Paper Talk: Man Utd stunned as ambitious Prem rivals prepare bid for major target

Date published: Tuesday 23rd March 2021 8:27 - Samuel Bannister

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Manchester United face competition for a top centre-back, while there is mixed news for Chelsea in Tuesday’s transfer gossip.

KOULIBALY BECOMES TOP EVERTON TARGET

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti wants a reunion with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is also wanted by Manchester United.

That’s according to Football Insider, who claim that a top centre-back is Ancelotti’s priority this summer. Koulibaly certainly fits that description, as he is widely touted as one of the best in his position in the world.

The Senegal international has excelled with Napoli over the past seven seasons. At the age of 29, he is still in the prime of his career.

Koulibaly has often been linked with Man Utd, who are also in the hunt for a new centre-back of the highest quality. However, it seems they could face a surprise threat from Everton.

Ancelotti worked with Koulibaly during his stint as Napoli head coach, and naturally had a big role for the former Metz man.

Now, the Italian coach believes he needs a world-class centre-back to elevate Everton further up the table. Koulibaly is well on his mind.

Napoli still have a high asking price for their star man, but Ancelotti has been reassured by Everton’s owners that he will have funds to spend in the transfer market.

Therefore, Koulibaly has emerged as their top target, and a transfer battle with United could ensue.

The centre-back remains under contract in Naples until 2023, but his market value could start dropping soon.


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CHELSEA HAVE MIXED DEFENDER NEWS

Thiago Silva is ready to sign a one-year contract extension with Chelsea. (Daily Express)

But David Alaba has turned down Chelsea and PSG, preferring to hold out for Barcelona or Real Madrid. (Sky Germany)

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all keen on RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka. (Salzburger Nachrichten)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would be open to taking the same role with former club PSG one day. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are in a five-way battle to sign Groningen full-back Gabriel Gudmundsson. (Calciomercato)

TOTTENHAM IDENTIFY THREE KEEPER TARGETS

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Tottenham have a three-man shortlist of English goalkeepers they could sign to replace Hugo Lloris. Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone are all options. (The Sun)

Liverpool have joined the race for former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (Calciomercato)

But Barcelona have denied claims they have reached a pre-contract agreement with Georginio Wijnaldum, the man Ramsey would replace at Anfield. (Mundo Deportivo)

Man Utd football director John Murtough wants Erling Haaland to be their next centre-forward. (Daily Express)

United could offer Donny van de Beek to Borussia Dortmund to facilitate the deal. (90min)

LIVERPOOL MAN WANTED IN ITALY

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Liverpool striker Divock Origi is on the radar of Inter Milan, who want more depth up front. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal think Martin Odegaard would consider staying with them beyond this season. (The Times)

Ben Chilwell is looking forward to fighting for his place at left-back with Luke Shaw for England. (The Guardian)

Man City are considering Southampton striker Danny Ings as a potential successor to Sergio Aguero. (Sky Sports)


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AND MORE GOSSIP

Steve Bruce will give his Newcastle players six days off during the international break. (Daily Mail)

Wolves are keen on Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, but would not pay his £62m release clause. (Football Insider)

Galatasaray have made an offer to Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt as he prepares to become a free agent. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will listen to offers for striker Wesley this summer. (Football Insider)

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow could pledge his international future to Wales after being overlooked by England. (The Sun)

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