Manchester United have joined the race for a Benfica midfielder with a £109.7m exit clause, while Tottenham are ready to pay £16m to sign a Brazilian – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD JOIN RACE FOR BENFICA MIDFIELD ACE
Man Utd have reportedly entered the race for Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his engine room this summer.
After signing one Portuguese midfielder in January, in the form of the outstanding Bruno Fernandes, it now appears that the Red Devils are interested in bringing another to Old Trafford this summer.
Luis, who is a former Manchester City target, has made 12 appearances for Benfica this season in all competitions – with injuries hampering his progress – after enjoying a breakthrough campaign last term.
ESPN claims that United officials met the 20-year-old’s agent, Bruno Carvalho Santos, in January with his representative ‘fielding enquiries for the past few months’.
The Portugal under-20 international has earned him the nickname “O Polvo”, which translates to “The Octopus”, for the way he covers the ground and he would certainly give the United midfield an injection of energy in the middle of the park.
The report adds that Benfica ‘could be willing to let him go on loan with an option to make the move permanent’ with Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Leeds United all joining the Red Devils in monitoring the youngster.
When asked about a potential move, Luis’ agent told ESPN: “Florentino is one of the highest rated young defensive midfielders in Europe, so there is a lot of interest in him at the moment.
“There has been a lot of talk about Milan, but I can tell you that there is a lot of competition for his services, with clubs in England, Germany and Spain also following him closely.”
A report in A Bola last year suggested that a £109.7m release clause inserted into his new contract last July was putting off potential suitors.
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Barcelona are confident they can sign Inter striker Lautaro Martinez this summer by including wing-back Junior Firpo in the deal (El Mundo Deportivo)
Arsenal could look to cash in on striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer transfer window as he awaits concrete interest from Barcelona (Diario Sport)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will meet with Sevilla officials to discuss a potential return to the club at the end of the season (Mundo Deportivo)
Top Manchester United target Jadon Sancho came close to joining Real Madrid back in 2017 (AS)
Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is a target for Everton and Arsenal, but the Frenchman will not accept a wage cut to leave the Serie A side (Tuttomercato)
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann is poised to end his career in MLS, admitting that’s where he sees his playing days coming to a natural conclusion (LA Times)
Manchester City are considering a summer approach for Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester United have identified Benfica’s Florentino Luis as an option to bolster their midfield this summer (ESPN)
Arsenal are prepared to meet Feyenoord’s £23 million (£21m) asking price for Orkun Kokcu (Voetball international)
Everton centre-forward Moise Kean has emerged as a transfer target for Roma (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are reportedly in pole position to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has expressed his desire to move to the Giuseppe Meazza (Sky Sport Italia)
Paris Saint-Germain have submitted a €30m (£27m) offer for Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer (Calciomercato)
Sporting’s Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Pinto is expected to sign a contract with Manchester City when he turns 16 later this month (Record)
Everton goalkeeper Dan Rose has agreed a deal to join Schalke on a five-year deal
Torino are reportedly monitoring Joao Pedro’s situation at Cagliari, hoping to find a way to lure the Brazilian to Turin this summer (Tuttosport)