Euro Paper Talk: Edu talks for Uruguayan winger confirmed as double Arsenal raid on South America nears; Tottenham name huge price for Liverpool, Real Madrid target

Facundo Torres, Uruguay, Copa America 2021 - Group A - Bolivia v Uruguay - Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba, Brazil Credit: Alamy
Facundo Torres, Uruguay, Copa America 2021 - Group A - Bolivia v Uruguay - Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba, Brazil Credit: Alamy

Arsenal are nearing two raids on South America ahead of the January window, with a Uruguayan winger first through the door, Tottenham have set a lofty price on a star man amid links to Liverpool and Real Madrid, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims an agent is pushing a Man Utd star towards Barcelona.

EDU IN TALKS OVER WINGER DEAL FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal are stepping up the chase to bring Orlando City winger Facundo Torres to Emirates Stadium, according to reports.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to add more options to his wide attacking areas having allowed Nicolas Pepe to depart over the summer. And while the Frenchman is only on loan at Nice, he looks unlikely to play any future role for the Gunners.

As such, Arteta is looking into alternative wingers to strengthen his squad. And the likes of Cody Gakpo and Mykhaylo Mudryk are two big name stars that the Gunners are looking at.

However, Gakpo is reportedly favouring a move to Manchester United. And Shakhtar’s £45m asking price for Mudryk looks too prohibitive for Arsenal.

Instead, they are reportedly sounding out 10-cap Uruguay star Torres instead.

The 22-year-old only moved to the MLS side for a £7m deal last January, but has quickly had a major impact. Indeed, he has 13 goals and 10 assists from 40 appearances so far.

Now Arsenal are keen to strike a deal with Orlando before the World Cup with the Gunners fearing some big displays in Qatar will alert others to him.

Now the winger’s agent, Edgardo Lasalvia, has revealed to ESPN he is holding talks with London-based agent Toni Lima, to broker a deal with Edu and Arsenal.

Arsenal want to add Danilo to Facundo Torres signing

By multiple sources, Arsenal will have around £50m to spend in the January window.

And as well as a new winger, Arteta also wants to strengthen his central midfield options.

As such, the Gunners boss is also reportedly stepping up his interest in Palmeiras star Danilo.

The midfielder is emerging as Arteta’s No 1 midfield target in the new year amid claims he can leave the Brazilian side.

Indeed, as per journalist Ekrem Konor, Arsenal scouts were again in attendance recently to watch Danilo in action.

And The Sun reports that Edu believes he can get a deal done for around £26m.

And with Torres likely to cost a similar amount, the duo will cost a combined £52m which is just within their budget.

Edu believes the South American market represents excellent value for money, having also brought in Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos in recent times.

TOTTENHAM STICK LOFTY FEE ON SON HEUNG-MIN

Tottenham are setting a minimum £60.2m (€70m) asking price for Son Heung-min amid links with Real Madrid and Liverpool. (Fijachés)

Leeds United target Noah Okafor admits playing in the Premier League attracts him – but the RB Salzburg striker has also spoken of Milan’s rich history. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United are stepping up their chase for Jeremie Frimpong with Erik ten Hag determined to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Football Transfers)

Diogo Dalot’s agent Jorge Mendes is pushing for his client to move to Barcelona in the summer, with the Blaugrana desperate to sign a quality new right-back. (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus are ‘gathering information’ on N’Golo Kante and are ready to offer him a route out of Chelsea in 2023. (Ignazio Genuardi)

Liverpool are looking into a 2023 deal for Torino centre-back Perr Schuurs after deciding he’s the man to replace Virgil van Dijk in the long term. (Tuttomercatoweb)

MARCO ASENSIO TURNS BACK ON MAN UTD, NEWCASTLE

Marco Asensio is ready to wreck Man Utd and Newcastle plans to lure him to England by closing in on a new deal with Real Madrid. (Marca)

Real Madrid have taken a step nearer the signing of Jude Bellingham by promising to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £85m (€100m) asking price. He will take one of their non-EU places with Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Vinicius Junior all recently gaining European citizenship. (Fijachés)

Former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has described Charles de Ketelaere as a ‘confused boy’ who looks ‘scared to play’. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Leeds Utd reportedly close to bringing in Paco Gallardo as a new coach to aid Jesse Marsch. The 42-year-old has accepted a role after talks with Victor Orta and will work across the first team, U21s and youth team. (Mucho Deporte)

Besiktas coach Senol Gunes claims Dele Alli is performing “below expectations” for his club while on loan from Everton. (Fanatik)

Southampton youngster Romeo Lavia ‘stands a good chance’ of making Belgium’s World Cup squad, claims Philippe Albert. (Voetbal Nieuws)

Barcelona are reportedly turning their attention towards Mikel Arteta with Xavi under increasing pressure at Camp Nou. (Sport)

BARCELONA TO DECIDE BETWEEN MESSI AND BERNARDO SILVA

Everton are reportedly set to recall Jarrad Branthwaite from his loan spell at PSV following an impressive run of form. (Voetbal Internacional)

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi is chasing a deal to sign Mykola Matviyenko, 26. The Ukrainian defender will reportedly cost around £17.2m with the Seagulls looking to prise him from Shakhtar Donetsk. (The Athletic)

Barcelona will move for either Bernardo Silva or Lionel Messi next summer with the club ready to decide between the pair. (Sport)

Bernardo Silva during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester Credit: Alamy
Bernardo Silva during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester Credit: Alamy

Juventus plan to push through the permanent signing of Moise Kean in 2023 following his return to form. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Robert Lewandowki insists he remains happy at Barcelona despite the club’s failure to reach the Champions League knockout stages. (La Vanguardia)

Manchester City are growing fearful that Ilkay Gundogan will leave next summer amid claims Barcelona are plotting his signature. (various)

Jurgen Klopp continues to look to Konrad Laimer as a possible solution to Liverpool’s midfield issues ahead of the January window. (Sky Deutchsland)

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