Manchester United have their sights on a replacement for Paul Pogba next summer and have lodged a contract offer, while Tottenham are moving closer to a deal for a Roma midfielder, all in Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
GORETZKA CONTRACT OFFER
Manchester United have submitted a contract offer to Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, claims a report.
The Germany international is out of contract next summer and United are well aware of his situation.
And German outlet Bild have claimed that United have tabled a contract offer to the 26-year-old, who made three appearances at Euro 2020, scoring once.
Bayern want to keep the midfielder but contract talks have not gathered much pace.
An offer of €10m to €12m has been made to the player from Bayern, but Goretzka wants parity with Leroy Sane.
According to Bild, Goretzka wants a €20m-a-year-package to match the former Man City star’s contract.
Goretzka does have a track record of allowing his contract to run down. He joined the Bundesliga giants on a free transfer from Schalke in 2018. And if he fails to pen a new deal in Bavaria he could sign on a pre-contract agreement in January.
Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lining up the Germany star to replace Paul Pogba is as yet unclear. Pogba though will also be out of contract next summer and there has been no sign of a new deal at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are closely monitoring the situation of Goretzka too.
PELLGRINI DECISION TIME FOR SPURS
Tottenham’s interest in Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini is confirmed and they are “fast approaching”, but not keen on meeting the midfielder’s €30m release clause “which will expire in 10 days”. (Calciomercato)
Leeds are interested in Swedish midfielder Jens Cajuste from FC Midtjylland. He didn’t play in the 1-1 Champions League qualification game against Celtic amid talk of a deal. (Aftonbladet)
Inter Milan are of the belief that Milan Skriniar’s chances of leaving the club for Tottenham are ‘limited’. (Calciomercato)
Manchester City are ready to make a move to sign Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski. (La Repubblica)
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wants Antoine Griezmann to be successful at Barcelona, amid negotiations that Griezmann could return to Atletico in a swap deal that would see Saul Niguez join Barca. (ESPN)
Man Utd’s Andreas Pereira spent the last season on loan at Lazio and he fancies a permanent move there. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly decided to stay at Juventus for the 2021-22 campaign. (Gazzette dello Sport)
GIL DEAL CLOSE
Tottenham have entered talks with Sevilla to sign Spanish midfielder Bryan Gil. Spurs have made a €25m offer plus variables and included Erik Lamela. Sergio Reguilon has already given his seal of approval for Gil’s arrival at Tottenham by liking Romano’s Insta post. (COPE radio, Fabrizio Romano)
Chelsea are reportedly ready to launch a “fantasy offer” for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland (Jan Age Fjortoft).
Napoli and Chelsea are still in talks for Emerson Palmieri with the Italy international reportedly informing the Blues he wants to leave. (Calciomercato)
President Nicolas Holveck says Rennes are “open” to discussing a deal to offload Manchester United target Eduardo Camavinga. (ESPN)
Arsenal are ready to move for Barcelona goalkeeper Neto. (Mundo Deportivo)
AOUAR VALUATION ON THE RISE
Lyon have increased their valuation of Houssem Aouar to €30-€35m ahead of a potential battle for the midfielder. Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked. (Le10sport)
Juventus have set a £35m valuation on defender Merih Demiral. (Goal)
Juventus are ready to re-sign Giorgio Chiellini. (Calcio Mercato)
AC Milan will make a fresh bid to bring in Man Utd’s Diogo Dalot on a loan-to-buy deal – but improving the loan fee. (Fabrizio Romano)