Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd ramp up La Liga swap talks, with Ten Hag chasing dream scenario; Chelsea man eyes Serie A

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Sergino Dest, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres of Barcelona, March 2022 Credit: PA Images
Sergino Dest, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres of Barcelona, March 2022 Credit: PA Images

Manchester United are advancing towards a dream swap deal with Barcelona for Erik ten Hag, while a Chelsea star is eyeing a Serie A move – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United are reportedly ramping up talks with Barcelona over a swap deal involving Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Sergino Dest.

A new right-back has proved among the top priorities for new United boss Erik ten Hag, but a deal has had to wait. The Old Trafford club have instead focused on Ajax winger Antony, who is now close to joining.

A right full-back and goalkeeper are the Dutch manager’s new priorities with the transfer window closing on Thursday.

Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard and Inter’s Denzel Dumfries have come and gone as Man Utd right-back targets.

According to Sport, though, a deal with Barca for Dest could happen before the deadline – because the La Liga side want a new player in that area too.

Barcelona boss Xavi – who reportedly does not want Dest – tried extensively this summer to sign Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spaniard, though, chose to renew his Stamford Bridge contract.

Nevertheless, with Man Utd looking to shift Wan-Bissaka for a new right-back, he and Dest could swap places. The Spanish outlet claims the deal could be a ‘pure exchange’ without anything added in.

Barca and United are subsequently ‘intensifying’ contacts over an arrangement. The development comes after talk of a loan deal for Dest amid Barca’s €20million (£17million) price tag.


Dest starred for Ten Hag while the pair were at Ajax together, so the Dutchman wants a reunion with the American.

Ten Hag has already signed a new left-back in Tyrell Malacia and wants a new signing on the opposite flank to challenge Diogo Dalot.

Wan-Bissaka moved to Old Trafford in 2019 from Crystal Palace and impressed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure. However, he has played just five minutes of Premier League football under Ten Hag.

Xavi, meanwhile, has played Sergi Roberto, new signing Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo at right-back. Barca have also played a back three this term. Dest, though, has only featured for 10 minutes this term.


Ethan Ampadu could soon sign for Serie A side Spezia on loan with an option to buy from Chelsea after plenty of interest in the Wales defender. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Sergio Reguilon will likely arrive in Spain on Monday to complete a loan move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid. The deal will come following Nottingham Forest’s capture of Renan Lodi from Atletico. (Marca)

Atletico boss Diego Simeone has no concerns about the fact that Reguilon developed in Real Madrid’s academy, citing Juanfran and Marcos Llorente as previous players who have successfully crossed the divide. (Mundo Deportivo)

Nicolas Pepe has faced criticism from Nice boss Lucian Favre, who said the new loan signing is “lacking rhythm” and must pull his weight in defending. (Goal)

PSV Eindhoven manager Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted he is unsure about signing a Cody Gakpo replacement. Man Utd are keen on the winger but have yet to make a concrete move. (Brabants Dagblad)


Juventus are considering an offer for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz if a move for PSG’s Leandro Paredes falls through. (Sky Italy)

Wolves will hold further talks over Sasa Kalajdzic on Monday in which they hope to make a new offer for the Stuttgart striker. Stuttgart have so far rejected €15million (£12.8million) with Wolves still keen. (Sky Germany)

Indeed, Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat has called on Wolves to “deliver or don’t” over Kalajdzic’s fee. (DAZN)

Sporting president Frederico Varandas is still refusing to rule out a move for Man Utd forward Cristiano Ronaldo. That is despite talk of the transfer being quashed so far this summer. ( Correio da Manha)

Fulham are close to signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa for a deal totalling €9million (£7.6million) with bonuses. (ParisFans)


Sampdoria technical director Carlo Osti wants Harry Winks’ move from Tottenham to be processed “as soon as possible” following an “agreement” being struck with Spurs. (SampNews24)

Everton target Adnan Januzaj has received an approach from Serie B side Venezia. Although, the former Premier League man is holding out for a Toffees offer. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Edinson Cavani is closing in on a move to Valencia and has agreed a two-year deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona boss Xavi labelled Robert Lewandowski “spectacular” after his two goals helped his side to a 4-0 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday. (Marca)

Schalke centre-back Malick Thiaw is undergoing an AC Milan medical on Monday ahead of a switch to the Serie A champions. (Football Italia)

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