Euro Paper Talk: Antonio Conte plots stunning £83m double Tottenham swoop to completely transform one position; Man Utd ace a ‘priority’ for PSG
Tottenham are keen to revamp a position entirely and want to sign two stars in an impressive £83million double deal, a Manchester United attacker has become a transfer ‘priority’ for Paris Saint-Germain, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Chelsea are leading Real Madrid in the race for a World Cup player.
ANTONIO CONTE EYES SPURS MOVE FOR DUO
Tottenham are getting to work on the double capture of two Serie A stars and have now found out it will take £83.2m to sign them both, according to reports.
Conte is currently preparing his side for their return to action after the World Cup. After friendlies against Motherwell and Nice, their Premier League campaign gets back up and running on Boxing Day with a trip to fellow London side Brentford.
The next few weeks will be hugely important for Tottenham in their quest to maintain a top-four spot and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
However, Conte will also have one eye on the January transfer window, which opens soon.
Tottenham have a few exits to sort out. Bryan Gil is picking up interest from Sevilla and could join the Spanish outfit on loan.
Spurs must also find a solution for midfielder Harry Winks. His Sampdoria loan could be terminated early, meaning Spurs will need to land him a new club. This is because he has little chance of making it into Conte’s squad.
More importantly for Spurs fans, club chiefs are looking at bringing in several new players this winter. And the possibility of an exciting double deal has now opened up.
Conte is asking Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sign two new centre-backs, in order to completely transform the position. Atalanta wonderkid Giorgio Scalvini and Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni are the players who could arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Serie A starlet on Tottenham radar
Scalvini, 19, is one of the most exciting young players in Italy. According to recent reports though, Spurs will need to fend off Inter Milan to capture him.
Bastoni is currently at Inter. And the Nerazzurri have sent him a contract offer to try and keep his potential suitors at bay.
This hasn’t put Spurs off, however, and they are attempting to sign him in January before he agrees a new Inter deal.
Conte’s side have discovered how much it will cost to bring both players to the Prem. According to Italian source Inter Live, Spurs will need to spend €40m on Scalvini and €55m on Bastoni, bringing the price of the double move to €95m. That works out at £83.2m currently.
The report predicts Spurs will go on the ‘attack’ for both players in January. However, there is one crucial factor which will impact whether they end up at Spurs.
That is the conclusion of Conte’s contract extension talks. If he commits his future to Spurs, then Scalvini and Bastoni will be convinced to join, and Levy will be happy to spend over £83m on them.
But if Conte refuses to pen a new deal, then there is little point in Scalvini and Bastoni going to Spurs. After all, a different manager could then arrive at the club and play a new system which doesn’t suit them.
And for Levy, there would be no point in parting with £83m to sign two players Conte wants if he isn’t going to stick around and help develop them.
It could be a big few months if Conte agrees a new deal, as this would see Spurs go on the offensive and attempt to bring in both Scalvini and Bastoni.
MAN UTD STAR WANTED BY PSG
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is a transfer ‘priority’ for PSG. That is despite the Red Devils triggering a 12-month extension in Rashford’s contract on Tuesday. (Media Foot)
PSG also hope to sign Marco Asensio from Real Madrid at the end of the season. He can move for free as his Real contract will expire in June. (Media Foot)
Barcelona are preparing to rival Leeds for the signing of Standard Liege talent Nicolas Raskin. (Mundo Deportivo)
There haven’t been any discussions for Naby Keita to leave Liverpool in January, while Roberto Firmino’s contract talks at Anfield are yet to reach an advanced stage. (Fabrizio Romano)
Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Real Betis all want to land World Cup winner and former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi. (A Bola)
Wolves have ‘always been first choice’ for Matheus Cunha as his transfer from Atletico Madrid nears completion. (Estadio Deportivo)
CHELSEA BEATING REAL MADRID IN DEFENDER HUNT
Chelsea are ahead of Real Madrid in the pursuit of RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol, following his top-class World Cup performances. (Marca)
Leicester are facing competition from Marseille for Atalanta and Ivory Coast winger Jeremie Boga. (Foot Mercato)
Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have emerged as rivals for Man Utd in the chase for goalkeeper Yann Sommer. (Sky Sport Italia)
But, in a boost for Erik ten Hag, Sommer’s ‘dream’ is to play in England with Man Utd. (Bild)
PSG have expressed an interest in snapping up Liverpool target Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. (RMC Sport)
Morocco World Cup heroes Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi both want to leave Angers in January. (L’Equipe)
EVERTON ‘SERIOUS’ ABOUT SERIE A RAID
Everton are ‘serious’ about signing left-back Fabiano Parisi from Empoli, though Napoli and Juventus are on his trail too. (Pianeta Empoli)
Southampton were willing to pay €32m (£28m) on Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo in the summer. (Voetbal International)
Carlo Nicolini, deputy sporting director at Shakhtar Donetsk, says he ‘cannot deny’ Arsenal’s interest in signing Mykhaylo Mudryk. (Calciomercato)
Turkish club Adana Demirspor want Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko. The 28-year-old is currently on loan at AC Milan. (various)
Dusan Vlahovic’s agent is not ruling out a possible transfer for the striker, amid links with Man Utd and Arsenal. (Corriere Dello Sport)
Meanwhile, Spurs have decided on their preferred successor to Hugo Lloris in goal, as per reports.