Euro Paper Talk: Race for deadly striker takes twist as Man Utd, Liverpool given fee shock

Dusan Vlahovic Bologna v Fiorentina May 2021

Manchester United and Liverpool learn the price tag for a star striker target, while West Ham are pipping Arsenal to a transfer – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD, LIVERPOOL EYE VLAHOVIC

Manchester United and Liverpool must stump up ‘monster offers’ to even tempt Fiorentina into selling Dusan Vlahovic, according to a report.

Out of the two clubs, United are most looking forward to a new attacking addition this summer. Harry Kane has become a potential candidate, amid doubts over his Tottenham future. A new winger in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho also remains a possibility, after his strong end to the season.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have seen the effect that a drop in form from their front three – especially Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane – can do for their fortunes. While they have Diogo Jota back fit, the Reds could sanction another addition up top.

Previous reports have claimed that 21-year-old Vlahovic is a contender to arrive in the Premier League.

The Serbia international has enjoyed a fantastic season, netting 21 goals in 37 Serie A games and proving the standout figure in a largely dismal season for Fiorentina.

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However, Corrierre dello Sport reports (via Sport Witness) that the Premier League duo must offer a ‘shower of money’ and put forward ‘monster offers’ to even tempt the club into selling.

The report does not add the sort of fee Fiorentina would expect. Nevertheless, they are in no rush to sell; Vlahovic‘s campaign this term was only his second as a regular first-teamer in Italy.

He also has two years left on his contract and Fiorentina want to tie him down to fresh terms. The club realise they would be able to make a significant profit on the £1.76million they paid for Vlahovic (via Transfermarkt) and are willing to include a release clause.

That could offer United and Liverpool an alternative pathway, but the exit fee will not come cheap as things stand.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Neto Barcelona goalkeeper

West Ham are showing the most interest in exit-linked Barcelona goalkeeper Neto. They are ahead of Arsenal in the race, with the Gunners also keen. (Mundo Deportivo)

Aston Villa have opened contact with Werder Bremen over signing striker Milot Rashica. The club faced Bundesliga relegation and a transfer is therefore on the cards for €16million (£13million). (Calciomercato)

Wolves will turn the loan signing of Vitinha from Porto into a permanent deal. However, the transfer will now cost €20million (£17million), not €16million. (Record)

CHELSEA LOAN MAN UNSURE ON FUTURE

Davide Zappacosta Genoa, Chelsea loanee May 2021

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta – who has spent the season on loan at Genoa – says that he has “no idea” about his future. However, the Blues want €10million (£8million) for his potential sale. (Calciomercato)

While Manchester City retain an interest in Atalanta full-back Robin Gosens, Barcelona have joined the race. Indeed, the La Liga side want a replacement for Junior Firpo. (Sport)

Miralem Pjanic could, like Firpo, also leave Barca this summer. Indeed, the midfielder has had offers from Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. (Mundo Deportivo)

The Bosnian has admitted that this season has left him “with a bitter taste and questions that still need answers”. (Mundo Deportivo)

BARCA EYE UP ARTETA

Meanwhile, Barcelona are considering Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta as a managerial candidate if Ronald Koeman leaves this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leeds are still in the race for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. That is despite Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear pouring cold water on the chances of the transfer. (Milan Live)

Manchester United have more chance of signing Jadon Sancho after Euro 2020 as opposed to before the tournament. (Ruhr Nachrichten)

Striker Romelu Lukaku insists that he is glad to have made the right decision by leaving Man Utd for a “better offer” from Inter in 2019. (RTBF Sport)

CONTE SET FOR INTER TALKS

Inter boss Antonio Conte will meet with club officials on Monday to discuss plans for next season.

AC Milan are planning to activate their purchase clause in Fikayo Tomori‘s loan deal from Chelsea. They also plan to make an imminent decision about Man Utd loanee Diogo Dalot. (Fabrizio Romano)

Fiorentina have cut the asking price for Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd-linked defender Nikola Milenkovic from £38million to £21million. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

However, Chelsea centre-back target Jose Gimenez has insisted that he is staying put at Atletico Madrid. (Fabrizio Romano)