Euro Paper Talk: Nuno hatches Tottenham plan to test Liverpool mettle over key summer deal

Date published: Monday 12th July 2021 12:28 - Jonny Whitfield

Renato Sanches, Sergio Oliveira, Andre Silva, Joao Palhinha Portugal training May 2021

Tottenham join Liverpool and a La Liga giant in the race for a star midfielder, while Arsenal’s transfer hunt for a midfielder is coming to a close – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

SPURS EYE RENATO SANCHES TRANSFER

Tottenham have registered interest in Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, according to a report.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic career resurgence since moving to Ligue 1 in the summer of 2019. He has grown in stature both domestically and on the international stage. Indeed, he stood out as a key Portugal star at Euro 2020 and has attracted transfer attention from across Europe.

Liverpool have had links with Sanches’ transfer for a number of weeks amid the reported search for Georginio Wijnaldum’s successor. Journalist Pedro Almeida has in fact claimed that the Reds are close to signing him.

According to Le10 Sport in France, though, Tottenham now have eyes on the former Bayern Munich man.

New boss Nuno Espirito Santo is supposedly looking to shake up his midfield, with Sporting’s Joao Palhinha also linked with a move.

Now, though, Sanches has entered his radar and while Lille have received no official bids as yet, the Premier League interest is there.

In fact, Le10 Sport adds that Barcelona are the ‘most active’ club in the transfer hunt for Sanches. However, their dire financial situation currently means it will be ‘impossible’ for the Spanish giants to sign him.

Meanwhile, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Lille are willing to sell Sanches.

He told his YouTube channel: “He wants to go. I also know that Lille are prepared to sell Renato.”

Sanches has played 59 games for Lille, while earning 30 Portugal caps to date.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Arsenal tried their best to sign Sassuolo and Italy star Manuel Locatelli, but he has chosen to sign for Juventus. (Corrierre dello Sport)

Manchester United have offered Raphael Varane the salary he wants, following Real Madrid’s refusal to match his demands. (ABC)

Meanwhile, Madrid have joined the transfer hunt with several clubs for Sampdoria star Mikkel Damsgaard. (Tuttosport)

Sampdoria have subsequently registered interest in Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie. (Tuttosport)

ATLETICO EYE WOLVES TRANSFER

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Atletico Madrid have identified Wolves’ Rafa Mir as a target, following his successful loan spell at Huesca last season. (AS)

But Los Rojoblancos have knocked back a €34million (£29million) offer from Liverpool for midfielder Saul Niguez. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea are making the most noise over a transfer for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann. (Sport)

FLORENZI HAILS ITALY TOGETHERNESS

Alessandro Florenzi celebrates Italy v England Euro 2020

Alessandro Florenzi hailed Italy’s togetherness as they beat England on penalties in the Euro 2020 final. (RAI Sport)

Federico Bernardeschi also spoke out and was glad to end a “tough” season on a high. (RAI Sport)

Chelsea have no plans to move on exit-linked Italy midfielder Jorginho, who boss Thomas Tuchel ‘cannot do without’. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Napoli have yet to receive a bid from Manchester United for right-back Giovanni di Lorenzo, following reports of Red Devils interest. (CalcioNapoli24)

Tottenham have set a £200million price tag for Harry Kane and have already rejected a bid of £115million. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Martin Odegaard scored as Real Madrid beat Fuenlabrada 3-1 in a friendly match on Sunday. (Marca)

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