Ed Woodward is ready to splash out €65m to land Man Utd’s perfect Harry Maguire partner, while Luis Suarez has made a vow to Barcelona amid MLS links, according to Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD STEP UP BID FOR PAU TORRES
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is reportedly ready to sign Villarreal’s Pau Torres to partner Harry Maguire at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are expected to be major players in this summer’s window, with a deal for Jadon Sancho still on the cards.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club he needs a new centre-back – and it looks like Woodward is about to come up trumps.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, as cited by the Daily Express, United are ready to step up their interest in Villarreal’s Torres.
The report states that Woodward is ‘planning to go all out for the 23-year-old’ in the coming weeks.
Villarreal are demanding around £59m (€65m) for the Spain international, who has previously been touted for a £45m switch to Old Trafford.
Torres made 34 La Liga appearances for Villarreal this season as the Spanish side finished fifth in the table.
However, United are not the only interested party – with Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona also keen.
Barca look certain to be priced out of a deal, given they are strapped for cash, leaving the English trio as frontrunners.
Torres is a naturally left-sided centre-back who would allow Maguire switch to the right and give United more balance.
LUIS SUAREZ IN BARCA VOW
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not interested in any possibility of leaving the Camp Nou this year amid interest from MLS side Inter Miami. (Marca)
Chelsea have asked questions about the availibility of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Cadena Ser)
Negotiations between Manchester United and Roma over a deal for Chris Smalling have hit a brick wall as both clubs are refusing to compromise. (Il Messaggero)
Atletico Madrid are interested in signing defender Jan Vertonghen following his release from Tottenham. (Il Messaggero)
MORE EURO GOSSIP
Bayern Munich have baulked at Man City target David Alaba’s salary demands as the two discussed a contract extension. (BILD)
Leeds United are targeting FC Utrecht’s 25-year-old Dutch right-back Sean Klaiber. (Voetbal International)
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has not ruled out returning to the Premier League. (CGTN Sports)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hopeful of landing a player considered by many in Portugal to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting Lisbon’s Joelson Fernandes. (A Bola)
Barcelona are interested in signing former Tottenham Hotspur defender Yuri Berchiche. (Mundo Deportivo)
West Ham are interested in signing Bordeaux striker Josh Maja.
Brazil forward Hulk, 34, is considering a move to the Premier League when his contract at Shanghai SIPG expires in January.
Martin Braithwaite’s time at Barcelona appears to already be up with the club eager to sell him this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Arsenal and Everton target Jeremie Boga has set his sights on a move to Napoli despite the club struggling to agree a fee. (Il Mattino)
RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara is a target for Monaco. (Foot Mercato)
Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed the Italian club have enquired about signing Barcelona midfielder Monchu Rodriguez. (ESPN)
Pablo Machin has broken his agreement with CSL club Qingdao Huanghai amid links of an imminent appointment at Alaves. (Marca)