Euro Paper Talk: Triple deal on for Man Utd with Brazilian defender heading €75m coup

Denis Bouanga, Gabriel Magalhaes

Manchester United are planning to sign a new defender, a midfielder and an attacker in a triple coup, while Arsenal are closing on the surprise signing of a Barcelona star, according to Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.



Manchester United are reportedly closing on three quickfire additions this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his squad.

The Red Devils secured Champions League qualification on Sunday after a 2-0 win at Leicester and following a great run of form.

Now Solskjaer plans to improve his squad ahead of their return to the top table of European football – and Ed Woodward has quickly got to work.

As per Foot Mercato, United are prepared to hijack Napoli’s €30m move for Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Brazilian defender was set to move to the Serie A side as part of a double €80m raid that included Victor Osimhen. But United are said said to have matched Lille’s €30m asking price in a bid to bring the 22-year-old to Old Trafford.

Solskjaer was keen on Inter’s Milan Skriniar. But their determination not to sell for less than €75m has put United off – and a swoop for Gabriel makes far more sense.

While only their Plan B, it’s claimed Solskjaer sees the Sao Paulo born star as the perfect partner to Harry Maguire.

Reports in Spain, meanwhile, claim United are also rumoured to be on the verge of clinching a deal for James Rodriguez.

The Colombian has been linked with United for some time, but looks finally set to leave Real Madrid after a disappointing season.

He has featured in just eight LaLiga games this season and recently hit out at Zinedine Zidane’s broken promises.


Available for just €25m, the Colombian would be a big upgrade on Jesse Lingard, who looks likely to move on for a similar fee.



United are also in for young English forward Marcus Edwards, who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes.

Edwards started at Tottenham, but moved to Portugal last summer for a nominal fee.

The sale was, however, sweetened by Spurs who negotiated a 50% fee of any future transfer.

After scoring eight times in 33 games, O Jogo claims the 21-year-old has been the subject of a €20m offer from United.

Deals for all three, should they come off, will set United back €75m, but will offer their squad serious depth.


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Arturo Vidal, Jordi Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti

Arsenal have leapt to the front of the queue to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan. The player was hesitant at first but appears ready to sign with no other suitor making bids. Talks between his agent Kia Joorabchian and Mikel Arteta have already been held. (Sport)

Barcelona will fast track a new long-term contract for teenage star Ansu Fati this summer. Man Utd were reported to be keen, but his new deal will see his exit clause raised to €300m. (Sport)

Vedat Muriqi is still wanted by Tottenham and has been told by Fenerbahce he can leave if a €20m asking price is met. West Brom are also keen following their promotion. (Sabah)

Barcelona are determined to get their hands on Eric Garcia this summer and are preparing a big-money bid to tempt Man City to sell. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea have lodged an official €30m bid to Gefate for left-back Marc Cucurella. (Mundo Deportivo)

Southampton are closing in on a €12m deal for long-term target Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid. (Marca)

Juventus will try to negotiate an early contract termination by mutual consent for Sami Khedira. (Calciomercato)

Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign Ismael Bennacer – and could use Jorginho in a straight swap for the AC Milan star. (Calciomercato)



Edinson Cavani

Leeds United’s hopes of signing Edinson Cavani appear to be over after the striker closed in on a lucrative move to Benfica. (Fijaches)

Getafe are reportedly set to raid neighbours Real Madrid for squad pair Borja Mayoral and Brahim Diaz. (AS)

Sevilla are reportedly considering a summer move for Besiktas winger Can Kahveci. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan will tie Sebastiano Esposito to a new contract and loan the striker to Torino or Parma next season. (Sky Italia)

Toni Kroos has urged Gareth Bale to hold talks with Real Madrid after suggesting the situation is a distraction. (Marca)

Manchester United were interested in Kai Havertz in January, but the move was blocked by Ed Woodward over the €100m asking price. (various)

Sampdoria boss Eusebio Di Francesco has rejected the chance to take over the managerial vacancy at Alaves. (Football Italia)

Juventus are close to agreeing a contract extension with Argentina forward Paulo Dybala. (Goal)

Barcelona are planning a surprise move to sign Manchester United flop Diogo Dalot this summer. (ESPN)

Lazio will stand by their €80m asking price for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. (La Repubblica)