Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd tipped to land right-back upgrade for bargain £27m; agent coy on summer move for top Arsenal midfield target
Manchester United are ready to move for a new right-back target in the summer, especially after learning the Bundesliga star can leave for just £27million, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk has an update from the agent of Arsenal midfielder target Moises Caicedo.
UNITED CONSIDERING SWOOP FOR BAYERN ACE
Manchester United could sign Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard for just £26.8m this summer, according to reports on Friday.
Pavard’s current contract with the Bundesliga giants will expire in 2024 and he is reportedly keen on leaving the club at end of the season following the arrival of Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo.
The 26-year-old has regularly been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena. And now reports suggest Bayern were looking to offload him in January, only for a proposed switch to Inter Milan to fall through.
Sport 1 reports that the German side are happy to sell, if an offer of £26.8m is submitted. That figure appears to be more than acceptable for a player of Pavard’s proven quality.
And The Sun states that at that price, United are keen to strike a deal in the coming months.
The Red Devils will face competition for his signature though, with Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Milan also expected to bid for the defender.
Sport 1 adds that Pavard’s preferred choice is Barca. However, United are expected to be able to offer a significantly better financial package than the Catalan giants.
Ten Hag wants stronger competition for places
Erik ten Hag wants to bolster his right-back position to provide competition to Diogo Dalot. That’s despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka showing the sort of form in recent weeks that prompted United to spend £50m on him.
However, there is still a feeling that Ten Hag wants more attacking quality from his full-backs, which is a weakness in Wan-Bissaka’s game.
Inter star Denzel Dumfries was known to be a January target but now Pavard has very much emerged on the scene, especially at that price point.
The former Stuttgart star has made 143 appearances for Bayern Munich, with 20 goal contributions in that time.
And, despite falling out of favour with Julian Nagelsmann for game time, he has still made 24 appearances and provided four assists this season.
CAICEDO AGENT VAGUE OVER SUMMER EXIT
Moises Caicedo’s agent has admitted he does not know what will happen in the future after seeing the Arsenal target denied a move away from Brighton in the January transfer window. (Marca90Ec)
Manchester United and PSG will be expected to pay a transfer fee of at least €100 million if they are to win the race for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in the summer. (ESPN)
Real Madrid ar refusing to make bigger contract offers to trio Mariano Diaz, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Diaz is expected to leave, while Kroos and Modric are set to pen one-year extensions. (Cadena SER)
Barcelona are racing to renew the contract of highly-rated youngster Lamine Yamal. (MD)
Leicester target Jeremie Boga ‘never had the idea of leaving’ Atalanta, with a January deal for the Foxes not as close as media were reporting. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
France striker Olivier Giroud is expected to extend his contract at AC Milan by an additional year until 2024. (Sky Sport Italia)
The president of Turkish club Konyaspor has revealed that they are in talks with free agent playmaker Isco, who has also been linked with Everton. (Diario AS)
MFO’s Managing Director Carmine Villani, who was involved in Investcorp’s talks to acquire Milan in 2022, now reveals the Rossoneri would have had a €300m-400m transfer budget if the Bahrain-based fund had closed the deal. (Football Italia)
Sevilla have bid farewell to former Manchester United and Real Sociedad winger Adnan Januzaj just five months after he joined the club. The attacker has joined Istanbul Basaksehir on loan for the rest of the season. (Football Espana)
Anderlecht CEO of Sports Jesper Fredberg has insisted that it was they who got rid of Wolves loanee Fabio Silva last month because “his profile no longer corresponded”. (Het Laatste Nieuws)