Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd swoop as major attacker rumblings emerge despite agent’s claim

Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller Bayern Munich v RB Salzburg March 2022

Manchester United have registered interest in a top-class striker whose situation is not as it seems, while a Tottenham star is in demand – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYE LEWANDOWSKI TRANSFER

Manchester United have registered their interest in signing Robert Lewandowski amid contrasting claims over his current situation at Bayern Munich.

The 33-year-old emerged as a top striker in Europe under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. However, he has gone to another level – and cemented his status – at Bayern. Nevertheless, he is approaching a crossroads in his career.

Lewandowski’s contract runs out at the end of next season. However, there have been no concrete signs as yet that the Poland international will sign a new deal.

In fact, the player’s agent, Pini Zahavi recently claimed that player and club have still had “no contact”.

Sky Germany relays the agent’s claim and adds that Lewandowski himself has also publicly stated that he has not held any discussions with club chiefs.

However, the report claims that, behind the scenes, the picture is completely different. Indeed, Lewandowski wants clarity over his future.

He also ‘doesn’t like’ the fact that Bayern fancy their chances of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

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There is also the issue of the ‘tense’ relationship between Zahavi and Bayern. Bayern still have an ill feeling towards the transfer fixer after his rampant – and in the end successful – attempts to take David Alaba to Real Madrid.

Zahavi, who has connections at Europe’s biggest clubs, therefore knows that he could source Lewandowski a bumper move across the continent.

And Man Utd have therefore been in touch with the agent as they look to capitalise on the situation. Lewandowski has continued his impressive goalscoring form this season, having netted 43 goals in 36 games.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Villarreal pair Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth battling Real Madrid forward Vincius Jr

Giovani Lo Celso will become one of the most sought-after players in the summer transfer window following his impressive January loan move from Tottenham to Villarreal. (Estadio Deportivo)

Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham are all in the hunt for Torino defender Gleison Bremer. The Serie A side therefore want €25million (£21million) for the 24-year-old Brazilian. (Tuttosport)

AC Milan have joined the race for Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout. However, Newcastle remain the strongest suitor for the Frenchman. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester City do not in fact have to meet a deadline of April 30 to trigger Erling Haaland‘s release clause. Still, Pep Guardiola’s side are already moving towards a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker. (Sport1)

Leeds United defender Robin Koch has refused to rule out a move back to the Bundesliga. For now, though, the German’s focus is on making his country’s World Cup squad. (Sky Germany)

EURO PAPER TALK – BARCELONA OUT OF NEVES RACE

Daniel Podence, Ruben Neves, Wolves, March 2022.

Barcelona have removed themselves from the race for Portugal midfielder Bruno Neves because of Wolves’ €50million (£42million) valuation. (AS)

Leicester and Newcastle are after Club Brugge midfielder Charles De Ketelaere, but AC Milan and Napoli are also showing interest. Brugge, though, want €40million (£34million) which will likely rule Milan out. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been offered to Roma. However, four other Serie A clubs are monitoring a deal ahead of a potential raid on the soon-to-be free agent. (AS Roma Live)

Arsenal scouts will watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele against Porto in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday amid the club’s need for a new striker. (Foot Mercato)

Man Utd officials will also be in attendance as the Red Devils also look to a new signing up front. (Foot Mercato)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 REACTION

Chelsea Lille Christian Pulisic March 2022

Lille president Olivier Letang says he has “pride” for the club’s journey following their defeat to Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League. Indeed, Letang claimed that “no one believed in us” ahead of the season. (Get French Football News)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri claimed his players’ lack of proper game management cost them as Villarreal dumped the Old Lady out. (AS)

Meanwhile, Villarreal manager Unai Emery dedicated the 3-0 second-leg win in Turin to former club vice-president Jose Manuel Llaneza, who is suffering with leukaemia. (AS)

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is closing in on a summer transfer to Barcelona, where he will earn €6.5million (£5.4million) per year on a four-year contract. (Sport)

Bayer Leverkusen want a massive €150million (£126million) for German wonderkid Florian Wirtz, amid interest from across Europe. (Calciomercato)

Eden Hazard is a transfer target for Newcastle and Arsenal, but the Real Madrid star wants to prove his worth in the Spanish capital. (Foot Mercato)