Paper Talk: Solskjaer bids on striker as midfield pair head for Man Utd exits

Arkadiusz Milik, Andrea Belotti

Manchester United are set to bid on a striker as insurance for Jadon Sancho, as two midfielders prepare to leave, while Leeds are closing on a two exciting signings, according to Monday’s paper gossip.



Manchester United will this week make a firm bid to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.

The Poland striker is being chased by Tottenham, but reports in Italy, via The Sun, claim it is United now leading the charge.

They claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Milik as his No 1 target for the window should efforts to prise Jadon Sancho fail.

United are preparing a final £90m bid to prise Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this week. However, should their offer fall flat, it’s claimed Milik is very much their back-up plan.

As such, talks have been held with Napoli to set the ball rolling over a potential deal.

The 26-year-old has scored 48 goals in 122 appearances for Gil Azzurri. But he has been left out of their squad so far this season as they look to move him on.

Milik is most comfortable playing as a central striker, but can operate on the right side of attack.

Solskjaer is determined to strengthen his attacking options after ruling out defensive reinforcements before the window shuts.

Speaking after the win at Brighton, Solskjaer said: “We’ve got many defenders here and I put Eric [Bailly] on to bolster the defence.

“For me, we’ve got enough good centre-backs here at the moment.”


United, meanwhile, could boost their coffers with the sale of two midfield stars seemingly not in Solskjaer’s thinking.

As per The Sun, Lazio are in talks with United over a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira.

However, during negotiations, the name of Juan Mata also came up. Reports suggest the pair could both be offloaded to the Italians were an acceptable bid come along. 



Leeds United are targeting Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell after being priced out of a deal for Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul. (The Sun)

Leeds are also in talks with Bayern Munich over a deal for Michael Cuisance, having made an opening bid of €20m. (various)

Aston Villa are keen to sign Copenhagen’s Victor Nelsson in a £9m deal. (The Sun)

Daniel Sturridge is keeping fit ahead of his next career move by training at non-league side Kidsgrove Athletic. (The Sun)

Houssem Aouar has confirmed that discussions are ongoing between Arsenal and Lyon over a potential transfer. (Daily Express)

Manchester United have made contact with N’Golo Kante about a move from Chelsea. Any deal is dependent on the 29-year-old taking a big cut on his £300,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mirror)



Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara and Alisson are battling to be fit for Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal after the pair suffered injuries. (Daily Mirror)

Mikel Arteta has had to ditch the ‘ Arsenal way’ at times already in his tenure with results top of his agenda. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will loan out goalkeeping flop Loris Karius for a second time after failing to attract any permanent buyers. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have assured their fans they are ready to take major safety steps to get supporters back into stadiums. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United were forced to pay €5m to Sporting Lisbon after Bruno Fernandes’ last-gasp penalty won the points for the Red Devils against Brighton. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have agreed a €71m (£64.8m) deal with Benfica for Portugal centre-half Ruben Dias. (Daily Telegraph)



Joshua King

Josh King is on Tottenham’s radar as they look to step up their search for a striker ahead of the summer transfer deadline. (Daily Telegraph)

Talk of Premier League clubs bailing out Championship clubs has raised eyebrows among some top-flight chairmen. That’s after clubs in the second tier have been rejecting offers for players that would boost their incomes. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon has been on the wanted list of Premier League clubs. However, his lucrative contract in China has made it almost impossible for him to return to England. (Daily Telegraph)

Brazilian centre-back Igor Julio has been tracked by Premier League clubs after impressing for Fiorentina last season. (Daily Telegraph)

England manager Gareth Southgate will send No 2 Steve Holland to make another check on Jack Grealish at Craven Cottage. (Daily Telegraph)



Serge Aurier

AC Milan remain in talks with Tottenham for Serge Aurier and have enquired about Norwich City right-back Max Aarons. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are pushing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea. He is also wanted by Southampton and West Ham. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United have opened talks with FC Utrecht over an £8m deal for winger Gyrano Kerk. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are considering making an improved bid for Houssem Aouar after Lyon claimed their initial offer was too low. (Daily Mail)

Jurgen Klopp is satisfied with Liverpool’s central defensive options and won’t be active in the final week of the transfer window. (The Guardian)