Euro Paper Talk: No Tottenham reunion at Man Utd, but one classy star ready to make move; Arsenal set star’s fee
Manchester United receive a boost in their hunt for a defensive signing, while Arsenal set their exit fee for one bright talent – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD GET TRIPPIER BOOST
Manchester United have a crucial advantage in the race to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, according to a report.
United were linked with a move for the England international in the January transfer window. But while a deal did not materialise in the winter, The Athletic claims that the Red Devils remain keen and could get their man in the summer. Trippier also has interest from Paris Saint-Germain, but he supposedly wants to return to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old has had another strong season for Atletico, impressing in the 27 La Liga games he has played.
Indeed, he has notched six assists along the way and could have made more outings if he did not pick up a suspension for off-field issues earlier this year.
Should he move to United, he would offer an extra dose of creativity down the right-hand side for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
While Aaron Wan-Bissaka has improved going forward this term, his best attributes remain in defending.
May 17 Transfer Chatter: Man Utd to pay for Varane and Arsenal plan summer clearout
Man Utd will pay the £60m asking price for Raphael Varane and want more defenders, while Arsenal look set to let David Luiz and Willian go in the summer.
However, Trippier is unlikely to be joined at Old Trafford by ex-Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris.
Football Insider reports that the goalkeeper will sign a new deal at Spurs, extending his lengthy association with the club and ending speculation about his future.
United are after a goalkeeper signing themselves, but reports suggest that they are close to snapping Tom Heaton up from Aston Villa.
Elsewhere at Old Trafford, centre-back and attacking signings could be on the cards, including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Arsenal will demand £19million if clubs wish to sign striker Eddie Nketiah this summer. (Todofichajes)
Manchester United will fight Chelsea to sign Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane. Madrid want €70million (£60million) for him, but only a ‘genuine’ transfer battle will see that happen. (AS)
Club Brugge are targeting a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer. However, the Belgian wants to see who Spurs bring in as their new manager before deciding on their future. (Voetbal 24)
AC Milan continue to have doubts over a permanent deal for Diogo Dalot because of fears over Man Utd’s valuation of the full-back. (Milan News)
KOEMAN DOUBTS AMID XAVI INTEREST
Barcelona president Joan Laporta still wants Al Sadd manager Xavi to take over at the club. However, some Camp Nou officials believe that Xavi is Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City heir. (Sport)
In any case, Ronald Koeman will not continue as Barcelona’s manager next season. (RAC1)
Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri will leave Chelsea this summer because they want to ‘feel important’ at another club. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid are hopeful that they can get €10million (£8million) for Gareth Bale this summer after his upturn in Tottenham form towards the end of his loan spell. (AS)
AURIER CHANGES AGENT
Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier has changed agents ahead of the summer transfer window. The move comes amid speculation over a move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Foot Mercato)
Meanwhile, PSG have been in touch with the representatives of Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah. (L’Equipe)
Aston Villa owner Wesley Edens has held initial talks over investing in Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes. (Record)
Paul Pogba has agreed terms with PSG over a move away from Man Utd, but his salary demands will not please Kylian Mbappe. (Don Balon)
INTER OPEN FRESH MARTINEZ TALKS
Inter have re-opened talks with striker Lautaro Martinez and his agent amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Chelsea and Manchester City have made contact with the entourage of Palmeiras midfielder Patrick de Paula. (Sport Witness)
Both Champions League finalists also have an interest in Leicester’s James Maddison. (Fichajes)
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has met with Real Madrid chiefs and wants to replace Zinedine Zidane in the dugout. (Fabrizio Romano)