Paper Talk: Man Utd learn of tempting price drop in Madrid scrap for £45m-rated Argentine

Date published: Sunday 31st May 2020 8:19 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United tussle with Real Madrid for a 12-goal Argentine, while details emerge of Arsenal’s contract talks with David Luiz – all in the latest Paper Talk.



Manchester United are to battle with Real Madrid for the signing of Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, according to reports.

The Argentina international, who has two goals in three games for his country, has also scored 12 for his LaLiga side this term.

Previous reports have suggested Arsenal are keen on the 25-year-old but, according to the Sunday Mirror, it is United and Madrid who will fight for Ocampos’ signature.

The winger has a year left on his contract, which also features a €70million (£63million) release clause.

However, with the prospect of a free transfer next summer edging closer, the newspaper reports that Sevilla are willing to listen of offers of £45million.

Ocampos’ domestic contributions – which include three assists – have helped Sevilla to almost a third of their goals this season.



Arsenal are willing to offer David Luiz a pay cut in a new contract in a bid to keep him at The Emirates (Sunday Telegraph)

Benfica, meanwhile, have insisted that the Brazilian must take a £38,000 per week pay cut if he is to secure his “dream” move (Sunday Mirror)

Wembley has become one of the most likely destinations at which Liverpool‘s Merseyside derby with Everton – as well as their clash with Manchester City – will be played (Sunday Mirror)

Premier League players have been instructed to keep their distance on the pitch “where possible” (Star on Sunday)

Plans are being explored to allow 10,000 fans from each side to attend the FA Cup final on August 1, the first match in England which could feature fans since the global health crisis began (Sunday Mirror)

Every Premier League match is expected to be broadcast on TV next season, as it becomes more likely that the behind-closed-doors model will be in place until 2021 (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham will attempt to sign Willian from Chelsea – but only if Spurs boss Jose Mourinho can offload Erik Lamela first (Star on Sunday)


Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood is targeting an FA Cup and top-four double for the Blades when football resumes (Star on Sunday)

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says there was “no other choice” but for players – who were the last to be consulted about Project Restart – to play again (Mail on Sunday)

Premier League clubs have been told games will still go ahead once the season restarts even if they are down to only 15 fit players (The Observer)

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has linked up with Mikel Arteta’s agent, increasing speculation that he could move to Arsenal (Star on Sunday)

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette is not interested in joining Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez (Sun on Sunday)

Premier League clubs are pushing for the transfer window to be kept open until October to maximise time to do business for players (Sunday Telegraph)

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope says he has ambitions of replacing Jordan Pickford as England’s first-choice goalkeeper (The Observer)

Atletico Madrid and former Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier says Manchester City should expect a backlash from Real Madrid when the second leg of the sides’ Champions League last-16 tie kicks off (Star on Sunday)

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