Euro Paper Talk: Two Man Utd transfers implode with third deal now in jeopardy; Tottenham lodge cash-plus-player offer

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

A £42m Man Utd signing is in doubt after two potential exits were blocked for wildly contrasting reasons, while Tottenham have lodged a cash-plus-player offer and Leeds Utd’s best players are wanted by two of the biggest clubs around – all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.


Erik ten Hag has blocked a defender exit, though with Harry Maguire also putting his foot down, a £42m move for Kim Min-jae is now in flux.

Additions at Old Trafford are wanted at goalkeeper, centre-half, central midfield and centre-forward this summer. In other words, Man Utd hope to upgrade the entire spine of their team.

A move for Napoli’s Kim Min-jae has been heavily speculated, with Fabrizio Romano recently labelling the South Korean as United’s “main” and “top” defensive target.

The 26-year-old can be signed via a release clause worth around £42m that activates for a two-week period on July 1. It had been anticipated Kim would take Harry Maguire’s place in the squad, with the England international out of favour at present.

Tottenham and Aston Villa had registered interest in Maguire, per the Telegraph and Football Insider respectively. However, according to a fresh update from talkSPORT, Maguire is digging his heels in.

They state Maguire is ‘reluctant’ to leave Man Utd despite the fact he’s no better than fifth choice at present. Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and even left-back Luke Shaw are all favoured at centre-half by Ten Hag.

It’s acknowledged Ten Hag wants to sell Maguire to fund a move for Kim, though Maguire ‘wants to stay at United and fight for his position’.

Maguire is under contract until 2025 and as such, if he refuses to leave, Man Utd cannot force him.

Victor Lindelof going nowhere either

Elsewhere, German outlet BILD report another defensive exit has been derailed, though this time by Ten Hag’s own hand.

Via Sport Witness, it’s revealed Eintracht Frankfurt had lined Lindelof up as their successor to Evan Ndicka who is set to join Roma.

However, Lindelof has earned the trust of Ten Hag who has vetoed the move and told Frankfurt they have ‘no chance’ of signing the Sweden captain.

With Lindelof going nowhere and Maguire determined to stay, a move for Kim Min-jae is now under a cloud.

With an addition at goalkeeper, Mason Mount and an expensive centre-forward all wanted, United may be wise to abandon their plans for a new centre-back for the time being.


Tottenham have offered winger Bryan Gil to Sevilla as part of a cash-plus-player bid for goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. Gil was loaned to Sevilla last season, while Bounou would be the replacement for Hugo Lloris who wants a fresh challenge. The proposal is understood to have been rejected, with Sevilla favouring an outright sale of Bounou. (Vamos Mi Sevilla)

Liverpool have struck a verbal agreement on personal terms with Nice midfielder, Khephren Thuram. The Frenchman is valued at £55m, though a discount can be had if the fee is paid up front and in full. (Football Transfers)

Real Madrid will not pay the type of fee Chelsea are demanding for confirmed target, Kai Havertz. €60m plus add-ons is deemed excessive by the Spanish giant. (Fabrizio Romano)

Bayern Munich have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Konrad Laimer on a free transfer from RB Leipzig. (Bayern Munich)

RB Leipzig have held further talks over the signing of Liverpool attacker Fabio Carvalho. The Reds have already rejected a £10m bid from Leipzig and would greatly prefer a loan rather than outright sale. (Fabrizio Romano)


Impending Liverpool free agent, Naby Keita, will return to Germany after striking a three-year deal to join Werder Bremen. (Fabrizio Romano)

Arsenal and Newcastle, target, Ivan Fresneda, could be announced as a new Borussia Dortmund player very soon with a deal ‘close’. The Real Valladolid right-back, 18, is expected to cost around €20m. (BILD)

Man Utd and Tottenham are both reluctant to meet Brentford’s £40m asking price for David Raya. (Sky Sports News)

AC Milan are weighing up a move for Leicester free agent Youri Tielemans if a deal for Daichi Kamada falls through. An agreement with the Japan international is in place, though is said to be on ‘stand-by’. (Gianluca Di Marzio)


Juventus have made contact over the signing of lively Leeds Utd winger, Willy Gnonto. A move for the Italy international could hinge on whether Federico Chiesa departs. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Leeds Utd winger, Crysencio Summerville, is now a target for Borussia Dortmund as well as Aston Villa and PSV Eindhoven. Dortmund have scouted the player for a ‘long time’ and Leeds’ relegation could embolden them to act. (BILD)

Brighton are ‘keeping tabs’ on Sassuolo midfielder and Man Utd target, Davide Frattesi. The Italian midfielder, 23, is valued around the €30m mark. (Get Italian Football News)

Sergio Ramos has received an offer to join Saudi Arabian side, Al Ahli. The 37-year-old will leave PSG as a free agent on June 30. (Mundo Deportivo)