Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd back in for forgotten centre-back target on Arsenal radar

Date published: Friday 9th July 2021 12:30 - Robert McCarthy

Manchester United have renewed their interest in a forgotten centre-back target but face competition from Arsenal, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Liverpool have been handed a boost in their chase for a Nertherlands attacker.

MAN UTD, ARSENAL OFFER BARCA STAR LIFELINE

Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in forgotten centre-back target Samuel Umtiti, although Arsenal are also keen on offering the defender a way out of Barcelona.

Spanish outlet El Gol Digital claims that the Premier League duo are ready to offer the 27-year-old an escape route in his bid for regular first-team football.

Umtiti was signed from Lyon in 2016 and was initially a big hit, but his stock has gone down in recent times. Knee troubles have also seen the defender drop down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

The France international featured just 16 times in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s men last season. Indeed, Koeman often preferred to use youngsters Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza to partner regular starters Gerard Pique or Clement Lenglet.

The report states that the Catalan giants are now desperate to get Umtiti off the books. To that end, they were willing to mutually terminate his contract along with a severance package – only for Umtiti to turn it down.

However, it would appear that United and the Gunners could offer a lifeline to both Barca and Umtiti by reigniting their interest.

United considering other options

The Red Devils are having difficulty in negotiating a deal for top defensive target Raphael Varane and are openly looking for alternatives.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to offload Phil Jones, while Axel Tuanzebe is being linked with a loan exit and Eric Bailly could head back to Spain.

Arsenal, meanwhile, need a replacement for David Luiz, while William Saliba is set to leave on a temporary deal again.

The Gunners are reported to be close to a deal for Brighton’s Ben White, but it appears that Umtiti is being lined-up as a fallback option.


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LIVERPOOL HANDED WINGER MOVE BOOST

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Liverpool target Donyell Malen’s move from PSV to Borussia Dortmund is in doubt over the transfer fee and wage demands. (Bild)

Manchester United are prepared to join Tottenham in the hunt for Joachim Andersen if a deal for Raphael Varane cannot be done. (FootMercato)

Sampdoria have rejected Milan’s opening bid for Mikkel Damsgaard, with the 20-year-old destined to stay at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris until 2022. (Rai Sport)

Bayern Munich centre-back Nicklas Sule could leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season. (Kicker)

Marco Verratti appears to have confirmed Gianluigi Donnarumma will move to PSG for next season, saying he is “happy to have him as a new team-mate”.

Rui Patricio is set to join Roma next week, with the Wolves keeper cutting his summer vacation short so he can start work with Jose Mourinho. (Sky Sport Italia)


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MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Liverpool are ready to make a €40 million (£34m) bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. (AS)

Carlos Tevez will not retire from football and that the veteran striker is looking to continue his career in MLS. (ESPN Argentina)

Barcelona are considering moves for goalkeepers Jordi Masip and Aitor Fernandez. (Mundo Deportivo)

Sevilla want to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Lucas Alario this summer, with his contract expiring in 2022. (Estadio Deportivo)

AS Monaco’s Keita Balde could re-join former loan club Inter Milan this summer. (Calciomercato)

Real Betis are plotting a move for Hellas Verona defender Alan Empereur. (Estadio Deportivo)

Fiorentina could bring Matija Nastasic back to the Stadio Franchi for a minimal fee after Schalke relegation. (Sky Sport Italia)

Lyon are set to replace Memphis Depay with Genk striker Paul Onuachu. (Le Progres)

Galatasaray are negotiating with Real Betis for Alex Moreno. (Estadio Deportivo reports)

 

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