Euro Paper Talk: Paratici prioritises £40m Roma raid as Gareth Bale ruins Tottenham plan
Tottenham are putting their focus on Nicolo Zaniolo following a rejection from Gareth Bale, Arsenal are lurking for a new winger, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a Liverpool exit has been agreed for an attacker.
ZANIOLO THE TOP SUMMER TARGET FOR TOTTENHAM
Tottenham director Fabio Paratici is turning his attention towards Nicolo Zaniolo, with the Roma winger now seen as a priority signing.
Antonio Conte is slowly turning Spurs around and they are very much in the fight for a Champions League return. Given he has only made two signngs since taking the helm, that would represent a huge achievement for Tottenham.
Thoughts are, of course, quickly turning though to the summer market. Conte has plans to strengthen his defence, midfield and attack. And it seems he’s already set his sights on his next defender, with a powerful Brazilian in mind.
Dejan Kulusevski is also expected to sign permanently this summer having impressed while on loan.
But Conte wants another option in attack and is reportedly charging Paratici with sealing the signing of Zaniolo.
The 22-year-old’s contract at Roma expires in summer 2024 and he, understandably, is seeking a hefty pay-rise. As per reports, he wants a deal worth £95,000 a week.
Roma have no intention of going that high – and according to Calciomercato, that will let in his suitors to make a summer swoop.
As such, they will look to achieve the best possible price for the player this summer.
And Tottenham are reportedly willing to not only meet his wage demands, but also pay Roma £40m for his services.
Spurs face Gareth Bale disappointment
Conte is turning to Zaniolo after seemingly suffering disappointment over Gareth Bale.
Tottenham target Nicolò Zaniolo after Bale snub
Tottenham Hotspur are targeting Nicolò Zaniolo after being snubbed by former player Gareth Bale
The Wales winger is reportedly on Spurs’ radar as they look to sign him for a third time. To that end, it’s claimed Bale will choose between Tottenham and hometown club Cardiff.
However, El Chiringuito claims Bale has made the shock decision to stay in Spain once his Real Madrid deal ends.
His family are very settled in the Spanish capital and prefer to stay out there.
As such, they claim the winger is looking to make a free-transfer move within LaLiga. Both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are reportedly considering moves.
ORIGI AGREES DEAL TO JOIN MILAN
Divock Origi has an agreement in place to join AC Milan with the Belgian’s transfer away from Liverpool just awaiting official confirmation. (Corriere dello Sport)
Arsenal’s interest in signing PSV winger Cody Gakpo this summer is genuine after they watched the winger scoring the winner in the Dutch cup final. (De Telegraaf)
Manchester United have a solid interest in Christopher Nkunku but look unlikely to move for him unless they secure Champions League football. (SportsBILD)
Atletico Madrid are readying a huge offer to tempt Arsenal into the sale of William Saliba without him even kicking a ball for the club. (L’Equipe)
Manchester City are in talks to sign Rafael Leao to play alongside Erling Haaland next season and are willing to pay the AC Milan man around £90,000 a week. (Nicolo Schira)
CITY FACE BERNARDO SILVA APPROACH
PSG will target a blockbusting move for Bernardo Silva as key signing this summer. (Fijachés)
Tottenham are unlikely to rekindle their interest in Leandro Parades, with the midfielder seen as too similar to January recruit Rodrigo Bentancur. (L’Equipe)
Juventus are the outsiders among PSG and Real Madrid for the free-transfer signing of Paul Pogba this summer. (Sportmediaset)
Brighton star Marc Cucurella insists he is happy at the club and believes his first season in the Premier League counts as a success. (Getafe)
Arsenal are leading the chase for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio following claims he will leave Real Madrid this summer. (Calciomercato)
Borussia Dortmund are closing on the signing of Liverpool target Karim Adeyemi in a £35m deal. (Sky Deutschland)
Aaron Ramsey’s loan move to Rangers will not become permanent this summer with the midfielder likely to return to Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
PSG are looking to offload Argentina duo Mauro Icardi and Leandro Paredes this summer. (Hadrien Grenier)
Tottenham are leading the chase for Gleison Bremer, though reportedly face paying Torino a £41.5m fee. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Gian Piero Gasperini admits Atalanta are in freefall and must now focus on ending the season with ‘dignity’ ahead of a summer rebuild. (DAZN)
Joao Felix’s season is over after the Portuguese star picked up an injury during Atletico Madrid’s clash with Espanyol. (Marca)
Orlando City striker Alexander Pato claims he is ready to re-sign for AC Milan if Paolo Maldini gives him the nod. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
RB Leipzig are placing a £54m asking price on the head of Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal target Christopher Nkunku this summer. (Bild)
Liverpool are reportedly looking to add Serge Gnabry to their stable of elite forwards with the Bayern Munich winger considering a move. (Sport 1)