Manchester United are considering an approach for a €28m approach for an attacker with an incredible goals output, while Arsenal are ready to meet the €30m exit clause in one of Roma’s most consistent stars, according to Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD READY TO MEET GENT PRICE ON EXCITING ATTACKER
Manchester United could be set to spring a transfer surprise after being linked with a move for highly-rated Gent attacker Jonathan David.
The Canada international has been earning rave reviews this season and has already been watched by Lyon, Everton, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.
David has 22 goals and 10 assists in 32 games for the club this season and has drawn favourable comparisons with Jadon Sancho, who is also on Manchester United’s transfer radar.
In fact, Dortmund are believed to have targeted David as their ideal replacement for Sancho this summer after the England winger was linked with a €100m switch to Old Trafford.
However, United may yet look to scupper that plan with their scouts regular attendees at the Ghelamco Arena to watch David in action.
Gent rejected a €25m offer for the Canada international from an unnamed club in the January window but could reportedly let him leave for around €28m in the summer – a figure that would amount to a club record sale for the Belgian outfit.
Discussing his client’s next move, agent Nick Mavromaros told HLN that the winger needs a clear strategy ahead of selecting his next club – and has suggested a move to the Premier League might come too soon for the player.
“Take Arsenal. We’ll talk about top five in the Premier League,” he told the newspaper.
“The next step has to be a smart one, so maybe that’s too big a jump at the moment. The whole picture has to be right. In what field does a club play?
“How does the coach feel about Jonathan? How sure is he of a base pitch? An intermediate step might be better sometimes. I understand that Gent would still like to keep Jonathan, but the club will also like it Gent got him for zero euros, and he will now leave for a record amount.”
Whether a move to Old Trafford remains too big a step at this stage for David remains to be seen but with 11 goals in 12 appearances for his country and 30 in 58 for Gent, it’s easy to see why David’s name has been linked with some of Europe’s big guns.
AND THE REST
Arsenal are ready to meet the €30m asking price for Lorenzo Pellegrini after the midfielder failed to reach an agreement on a new deal at Roma. The Italy international’s exit fee is payable in two €15m installments and he’s a player of ‘serious interest’ to Mikel Arteta and Edu (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Georginio Wijnaldum says he can see himself signing for one of three clubs when the times comes for him to leave Liverpool. The Dutch midfielder is contracted at Anfield until summer 2021 (RTV Rijnmond)
Real Madrid have emerged as serious suitors to sign Erling Haaland this summer and are ready to pay what it takes to sign the Norwegian sensation (El Chiringuito)
Southampton are keeping tabs on €20m-rated Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan and sent scouts to watch him at the weekend (Takvim)
Celta Vigo will attempt to make their loan deal for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara permanent this summer with the LaLiga side having a €20m option on the Brazil international (Marca)
Valencia have opened talks over a deal to sign Real Betis defender Zou Feddal as an emergency signing this month (Cadena Cope)
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is yet to be totally convinced by Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho. The German club has the option of making the 27-year-old’s loan move from Barcelona a permanent transfer at the end of the season (Bild)
Real Mallorca have confirmed the signing of South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, less than a month after he was released by Newcastle United (various)
Tottenham target Chris Smalling admits he has an ‘interesting decision to make’ regarding his Man Utd future after his current club boss at Roma made a statement of intent regarding his status (various)
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is expected to leave when his contract ends this summer, with his agents already assessing options, but AC Milan are not interested due to the Serbian’s wage demands (Calciomercato)
Marcos Alonso’s father has hinted that his son will return to Italy, having played for Fiorentina before moving to Chelsea (Calciomercato)