Three Chelsea players have been named in a potential swap proposal with Tottenham for striker Harry Kane, while Spurs and Arsenal are ready to do battle for a Fiorentina centre-back – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
CHELSEA IN KANE SWAP PROPOSAL
Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer several different players, including Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga, in a player-plus-cash offer for Harry Kane, according to ESPN Football.
The Blues have joined the race for the England skipper, after it emerged that he wants to quit the club after another trophyless campaign.
Manchester City are the current favourites to sign the 27-year-old, but neighbours United are also in the running. Liverpool have even been mentioned by one pundit.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is set to demand well in excess of £120million for his talismanic frontman. However, ESPN claims that Chelsea will throw in the caveat of landing some of their players in return, along with cash to try and tempt Levy into a deal.
Their main fear, though, is that Levy will refuse to do any deal with a London rival.
Spurs and Chelsea have a fractious relationship going back to when Levy would not allow Luka Modric to move to Stamford Bridge in 2011. The Blues also beat Tottenham to the signing of Willian, after the Brazilian had agreed terms to head to White Hart Lane.
As for the players on offer in the proposed swap, striker Abraham is available after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel.
The England international has hardly got a look-in over the last month, with his last Premier League goal coming back in December. West Ham have also been linked with the frontman, who is valued by Chelsea at around £40m.
As for Kepa, the Spaniard has found himself playing second fiddle to Edouard Mendy, despite Chelsea paying £71.4m to Atletico Madrid for his services in 2018.
Tottenham have been rumoured to be ready to move on from current No.1 Hugo Lloris, although a recent report suggested he could be close to a new deal.
Hudson-Odoi another alternative
One other source claimed that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi could be another alternative, given he has started just 10 Premier League games all season.
Bayern Munich previously showed an interest in the 20-year-old attacker, whose ability to play wide on the right would fit a potential need for Spurs as Gareth Bale prepares to head back to Real Madrid.
But whatever happens with Kane looks set to drag over the course of the summer, particularly if a bidding war begins for arguably the best striker in the Premier League.
SPURS, ARSENAL BATTLE FOR FIORENTINA ACE
Tottenham and Arsenal in battling to sign €25m-rated Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid’s hopes of signing PSG forward Kylian Mbappe this summer wouldn’t be hit by Zinedine Zidane leaving the club. (Diario AS)
Gareth Bale is planning to return to Real Madrid this summer to see out the last year of his contract before retiring from football. (AS)
Leeds and Liverpool target Rodrigo De Paul admits he is aware many clubs are interested in signing him. However, he ‘can’t choose’ between Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Olivier Giroud is demanding a two-year contract worth €3.5 million per season from AC Milan. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona have their hearts set on signing Man Utd centre-back target from Pau Torres from Villarreal. (Mundo Deportivo)
AGUERO AGREES BARCA PAY CUT
Sergio Aguero is set to accept Barcelona contract bid until June 2023, although his €10m salary will be lower than at Man City. (Fabrizio Romano)
The next week could prove crucial for Sergio Ramos’ future at Real Madrid. (Marca)
Mino Raiola has offered Gianluigi Donnarumma to Barcelona, but warned the Catalans that the goalkeeper will stay at Milan if the Rossoneri finish in the top four. (AS)
Diego Simeone is discussing a new contract at Atletico Madrid. (ESPN)
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is the latest player to be linked with a move to Barcelona. (Foot Mercato)
Barcelona will sell Manchester United target Sergi Roberto this summer. (Sport)
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barca are eager to sign Ousmane Dembele to a new contract, but the French winger will have to accept a pay cut. (Marca)
Gianluigi Buffon has several options to choose from as he prepares to leave Juventus, with Roma and Galatasaray among them. (Calciomercato)
It is increasingly unlikely Hakan Calhanoglu will stay at Milan. Potential replacements include Josip Ilicic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Rodrigo De Paul. (Football Italia)
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli met Giorgio Chiellini on Thursday and the defender could leave Juve at the end of the season to move to the MLS. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Gremio are set to complete the signing of Juventus winger Douglas Costa on a season-long loan. (ESPN)
Nice will execute their option to sign defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona when the season finishes. (Marca)