Paper Talk: Man Utd make contact with Dembele alternative

Date published: Friday 15th May 2020 8:00

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Manchester United are chasing a striker from the Bundesliga, Chelsea could use Jorginho in a swap deal and Liverpool are interested in a Premier League number nine, all in the papers.



Manchester United have opened talks over a possible deal to sign Alassane Plea from Borussia Monchengladbach, claims a report.

Sky Deutschland claims that United chief Ed Woodward has made contact with the player’s representatives to test the water on a potential move to Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old has directly contributed to 15 goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring eight times himself and creating seven more and his form has alerted several clubs across Europe.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also thought to be interested in the forward.

Plea is contracted to Monchengladbach until 2023, with the German outfit valuing the ace at around £21m.

German outlet, via the Daily Starreported last month that United had turned their interest to Plea.

The report stated that the former Nice forward was “among a group of strikers to be examined” for the 2020-21 campaign with one of those believed to be Moussa Dembele.

Now though Sky in Germany have backed up those claims regarding Plea, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks for a striker for next season.


Chelsea could look to sell loan players  Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata in order to fund a potential move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho (Daily Express)

Chelsea are eager to sign Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic from under Barcelona’s noses are could offer Jorginho in a swap deal (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Liverpool have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez (Don Balon)


Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer could be one of the consequences of coronavirus on Spanish football (Daily Mail)

David Silva’s contract with Manchester City is due to end on 30 June but the Spaniard, 34, is willing to extend it until the end of the campaign, his last with the club. (Times)

Belgian side Club Brugge have had a £3million bid for Queens Park Rangers forward Bright Osayi-Samuel rejected (Sky Sports)

Manchester United have been scouting Schalke’s Wales winger Rabbi Matondo and could make a move for the 19-year-old if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho, 20. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea target Dries Mertens is looking to stay in Serie A if his Napoli contract runs out, with Inter Milan also interested in the 33-year-old Belgium forward. (Mail)

Wolves have lined up a bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha after ordering Morgan Gibbs-White to remain at home after breaching lockdown rules (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 31, has advised 19-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland – who has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid – to continue his development at Borussia Dortmund. (Metro)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho’s agent says he has not held talks with any clubs about the 27-year-old Barcelona player, who is on loan at Bayern Munich. (Talksport)

Newcastle are preparing a bid of £26m for Juventus ace Adrien Rabiot (Express)

Southampton’s English striker Che Adams is set to be made available in the summer for £10m or less – despite Championship side Leeds United agreeing a £19m fee for the 23-year-old in January before changing their mind. (Football Insider)

Manchester United’s 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes, whose deal with the club runs out this summer, has not signed a new contract because of doubts over breaking into the first team and the club targeting similar aged players. (Manchester Evening News)

Leeds United could make a move for TottenhamHotspur and Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22, if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Football Insider)

Serie A giants Roma have contacted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss a possible takeover of the club (Daily Star)


Leeds United are confident that they are able to re-sign Ben White following fresh transfer talks (Daily Star)

Willian’s future is in an awkward ‘position’ amid a potential switch from Chelsea to Arsenal (Daily Star)

LaLiga clubs are preparing to cut their wage bills by 30 per cent for next season as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez could be allowed to leave Real Madrid for free. (Daily Mail)

Premier League officials are in a race against time with their plans to get Project Restart underway left in limbo. . (Daily Mail)

Manchester United scout Piotr Sadowski believes players from Eastern European clubs are more likely to be targeted by wealthier teams in the upcoming window due to their cheaper market value (Daily Mail)




Plans to restart Scottish football in regional hubs dotted around the country have been discussed by the SFA and SPFL Joint Response Group (Daily Mail)

Bundesliga stars have been warned that catching coronavirus could cause ‘irreversible’ and ‘career-ending’ lung damage by a top sports doctor ahead of the league’s return this weekend (Daily Mail)

Paul Pogba and some of his Manchester United team-mates stepped up their training regime – by training at a local cricket club in Cheshire on Thursday afternoon (Daily Mail)

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber feels vindicated by his opposition to completing the Premier League season at neutral venues after revealing a majority of clubs backed his stance (Daily Mail)

The £300m takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi-led consortium should be scrutinised by the government amid concerns over broadcast piracy, a Conservative MP has said (Daily Mail)


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