Euro Paper Talk: Tottenham make European giants sweat with ‘real talks’ for Prem-pushing star; Key Chelsea deal questioned

Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier, Belgium warm-up June 2021

Tottenham are putting a European giant under pressure with their interest in a versatile star, while a Chelsea deal is brought into question – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Tottenham are in concrete talks with Atletico Madrid over a deal for Yannick Carrasco and the La Liga side are concerned for his future, reports say.

Spurs have looked for a while like being done in the summer transfer market. After seven signings, many of those have impressed and helped the north London club remain unbeaten after four Premier League games.

But talk of wing-back signings has failed to stop throughout the past few weeks. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte brought in and then loaned out Destiny Udogie as his third addition in that area.

Before that, Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence both signed and have featured this term.

However, reports on Tuesday talked of Conte’s interest in Belgium international Carrasco, who can play as a wing-back.

And the latest from transfer journalist Sacha Tavolieri is that the 28-year-old wants ‘to discover’ the Premier League. Tavolieri adds that there are ‘real talks’ ongoing between Spurs and Atletico.

That is despite concerns for Tottenham about reaching Carrasco‘s £51.2million release clause. Although, the claims on Tuesday said that Tottenham could get a deal for ‘far less’.


Meanwhile, Marca reports that ‘concern is inevitable’ at Atletico, who seemingly want to shut themselves off from any more transfer activity and hope their key player is still with them.

Boss Diego Simeone said of Carrasco’s future: “You cannot imagine it. It is normal that for all the coaches, except for two or three clubs to which this does not usually happen, the rest of us are in a last-minute situation that something could happen that the clubs understand is important to do.

“We are workers of the club, we are not the owners, and we are waiting for them to finish. Hopefully we can finish [with] those of us who are here today.”

Carrasco has only made one La Liga start for Atletico in the early stages of this season, instead making two substitute appearances. Atletico could let him go to allow for breathing room on La Liga’s salary cap.


RB Leipzig have submitted an offer for Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou Diallo. A Premier League move could be on the cards for the Frenchman, but Leipzig are “pushing” for him. (Fabrizio Romano)

The Bundesliga side’s interest in Diallo comes following Chelsea’s reported £77million swoop for Josko Gvardiol. However, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff “assumes” that Gvardiol will stay. (Bild)

Borussia Dortmund are more likely to lose one of their centre-backs. Indeed, Manchester City are closing on the €18million (£15.4million) signing of Manuel Akanji. (Tuttomercatoweb)

But long-term Liverpool target Jude Bellingham has “absolutely no interest” in leaving Dortmund this summer, sporting director Sebastian Kehl has claimed. (Sky Germany)

Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro has backed Napoli and Manchester United to resurrect talks over a Cristiano Ronaldo, Victor Osimhen swap deal. (Corriere dello Sport)


Leicester are trying to sign Atalanta’s former Chelsea forward Jeremie Boga before Thursday’s transfer deadline. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Juventus have reached a full agreement with PSG to sign Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Everton are keen on Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze. While the Nigeria international has a £68.5million release clause, Unai Emery’s side could negotiate that fee. (El Larguero)

Anwar El Ghazi has passed his medical and agreed a three-year deal to leave Aston Villa for PSV Eindhoven. (Voetbal International)

Roma have joined Leeds and Everton in the hunt for Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan. (MBC News)


Nottingham Forest have offered a contract to Real Madrid’s versatile Spaniard Alvaro Odriozola. However, Fiorentina – his loan club last season – also want him. (Marca)

Tottenham are unsure whether to let young midfielder Pepe Matar Sarr leave for Cremonese on loan because of Rodrigo Bentancur’s injury. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Man Utd are still open to Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Brandon Williams all leaving this summer. (ESPN)

Everton target Adnan Januzaj is in Seville to complete a move to Sevilla following the expiry of his Real Sociedad contract. (Football Espana)

Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has insisted that his side will not be signing Inter defender Robin Gosens. (Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger)