Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd talks for £44m defender Varane loves as second deal for USA winger is reignited; Arsenal battle Leeds to sign prolific attacker

Manchester United's head coach Erik ten Hag, left, gives directions to Manchester United's Raphael Varane during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester

Manchester United are in talks over a deal for a France defender and also fancy a USA attacker, Leeds and Arsenal are battling to sign a Swiss forward, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Liverpool are to spend big on a Napoli midfielder.


Manchester United have held a round of talks over a potential deal for Monaco defender Axel Disasi, according to reports in France.

The 25-year-old defender, capable of playing at centre-half or covering at right-back, is regarded as one of Ligue 1’s best defenders. Indeed, he’s been linked with a plethora of clubs on the back of an excellent season that saw him rewarded with a place in France’s World Cup squad.

Highly-rated by both Raphael Varane and Paul Scholes, Disasi has made 39 appearances this season, scoring three times.

Known as a no-nonsense defender, he would appear to tick Erik ten Hag’s quest to add more cover in defence this summer.

And in covering two positions, it is easy to see why the Dutchman is keen to land his signing.

Now, according to Foot Mercato, United held talks with the player and his representatives over a move.

And they claim Manchester United are ‘strongly interested’ in completing the signing of Disasi.

Monaco reportedly value the player at around the £44m (€50m) mark, with his deal not expiring until 2025.

And it seems the player is also keen to make the move, revealing his wish to play in the Premier League when questioned last summer.

He told RMC Sport: “I like England, it’s a very exciting championship. Let’s say it’s my favourite championship. And between Paris and the Premier League, the place where I can progress the most.”

Man Utd want Pulisic to follow Disasi to Old Trafford

With a deal for Disasi seemingly progressing, Ten Hag is also turning his attentions back towards his forward line.

And with Anthony Martial likely to make way, reports claim United are reigniting their interest in signing Christian Pulisic.

The USA winger has cut an unhappy figure at Chelsea this season and appears destined to move on.

The Blues would be open to his sale but would reportedly rather Pulisic moves abroad. To that end, Juventus are among his admirers.

But Ten Hag reportedly wants ‘Captain America’ to sign for the Red Devils and is seemingly considering a move.

Chelsea value the 24-year-old at around the £37m mark  -a fee well within United’s reach.

It is not the first time United have tried to sign Pulisic either. Back in 2019, during the Jose Mourinho era, the Red Devils tried to beat Chelsea to his signing from Borussia Dortmund.

However, one of the player’s former coaches suggested he did not want to play for the fiery Portuguese coach.

Robin Walker told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them. When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come.

“He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho because he didn’t promote young players.”

Now United will be hoping it is a case of second time lucky.

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Liverpool are ready to make a huge bid to sign Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka as their No 1 alternative to Jude Bellingham. (Calciomercato)

Inter Milan are targeting deals for Roberto Firmino and Marcus Thuram with Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Newcastle, though, are favourites for Thuram and are offering him a ‘multi-year contract worth €5m and bonuses per season’. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Chelsea are targeting a swap deal with Inter Milan that will see Edouard Mendy and Andre Onana trade places. (

Juventus are hoping to tie Adrien Rabiot down to a new deal by raising his salary following links to Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Leeds will demand a fee of around £35m (€40m) if any Italian clubs come calling for Willy Gnonto following links to Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Everton are preparing a massive summer offer to sign Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata – if they retain their Premier League status. (Il Giorno)


Arsenal and Leeds are locked in a battle to sign RB Salzburg winger Noah Okafor, who has 15 goal involvements from 30 games this season. (various)

Manchester City are growing in confidence they can win the race to sign Jude Bellingham this summer ahead of Liverpool and Real Madrid. (ESPN)

Napoli still hope to sign Tanguy Ndombele permanently but will not meet the £26.3m (€30m) option in his deal. (Il Mattino)

Liverpool remain keen on Matheus Nunes but are unwilling to pay Wolves’ apparent £50m asking price. (various)

France coach Didier Deschamps reckons Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could reinvent himself as a central defender. (Marca)

Southampton are tracking Fenebahce centre-half Emir Ortakaya, who is rated at around £8.79m (€10m). (various)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona are battling to sign highly-rated VfL Wolfsburg centre-back Micky van de Ven. (Christian Falk)


Chelsea are targeting a move for Fulham’s former Man Utd star Andreas Pereira as a potential replacement for Mason Mount. (ESPN)

Joao Palhinha and Andreas Pereira of Fulham

Italy coach Roberto Mancini reckons Italian sides missed a trick not signing Wilfried Gnonto when he left FC Zurich for Leeds in a bargain £5.2m deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over the permanent transfer of Joao Felix with the two parties debating a fee of around £87.4m (€100m) and payment breakdown. (various)

AC Milan will consider a move for Luis Enrique is Stefano Pioli departs the San Siro this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Jose Luis Mendilibar will reportedly become the new manager of Sevilla after the dismissal of Jorge Sampaoli. (ABC de Sevilla)

Lionel Messi wants to know who will be in charge at PSG next season before committing to signing a new deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sergio Busquests has offers from MLS and Saudi Arabia and will decide during the international break whether to sign the new deal on offer at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Man City are readying an offer worth £10.5m, including add-ons, to sign Croatian record-breaker, Luka Vuskovic. (The Athletic)