Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd learn fee for Porto star as Solskjaer seeks upgrade

Moussa Marega, Alex Telles Porto

Manchester United are ready to meet the price required to sign a Brazilian left-back, while Arsenal are closing on the signing of an exciting pair, according to Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk.



Manchester United have been told they can sign Alex Telles for a cut-price fee this summer.

The Porto man is regarded as one of the best left-backs in world football and has a €40m exit clause in his contract.

The Brazilian has been strongly linked with Chelsea this summer as a cheaper alternative to Ben Chilwell.

But according to Correio da Manhã, the firmest interest comes from Manchester United.

They state United are ‘ready to advance’ their efforts to bring Telles to Old Trafford following an initial enquiry.

The paper states that the success Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed has convinced the Red Devils to look for further additions from the Primeira Liga.

It’s also claimed United now feel more confidence when negotiating with Portuguese clubs. They are known as notoriously tough customers but having landed Fernandes for an initial €55m, United have hope they can strike a similarly-pleasing deal for the 27-year-old.

As stated, Telles’ exit clause currently stands at €40m. But with under a year left on his deal, Porto are reported to have told United they can sign the player for a knock-down fee.


Correio da Manha states that the Portuguese side are likely to accept just €25m (£22.5m) for the player. However, they will push to achieve nearer the €30m (£27.1m) mark.

United are not alone in their enquiries with PSG also rumoured to be keen.

But the paper states United are the favourites. Any move for Telles will likely place doubts over the long-term future of Luke Shaw in the United side.



Willian, Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, will work on a deal to take the player to Arsenal. There he will link up with another of the super-agent’s clients in Willian. (Sport)

Xavier Mbuyamba – the man branded the ‘next Virgil van Dijk’ is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea. The teenager is a free agent after rejecting a new deal at Barcelona. (Don Balon)

Habib Diallo is still expected to leave Metz this summer. The Senegalese striker has his heart set on a move to Tottenham. (BeIN Sports)

PSG sporting director Leonardo has contacted Bayern Munich to make clear their interest in signing Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara. (Le10 Sport)

Leeds will push to sign Gent left-back Milad Mohammadi in a €7m deal after their hopes for Joe Bryan were ended by Fulham’s promotion. (Het Laatste Nieuws)

West Ham plan to press ahead with a deal to sign Martin Braithwaite for €20m. The Hammers were also close to landing him in January before Barcelona pounced. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leicester have asked Barcelona if they can take Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao on a two-season loan. The deal will include an obligation to buy him for €50m at the end of the spell. (Sport)



Alfredo Morelos, Jamie Hamilton

Lille are yet to increase their opening bid to Rangers for Alfredo Morelos. The Gers snubbed their initial offer of €15m, plus €2m in bonuses. (Foot Mercato)

Lille are set to confirm the signing of Angel Gomes on a free transfer from Manchester United. The winger will sign a five-year deal. (RMC Sport)

Talks are ongoing between Benfica and Edinson Cavani, but there is still no agreement with the Uruguay striker. (RMC Sport)

Leeds have been linked with a move for Marcos Senes and have been quoted €20m for the Feyenoord defender. (Radio Continental)

Sampdoria have set a meeting to discuss the possible transfer of FC Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Toure. (Foot Mercato)

Dejan Kulusevski admits Parma will ‘always have a place in my heart’ after the Swede sealed his move to Juventus. (Gazzetta di Parma)



Chris Smalling

Roma CEO Guido Fienga has thanked Chris Smalling and Davide Zappacosta for their ‘commitment to the club’s project’. The pair have returned to parent clubs Man Utd and Chelsea. (various)

Manchester United have submitted a €55m bid for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa amid concerns about a deal for Jadon Sancho. (La Nazione)

Southampton are keen on Groningen defender Deyovaisio Zeefuik, but the Dutchman prefers a move to Germany. (De Telegraaf)

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has been named the MVP by Serie A. Dejan Kulusevski has been named Young Player of the Year. (various)

Liverpool are close to completing a €10m deal for Real Betis and Algeria defender Aissa Mandi. (BeIN Sports)

Carles Perez has hit out at Barcelona over his controversial loan move to Roma in January. The striker now looks set to secure a permanent €11m move. (Marca)

Monaco have agreed a €14m deal, plus another €3m in add-ons, with Reims over the signing of central defender Axel Disasi. (L’Equipe)