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Euro Paper Talk: Tottenham ponder £70m raid for Champions League star, with two further deals in pipeline; Arsenal have fresh Prem rivals for midfielder

Manuel Ugarte, October 2022

Tottenham eye an exciting Champions League star alongside two other targets, while Arsenal have Premier League rivals for a top midfielder – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Sporting’s breakthrough Champions League star Manuel Ugarte is reportedly a target for Tottenham, who have two other impressive rising stars on their radar.

Spurs enjoyed one of the busiest summer transfer windows in the Premier League, bringing in a host of first-team talent. And boss Antonio Conte has integrated the likes of Ivan Perisic and Richarlison into his team.

Fellow signings Djed Spence and Yves Bissouma are struggling to have the desired impact just yet. And after a poor recent run – hit back at with a 1-0 win over Brighton – Conte has insisted that he needs time to seriously improve Tottenham.

Indeed, he admitted that he needs several transfer windows to get his squad properly competing on all fronts. As such, Record in Portugal claims that Sporting’s Ugarte is an exciting target for Conte.

The 21-year-old defensive midfielder played 39 games in his debut season there last term. He also made four Champions League outings, but he has particularly come to the fore in that competition this campaign instead.

Thus, Sporting want to tie six-cap Uruguay star Ugarte – who will have his eyes on a World Cup spot – down to a new contract.

Those fresh terms are supposedly coming very soon and will increase his release clause from €60million (£52million) to €80million (£70million). Even so, that may not be enough to put Spurs off a 2023 raid, either in January or next summer.

Elsewhere, Tottenham boss Conte reportedly has his eyes on two Serie A targets.

Calciomercato claims he is looking at Roma’s Nicola Zalewski, who Spurs were linked with in the summer.

And Sassuolo’s rising Italy star Davide Frattesi is also still being monitored by Conte and Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici.

Versatile Poland international Zalewski, 20, has played on the left and right flanks for Roma this season, in both attacking and defensive roles.

Frattesi, meanwhile, played for Italy against England in June and has scored three goals in Serie A this term for Sassuolo.


While Arsenal are keen once again on Manuel Locatelli, West Ham have also joined the hunt for the Juventus midfielder. (Il Bianconero)

Manchester United are excited about Alvaro Fernandez’s future at Old Trafford amid the left-back’s impressive form on loan at Preston North End. (AS)

Meanwhile, Man Utd right-back Diogo Dalot is Barcelona’s ‘best-placed’ target in that area, with the Portugal star’s agents aware of the transfer interest. (Sport)

Paris Saint-Germain will revive their transfer interest in Inter defender Milan Skriniar in January. (ESPN)

The French giants are also considering activating the AC Milan release clause for Chelsea target Rafael Leao. (Foot Mercato)


Clubs around Europe, but especially in Serie A, are considering a swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Giovanni Reyna. The USA international would cost around €30million (£26million). (Calciomercato)

AC Milan have suffered a blow for Tuesday’s clash with Chelsea following a muscle injury to Charles de Ketelaere. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG are all keen on Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. What’s more, he would be available for €100million (£87million). (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, the agent of Blues midfielder Jorginho has been in Barcelona, ramping up links with a potential free transfer in 2023. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that Willy Gnonto still needs time to settle in at Leeds United. (Tuttosport)


Roma boss Jose Mourinho says Paulo Dybala is unlikely to play again in 2022 after he sustained an injury taking a winning penalty against Lecce on Sunday. (DAZN)

Uruguay will wait as long as possible to decide Ronald Araujo’s World Cup fate because they are hopeful the Barcelona defender will be fit. (Sport)

Karim Benzema will return to the Real Madrid starting line-up on Tuesday to face Shakhtar Donetsk following muscle fatigue. (Marca)

But Barca boss Xavi says his side have “psychologically dropped off” and need to improve ahead of El Clasico next weekend. (Marca)

Eintracht Frankfurt will demand €20million (£17million) for forward Rafael Borre, who wants a new challenge. The Europa League winner subsequently has interest from two Spanish clubs. (AS)