Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd bid €12m for Lens defensive colossus

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2021 12:25

Joseph Paintsil, Facundo Medina

Manchester United are keen to bring a powerful Argentina defender to Old Trafford, two LaLiga sides want Ben White, while a European giant will snatch a star away from Liverpool with a pre-contract agreement reached, according to Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.

MEDINA WANTED BY MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United are reportedly poised to make an opening bid of €12m for RC Lens defender Facundo Medina.

The Red Devils are looking to bolster their defence this month as they push for the Premier League title.

And according to La Voix du Nord, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the Argentine as the perfect recruit.

The 21-year-old arrived from Club Atlético Talleres in the summer for just over €3m. But he has quickly established himself as one of Ligue 1’s best defenders. Indeed, he has helped Lens to a respectable 10th so far following their promotion into the top flight.

La Voix du Nord claims United have ‘very seriously asked’ Lens about the prospects of a January deal for Medina. Furthermore, United are readying an opening €12m bid for the one-time Argentina cap.

Despite making an almost-instant 400% profit, Lens are likely to reject that approach. As per the report, the chances of Lens selling Medina in January are ‘slim’. However, the report does not rule out a deal further down the line with Lens likely to hold out for nearer €20m.

The paper concludes that United could try sweeten the deal for Lens. They state Solskjaer could look to sign Medina now but loan him back to the Ligue 1 side for the rest of the season.

Medina, who stands at 5ft 11, can also operate as a left-back.

WIJNALDUM AGREES BARCELONA MOVE

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Georginho Wijnaldum has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Barcelona from Liverpool this summer. (Todofijaches)

Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined Liverpool and Leeds in the chase for Brighton defender Ben White. (Don Balon)

Barcelona will rival Man Utd for highly-rated Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch this summer. (Don Balon)

Aston Villa are in advanced talks for Marseille’s Morgan Sanson and a €15m deal has ‘never been closer’. (Le 10 Sport)

Liverpool remain in the hunt for David Alaba after claims of an agreement with Real Madrid were strongly denied. (Bild)

PSG WON’T BEG NEYMAR, MBAPPE TO STAY

Leonardo insists PSG will not beg star players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to extend their contracts at PSG and amid interest from elsewhere. (France Football)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been offered to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the January transfer window. (Defensa Central)

Crystal Palace are keen on Reims striker Boulaye Dia but face competition from Fulham. (Le 10 Sport)

AC Milan are targeting summer deals for Barcelona duo Samuel Umtiti and Junior Firpo. (Mundo Deportivo)

Mesut Ozil has accepted a staggering cut in his salary to realise his “dream” transfer to Fenerbahce. (AS)

INAKI WILLIAMS HAPPY AT BILBAO

Inaki Williams would happily sign a contract to commit his entire career to Athletic Bilbao, claims his agent. (Marca)

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has emerged as a serious transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021. (Calciomercato)

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says a loan move for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori is close, but may yet fall through. (Sky Italia)

Inter Milan have seemingly won the race for Rodrigo De Paul despite links with the likes of Liverpool and Leeds. (Tuttosport)

Japanese star  Takefusa Kubo hopes to grow as a player during his loan spell at Getafe from Real Madrid. (Marca)


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PSG sporting director Leonardo insists they remain keen to sign Lionel Messi, whose contract ends with Barcelona this summer. (Sport)

Sporting director Giuseppe Ursino said ‘certain players don’t want to join’ Crotone, following a failed approach for Torino’s Federico Bonazzoli. (Radio Sportiva)

Tottenham have named their price for Dele Alli after deciding against allowing him to join PSG on loan this month. (Canal Supporters via Le Parisien)

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he’s ‘happy’ to learn he’ll soon be joined at the club by Mario Mandzukic. (Sky Italia)

 

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