Manchester United are among four Premier League clubs keeping tabs on a Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder, while Eddie Howe has decided who Newcastle should be chasing to strengthen on the wing – according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.
MAN UTD AMONG SUITORS FOR SALZBURG STAR
Red Bull Salzburg star Oscar Gloukh has become of interest to Man Utd, according to a report naming the other clubs who have him on their radar.
Gloukh only joined Salzburg back in January from Maccabi Tel Aviv in his native Israel. So far for his new club, the attacking midfielder has got two goals and the same number of assists from 17 appearances.
Ready to come up against England for Israel in the under-21 European Championship semi-final on Wednesday, Gloukh could have a future in the Premier League.
According to The Guardian, Man Utd have been keeping track of his development. However, they cannot be considered as favourites for his signature just yet.
That’s because Man City, Tottenham and Arsenal are also aware of Gloukh’s potential. Those three clubs are making checks on the midfielder as well.
Salzburg still have Gloukh under contract until 2027. Interestingly, the report claims he would prefer to join an English or Spanish club than Salzburg’s sister side, RB Leipzig.
In terms of his Spanish suitors, Gloukh has caught the attention of Villarreal and Barcelona. In other territories, he is an option for AC Milan or Monaco.
Shahar Greenberg, who represents Gloukh, has stated: “There has been so much interest in Oscar for the last few months but we will have to wait to discuss any offers with his club.”
Salzburg spent €7m to sign Gloukh to make him part of the squad that conquered the Austrian Bundesliga. After making two appearances for them in the 2022-23 Europa League, he will have Champions League football on offer next season.
The same would be true if he joined Man Utd, City, Arsenal, Barcelona or Milan. However, he presumably wouldn’t have as much prominence at any of those destinations.
It may be in his best interests to continue developing with Salzburg, but if he is successful in doing so, the clubs that admire him are unlikely to lose sight of their potential target.
HOWE HANDPICKS BARNES AS NEWCASTLE TARGET
Newcastle are in the market for a winger, which Eddie Howe thinks should be Harvey Barnes, it has been claimed.
Champions League football will return to St. James’ Park next season. Newcastle will have to strengthen their squad accordingly to prove they belong on that stage.
One of the areas they want to address is on the wing. According to the Daily Telegraph, Howe has chosen Barnes from Leicester as his top target for the left-hand side.
Newcastle were previously trying to take James Maddison from the same club for a more central attacking midfield role. However, Tottenham beat them to that transfer.
Now, the attention has turned to Barnes, who has two years remaining on his contract with Leicester. After their relegation from the Premier League, though, the time could be right for an exit.
The asking price for Barnes remains unclear, but it could be the main factor behind whether or not Newcastle decide to greenlight a bid for the 25-year-old.
Howe is on the lookout for players with proven Premier League quality. With that in mind, Newcastle doubt there would be much risk attached to buying Barnes.
Once again, they may have to compete with Tottenham to sign him. West Ham have also been named as potential takers of the one-time England international.
WOLVES WARM TO THIRD DEFENSIVE SALE
After cashing in on Conor Coady and Nathan Collins, who went to Leicester and Brentford respectively, Wolves are receiving interest in another defender.
Max Kilman is the player in question after recently being linked with Napoli as a potential replacement for Kim Min-jae, who is bound for Bayern Munich.
According to the Daily Mail, Napoli have now submitted a bid for Kilman in the region of £30m. If they can increase it by £5m, Wolves would be ready to accept the offer.
Although it would leave them short at centre-back, the chance to turn a significant profit on a player they picked up from Maidenhead United in non-league for just £40,000 may be too good to turn down.
Maidenhead would be due to benefit further from Kilman’s next move due to a sell-on clause Wolves promised them in 2018.
Kilman – who is under contract at Molineux until 2026, with the option of a further year – isn’t pushing for a move after establishing himself as a key player for Julen Lopetegui’s side. But the opportunity to play in the Champions League could be something to seriously consider.
Wolves have been under pressure to sell players because of Financial Fair Play this summer. After allowing Collins to go to Brentford, it was thought their work would be just about done on that front, but selling Kilman – and replacing him with someone else for a fraction of the fee – would end the concerns once and for all.