Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd fight arch-rivals for €35m Prem-bound defender
Manchester United and Manchester City are scrapping to sign a top defender, while Thomas Tuchel is eyeing a Chelsea swap with AC Milan – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, MAN CITY DEFENDER FIGHT
Manchester United are battling rivals Manchester City to sign Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, according to a report.
The Serbia international has reportedly entered the radar of Premier League clubs in recent months. Indeed, Tottenham supposedly have an interest amid their hunt for a new centre-back.
However, United have also weighed in, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aware that a new talisman at the back will be crucial to his team’s long-term development, as per the Manchester Evening News.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), United’s interest has not waned, but rivals City have joined them in the hunt.
City manager Pep Guardiola sorted out his defence with the signing of Ruben Dias in the summer transfer window. What’s more, he brought in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, but the Dutchman has struggled.
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Nevertheless, Guardiola has his eyes on another big defensive swoop, with Milenkovic now a key target.
The Italian publication says that Fiorentina are ready to lose the defender for €35million (£30million).
But despite lingering uncertainty over his next destination, Gazzetta dello Sport states that, in any case, he will be playing in the Premier League next season.
Milenkovic, 23, moved to Italy from Partizan Belgrade in his home country in the summer of 2017.
Since, then he has racked up 119 appearances for Fiorentina, including 107 in Serie A.
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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Thomas Tuchel has made AC Milan forward Franck Kessie a transfer target for Chelsea. What’s more, he could involve Milan loanee Fikayo Tomori in a deal. (Il Milanista)
Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the hunt to sign Leeds winger Raphinha. (Sportitalia)
Everton playmaker James Rodriguez is becoming increasingly frustrated with life in the Premier League. (Defensa Central)
An advisor to Dayot Upamecano has explained how a 2015 move for the defender to Manchester United failed. (SoFoot)
BATTLE ON TO LAND ALABA
David Alaba has received five different offers from Premier League and LaLiga clubs. However, Real Madrid are confident of sealing the defender’s signing in the “coming weeks”. (Fabrizio Romano)
Chelsea are one of the English teams keen, but it remains unclear how seriously the 28-year-old is taking their proposal. (90min)
Real Madrid scouts have sent glowing reports on Braga centre-back David Carmo. (AS)
The defender came close to joining Liverpool in January, but the Reds refused Braga’s financial demands. (AS)
BARCELONA FALLOUT FROM PSG DEFEAT BEGINS
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has made a list of players he wants out if he wins the election. The move comes after the club’s damaging Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. (Don Balon)
Meanwhile, Barca remain in the hunt to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay. However, the Dutchman is having ‘more and more’ thoughts about a move to Juventus. (Calciomercato)
PSG’s Everton loanee Moise Kean says that he continues to watch former club Juventus’ games. (Sport Mediaset)
Kylian Mbappe has spoken out about his future following his hat-trick at the Nou Camp. (RMC Sport)
FORMER EVERTON BOSS IN DEMAND
Bournemouth face competition from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal to snap up ex-Everton boss Marco Silva. (Nabil Djellit)
Meanwhile, Chelsea held a meeting with Kays Ruiz-Atil’s agent last year about the availability of the PSG youngster. (Foot Mercato)
Maxime Le Marchand says he found it “painful” to learn of his dwindling chances at Fulham. Indeed, the 31-year-old left on loan to Antwerp in January. (Gazet van Antwerpen)