Manchester United are willing to submit an even higher bid for a Barcelona star, while Mikel Arteta will likely make an Arsenal defender leave – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD PREPARING SECOND ANSU FATI BID
Manchester United are willing to go to “dizzying” lengths to sign Barcelona’s teenage winger Ansu Fati, according to a report.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add another attacker to his squad as part of his Old Trafford rebuild.
While Jadon Sancho is a key target, reports on Monday said United had also made Fati a top consideration.
Indeed, the report claimed the Red Devils had tabled a €100million bid for the 17-year-old Spain Under-21 international.
However, Sport‘s follow-up on Wednesday says the Barcelona board of directors rejected the bid.
United, though, are not stopping there and are ready to raise their bid to “dizzying figures” in order to sign Fati.
Barcelona’s stance, meanwhile, remains that they will not sell Fati unless a club triggers his €170million release clause.
The Spanish giants are “fully aware” of the interest from United but are equally confident Fati will stay.
AND THE REST
Hector Bellerin’s departure from Arsenal is looking more likely with Mikel Arteta bound to remain at the club (FCInterNews)
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes says Wolves striker Raul Jimenez would improve any LaLiga side (ESPN)
Meanwhile, Wolves have taken the initiative and begun talks to sign Espanyol forward Wu Lei (Marca)
Estudiantes president Juan Sebastian Veron says Marcos Rojo’s future at the club lies in Manchester United’s hands (a El Diario De La Pampa)
Argentine winger Fede Cartabia says Tottenham has revealed Tottenham’s prior interest in his services (Super Deporte)
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain could move for Chelsea winger Willian, depending on Neymar’s future (UOL)
Real Madrid could hand Martin Odegaard a first-team role and avoid signing Paul Pogba and Eduardo Camavinga (Mundo Deportivo)
Across the Spanish capital, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone wants to convert Marcos Llorente into a striker (AS)
Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has called on the fans to “unite” ahead of the Serie A’s resumption next week (Football Italia)
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is convinced his side are on the right track going forward (SportBild)
Four Dutch clubs want to sign Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (Voetbal International)
Watford attacker Ignacio Pussetto says his side have “nine finals” to avoid relegation from the Premier League (TyC Sports)
Furio Valcareggi – an agent not linked with Mario Balotelli – says the striker should give up football (TMW Radio)