Manchester United plan a big bid to beat Man City to a midfield addition, while Chelsea plot a move for a recent Barcelona signing – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD PLAN BENNACER BID
Manchester United are planning to make a bid to beat Manchester City to the signing of Ismael Bennacer, according to a report.
United are reportedly gearing up to address a number of key positions in their squad ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Indeed, a new striker is supposedly on the cards, while winger and centre-back swoops could also be on the agenda.
But amid United’s wealthy number of options in midfield, Fichajes claims that chiefs are ready to bid for AC Milan star Bennacer in case Paul Pogba leaves.
The Frenchman will have one year left on his deal at the end of the season and his decision over his future will have consequences either way.
However, in case the 28-year-old leaves, the report claims that Bennacer has become a firm Old Trafford target. The Algeria international, who never earned a true chance at Arsenal, moved to Milan from Empoli in 2019.
Since then, the defensive midfielder has played 61 times for the Rossoneri. However, injury has hampered his progress this term and he has only managed 26 outings.
The Red Devils supposedly see the 23-year-old as the next-best option behind Barcelona’s Miralem Pjanic and Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi, deals for whom will prove financially ‘complicated’.
Bennacer, meanwhile, is open to a new challenge, regardless of the report claiming that his lack of experience at the highest level could be a concern for United.
Nevertheless, signing Bennacer will not come without its challenges. Manchester rivals City are also reportedly in the hunt, with Pep Guardiola an admirer.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Chelsea are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic‘s situation ahead of a potential swoop. The 31-year-old only signed last summer, but has lost the confidence of manager Ronald Koeman. (Sport)
Barcelona legend Xavi will put pen to paper on a new contract with Qatar-based club Al-Sadd. However, it will feature a clause allowing him to move to the Spanish giants if they come calling. (AS)
Genk have registered interest in Aston Villa‘s outcasted star Mbwana Samatta. However, they will likely have to sanction a second loan spell for the striker, who is currently at Fenerbahce. (Het Belang van Limburg)
WOLVES STAR ON MOURINHO WATCH
New Roma boss Jose Mourinho could look to address his right-back role, with Wolves’ Nelson Semedo one player to watch. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of tying Neymar to a new contract were dampened with their Champions League exit to Manchester City. (AS)
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has a ‘serious and intriguing proposal’ on the table from Everton. Nevertheless, returning to England in any form is in the former Arsenal man’s thinking. (Il BiancoNero)
But Everton have little chance of signing exciting Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, who Carlo Ancelotti admires. (Mundo Deportivo)
BAYERN EYE INTER STAR
Bayern Munich, who will be guided by RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann next season, have identified Achraf Hakimi as a target. As such, they could fight Arsenal for the Inter full-back. (TZ)
Arsenal agreed to pay Flamengo €1million (£865,000) every time Pablo Mari makes 10 appearances, as part of the centre-back’s move last January. (Lance)
Manchester City are in a tussle with Juve, AC Milan, Inter and Barca for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Mundo Deportivo)
LEICESTER EYE ATALANTA STAR
Meanwhile, Juventus and Inter are battling Leicester for Atalanta full-back Robin Gosens. (Calciomercato)
Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski has a deal in place to join Galatasaray when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Fotomac)
Juventus winger Douglas Costa’s talks with Gremio have collapsed, with the winger set to return from Bayern on loan. However, he appears to have little future in Turin. (TNT Sports)
Tottenham have drawn up a shortlist of three targets to replace Harry Kane, including Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak. (Fichajes)