Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd eye massively cheaper Haaland alternative

Date published: Tuesday 16th February 2021 12:23 - Jonny Whitfield

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Manchester United are eyeing up a cheaper Erling Haaland alternative, while Arsenal are quoted €60million for a midfielder deal – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYEING HAALAND ALTERNATIVE

Manchester United have identified Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva as a much cheaper alternative to Erling Haaland, according to a report.

United have been keen on beefing up their attack for some time. Indeed, they kept up a long-term chase for Jadon Sancho last summer, before backing away from his £108million exit fee.

Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund teammate Haaland has also reportedly attracted attention from United. The Norwegian, who is being followed closely by compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has scored 39 goals in 41 Dortmund games.

However, he would likely cost over £100million this summer ahead of a £65million release clause activating in 2022.

As such, Sky Germany reports that United have identified Silva as a striker who is just as deadly, but could sign at a much cheaper price.

The source claims that Old Trafford bosses believe that they can sign the Portuguese for €30million (£26million) this summer.

Andre Silva Eintracht Frankfurt v Cologne February 2021

But they would have to fight off competition from Atletico Madrid, who are also keen after losing Diego Costa.

Just as Haaland has an incredible goal tally, Silva boasts one of his own. The Portugal international has scored 18 goals in 20 Bundesliga games, almost one strike every game.

But he has exploded onto the scene in the Bundesliga after two seasons as a loan player. He joined AC Milan in the summer of 2017, but could only manage two goals in 24 Serie A games in his first season.

As such, he joined Sevilla on loan in August 2018, netting nine times in 27 LaLiga outings. He could still not find a place back in Italy and moved to Frankfurt temporarily last season, scoring 12 times in 25 league appearances.

Silva also has 16 goals in 37 games for Portugal.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Arsenal could land Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal if they meet Real Madrid’s €60million valuation. (Don Balon)

Rennes midfielder Edouardo Camavinga has snubbed a move to Manchester United. Instead, he will wait to sign for Real Madrid. (Don Balon)

Liverpool are among the sides monitoring the exciting progress of Schalke striker Matthew Hoppe. (90min)

Ruud Gullit says that Donny van de Beek is among a host of stars who have struggled since leaving Ajax. However, Frenkie de Jong has adapted best because he plays at Barcelona. (De Telegraaf)

SPURS MAN ADMITS TRANSFER INTEREST

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Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he has transfer interest from other clubs. (beIN Sports)

Elsewhere, Sissoko’s teammate Davinson Sanchez has hit ‘rock bottom’ under Jose Mourinho this season. (Marca Colombia)

Kamil Grosicki’s agent has insisted that nothing is happening over the future of his West Brom client. That is despite earlier reports claiming that the winger had a late transfer offer from Poland. (Sport.pl)

Meanwhile, Celta Vigo feel confident of agreeing a permanent deal with the Baggies for Okay Yokuslu. (AS)

BAYERN CHIEF RULES OUT MESSI INTERST

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled his club out of the running to sign Lionel Messi. Indeed, he said he “laughed” when he saw the Barcelona star’s current contract. (Corrierre dello Sport)

However, Neymar has contacted his former Barcelona teammate about a potential switch to Paris Saint-Germain. (Mundo Deportivo)

Marco Verratti’s former agent has revealed that the PSG midfielder wanted to move to Barcelona in 2017. (L’Equipe)

David Ospina says that Arsenal’s 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in 2017 was one of the worst moments of his career. (Marca Colombia)

SOUTHAMPTON TO GO AFTER MIDFIELDER

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Southampton will renew their interest in Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini in the summer transfer window. (Le10 Sport)

Cenk Tosun has expressed his delight at being back at Besiktas after leaving Everton earlier this year. (AsistAnaliz)

Harry Redknapp has laughed off suggestions that Adel Taarabt could have won the Ballon d’Or. (Pianeta Milan)

Cristiano Ronaldo is house-hunting in Turin with the belief that Real Madrid’s Marcelo is on his way to Italy. (Todofichajes)

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