Man Utd have a contract offer for a Real Madrid star rejected, while doubts emerge about Leeds’ hunt for a midfielder – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
REAL STAR REJECT MAN UTD PROPOSAL
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has rejected the prospect of moving to Manchester United amid an offer from the Red Devils, according to a report.
Kroos, who moved to Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014, has maintained his status as a key figure at the club. Last season, he made 45 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with six goals and nine assists.
Indeed, he has formed a solid relationship with the likes of Casemiro and Luka Modric in midfield which, according to Don Balon, will serve Zinedine Zidane well in the new campaign.
The source also claims, however, that Kroos has received further concrete interest from United. The Old Trafford club almost signed the German in 2014, before David Moyes’ sacking caused the deal to fall through.
Don Balon now says United have offered to make Kroos one of the highest-paid players at the club from next season. As part of the deal, Pogba – a firm target for Zidane – would move the other way.
Indeed, United reportedly hope such a proposal will spring Madrid into action this transfer window. The Spanish giants have confirmed they are scaling back spending amid the financial impacts of the pandemic.
As for Kroos’ stance, the 31-year-old will not entertain thoughts of a move away. He has become an unmissable figure under Zidane and feels he still has plenty to offer.
What’s more, he is unwilling to sacrifice the friendships and relationships he has made with his teammates. In any case, Don Balon says Madrid would have rejected the proposal had Kroos accepted.
United have already taken significant steps to improving their midfield. Following Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January, the Red Devils signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax last week.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Leeds would be unable to fund a move for Barcelona’s Rafinha Alcantara, despite previous optimism (Mundo Deportivo)
Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent is working on a deal to bring the Napoli defender to Manchester City (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid are planning a £261m squad overhaul ahead of moves for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland next summer (ABC Spain)
Chelsea and AC Milan have reached an initial agreement for Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move to Italy (Corrierre dello Sport)
Meanwhile, the Blues have offered Fikayo Tomori and Jorginho to Madrid in a bid to balance their books (Don Balon)
Wolves lead a Premier League chase for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar (AS)
Manchester United have yet to respond to an offer of a permanent deal for Chris Smalling from Roma (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Clubs in England and Germany have joined West Ham in the race for Sporting Lisbon winger Jovane Cabral (Record)
The agent of Lautaro Martinez will meet with Barcelona officials for transfer talks in the coming days (Sport)
Lyon boss Rudi Garcia says he will not stop Memphis Depay from sealing an exciting move away (Telefoot)
Meanwhile, the French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, says Roma are keen on the winger (Telefoot)
Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona training this week after confirming he will stay at the club (Marca)
Atalanta are close to a deal to bring Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta back to Italy on an initial loan deal (Sky Sport Italia)
Fulham have agreed a deal to sign Torino full-back Ola Aina on loan with an option to buy (Sky Sport Italia)
Liverpool and Manchester United could face off to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos (Don Balon)