Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to trigger £77.5m double defensive deal but six will leave as Ten Hag gets tough; Tottenham target 176-goal LaLiga goal machine
Manchester United want to move six players on with Erik ten Hag looking to make two big signings in defence, Tottenham are chasing a prolific Real Betis striker, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Napoli want an Arsenal target.
MAN UTD TO TRIGGER DENZEL DUMFRIES DEAL AS INTER LOWER PRICE
Manchester United are ready to move for Denzel Dumfries this summer amid claims in Italy his asking price has been lowered.
United boss Erik ten Hag is overseeing an excellent campaign to date and they could end their six-year trophy drought this Sunday in the Carabao Cup final.
And with the club also hoping to secure a top-four finish, plans for a title push in 2023/24 are starting to take shape.
To that end, the club are finalising transfer plans for the summer – and it seems the United boss has at least two new defenders on his wishlist.
First up, InterLive claims Ten Hag is pushing ahead with plans to sign Dumfries from Inter,
The Italians rate the Dutchman highly but will be forced to cash in due to financial issues.
They have previously valued the right wing-back at around £44m (€50m).
However, they will struggle to obtain that fee and it’s now claimed their price has been lowered to £35.2m (€40m).
And that is a price they are seemingly willing to pay with Aaron Wan-Bissaka likely to move on as a result.
The £50m man has impressed since coming into the side and will not be short of suitors.
But Ten Hag reportedly sees Dumfries as an upgrade. As such, Wan-Bissaka will be reportedly moved on to finance the Dumfries fee.
Kim Min-Jae next on Man Utd wishlist
Ten Hag is also keen to strengthen his Manchester United central defensive options too.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez appear first choice for the Red Devils. However, the two appear to lack serious competition with left-back Luke Shaw often preferred before club captain Harry Maguire.
Now, according to reports in Italy, United are putting themselves right in the mix to sign Kim Min-jae.
The South Korean has been an absolute rock in the heart of the Napoli defence since replacing Kalidou Koulibaly last summer.
However, a clause in his deal allows him to move abroad for a relatively modest fee of £42.3m (€48m). Ten Hag is keen to exploit that and bring the player to Old Trafford as a result, reports il Correire dello Sport.
Napoli, though, are loathe to let him leave and reportedly seeking to tie him to a new deal. If they do, they plan to raise his exit clause to nearer the €65m mark.
However, until that deal is done, Ten Hag will push to convince him to sign for the Red Devils.
The two deals for Dumfries and Kim will set Manchester United back a combined £77.5m (€88m).
Six to leave Man Utd this summer as Ten Hag gets tough
It promises to be a summer of change at United though.
With a new striker also on their radar, Ten Hag will also get tough and push up to six players out the exit door.
And as well as Wan-Bissaka, Ben Jacobs told TEAMtalk that Maguire, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek will also be allowed to leave.
Loanee Wout Weghorst will also depart this summer after failing to convince Ten Hag he is worthy of a permanent stay.
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TOTTENHAM PLANNING MOVE TO SIGN BORJA IGLESIAS
Tottenham are ready to move for Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias following news he can leave for a fee of around £26.4m (€30m) this summer. The 30-year-old striker has 176 career goals from 412 appearances. (various)
Aston Villa will have to pay £44m (€50m) if they wish to sign Nico Williams from Athletic Bilbao this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Fulham are in the mix to sign FC Nordsjaelland midfielder Jacob Steen Christensen this summer. (Calciomercato)
RB Leipzig are considering a move for Lille forward Jonathan David this summer following the Canadian’s previous links to Manchester United. (Fabrizio Romano)
Leicester City are tracking Juventus defender Gleison Bremer as a replacement for Caglar Soyuncu this summer. (Calciomercato)
Lecce star Morten Hjulmand is emerging as a target for Tottenham following links to Borussia Dortmund, Roma and Southampton. (Calciomercato)
Liverpool are very much in contention to sign Josko Gvardiol amid claims he will leave RB Leipzig for a new record fee for a defender. (Fabrizio Romano)
NAPOLI EYE MOVE FOR ARSENAL TARGET AS REPLACEMENT FOR OSIMHEN
Italian journalist Furio Fedele is urging Napoli to sign Arsenal target Rasmus Hojlund if they sell Victor Osimhen to Man Utd this summer. (Radio TMW)
Juventus also see Hojlund as the perfect heir to Dusan Vlahovic if he decides to leave the club this summer. (Calciomercato)
PSG are offering Zinedine Zidane a £13.2m (€15m) a year package to succeed Christophe Galtier as their new manager. (various)
Xavi insists Lionel Messi is welcome back at Barcelona and there would be a place for him in their side following claims he could leave PSG. (Sport)
Marcel Sabitzer’s agent claims a permanent Manchester United move is on the cards this summer following his solid start at Old Trafford. (Sport 1)
Inter director Beppe Marotta is confident Romelu Lukaku will soon prove his worth as he looks to secure an extended stay. (Sky Italia)
Tottenham are on the brink of agreeing to sign 24-year-old goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce on a free transfer. (Fotospor)
NEW TRANSFER OPTION FOR CHELSEA NEW BOY ANDREY SANTOS
Vasco da Gama are now looking to bring Andrey Santos back from Chelsea on loan after the breakdown of his move to Palmerias. The Brazilian only joined the Blues last month, but cannot move to London after failing to win a work permit. (Globo Esporte)
Joao Cancelo claims his loan move to Bayern Munich is an opportunity he could not refuse after believing he should play more at Manchester City. (O Jogo)
AC Milan will send Sergino Dest back to Barcelona this summer and also plan to cash in on Ante Rebic, Fode Ballo-Toure and Yacine Adli. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Several Serie A sides are keeping tabs on LASK’s Japanese winger Keito Nakamura, who may leave for around £4.4m (€5m) this summer. (Calciomercato)
David Alaba has pulled a hamstring and is already facing up to missing three Real Madrid games, including the El Clasico against Barcelona. (Marca)
Rio Ferdinand reckons Jude Bellingham will pick Real Madrid this summer with Borussia Dortmund also naming their price. (various)
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