Euro Paper Talk: Murtough has Man Utd transfer plan amid Solskjaer threat

Jonny Whitfield
Nicolo Barella during Inter v Juventus, October 2021

Manchester United have three new signings in mind amid the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Bayern Munich plot a marquee sale – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United have three transfer targets in mind to bolster their ranks in central midfield, at right-back and up front, according to a report.

The Red Devils and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are under mounting pressure following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Reports have claimed that the Norwegian is fighting to save his job and that cracks are appearing in the dressing room.

On the pitch, meanwhile, Solskjaer has faced criticism for his tactics, specifically the lack of organisation in United’s pressing.

The lack of midfield balance was a by-product of that problem against Liverpool, who cut through them at will.

As reported by Caught Offside, citing a report from the Spanish press, Man Utd plan to sign Inter’s Nicolo Barella in midfield. The Italy international has played a vital role this season, playing all nine Serie A games.

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Up front, United recently brought in Jadon Sancho, but the club, led in part by football director John Murtough, have eyes on Barella’s Italy team-mate Federico Chiesa.

The Juventus forward has scored two goals and assisted one other in 10 Serie A games this term.

Finally, at right-back, Atletico Madrid’s England international Kieran Trippier remains a long-term target for United.

The Red Devils’ mounting pressure comes after Sancho was joined by Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane as summer signings.

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Kingsley Coman Bayern

Bayern Munich are planning on selling Kingsley Coman next summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer of 2023. (AS)

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is demanding €12million (£10million) per season from any new contract, following a recent enquiry from a La Liga club. (Cadena Ser)

Antonio Conte is in an “ongoing negotiation” with Manchester United, but he has refused the Newcastle job. (Fabio Santini)

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek has changed his agent, switching from Guido Albers to Ali Dursun of HCM Sports Management. (De Telegraaf)

However, that did not stop Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, from trying to add him to his list of clients. (Voetbalzone)


Lucien Favre October 2020 TEAMtalk

Paulo Fonseca looked likely to be the next Magpies boss, but Lucien Favre has jumped to the front of the queue. (Bild)

However, former Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso is a shock new name in the running at St James’ Park. (Fabio Santini)

Arsenal see Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto as an intriguing transfer target. What’s more, he has no intention of extending his contract, which runs out at the end of the season. (Fichajes)

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has insisted that he could yet extend his contract, despite the arrival of Alphonse Areola. (Meczyki)


Lionel Messi, Idrissa Gueye celebrate v Man City after goal in Champions League

Thierry Henry feels that Lionel Messi looks “isolated” in his current position at Paris Saint-Germain. As such, he wants the Argentine to play centrally. (Marca)

Sergio Ramos could finally make his PSG debut against Lille on Friday following lengthy injury problems. (Le Parisien)

Roma are planning four January transfer arrivals, despite failing to meet Financial Fair Play requirements. (Corriere dello Sport)


Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Barcelona’s dream is to snare Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool in a major managerial move next summer. (Sport)

Liverpool boss Klopp is a big admirer of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. However, the fee for a deal remains the key stumbling block. (Bild)

Meanwhile, Dortmund are looking to snap up Bellingham’s 16-year-old brother Jobe. (Bild)