Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd move for star target as rivals threaten tempting swap

Date published: Monday 29th March 2021 12:26 - Jonny Whitfield

Ousmane Dembele, Jules Kounde Barcelona v Sevilla March 2021

Manchester United step up their pursuit of a winger target amid rival interest, while Spurs identify a new goalkeeper target – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYEING DEMBELE RAID

Manchester United have stepped up plans to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to a report.

United held interest in a loan deal for the Frenchman last summer, amid another season where he struggled for minutes due to injury.

However, he has turned it around under Ronald Koeman this term and has made 35 appearances in all competitions. That figure represents almost half of the 74 he had managed for Barca before the start of this season.

With Dembele‘s resurgence, though, has come a desire from Barca officials to hand him a new contract to extend his terms, which currently run out at the end of next season.

Nevertheless, Sport reports (via Sport Witness) that United have still put plans in motion to sign the winger.

The source claims that United will either offer a fee to Barca in the upcoming transfer window, or wait to sign him for free and run the risk of him signing a new deal – or another club snapping him up.

Indeed, a separate report from Tuttosport claims (via Football Italia) that Juventus are considering a swap deal for Dembele involving Paulo Dybala.

Attacking midfielder Dybala has already been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham and Chelsea supposedly keen.

As for Barcelona boss Koeman’s stance, meanwhile, Sport adds that the Dutchman wants to tie Dembele down given that he has become an ‘important pillar’ of his team.

Dembele, who moved to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, has chipped in with nine goals and four assists this season.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said recently that the forward’s future will be decided ‘in the coming days’.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Mike Maignan Lille v Marseille March 2021

Tottenham are pondering a move for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as Hugo Lloris’ potential replacement. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Spurs also have a strong probability of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. However, they will have to offload Dele Alli to complete the deal. (Bild)

Furthermore, Liverpool could yet pose a challenge to Spurs for Sabitzer with interest of their own. (Bild)

Lazio are ready to rekindle their interest in Ianis Hagi in this summer’s transfer window. The Serie A club previously eyed the midfielder, but Rangers swooped in for his services. (Noi Biancocelesti)

SEVILLA OFFER STAR DEFENDER NEW TERMS

Diego Carlos Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund February 2021

Sevilla have offered defender Diego Carlos a €1.1million (£930,000) increase on his salary in a bid to tie him down to a new contract. (Orgullo Biri)

Barcelona and Real Madrid will battle it out to sign Valencia youth star Fabio Blanco. (AS)

Leicester, West Ham and Leeds are all in the hunt to sign Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas. (Fichajes.net)

The Foxes have also tabled a contract offer to Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin. The midfielder is in the final six months of his contract and is therefore free to talk to overseas clubs. (Estadio Deportivo)

MAN CITY HAVE HAALAND ADVANTAGE

Erling Haaland scores v Sevilla in Champions League

Manchester City have an advantage in the race for Erling Haaland in that they have the funds readily available to sign the striker. (Sport)

Juventus have joined Chelsea in the race for Palmeiras wonderkid Gabriel Menino. (Mundo Deportivo)

Meanwhile, the Blues have retained interest in Jadon Sancho, amid strong links to Dortmund team-mate Haaland. (Don Balon)

MANDZUKIC FACING MILAN FIGHT

Mario Mandzukic Spezia v AC Milan February 2021

Mario Mandzukic has the final 10 games of the Serie A season to convince AC Milan to trigger the extension clause in his contract. (Calciomercato)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera could move back to Porto in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has told president Florentino Perez that he will not accept anything less than €45million (£38million) for permanent deals for Brahim Diaz. (Don Balon)

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