Euro Paper Talk: Ten Hag ‘obsession’ sees Man Utd move for Barcelona duo as part of spectacular €500m spree; Leeds star Gnonto in talks with two shock clubs

Ronald Araujo, Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona during LaLiga game v Elche CF at Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona

Barcelona man Frenkie de Jong has spoken about his transfer plans

Manchester United are pushing to sign a Barcelona duo as the first part of a massive €500m summer spree, Leeds star Willy Gnonto has held talks over a move to two surprise suitors, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Nottingham Forest are planning a monsterous offer for a top Serie A attacker.


Erik ten Hag is pushing Manchester United towards a spectacular double raid on Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

The Red Devils are in the midst of a takeover saga which will go a long way to shaping their summer spending. And with the feeling growing that the club will soon come under new Qatari ownership, a mega spree is seemingly now in the works.

And per Mundo Deportivo, United are ready to furnish Ten Hag with a mammoth €500m (£434m) kitty to transform the club’s fortunes.

To kick-off that spree, they report Ten Hag is planning to raid Barcelona for two of his transfer ‘obsessions’.

And despite talks opening up over a new deal to keep Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona, United are readying a fresh approach for his services.

United chased the Dutchman long and hard last summer only to ultimately meet transfer frustration.

And the player has also come clean on that chase, as well as his preference to stay at Barcelona for the long haul.

“The club was in a difficult situation. They could have sold me very expensive, they wanted to and there were talks with Manchester United, but I didn’t want to leave and I stayed,” he said.

“I think life here is fantastic. If I and the club continue to be fine, I would prefer to stay here as long as possible.”

Now, however, it seems United are ready to pay whatever it takes to prise De Jong from Barcelona. And they could go as high as €100m (£86.9m) to get a deal done.

Man Utd targeting Araujo alongside De Jong in double Barcelona coup

He won’t be the only player to move to Old Trafford either, according to the report.

And Manchester United are also reportedly on the trail of Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo.

The 26-year-old remains under contract until summer 2026 and is also in no hurry to leave.

However, Barcelona’s financial state remains delicately poised, following claims they need to raise €200m by June 30. As such, a massive double offer from United for the pair could significantly ease their worries.

Barcelona are also making Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati and Franck Kessie available for transfers this summer.

As for United, they are also planning to sign a striker and a right-back, with all four deals likely to take up a large portion of their reported new summer budget.

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Leeds winger Willy Gnonto is in talks over a move to two surprise destinations this summer, with Fiorentina and Lazio both moving for the winger who will leave Elland Road upon relegation. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are ready to open talks with Arsenal over a summer swoop for striker Folarin Balogun. The Gunners value the striker at around €35m. (Calciomercato)

Man Utd and Real Madrid target Dani Olmo remains in talks with RB Leipzig over a new deal and plans to reveal “everything in the next few weeks”. (Sky Deutschland)

Vinicius Jnr’s representatives will urge the player to consider leaving Real Madrid in the wake of more appalling racist abuse aimed at him on Sunday evening. (ESPN Brasil)

Aston Villa moves for Real Madrid pair Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio are genuine and are beginning to gather pace. (Mundo Deportivo)

Three unnamed European giants are vying to sign William Saliba this summer following his breakthrough season at Arsenal. (RMC Sport)

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Kim Min-jae with the player signing a €9m a year deal and finding a mansion in Alderely Edge. (Il Mattino)


Feyenoord general manager Dennis te Kloese says he will reject an approach to join Tottenham and also expects the Dutch club’s head coach Arne Slot to do the same. (ESPN)

Manchester City are ready to hand teenage sensation Rico Lewis a new long-term deal following his progress this season. (Fabrizio Romano)

Arsenal are very much in the mix to sign Vitor Roque following claims they are willing to pay the €35m demand for the Athletico Paranaense striker. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta admits they are keen on deals for Giorgio Scalvini and Davide Frattesi. Marotta also says the future of Romelu Lukaku remains ‘open’ following claims the striker wishes to stay on a permanent deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Wolves and Barcelona are close to agreeing a swap deal involving Ruben Neves and Ansu Fati. The Premier League side are also keen on Sergino Dest and Abde Ezzalzouli. (Sport)

Juventus are putting Angel Di Maria’s new contract talks on hold following their failure to reach the Europa League final. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Liverpool remain keen on signing Ryan Gravenberch and will “be there” upon any indication that Bayern Munich will sell. (Fabrizio Romano)


Nottingham Forest are planning a ‘monstrous’ offer to sign Udinese star Beto, with Everton and Napoli also keen. (Mondo Udinese)

Beto, Udinese, January 2023

Roma are leading the chase to sign Youri Tielemans with Evan Ndicka and Houssem Aouar making it a trio of free agent captures for Jose Mourinho. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Andrea Radrizzani says his “fingers are crossed” for a positive outcome after the departing Leeds owner arrived for talks with Sampdoria on Monday morning. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Rafael Leao will sign a huge new five-year deal at AC Milan with a meeting set up to rubberstamp the extension in the coming days. (Sky Italia)

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti has practically confirmed his plans to quit the club this summer despite leading them to a first Scudetto in 33 years. (various)

AC Milan are stepping up plans to sign Brahim Diaz on a permanent €30m basis following his excellent spell on loan. (Marca)

Tottenham are tracking Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili following claims he can leave the Mestalla this summer. Aston Villa are also reportedly keen on the 22-year-old Georgian. (various)