Manchester United have learned that a top centre-back target could be available at a bargain price, while Tottenham are leading the chase for a £15m defender – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD EYE BARGAIN CENTRE-BACK DEAL
In the wake of two home defeats in the space of just three days, Manchester United’s transfer focus has once turned towards signing a top-class centre-back.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggled in the absence of injured skipper Harry Maguire as United were thumped 4-2 by a resurgent Liverpool on Thursday night.
Bailly played alongside Axel Tuanzebe in Tuesday’s loss to Leicester, but was paired with Lindelof again against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
It’s a partnership that has often struggled to give United a solid foundation, hence the continued search for an upgrade.
The likes of Raphael Varane, Marcos Llorente, Jules Kounde and Kalidou Koulibaly have been continually linked with an Old Trafford switch.
But a report from Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claims that the Red Devils have been alerted to the news that another target, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, could be available for as little as €30million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get a first-hand look at Torres when United face the Spanish outfit in the Europa League final this month.
Napoli are also keen on landing the player, but it would appear that United are the frontrunner at this stage.
If they could land Torres for a bargain price, it would allow Solskjaer to boost other areas of his team this summer.
A new right-winger is also wanted, while a move for a striker is not now as important since Edinson Canavi signed up for another year.
TOTTENHAM LEADING DEFENDER CHASE
Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle are in a battle to sign defender Abdul Mumin from Portuguese team Vitoria. (ESPN)
Barcelona are planning to throw everything they have to bring Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to the club. (Sport)
PSG have made Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah their Plan B as Kylian Mbappe continues to see a summer switch mooted. (ESPN)
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to take a big cut in wages in order to rejoin boyhood side Sporting. (Cuatro)
Leeds United are ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign 26-year-old Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. (Il Milanista)
Borussia Dortmund are looking to move for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard, which could be key to United’s efforts to land Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. (ESPN)
Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri’s entourage has denied any contact with Real Madrid. (El Larguero)
MORE EURO GOSSIP
Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. (AS)
Lyon attacker Memphis Depay has made up his mind to join Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. (Marca)
Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon says he has “received offers” to continue playing when he leaves Juventus at the end of the season. (DAZN)
Juventus have asked their players to accept a delay in their wages for four months to help the club financially. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Newcastle are readying a move for 19-year-old Nice frontman Evann Guessand.
AC Milan are hoping to extend Brahim Diaz’s loan from Real Madrid for another season. (Marca)
Juventus are plotting a move for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Tuttosport)