A star striker will likely reject Arsenal and Newcastle amid Manchester United’s interest, while Romelu Lukaku plots his Chelsea exit – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
OSIMHEN TIPPED FOR MAN UTD
Victor Osimhen will likely reject Newcastle and Arsenal if Manchester United come calling instead, according to one observer of the Napoli striker’s situation.
The Nigeria international has impressed following his initial rise at Lille and now in Serie A. He has scored 25 goals in 55 games for Napoli, which equates to close to a goal every two games.
As a result of his performances, Osimhen has had strong links with taking the next step in his career.
Newcastle reportedly came forward with the strongest interest in the January transfer window. Man Utd and the Gunners are also supposedly monitoring his situation.
According to Corriere dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano, though, Osimhen would reject Arsenal and Newcastle approaches to move to Old Trafford – if the Red Devils also came forward.
“Osimhen is followed by half the world and it is true that Newcastle showed 100 million [euros] in January,” Giordano said. “But, in my opinion, if the English club returns, the Nigerian will not go,” he said.
“Meanwhile, Arsenal never stopped following him and, surprisingly, Manchester United.
Manchester United told of £100m price tag set by Napoli for Victor Osimhen
Man United will have to pay £100m for Victor Osimhen from Napoli is they want to sign him this summer
“In the personal imagination of a 23-year-old player, United are a temptation and if the Red Devils reach certain figures, history teaches us those certain operations must be done.
“Otherwise, you find yourself as in the case of Allan, who was about to go to PSG and never went there. At certain figures it is madness not to sell.”
Osimhen scored 10 goals in his debut season at Napoli and has netted a further 15 this time around. The player’s agent recently rubbished reports that his client is causing issues in the dressing room.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Romelu Lukaku has kept in touch with his former Inter team-mates following his move to Chelsea last summer and has informed the hierarchy that he wants to return this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona have in fact not made an official bid for Blues defender Antonio Rudiger, amid uncertainty over the German’s future. (Fabrizio Romano)
A Barca move for Rudiger is furthermore unlikely because of Andreas Christensen’s move there and Ronald Araujo’s likely contract extension. (Fabrizio Romano)
AC Milan have identified Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar as a transfer target, following interest in Magpies target Sven Botman from Lille. (Rudy Galetti)
Ronald Koeman will take the Netherlands job from Louis van Gaal in 2023 after Van Gaal revealed he has prostate cancer. (De Telegraaf)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS REACTION
Benfica boss Nelson Verissimo admitted that Liverpool’s third goal in Lisbon makes their second leg at Anfield next Wednesday even tougher. (Record)
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak says his side’s Champions League hopes are still alive after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg. (Movistar)
Lyon will be without attacking dangerman Karl Toko Ekambi for Thursday’s Europa League tie with West Ham, with the Cameroonian still recovering from coronavirus. (RMC Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain are planning a move for Everton striker Moise Kean. But, the Toffees’ agreement with Juve over the Italian will complicate a deal. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Meanwhile, Everton and West Ham are monitoring Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg. (Sport Mediaset)
EURO PAPER TALK – PSG CONSIDER NEYMAR SALE
Paris Saint-Germain are considering selling Neymar as part of their squad shake-up this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici is looking to open negotiations over a deal for Wilfried Stephane Singo. Torino do not want to sell their versatile wing-back, but Spurs are planning an offer. (Tuttosport)
Palmeiras attacker Dudu has backed team-mate Danilo to move to either Man Utd or Arsenal, amid reported Gunners interest. (ESPN)
Man Utd’s Glazer family owners are happy to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave this summer. MLS has emerged as a potential next destination for the 37-year-old. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona believe Celta Vigo left-back Javi Galan can be the heir to Jordi Alba at Camp Nou. (AS)