Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd chief pulls Ten Hag in over striker sensation chance, with agent steering £100m swap; Chelsea near £12.6m deal

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Erik ten Hag, Man Utd August 2022 Credit: PA Images
Erik ten Hag, Man Utd August 2022 Credit: PA Images

Manchester United could yet swap Cristiano Ronaldo for a younger goalscoring star, with Chelsea close to a midfield signing – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United could swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in a complex but fruitful operation in the next week, a report has claimed.

With less than seven days to go in the summer transfer window, one of the big focuses at Old Trafford is what will happen up front. Ajax star Antony is the top target amid claims of an £84million valuation.

Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo is also on United’s radar. As for outgoings, Ronaldo is the big name on that front. The 37-year-old reportedly wants out but has so far struggled to find a suitor.

Although, Ronaldo could yet get his wish as Napoli have emerged as a potential next club. According to Gianluca di Marzio, Ronaldo‘s agent, Jorge Mendes, initially spoke with the Serie A club at the start of August.

Contacts have since resumed – but Tuttosport claims that they have now gone to the next level. Indeed, Mendes has floated the idea of prolific Nigerian striker Osimhen going the other way.


Man Utd technical director Darren Fletcher has got wind of the developments and told manager Erik Ten Hag he could get an instant and long-term replacement for Ronaldo.

But 23-year-old Osimhen, who has scored 30 goals in 64 games for Napoli, will not come cheap. The Serie A club are demanding £100million, which could be paid in instalments.

Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, is also involved. He has explained the operation to his client and believes it ‘should lead’ the striker to sign for United.

But Osimhen himself has reservations, given he would be swapping the Champions League for the Europa League at Old Trafford.

As for Ronaldo, Tuttosport adds that he would move on a season-long loan to Napoli – in which United would pay 75 per cent of his wages – before deciding his future once again. Napoli would reportedly refuse the idea of United including Ronaldo in an Osimhen deal to lower the 23-year-old’s fee.


Chelsea are close to signing Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, 19, after offering his £12.6million buy-out clause. (Gianluca di Marzio / RB Sport)

Thomas Tuchel has asked the Blues to make one final effort to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. An agreement is close and Barcelona in fact feel confident of moving the striker on. (Mundo Deportivo / Sport)

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti has declared that Liverpool, Ajax and Rangers will not be “happy” at drawing his side in the Champions League group stages. (Football Italia)

Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi is a PSV Eindhoven target following Noni Madueke’s ankle injury. Should Cody Gakpo also leave, PSV would seek a second attacking signing. (Voetbal International)

Nottingham Forest want Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid, but after learning of the La Liga side’s €40million (£34million) valuation, they are eyeing a loan deal with an option to buy. (Mundo Deportivo)


Spaniard Marco Asensio faces a crunch final week of the transfer window amid expectations about a lack of Real Madrid game time with the World Cup on the horizon. (Mundo Deportivo)

Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has refused to rule out a deal for Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar. (L’Equipe)

Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone is close to a move to Serie B side Como 1907. (Sky Italy)

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag has requested to sign Barcelona forward Memphis Depay. (Sport)

Man Utd are working on a deal for Antony, but Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has insisted that he is “counting” on the Brazilian to stay. (De Telegraaf)


Antoine Griezmann “cannot leave” Atletico Madrid this summer, according to club president Enrique Cerezo. (Football Espana)

But Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez is a target for Jose Mourinho and Roma following Georginio Wijnaldum’s leg injury. (Mundo Deportivo)

Meanwhile, Roma are close to signing Italian striker Andrea Belotti on a three-year contract. (Calciomercato)

Everton are closing in on the signing of Brighton striker Neal Maupay despite initial Fulham interest. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Tottenham have been tipped as the ideal next destination for Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech instead of Ajax. (Vandaag Inside)

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