Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd look to beat Arsenal to star striker who is Ten Hag back-up target

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Victor Osimhen, Torino v Napoli April 2022 Credit: PA Images
Victor Osimhen, Torino v Napoli April 2022 Credit: PA Images

Manchester United have made their mark in the battle with Arsenal for a star striker, while Leeds have fresh Takumi Minamino transfer rivals – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYEING OSIMHEN DEAL

Manchester United have submitted the ‘most important’ proposal for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to a report.

Of all the areas that United need to look at and add signings in this summer, their attack is a major priority. Cristiano Ronaldo has been their star man this season, but at 37 they cannot rely on him forever.

And while he could stay for another season or more, there is already a space to fill in the squad due to Edinson Cavani’s departure.

Reports have claimed that Nigeria international Osimhen is a firm target for Man Utd.

Arsenal have had the strongest links to the Napoli star so far. In fact, the Gunners have reportedly had a €90million bid rejected by the Serie A club as they also chase a new goalscorer.

However, the latest from La Repubblica is that United’s proposal is the ‘most important’ so far.

The report does not mention the specifics of the Red Devils’ approach but says that it is a serious one at that.

Osimhen scored 14 goals in 27 Serie A games this season as Napoli finished third in the table. Overall, he has netted 28 goals in 62 games for the club following his move from Lille.

However, he is new United manager Erik ten Hag’s back-up target. Indeed, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is reportedly the dream addition for the Dutchman as he settles in at Old Trafford.

As for Osimhen, AC Milan are a third club keeping an eye on the 23-year-old’s situation ahead of a potential raid.

They won the Serie A title on Sunday and want to keep strengthening the team.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Takumi Minamino, Southampton v Liverpool May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Takumi Minamino, Southampton v Liverpool May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Lazio have emerged as a contender alongside Leeds United for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino after surveying the Japan international. (La Lazio Siamo Noi)

Barcelona are aware that a deal for Raphinha will be more expensive following Leeds’ Premier League survival on Sunday. (Sport)

On-loan Tottenham goalkeeper has said that he would like to stay at Spurs but is also happy to return to Serie A. (DAZN)

Barcelona have made a bid worth €32million to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. (Kicker)

The Poland international’s preference is a move to Camp Nou, but Bayern are insisting that Lewandowski has one year left on his contract. (TVP Sport)

Meanwhile, Barcelona have decided not to pay their €30million option to buy Adama Traore from Wolves. (Fabrizio Romano)

AC MILAN CLINCH SERIE A TITLE

Davide Calabria, Sassuolo v AC Milan May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Davide Calabria, Sassuolo v AC Milan May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Davide Calabria has said that AC Milan’s “fantastic” Serie A title is a “reward” for their hard work and sacrifices throughout the season. (DAZN)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said “many were laughing” when he claimed he would bring Milan “back to the top” and is subsequently revelling in the club’s success. (Football Italia)

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi has insisted that he feels “great pride” in his side’s second-placed finish, despite narrowly losing out to their city rivals. (Football Italia)

Tottenham are monitoring a potential raid for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski. (Alfredo Pedulla)

Atletico Madrid wanted to sign Boubacar Karama, following Aston Villa’s capture of the Marseille midfielder. (Football Espana)

EURO PAPER TALK – WEST HAM WANT NAYEF AGUERD

Moussa Dembele, Nayef Aguerd Credit: PA Images
Moussa Dembele, Nayef Aguerd Credit: PA Images

Real Madrid have made AC Milan’s Rafael Leao a striker target following the failure to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. (Marca)

Cristiano Ronaldo is also a target for a return to Los Blancos amid doubt over his Man Utd future. (AS)

Eduardo Camavinga has revealed a desire to “play more” at Madrid but is confident further chances will come. (Telefoot)

West Ham are still thinking of signing Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd after having a January bid rejected. (L’Equipe)

Lucas Torreira has confirmed that he wants to stay at Fiorentina following his loan spell this season. However, his agent has revealed the finer details of why a move has fallen through. (FiorentinaNews)

 

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