Paper Talk: Man Utd have defensive trio in their sights

Date published: Saturday 25th July 2020 9:25 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester United have a goalkeeper, left-back and centre-back in their sights, while Chelsea want a Swiss midfielder as well as Kai Havertz this summer, all in the papers.



Man Utd want to be “kept in the loop” on Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak’s situation, claims The Sun.

Chelsea are also keen on the Slovenia No. 1, who is understood to be open to a new challenge. Boss Frank Lampard is far from happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga, but United are rivalling the Blues with their interest.

They have doubts of their own surrounding David de Gea and are tracking Oblak’s situation.

Oblak’s release clause stands at €120million in Madrid, but Atletico have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and they could be a deal to be done.

Meanwhile, United are also trying to gatecrash Chelsea’s move for left-back Alex Telles.

Lampard’s top target is Ben Chilwell, but Porto star Telles is a cheaper alternative.

Reports from Portugal have pointed Telles towards Stamford Bridge for months, but Record now suggest both Manchester clubs have a chance of signing the 27-year-old.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Milan Skriniar

And finally, Man Utd and Man City are both reportedly keen on Inter defender Milan Skriniar.

The 25-year-old centre-back has become one of Inter’s key men since arriving from Sampdoria and previously the defender has been labelled as non-transferable.

Calciomercato via Tuttosport claim both Manchester clubs are interested in him, as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is privately believed to be looking for a partner for Harry Maguire, publicly he claims United are “fine”.





Arsenal want to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decides to leave the club (Le10sport)

Chelsea are looking at signing Switzerland international Denis Zakaria but will first look at securing Kai Havertz (Express)

Barcelona are ready to sell Brazilian midfielder Rafinha to Inter (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United are interested in signing France and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, 24. (Athletic)

Napoli have agreed an initial £54.6m fee with French club Lille for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 21. (Guardian)

Everton and Leeds United are both keen on Manchester United and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, who has become frustrated in his role as a back-up at Old Trafford. (ESPN)


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been informed by chairman Daniel Levy that he will not have to sell Harry Kane this summer. (Daily Mail)

Brighton have emerged as frontrunners to sign Adam Lallana following the midfielder’s Liverpool exit this weekend. (Telegraph)

Wilfried Zaha has been given the blessing of Crystal Palace to leave this summer if the club receives an acceptable offer for their star player (The Times)

Barcelona are desperate to tie teenage winger Ansu Fati, 17, down to a new deal to ward off interest from Manchester United in their Spain Under-21 international. (Sport)

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King is in discussions with the club to join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff. (Telegraph)

Watford will accelerate their efforts to hire a new head coach after their Premier League fate is decided with Claude Puel, Marcelino, Zlatko Dalic and Nottingham Forest’s Sabri Lamouchi in the running. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are stepping up their interest in Brentford and Algeria forward Said Benrahma, 24. (Times)

Chris Smalling Roma TEAMtalk

Roma have published a picture of loanee Chris Smalling, 30, in their kit for next season and are confident of signing the Manchester United and England defender on a permanent deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United will not extend their current loan agreements with Roma for Smalling or with Inter Milan for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 31, as they want both players to move on permanently. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United have also asked Lille to keep them informed about offers made for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, who is being pursued by Everton, Inter Milan and Napoli. (Daily Record)

Brighton have made an enquiry about 20-year-old Paderborn and Germany Under-21 defender Luca Kilian, who is also on the radar of AC Milan and Freiburg. (Mail)

Gareth Bale TEAMtalk

Real Madrid are hoping to raise around £163m this summer by selling – among others – Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, and Serbian forward Luka Jovic, 22. (Marca)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Chelsea could turn into Premier League title contenders by signing Atletico Madrid and Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 27, this summer. (Telegraph)

Kai Havertz has an agreement in place with Bayer Leverkusen that will enable him to leave the club this summer and join Chelsea (Bild)

Napoli and Marseille are both interested in signing Sassuolo attacking midfielder Jeremie Boga (Le10sport)

Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz is “confident” Chelsea target Kai Havertz will be around for next month’s Europa League campaign. (The Sun)

New Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham has revealed that a conversation with Manchester United target Jadon Sancho helped convince him to snub United and move to Germany. (The Sun)

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