Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd link sparks excitement for powerful midfielder

Date published: Wednesday 29th September 2021 12:29 - Samuel Bannister

Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sane after Bayern Munich game

One Manchester United midfield target’s feelings over a transfer have been revealed, while Liverpool have been confirmed as a suitor for an in-demand star undergoing a rise to prominence – all in Wednesday’s Euro transfer gossip.

MAN UTD MIDFIELD TARGET EXCITED BY LINKS

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka says it is “exciting” to be linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Goretzka has been with Bayern since 2018 and recently signed a contract extension until 2026. He is still playing regularly but was linked with an exit over the summer.

Man Utd were tipped to take him from Bayern’s clutches as they seek to revamp their midfield. That position remains a priority for the Red Devils in the transfer market.

Even without all the speculation about Paul Pogba’s future, United require more quality in defensive midfield. Fred and Scott McTominay are useful players, but could be upgraded upon.

Now, Goretzka has been speaking about his links with Man Utd – who would find it much tougher to sign him now if they wanted to due to his longer contract.

He was also tipped to be a target for Real Madrid, and admitted he gave a lot of thought to his transfer options this summer.

Goretzka said to Bild (via Sport Witness): “It’s an exciting thing when other clubs recognise what you’ve done.

“I take a lot of time in my decisions when I need to make them, I weigh up everything.

“I talked a lot about it with Joshua (Kimmich). We actually had a vision from the start: Our work at Bayern is not finished yet, big things are still waiting for us. Hence the aim was to reach an agreement.”

The 26-year-old has since started all six of Bayern’s Bundesliga games so far this season.

There is still time for him to secure a transfer in future but it does not seem to be something on his mind immediately, even if he was happy to hear of interest.


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SERIE A STAR ATTRACTS LIVERPOOL

Mikkel Damsgaard, Fabio Quagliarella Sampdoria celeb

Liverpool are showing interest in Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard after he impressed for Denmark at Euro 2020. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea and Manchester United are the two main suitors in the Premier League for Franck Kessie. (Fichajes)

Manchester City have joined the race for in-demand Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz. He also has admirers at Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. (Bild)

Fabio Paratici made a big effort to sign Milan Skriniar for Tottenham this summer and interest may remain if Inter cannot extend his contract beyond 2023. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Inter Milan want to take Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno as early as January. (Bild)

Real Sociedad could provide Juan Mata with a solution away from Manchester United as he considers a January exit. (Todofichajes)

Willian has clarified that he wanted to leave Arsenal, rather than them wanting to offload him after a year in which he “wasn’t happy”. (Arena SBT)

EVERTON EYE MOURINHO MISFIT

Gonzalo Villar training for Roma before match

Everton are one of two teams – along with Napoli – interested in Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar, who is struggling for gametime under Jose Mourinho. (Fichajes)

Paulo Dybala and Juventus have agreed a deadline of the end of October by which to agree a new contract. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Matteo Guendouzi is frustrating some of his teammates with his attitude after joining Marseille from Arsenal. (OM Talk Show)

Real Madrid are looking at impressive Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, but he would cost €60m. Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea remains an alternative, given he could be free. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leicester City were very keen on Jonathan Tah before he signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen. (Bild)

Lorenzo Pellegrini is close to signing a new contract with Roma, who will give him a payrise and remove his release clause. He has been a target for Liverpool and Tottenham. (Calciomercato)

AND MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

Gianluigi Donnarumma says speculation he is unhappy at PSG is “nonsense”. (Sky Sport Italia)

Real Madrid are eyeing a surprise swoop for Serge Aurier following his release from Tottenham. (El Chiringuito)

Barcelona have made a long-term contract offer to Ansu Fati, the starlet who has succeeded Lionel Messi in the number 10 shirt. (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool will be watching Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma when his side take on Manchester United in the Champions League. (Voetbal International)

The list of suitors for Ajax winger Antony is growing, with Barcelona now joining the race. (Sport)

Real Betis are keen to extend the contract of Nabil Fekir beyond its expiry date of 2023. (Marca)

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