Euro Paper Talk: Koeman on back foot as Man Utd prepare big bid for Barca star

Date published: Tuesday 27th April 2021 12:28 - Jonny Whitfield

Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele, Frankie De Jong, Clement Lenglet, Lionel Messi

Manchester United are preparing a big transfer bid for a Barcelona contract rebel, while a manager reveals his wish to raid Leeds – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD PREPARE DEMBELE BID

Manchester United are preparing a bid for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele ahead of the summer transfer window, a report claims.

Dembele has enjoyed a dramatic return to form under boss Ronald Koeman this season, after a terrible run with injury. The Frenchman arrived in Spain from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 with a massive price tag. However, he has struggled to maintain fitness and proved a frustration for the club.

Although, Koeman has brought better form out of the player this term and Dembele has scored 10 goals and notched four assists.

Nevertheless, fresh doubt has arisen over his future. He has one year left on his contract and, as such, he has entered talks with the club over his plans.

According to Don Balon, though, Koeman is up against it after several rounds of failed discussions.

However, his club do not want to let a player of Dembele‘s quality go for free and will try to sell up this summer.

Previous reports from Sport have claimed that the 23-year-old will be available for between €50million (£43million) and €60million (£52million).

According to Fichajes, United chiefs are readying a €50million bid in the hope of snapping up the winger.

For now, Koeman remains ‘optimistic’ that Dembele will stay and extend his contract, although that situation is far from guaranteed.

For their part, United are reportedly looking to bolster their front line this summer, with Edinson Cavani’s future uncertain.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Mateusz Bogusz Leeds September 2020

Legia Warsaw coach Czesław Michniewicz has admitted that he wants to sign Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Bogusz. (Sport.pl)

Man Utd feel enthralled by the prospect of signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. (Mundo Deportivo)

Varane’s future remains unclear, but he has insisted that he will show full commitment for the rest of the season. (El Larguero)

Real Madrid’s players fear ‘reprisals’ from UEFA during Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Chelsea, over their European Super League involvement. (El Confidencial)

TOTTENHAM HAVE SARRI INTEREST

Maurizio Sarri, Champions League media

Tottenham still have interest in former Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri. However, the Italian is in negotiations with Roma about replacing Paulo Fonseca. (Calciomercato)

In any case, Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne could also follow Sarri to whichever club he joins next. (Area Napoli)

Chelsea are firmly in the hunt for two left-backs – Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza and Atalanta’s Robin Gosens. (Caught Offside)

Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia will be a Barcelona player next season if ‘nothing goes wrong’. Indeed, his agent and the La Liga club are in the ‘final stretch’ of negotiations. (Mundo Deportivo)

RODRIGUEZ CONTRACT EVERTON’S PRIORITY

James Rodriguez Everton v Fulham

Extending James Rodriguez‘s contract until 2023 is Everton sporting director Marcel Brands’ ‘main objective’. (Marca)

Brighton have had an offer for winger Alan Velasco turned down by Argentine club Independiente. (TyC Sports)

Several top clubs across Europe have shown an interest in Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. However, it remains unclear if Manchester United and Chelsea are among them. (Sky Germany)

CONTE WANTS DE PAUL AT INTER

Inter head coach Antonio Conte wants Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul at his club next season. (Calciomercato)

Juventus, meanwhile, have offered midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Barcelona and Everton. (Calciomercato)

Borussia Dortmund could sell winger Jadon Sancho in a bid to relieve pressure over Erling Haaland’s future. (Don Balon)

 

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