Paper Talk: Man Utd in shock talks to sign £25m Tottenham midfielder

Date published: Saturday 5th June 2021 9:19 - Robert McCarthy

Harry Winks; Pierre Emile Hojbjerg Tottenham TEAMtalk

Man Utd are in talks to land a Tottenham midfielder in a surprising summer swoop, while PSG are ready to hijack Barcelona’s move for a Liverpool star, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.

UNITED IN SHOCK MIDFIELDER TALKS

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keen on bringing Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks to Old Trafford this summer with talks already underway.

The Red Devils are looking to build on a second-placed Premier League finish this season and are expected to make several signings.

The addition of Edinson Cavani for another campaign means the need for a new central striker is not as pressing. However, United continue to be linked with the likes of Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.

Signing a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire still appears to be the top focus. Raphael Varane, Pau Torres and Atalanta loanee Cristian Romero are the main options in that department.

However, it would appear that Solskjaer wants more numbers in his midfield engine room.

Stretty News, as cited by the Daily Express, claims that United officials are big admirers of Spurs man Winks.

The 25-year-old struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho after midfield destroyer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined last summer.

The England midfielder started just nine league games, two of which came in the final few games when Ryan Mason was in interim charge.

Spurs open to Winks sale

Despite the fact that Tottenham are still waiting to appoint a new manager, the report adds they are willing to listen to offers.

It’s stated that they would be prepared to do business at £25million, although United may have to offload one or two first.

Solskjaer has plenty of numbers in his midfield, with Paul Pogba continually linked with an exit while Donny van de Beek struggled massively during his first season at Old Trafford.

Both players could well leave this summer, with Pogba still a target for Real Madrid, while Van de Beek has been told he is more suited to Liverpool.

The report adds that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish also remains a target. However, the England playmaker would likely cost three times more than Winks.


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PSG TO HIJACK BARCA WIJNALDUM MOVE

Georginio Wijnaldum, emotional Liverpool farewell

Paris St-Germain are attempting to hijack Barcelona’s bid to sign 30-year-old Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. (ESPN)

Mike Ashley believes he is about to be given the green light to finally complete his £300m sale of Newcastle. (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho has backed Harry Kane to use his Tottenham trophy drought to fire him up for the Euros. (The Sun)

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has revealed his parents talked him out of moving abroad when he was 14. (The Sun)

Chelsea will seek clarity on N’Golo Kante’s future as a matter of urgency with a view to handing him an extension. (Daily Mail)

Leicester, Wolfsburg and Lyon are among the clubs interested in Bournemouth’s key forward Arnaut Danjuma following their failure to secure a Premier League return. (Daily Mail)

Everton’s players were in “complete shock” when they found out manager Carlo Ancelotti was returning to Real Madrid. It has left Richarlison and James Rodriguez both considering their future at the club. (The Athletic)

MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Arsenal are set to focus on the signing of Norwich midfielder Emi Buendia. That is due to the fact that a permanent move for Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard looks unlikely. (The Times)

Liverpool are confident Trent Alexander-Arnold will be fit in the time to start pre-season training on July 12. (Daily Mirror)

Former Man Utd and City striker Carlos Tevez is set to announce that he is quitting Boca Juniors. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona legend Xavi has rejected a job offer from the Brazil national team amid continuing rumours that he could return to the Nou Camp as manager. (Daily Mirror)

The Copa America plunged into further problems as several of Brazil’s Europe-based stars debated whether or not to play in the tournament that kicks off on 13 June. (Daily Star)

Steve Clarke admits England can win Euro 2020 and if he doesn’t lead Scotland to glory this summer, it wouldn’t bother him if they did. (Daily Record)

Clarke will have his big guns back for the final Euros tune-up clash with Luxembourg, but John Fleck could be stuck on his balcony in Spain when Scotland jet back to the UK. (Daily Record)

Jose Mourinho believes Steve Clarke can lead Scotland through the Euro 2020 group stages and into the history books. (Scottish Sun)

Motherwell have offered Kyle Lafferty the chance to stay in the Premiership. (Scottish Sun)

 

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