Tottenham are ready to go all in to try and land Jose Mourinho’s top target this weekend, while PSG have joined the race to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar – all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
SPURS TO OPEN FRESH TALKS FOR CENTRE-BACK
Tottenham will reportedly open fresh talks to sign the final piece of Jose Mourinho’s jigsaw this weekend.
Striker Carlos Vinicius, 25, is set to undergo a medical at Spurs on Friday after Benfica confirmed his exit on Thursday evening.
The forward will sign a loan deal worth £2.7million, with an option to buy for £38.2million.
That will give Mourinho the back-up option to Harry Kane that he has been crying out for. But Tottenham are also in need of a dominant centre-back, after showing at the start of the new campaign that they are still vulnerable at the back.
To that end, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar has emerged as their top target.
Talks over a move for the Slovakian international have previously broken down over the fee involved.
Spurs are said to have already offered £30m for the powerhouse, but Inter want nearer to £50m if they are to part ways with the player.
And now reports on Friday claim that the north London club will pull out all the stops to get their man over the weekend.
Inter chief Antonio Conte still wants to keep Skriniar but needs funds to move for other targets.
So if Tottenham can find some middle ground over the fee then Mourinho could land the defensive lynchpin he has been chasing since his arrival in north London.
PSG JOIN CHASE FOR TOP ARSENAL TARGET
Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar. (L’Equipe)
Borussia Dortmund set for €10m bonus if Manchester United complete the signing of Jadon Sancho alternative Ousmane Dembele. (Ruhr Nachrichten)
Juventus are trying to sign Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina but the Old Lady first needs to sell Man Utd target Douglas Costa, who is not open to leaving. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lyon star Memphis Depay has rejected the idea of a potential move to AC Milan before the window closes, as he still wants to join Barcelona. (FootMercato)
Barcelona offered midfielder Rafinha Alcantara to Manchester City in their negotiations to sign defender Eric Garcia. (RAC1)
LALIGA GIANTS PREPARING ZAHA SWOOP
Atletico Madrid have been linked with a late move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. (Football Espana)
Rennes are the front-runners to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus, ahead of both West Ham and Newcastle. (ESPN)
Hoffenheim have joined the race to snap up Celtic target Ryan Sessegnon from Tottenham Hotspur on a loan deal. (Sky Deutschland)
Arsenal are willing to send William Saliba out on loan before Monday’s transfer deadline, with a return to France potentially on the cards.
Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral has arrived at Roma for his medical ahead of a a proposed move. (Football Italia)
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has emerged as a target for Napoli. (DiMarzio)
Inter and Cagliari are in talks for Radja Nainggolan’s possible return to Sardinia. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Celtic have made an enquiry to sign Juventus left-back Mattia De Sciglio on loan. (Sky Italy)
Inter are closing in on a deal for former Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, with the Parma full-back having arrived in Milan to undergo a medical. (SempreInter)
Leicester City’s Adrien Silva is heading to Italy on Friday to complete a move to Sampdoria.
Colombian striker Luis Suarez has joined his Uruguayan namesake in La Liga, moving to Granada from Watford for a fee expected to exceed £10million.