Paper Talk: Man Utd favourites to land Austrian goal-getter with exit fee set to skyrocket; Spurs make Alli demand

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2021 8:37

Christoph Baumgartner

Manchester United are eyeing a summer move for a dazzling European attacker, while Spurs make a demand over Dele Alli’s exit – both in the latest Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYE AUSTRIAN MIDFIELDER

Manchester United are favourites among ‘several’ Premier League clubs to land Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner, according to a report.

The 21-year-old signed his first professional deal with the Bundesliga side in January 2019 and has since found stellar form, providing both goals and assists.

The Sun claims that United have tracked the Austrian for some time. What’s more, Old Trafford chiefs feel that this summer is the perfect time to bolster their attacking options with his signing.

The Red Devils are eyeing a bid once the season is over, but are expecting ‘tough negotiations’.

Baumgartner’s exit fee currently stands at £16million. However, given his recent form that will skyrocket. Indeed, the fact that his contract only runs out in 2023 will also protect his value.

Hoffenheim have a knack of allowing top players to leave for decent money. They collected £29million for Liverpool-bound Roberto Firmino in 2015, while Newcastle paid £40million for Joelinton.

In any case, United still remain in pole position ahead of some of their Premier League rivals, which the report does not name.

Baumgartner has been hailed as one of his country’s ‘biggest talents’. The attacking midfielder made his international debut in September and has scored two goals in four appearances.

Meanwhile, he has netted three goals and laid on five others in 17 Bundesliga appearances this term. That figure translates to five strikes and seven assists in all competitions.

Last season, he directly contributed to 14 goals across all outings.


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AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli sat out training on Monday and Tuesday as a loan to Paris Saint-Germain edges closer. (Daily Telegraph)

Talks between the two clubs are progressing, but Spurs want a replacement in before Alli departs. (The Guardian)

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Zirkzee would prefer a move to Everton than to Parma, who are also keen. (The Times)

Newcastle are losing their battle to sign Jesse Lingard on loan, but are in a good position to move for Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury. (Daily Telegraph)

The Foxes, meanwhile, are plotting a third bid for Burnley defender James Tarkowski. (Daily Mirror)

SOLSKJAER OUTLINES DIALLO PLAN

Amad Diallo

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined why Amad Diallo is on a “different” pathway to Facundo Pellistri. (Daily Mail)

Indeed, Pellistri is likely to leave on loan before Monday’s deadline, with Club Bruges and Alaves keen. (Goal)

Meanwhile, former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has hinted at a return to the Gunners under Mikel Arteta. (Daily Mirror)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has warned Liverpool to stay calm amid their recent poor form. (Daily Mirror)

BATTLE ON FOR BENTEKE

West Brom are keen on signing Christian Benteke in their bid to stave off Premier League relegation. (Sky Sports)

However, Crystal Palace are considering offering their Belgian striker a new contract in response. (Daily Mail)

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is likely to make a remarkable return from his skull injury before the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

TUCHEL TASKS BECOME CLEAR

Thomas Tuchel Chelsea - graphic by PA Sport

One of Thomas Tuchel’s top priorities at Chelsea is to convince N’Golo Kante of his future at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Telegraph)

However, the German manager sees Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham as key components in his team. (Daily Mail)

The Football Association expect to have a list of candidates for their chairman’s role by the end of the week. (Daily Mail)

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