Manchester United’s focus has turned swiftly to a €50million midfielder raid, while Arsenal are in a bidding war for a 112-goal striker – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD’S VAN DE BEEK PATH CLEARED
Real Madrid have opened up Manchester United‘s path to sign Donny van de Beek after backing out of the race for the Ajax midfielder, according to a report.
Reports have linked United with a move for the 23-year-old for several months.
Indeed, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag recently revealed that there is an agreement in place to see Van de Beek leave; meanwhile, the club’s chief executive, Edwin van der Sar, has confirmed United’s interest.
Real Madrid have also been heavily credited with making a move, but De Telegraaf now claims there interest has ended.
The Dutch source says Madrid have pulled the plug on their move. What’s more, they are looking for other targets in a bid to bolster their midfield ahead of next season.
Van de Beek has scored 41 goals and assisted 34 others in 175 appearances for Ajax.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Arsenal are in a bidding war with Paris Saint-Germain for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele (Foot Mercato)
Juventus have backed out of the race for Kai Havertz to focus on a contract renewal for Paulo Dybala (Calciomercato)
Chelsea have reached a €25million agreement with Inter Milan to see Emerson Palmieri move to Serie A (Il Messagero)
Newcastle are ready to pay Napoli’s full price to make Kalidou Koulibaly a ‘cornerstone’ of their takeover (Foot Mercato)
However, Newcastle striker Miguel Almiron’s father has dismissed speculation linking his son with a move to Spain (La Nacion)
Manchester City pushed for Kingsley Coman to feature in the deal to take Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich (SportBild)
Meanwhile, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is close to taking over at St James’ Park (Mundo Deportivo)
The agent of reported West Ham target Gonzalo Montiel has told his client he is ready for a move to Europe (El Intransigente)
Defender Thibaut Vion has blasted Hull City for failing to get his move to East Yorkshire over the line (France Football)
Barcelona will let Junior Firpo leave after failing to provide sufficient competition at left-back (Don Balon)
Luis Suarez has no doubts that under-fire Antoine Griezmann will continue to thrive at Barcelona (Le10 Sport)
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for Luka Jovic, after his underwhelming debut season in Spain (Marca)
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is facing calls from within to drop Lautaro Martinez to the bench (Mundo Deportivo)
Southampton ended their interest in Stade Reims defender Axel Disasi after concrete negotiations (La Provence)
Roma are preparing a €17million package to permanently sign Chris Smalling from Manchester United in 2021 (Gazzetta dello Sport)
However, doubts remain over how the Italian side will structure the deal, which will involve a loan (Gazzetta dello Sport)