Manchester United are in contact with Inter Milan in a bid to beat Liverpool to the €80m signing of Nicolo Barella, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are in talks over a big-money midfielder deal, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Newcastle and Man Utd have been offered the chance to sign one of the USA’s biggest names.
MAN UTD AIMING TO BEAT LIVERPOOL TO NICOLO BARELLA TRANSFER
Manchester United are reportedly putting in phone calls to Inter Milan to try and secure the signing of Nicolo Barella.
The Italy midfielder has enjoyed an exceptional 2022/23 campaign, scoring nine goals and adding six assists from 51 appearances. His talismanic form helped carry the Nerazzurri into the Champions League final, though they fell at the final hurdle against Manchester City.
Nonetheless, Barella’s stock has risen as a result with a move to the Premier League strongly mooted. To that end, Liverpool are reportedly making a beeline for his signature as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his midfield.
And on Monday, the 45-times capped Italy star emerged as a potential target for Chelsea with Mauricio Pochettino also an admirer.
Inter, though, are determined to retain the services of their star man. And Gazzetta dello Sport claims they are looking to offload a number of unwanted stars first, before Barella. To that end, Robin Gosens is a €15m target for Union Berlin, while Marcelo Brozovic is a target for cash-rich Saudi Arabian clubs.
All the same, Inter know every player has a price and they claim Manchester United are now in contact and ‘making calls’ over a deal for Barella.
To that end, they are reportedly informing the Red Devils that Barella will come with a minimum €80m (£68.5m) fee.
Nonetheless, Erik ten Hag would reportedly love to beat Klopp to the midfielder’s signing.
And the player’s agent, Alessandro Beltrami, has reportedly had his ears ‘pricked’ by United’s interest, with a Old Trafford seen as an ‘attractive’ destination for Barella.
Man Utd also chasing Theo Hernandez alongside Barella
According to Calciomercato, meanwhile, United have also put in a call to AC Milan to enquire about Theo Hernandez.
The 25-year-old Frenchman is regarded as one of the finest left-backs in world football. Counting Real Madrid among his former clubs, he has found himself linked with a move to United this summer.
However, Milan are in no rush to part ways with the player and have reportedly responded by placing a €80m – €90m fee on his head.
And while they would consider his sale for that price, there appears a confidence at the San Siro that United will now walk away.
Indeed, Ten Hag is pretty well stocked in the left-back department and the position is not seen as a priority. Luke Shaw has the position nailed down while Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia both provide able cover.
That said, United’s situation could change if their proposed takeover goes through. And were that to happen, they at least now know what it would take to prise the 17-times capped France star away from Milan.
ATLETICO MADRID APPROACH SPURS OVER HOJBJERG
Atletico Madrid are to open talks with Tottenham to tempt them into the sale of Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Bayern Munich are also keen on the former Southampton man. (Tuttosport)
Aston Villa are in the picture to sign veteran Villarreal star Dani Parejo with Unai Emery keen to bring his leadership qualities to the club. (El Periódico Mediterraneo)
Juventus are in talks over a surprise deal for Chelsea’s young midfielder Cesare Casadei with Lille’s Timothy Weah another target. The 20-year-old midfielder only moved to Stamford Bridge in a €15m deal from Inter last summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus are also closing on the signing of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic following links to Arsenal and Newcastle. (Tuttosport)
Arsenal talks with Joao Cancelo continue to take place following confirmation the Portuguese star will leave Manchester City. However, a move to Barcelona looks the most likely outcome for the versatile full-back. (Fabrizio Romano)
Everton and West Ham United are in ‘tentative’ talks with Inter Milan over a deal for Joaquin Correa. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
NEWCASTLE RIVAL LIVERPOOL FOR SOFYAN AMRABAT SIGNING
Liverpool face new competition from Newcastle in the battle for Sofyan Amrabat following claims he can leave Fiorentina for €25m. (various)
Real Madrid are unlikely to further add to their attaking options this summer following the capture of Joselu. That means possible moves for Kylian Mbappe or Harry Kane will be shelved until January at best. (Marca)
Barcelona are close to agreeing personal terms with Arsenal target Vitor Roque. However, they have been told they need to meet Athletico Paranaense €45m to prevent a move to PSG instead. (various)
Romelu Lukaku is ready to push through his move from Chelsea to Inter himself by representing himself in a bid to speed up negotiations. (Corriere dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid’s former Chelsea loanee Saul Niguez is in line for a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia this summer. (AS)
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis now claims he’s open to the sale of Victor Osimhen this summer. (Corriere dello Sport
PSG are making Harry Kane their No 1 priority this summer following the exit of Lionel Messi – and will spend whatever it takes to sign him. (Le Parisien)
MAN UTD, NEWCASTLE IN CHRISTIAN PULISIC TRANSFER OFFERING
Manchester United and Newcastle are being offered the chance to sign wantaway Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic this summer. (ESPN)
Sevilla are closing on the appointment of Victor Orta as their new director of football in succession to Monchi. (AS)
Veteran Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci is looking for a new club after becoming frustrated by a lack of action. (Tuttosport)
Eintracht Frankfurt are rivalling Manchester United and Newcastle for the signing of Leeds defender Robin Koch. (Bild)
Rafael Benitez is in talks with Celta Vigo with the former Liverpool and Newcastle manager favourite to take charge. (Marca)
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is the subject of a lucrative offer to move to Saudi Arabia this summer. (The Athletic)