign Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita. (AS)
Eden Hazard remains keen to move back to Chelsea and start a new chapter in his career. Indeed, he has continually struggled at Real Madrid due to injury. (AS)
Cristiano Ronaldo is considering leaving Juventus and re-signing for Manchester United. What’s more, the clubs could do a swap deal involving Paul Pogba. (Tuttosport)
EVERTON FOLLOWING INTER STAR
Everton are following Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio. The 32-year-old recently had his contract extended by a year, but he could still leave if he receives a better offer. (Kiss Kiss Napoli)
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of RB Salzburg forward Patson Daka. (Todofichajes)
Zinedine Zidane has penned a letter to Real Madrid fans explaining his decision to step down as manager. (Marca)
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen says that Antonio Conte’s departure as Inter boss came as a “big surprise”. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo says that he wants to stay at the club for “many years”. (Marca)