Euro Paper Talk: European giants given contract jolt as Man Utd, Tottenham lurk for star signing

Marcelo Brozovic, Vinicius Junior

Man Utd and Tottenham are keeping tabs on a Serie A star facing burning uncertainty over his future, while Chelsea eye a Spurs transfer target – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United still have background interest in Marcelo Brozovic amid the uncertainty over the Inter midfielder’s future, according to a report.

The 66-time Croatia international has made 250 outings for his club, subsequently acting as the bedrock of the midfield. Indeed, current boss Simone Inzaghi and his predecessors Antonio Conte and Luciano Spalletti have all counted on him.

Brozovic has continued his key role this term, featuring in all six Serie A outings for the Italian top flight champions.

However, the 28-year-old’s contract runs out next summer and he has yet to commit to a new deal. As such, he will enter free agency next summer and could even walk away in January if he does not extend by then.

Earlier reports claimed that Liverpool had been brewing a contract offer for him. Tottenham, led by former Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici, also have interest.

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Manchester United in for Franck Kessie

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), though, Man Utd evaluated his signing last summer before postponing the idea.

The Red Devils and Tottenham have nevertheless kept their interest. Inter, therefore, want Brozovic’s extension ‘as soon as possible’.

The report adds that Paris Saint-Germain were in a ‘long dialogue’ over a potential swap deal with Inter involving Leandro Paredes.

As a result, Brozovic’s renewal is not just a priority for Inter and their success, but because of the interest in him.

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Lorenzo Insigne Tottenham

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has identified Napoli’s Tottenham-linked winger Lorenzo Insigne as an ideal signing of his own. (Fichajes)

Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is also on Tuchel’s radar, but the French club will reject offers below €40million (£34million). (Ekrem Konur)

Federico Chiesa received a transfer proposal from Liverpool, but turned the Reds down in favour of Juventus. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Still, Juve legend David Trezeguet has claimed that the Italy international has now become the club’s “most decisive” player. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has strong ties to Villarreal defender Pau Torres and his camp. However, it remains unclear if City will make an approach. (Marca)


FC Barcelona training camp at the SV Aasen sports field. Ronald Koeman, coach of FC Barcelona, stands on the sports field

Xavi is one of the leading candidates to replace Ronald Koeman in the Barcelona dugout, while Roberto Martinez, Antonio Conte and Andrea Pirlo are on Barca’s radar. (Mundo Deportivo)

Crystal Palace, alongside the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd, had a scout at Benfica’s win over Barcelona. Amid talk of Darwin Nunez’s performance, though, Palace were watching Lucas Verissimo. (A Bola)

Tottenham full-back Emerson Royal has revealed that he spoke to Arsenal recruitment chief Edu following his request to leave Barcelona. (ESPN)

Spurs and Arsenal are now in the hunt for Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch. (Fichajes)


Eddie Nketiah warming up for Arsenal in April 2021

Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah wants a move away in January and Brentford, Aston Villa and Leeds have subsequently registered interest. (Ekrem Konur)

Meanwhile, Man Utd left-back Alex Telles says that his combination with Bruno Fernandes for his volley against Villarreal shows their strong relationship. (TNT Sports)

Paris Saint-Germain have made the first move by offering Man Utd target Franck Kessie a way out of AC Milan. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Chelsea have joined Roma in showing transfer interest in Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. (Don Balon)

France manager Didier Deschamps has “no doubts” that Antoine Griezmann can turn his form around following his move to Atletico Madrid. (Sport)