Tottenham make contact with Manchester United about the uncertain future of a loan star, while Manchester City prepare a massive contract for a striker – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
TOTTENHAM ASK ABOUT SMALLING
Tottenham and Everton have asked about the availability of Roma’s on-loan Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports.
Smalling, who was told he would receive limited game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last summer, has become a fan favourite in Rome after impressing throughout the campaign for the Serie A side.
Various reports over the past few months have claimed that United are open to selling the Englishman for the right price, while the Red Devils could also look to bring him back into the fold next season.
According to Italian outlet Corrierre dello Sport, however, Smalling’s chances of staying at Roma have been complicated by the club’s 2-1 defeat to Atalanta on Saturday, which left Paulo Fonseca’s side six points off the Champions League places.
It is claimed that without top European football next season, it will take more than €40million in total to work through a permanent transfer, which would be too much for a team playing Europa League football.
Amid the uncertainty surrounding Smalling’s future, the source adds that Tottenham and Everton have made contact with United and the defender’s agent about a possible summer move.
It is said that either side could easily guarantee Smalling a higher salary than he would be offered by Roma.
For now, however, Smalling is solely focused on staying in Italy and his preference is a permanent transfer to the Serie A side.
AND THE REST
Manchester City are ready to offer £92million-rated Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez a five-year contract worth between €7million and €8million per season (FCInterNews)
The chance of Pep Guardiola moving to Juventus following City’s European ban should not be dismissed entirely (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Brighton could push through a move for Saint Etienne striker Arnaud Nordin in the coming months (Le10 Sport)
Barcelona have been given 15 days to secure an emergency loan signing to cover for the injury absences of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele (Mundo Deportivo)
The Catalan giants are close to bringing in Getafe forward Angel Rodriguez, who is keen on a move to Quique Setien’s side (Sport)
Leganes hitman Martin Braithwaite is also on Barcelona’s radar as they consider all their options (Mundo Deportivo)
Eden Hazard has revealed his delight at returning to action for Real Madrid after 10 weeks out through injury (Football Espana)
Everton and Rangers sent scouts to Portugal at the weekend to watch Gil Vicente’s 2-1 victory over Vitoria Setubal (A Bola)
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he and former club Napoli are better off following the Italian’s move to the Premier League (Rai Uno)
Lazio defender Luiz Felipe has praised his side’s great performance as they stunned Inter Milan with a 2-1 victory over Antonio Conte’s side (Lazio Style Channel)
Inter full-back Ashley Young has insisted that his side remain in the Serie A title race despite the surprise defeat (Sky Sport Italia)
Juventus medical staff are set to investigate after Miralem Pjanic played just seven minutes against Brescia at the weekend before suffering a recurrence of a previous adductor injury (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juve midfielder Adrien Rabiot does not intend to leave Turin in the summer in the same manner as Emre Can, who also suffered from a lack of game time (Calciomercato)
Schalke head of sports Jochen Schneider has said that he hopes to agree the permanent transfer of Everton‘s Jonjoe Kenny to the Bundesliga club this summer (WAZ)