Euro Paper Talk: New Man Utd transfer strategy on show as Bundesliga star targeted amid ‘top offer’ claim; Leeds edge closer to striker signing

Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini

Manchester United have new plans in the transfer market and are now aiming to sign an attacker from the Bundesliga, Leeds are making strides in their bid to land an Italy international, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk reveals Chelsea’s ploy to capture Frenkie de Jong.

MANCHESTER UNITED SET SIGHTS ON GLADBACH ACE

Manchester United are changing their summer transfer strategy by moving away from the Eredivisie and instead focusing on a Bundesliga player.

The Red Devils have gone after several stars from the Dutch top flight during the current window, at Erik ten Hag’s request.

And they have been successful in landing Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia, with the pair arriving from Ajax and Feyenoord respectively.

In addition to pursuing Eredivisie stars, Ten Hag has urged United to try and sign players who have previously represented Ajax.

As such, they have tried to bring in Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and 20-year-old striker Brian Brobbey. However, De Jong is more likely to sign for Chelsea, while Brobbey opted to re-join Ajax from RB Leipzig.

After the shock 4-0 loss to Brentford, Gary Neville slammed United chiefs for simply following Ten Hag’s targets and not having plans of their own.

It seems United have reacted by turning their attention away from the Eredivisie/Dutch market, and setting their sights on the Bundesliga.

As per French outlet Media Foot, United would now like to capture Marcus Thuram from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Man United linked with Marcus Thuram

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram.

The four-time France international can play at centre-forward or as a winger on either flank. And he is now in the final 12 months of his Gladbach contract, leading to interest from other clubs.

United are among the list of potential suitors. They ‘appreciate’ Thuram’s ability and are resultantly plotting a move for him.

The 25-year-old shouldn’t cost United too much due to his contract situation. Gladbach need to sell this month, or in January, to prevent him going on a free transfer next summer.

Gladbach sporting director Roland Virkus insists it will take a ‘top offer’ for Thuram to leave the side. Despite this, Virkus will have little choice but to sell for a reduced price if Thuram reveals his desire not to pen a new deal there.

United aren’t the only major European club to hold an interest in Thuram. The report reveals AC Milan rate him too and are keeping tabs on the situation.

Milan have already brought in Charles De Ketelaere this summer though, which makes their need for a new attacker less urgent. Due to this, United are more likely to begin negotiations with Gladbach for Thuram.

LEEDS ‘INTENSIFY’ STRIKER TALKS

Wilfried Gnonto warming up before his Italy debut

FC Zurich are considering Leeds’ £4.2m (€5m) bid for Italian forward Wilfried Gnonto. Leeds are also ‘intensifying’ discussions with Gnonto’s agent to try and strike an agreement over personal terms. (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea have fought off competition from Nice and Sassuolo to put themselves in pole position for Inter Milan youngster Cesare Casadei. Inter hope the transfer will aid their pursuit of a permanent return for Romelu Lukaku. (Sky Sport Italia)

Casadei has agreed personal terms with Chelsea and will sign a six-year contract in west London. (Fabrizio Romano)

West Ham have moved ahead of Napoli in the chase to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The Hammers are also hoping to bring in centre-half Thilo Kehrer from the French giants. (La Repubblica, The Sun)

Barcelona head coach Xavi is ‘obsessed’ about signing Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, with negotiations between the two clubs in the early stages. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sheffield United star Sander Berge is an option for AC Milan as they look to improve their midfield. The Norwegian has scored two goals in his first three Championship appearances this season. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

CHELSEA REACH FRENKIE DE JONG DECISION

Frenkie de Jong during the preseason friendly between FC Barcelona and Inter Miami CF on July 19, 2022 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale

Chelsea have opted to wait until the last minute of the transfer window before launching a move for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong. (Marca)

Tanguy Ndombele’s loan move to Napoli is down to the final details. Napoli will pay Tottenham £842k (€1m) in loan fees, and will have the option to sign Ndombele permanently for £25.2m (€30m) next summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sergino Dest wants to stay at Barcelona, despite recently being snubbed by Xavi and Manchester United hoping to land him. (Mundo Deportivo)

Sampdoria ‘dream’ of signing Dennis Praet from Leicester City, though his price tag is proving to be a stumbling block. (Liguria Notizie)

Chelsea will make an approach for Inter’s Denzel Dumfries if Marcos Alonso leaves for Barcelona. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

MANCHESTER CITY TRANSFER TO BE ANNOUNCED

Young Manchester City right-back Issa Kabore is preparing to join Marseille on loan today (Tuesday). An option to buy will be included in the deal and could reach £16.8m (€20m). (RMC Sport)

Nice are the latest club to register an interest in Leicester midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who could move on after just one year at the King Power. (Media Foot)

Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken wants to join West Ham, with the Hammers preparing to make a new offer for him after their opening bid was rejected. (90Min)

Middlesbrough have sent Groningen an £8.4m (€10m) proposal to capture 22-year-old striker Jorgen Strand Larsen. (TV2)