Paper Talk: Solskjaer makes £60m LaLiga star top centre-back target

Date published: Sunday 31st January 2021 9:30 - Robert McCarthy

Manchester United are ready to make a move for a £60m-rated LaLiga centre-back, while Arsenal could make a late January swoop for a Crystal Palace defender, all in Sunday’s papers.

UNITED TO MOVE FOR SEVILLA STAR

Manchester United are reportedly hot on the heels of Sevilla’s £60m-rated centre-back Jules Kounde.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the 22-year-old his first-choice summer transfer target, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror.

European heavyweights Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Real Madrid are also chasing the player, while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have tracked the Kounde in the past.

Kounde joined Sevilla from Bordeaux 18 months ago for £22 million. He has since emerged as one the top centre-backs in Spain, with his price nearly tripling in value.

Solskjaer currently has Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe to call on as partners for first choice Harry Maguire.

But finding a partner for the England star has long been one of Solskjaer’s top priorities – and Kounde looks to be the man.

The Red Devils saw first hand just how good Kounde is, when they lost to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals back in August.

He is renowned for his pace and ability to read the game and would, seemingly, be the perfect partner for Maguire.

However, United will have to fork out a substantial sum to beat their European rivals to one of the top prospects in the game.


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ARSENAL MOVE FOR PALACE STAR 

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Arsenal are considering a late move for Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt. (Sunday Mirror)

Sergio Ramos is ready to quit Real Madrid this summer and is targeting a move to Manchester United. He does fancy a move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

Dele Alli’s hopes of forcing through a move to PSG rest on Tottenham’s chances of getting Christian Eriksen back through the door.(Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle have turned down a move by Valencia to take Sean Longstaff on loan with a view to a £15m deal. (Sunday Mirror)

Virgil van Dijk will be back in action for Liverpool this April. However, the Reds will have to wait longer for Joe Gomez’s return. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City will beat Liverpool in the race for Fluminense starlet Kayky. (Daily Star Sunday)

West Ham ace Issa Diop could provide Liverpool with a last-minute solution to their centre-half crisis. (Daily Star Sunday)

WBA GET BENTEKE GREEN LIGHT

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has got the green light from Crystal Palace to close a deal for Christian Benteke. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool and Manchester United have been accused of plotting with FIFA and Real Madrid to ‘destroy’ football. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United star Diogo Dalot is wanted by AC Milan on a permanent deal after an impressive loan spell. (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley’s back-up striker Matej Vydra is wanted by promotion hopefuls Watford and Bournemouth. (Sun on Sunday)

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have pledged to invest money into Wrexham’s team despite having not yet taken over the club. (Sun on Sunday)

Sean Dyche says James Tarkowski will not be sold on the cheap even though Burnley could lose him for nothing in 18 months. (Sun on Sunday)

AND MORE GOSSIP

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Bayern Munich have confirmed they are attempting to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to the signing of Dayot Upamecano. (Sun on Sunday)

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barcelona will sign Eric Garcia for free in the summer – if they do not before the end of the window. (Sun on Sunday)

Danny Rose’s move to Trabzonspor is on the brink of collapse with coronavirus hampering the transfer. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has hit out at PSG’s pursuit of Lionel Messi, referring to their ignorance of Financial Fair Play rules. (Mail on Sunday)

Brazil will spark a major club-versus-country row by calling up all of their Premier League stars for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle United are pushing to convince Arsenal to loan them Joe Willock. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool defender Sepp Van den Berg is wanted on loan by Preston North End. (Mail on Sunday)

David Low insists Peter Lawwell is not the only Celtic board member who should be heading for the exit. That is if the club hope to shift season tickets. (Sunday Mail)

 

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