Paper Talk: Man Utd add Juventus star to three-man centre-back shortlist

Date published: Thursday 13th May 2021 8:35 - Robert McCarthy

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Manchester United have added a Juventus star to a three-man centre-back short-list, while Thursday’s transfer gossip also claims that Tottenham face a major rival to sign Jerome Boateng.

ATALANTA LOAN STAR WANTED BY MAN UTD

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Atalanta centre-half Cristian Romero, with the Argentine on their three-man shortlist this summer.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a successful season on loan at Atalanta from Juventus, with the former set to take up their option to sign him permanently for €25m at the end of current campaign.

However, Metro claims that Atalanta could consider a quick sale for a fee in the region of €40m, with Sky Sports stating that there is firm interest from the Red Devils.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Lille’s Sven Botman are the two other names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of potential defensive signings.

With Edinson Cavani committing himself to another season at Old Trafford, United are set to make the addition of a new partner for Harry Maguire their top priority.

Indeed, former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes strengthening at centre-back is critical for his old side.

Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Leicester on Tuesday night, he told BT Sport:  “I think Manchester United’s prime position for them to strengthen, to really improve and become a team who can compete is centre-back.

“To get a partner for Harry Maguire who you go, actually every week he produces, he’s there.

“At the moment there’s too many players centre-forwards especially who probably are looking when they get in the tunnel and are thinking,

“I’ve got a chance here. I think I can smell a chance.”

TOTTENHAM FACE BOATENG RIVALS

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Monaco have reportedly joined Tottenham in the quest to snap up Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on a free transfer. (The Sun)

Arsenal have been given a boost in their quest to sign Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga in the summer. (The Sun)

Gary Bowyer has agreed a stunning two-year deal to remain as Salford City boss instead of returning to Derby County. (The Sun)

Andreas Pereira has revealed he is willing to leave Manchester United in the summer to join Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht side. (The Sun)

Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill has been promoted to the first-team squad until the end of the season following Andreas Christensen’s injury. (The Sun)

Frank Lampard could be offered a return to Premier League management after emerging as a leading contender to replace Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace. (Daily Telegraph)


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TURKISH DELIGHT FOR CHELSEA STAR 

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Fenerbahce have emerged as favourites for the signature of Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are nearing an agreement with defender Thiago Silva over a new contract, with the Brazil captain wanting to stay for another season. (Daily Star)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu were given reassurances from the hierarchy in a meeting the day after their Europa League exit. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a £68m bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente. (Daily Mirror)

Oliver Kahn, the future CEO of Bayern Munich, has ruled out the club raiding Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for star striker Erling Haaland. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona reportedly made contact with Hansi Flick. However, they were turned down as the outgoing Bayern Munich manager edges closer to winning the Germany job. (Daily Mail)

MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Ian Wright believes Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma should reject Liverpool and join Manchester United this summer. (Metro)

Leicester City will deliver their second defeat over Manchester United in as many days after taking pole position in the race for Grimsby Town starlet Ben Grist. (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola had his Premier League champions back in training just hours after celebrating clinching another title. (Daily Mail)

Francis Jeffers has left his role with Everton U23s to become part of Paul Cook’s coaching staff at Ipswich Town. (Daily Mail)

Frontrunner Eddie Howe has agreed to become the new Celtic manager, according to reports. (Daily Record)

Steven Gerrard has urged his players to finish the job and become Ibrox invincibles. (Scottish Sun)

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