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Euro Paper Talk: Juventus icon and classy Sporting star in line for huge double Tottenham move as Conte looks to take club to next level

Manuel Ugarte, Sporting Lisbon midfielder, during a Champions League press conference

Tottenham are putting plans in place for a sensational double January swoop, Man Utd are favourites to bring in a £113m-rated Atletico Madrid star, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Newcastle are leading the chase for a three-times Champions League winner.

LEONARDO BONUCCI TIPPED FOR JANUARY MOVE TO TOTTENHAM

Tottenham are ready to move for Juventus captain Leonardo Bonucci in January amid claims he is free to leave the Bianconeri.

The Juventus icon, who is closing in on a half-century of games for the club, has been earmarked to leave as part of their cost-cutting exercises.

Bonucci is reportedly earning £198,000 a week with Juve and the club are willing to let him leave for a lowly sum.

And according to Calciomercato, Spurs are giving serious thoughts to bringing him to north London.

The 35-year-old is well known to several figures at Tottenham already. Indeed, Cristian Romero, Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur all know the 118-cap Italy star well from their time in Turin. And he has also, of course, played under Antonio Conte and director Fabio Paratici before.

And Conte believes Bonucci’s experience can prove vital for Spurs over the second half of the campaign. They are well placed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. And they also have ambitions of challenging for the title. As things stand, Spurs are four points off leaders Arsenal, having taken a club-record 23 points from their opening 10 Premier League matches.

Conte also ready to make Manuel Ugarte swoop

Tottenham are also in contact with Manuel Ugarte as they ponder a huge January swoop for the Sporting Lisbon star.

The Uruguayan midfielder has caught the eye with some superb performances in the Champions League, playing the full 90 minutes in their recent 2-0 win over Spurs.

Indeed, he has very much become a regular in their side following Matheus Nunes’ switch to Wolves over the summer.

Now Jornal de Noticias claims Spurs are in contact with the player as they ponder a January swoop.

Any deal, though, for the midfielder will not come cheap.

His current deal with Sporting ties him to the club until summer 2026 and contains in it a £52.1m (€60m) release clause. However, Sporting are reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with the player that would see that release clause climbing to £65.5m (€80m).

Nonetheless, Sporting would not stand in his way were a giant offer to arrive. And the report claims Conte wants to act quickly to land the 21-year-old, amid claims PSG are also plotting a move.

JOAO FELIX DESPERATE TO LEAVE AMID MAN UTD RUMOURS

Man Utd are favourites to sign Joao Felix amid claims he is desperate to leave Atletico Madrid in the January window. (A Bola)

Newcastle are reportedly leading AC Milan in the race to sign Marco Asensio from AC Milan in the January window. (Calciomercato)

Diogo Dalot is leaning towards staying at Man Utd despite five clubs – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, and Roma – all keen on his signing. (various)

Atletico Madrid are planning to challenge Chelsea for the signing of Brighton winger Leandro Trossard. (various)

Newcastle are reportedly quoting £100m for Bruno Guimaraes, amid links to Real Madrid in recent days. (AS)

Frenkie De Jong has hit out at claims he’s Barcelona’s highest earner and believes there was a campaign aimed at pushing him out towards Man Utd. (Ziggo Sport)

PSG KEEN ON DEAL FOR ARSENAL STAR WILLIAM SALIBA

PSG are keeping tabs on William Saliba ahead of a possible future blockbuster move for the Arsenal defender. (CBS)

Genk striker Paul Onuachu claims he was the subject of transfer attention from Wolves this summer. (various)

Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, has played down the prospects of Liverpool launching a move to sign De Jong in 2023. (Caught Offside)

Albert Sambi Lokonga is unhappy at his lack of minutes for Belgium, taking a public swipe at Roberto Martinez. (HLN)

Jordi Cruyff is adamant Barcelona have unfinished business in the transfer market and are ready to be active again in 2023. (Mundo Deportivo)

Kylian Mbappe insists he is happy at PSG and is as surprised as anyone at recent stories claiming he is looking to leave for Liverpool or Real Madrid in January. (RMC Sport)

LIVERPOOL READY NEW APPROACH ON BENFICA FOR FLORENTINO

Florentino Luis, Dolev Haziza September 2022

Liverpool are reportedly plotting another big-money move on Benfica to sign midfield star Florentino. (O Jogo)

PSG will target a move for Inter Milan forward Lisandro Martinez in 2023 amid doubts over Mbappe and Lionel Messi. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Paul Pogba’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, claims he decided to re-join Juventus in April with his Man Utd deal nearing its conclusion. (Tuttosport)

AC Milan are pondering a move to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea in January. (Calciomercato)

Pascal Struijk insists he is loving life at Leeds and is eager to sign a new deal to stay. (Voetbalzone)

Chelsea may miss out on Christopher Nkunku with Liverpool reportedly planning an 11th hour steal for the RB Leipzig star. (various)