Manchester United and Chelsea will go head-to-head for a La Liga star’s transfer, while Watford are in talks to sign a former Red Devil – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, CHELSEA EYE OBLAK
Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to battle to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to a report.
Oblak has cemented his status as one of the world’s best goalkeepers in recent seasons. After moving to the Spanish capital in 2014, he is closing in on 300 club appearances, with 158 clean sheets to boot.
But while he will have two years left on his contract this summer, he recently opened the door to a move to the Premier League.
Asked if he could move to the English top flight, he said: “I don’t know. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I am sure that in any league I would play I could play well. You never know what will happen in the future.
“Now I have been in Spain for seven years. Let’s see. I’m still young. Not so young anymore, but I still have some years in front of me.
“The most important thing for me is the hope that I do not suffer any injuries. Let’s see what the future will bring.”
According to Fichajes, Chelsea and United are ready to splash the cash to sign Oblak this summer. The report claims that both clubs are ready to put a minimum of €80million (£70million) on the table as a first bid.
While the Slovenia international has a £102million release clause, £70million could present a good starting point in negotiations for a potentially cheaper deal.
What’s more, both clubs could include current players to finance the deal further. Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has faced an uncertain future for some time and he remains Thomas Tuchel’s second choice.
Meanwhile, fellow Spaniard David de Gea has lost his place as United’s No.1 to Dean Henderson and Fichajes adds that he could be used as a similar makeweight.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Watford have opened talks over a return to Vicarage Road for Inter and former Man Utd full-back Ashley Young. (Fabrizio Romano)
Leeds United’s interest in Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico is ‘more serious’ than first thought. (Voetbal Primeur)
Meanwhile, Ajax are pondering a move for Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez. (Voetbal Primeur)
Spurs could make a move for veteran manager Massimiliano Allegri or fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri. (Juventus News 24)
GUARDIOLA WANTS BARCELONA STAR
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is thinking of signing Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. The Frenchman’s level has dropped of late, but Guardiola believes that he can restore him to his best. (Don Balon)
River Plate would ‘ally’ themselves with Arsenal if they tried to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez. Indeed, the Argentine club would get windfall from any transfer, more so from a big deal. (Estadio Deportivo)
In any case, Betis have received offers from the Premier League worth over €50million (£43million) for their star man. (Estadio Deportivo)
Inter full-back Achraf Hakimi has said that he regrets not getting a proper chance at Real Madrid. (El Chiringuito)
DEMBELE REVEALS ADMIRATION FOR TUCHEL
Barca and former Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele says that ex-Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is his “favourite manager”. (beIN Sports)
RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano says that he felt convinced over a move to Bayern Munich as soon as they got in contact. Indeed, the Frenchman reportedly snubbed interest from Liverpool and Man Utd. (Sport Buzzer)
Inter director Giuseppe Marrota hopes that Antonio Conte stays, after sealing the Serie A title on Sunday. (Radio Anch’io lo Sport)
DORTMUND CHIEF HAS HAALAND BELIEF
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl believes that Erling Haaland will remain at the club next season. (AS)
Atletico Madrid have made Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj a transfer target. (Calciomercato)
Former Everton loanee Djibril Sidibe says that he wanted to stay at Goodison Park, instead of returning to Monaco. (L’Equipe)