Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd prepare ‘record-breaking offer’ for Frankfurt striker with No 9 shirt already reserved; double Leeds exit with Inter Milan, Aston Villa to pounce
Manchester United are preparing a huge offer for a French striker with Frankfurt ready to sell, Leeds could lose a rejuvenated star to Inter Milan and a midfielder to Aston Villa, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Arsenal links to a Real Madrid have been dashed.
TEN HAG GREEN LIGHT TO SIGN KOLO MUANI FOR MAN UTD
Erik ten Hag is preparing a mega offer to lure Randal Kolo Muani to Manchester United after deciding he is the striker he wants to sign this summer.
The Red Devils are in the market for a new centre forward this summer with a flurry of names on their wishlist. Indeed, Harry Kane, Goncalo Ramos, Dusan Vlahovic and Victor Osimhen are the four names most commonly linked.
However, deals for the quartet remain difficult, with negotiations over both Kane and Osimhen seen as hugely problematic.
As an alternative, Ten Hag is now turning seriously to Kolo Muani, if reports in Germany are accurate.
Per Bild, Manchester United are preparing a mega offer for the 24-year-old forward. He only moved to Eintracht Frankfurt last summer in a move from Nantes.
However, he has very quickly adapted to his new surroundings and is enjoying a brilliant season. Indeed, as it stands, he has 16 goals and 14 assists from 34 matches in all competitions so far.
Per the reports, Frankurt are willing to sell if United make a mammoth proposal. And they report an offer of £105.2m (€120m) will convince them to sell with the Bundeslia side ready to ‘let the striker go’.
It’s claimed Kolo Muani will also inherit the No 9 shirt at Man Utd currently worn by Anthony Martial, with the French forward certain to depart.
United want De Jong to follow Muani to Old Trafford
Manchester United, meanwhile, are also ready to rekindle their interest in Frenkie de Jong.
The Barcelona midfielder was the subject of a long-drawn out transfer saga last summer. And with the Red Devils chasing him for a number of weeks, he ultimately custard-pied them by digging his heels in and staying put.
Now United are ready to rekindle their plan to lure him from Barcelona. And unlike last summer, the transfer now seemingly has a better chance of progressing.
That’s with De Jong now able to see the clear progress United are making under his former Ajax manager. Furthermore, with the Champions League likely to be on offer, the move now carries much more appeal.
In addition, with Barcelona’s finances still causing issues, the LaLiga giants are reportedly naming their price.
And suitors are being informed a deal for the Dutch midfielder will set them back an initial £61.4m (€70m). That fee is well within United’s reach and there’s now growing optimism a move can go through.
Chelsea are also keen, but the presence of Ten Hag, as well as UCL football, gives them a clear advantage.
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INTER CHASING JUNIOR FIRPO; VILLA EYE WESTON MCKENNIE
Inter Milan are also ready to launch a shock raid on Leeds United for Junior Firpo with a £8.8m (€10m) deal in the offing if the Whites suffer relegation. (Inter Live)
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery is ‘crazy’ about Weston McKennie and is ready to snatch him this summer if Leeds opt against taking up their option to sign him. (Tuttosport)
Wolves winger Adama Traore is on offer to AC Milan this summer as a potential replacement for Rafael Leao. (Calciomercato)
Everton hope to sign Udinese forward Beto along with defender Rodrigo Becao in a double deal this summer. (Mondo Udinese)
Inter Milan are increasingly confident they can sign Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan in a deal that will likely free up the sale of Denzel Dumfries to Man Utd. (Calciomercato)
Harry Winks is unsure what his future holds at Tottenham following his successful season on loan with Sampdoria. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona will not listen to offers for either Raphinha or Ousmane Dembele this summer despite their financial fears growing. (Fabrizio Romano)
NEWCASTLE CHASING DEAL FOR CELTA VIGO STRIKER
Newcastle United are looking to secure ‘the bargain of the summer’ if they sign Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga for £35.1m (€40m). (AS)
Aston Villa are ready to make a fresh summer move to sign Udinese forward Gerard Deulofeu. (Tutto Udinese)
West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca is on Inter Milan’s radar as reports of a return to Serie A gather pace. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Tottenham are pushing to sign both Julian Brandt and Josko Gvardiol this summer. (Bild)
Nicolo Zaniolo insists he remains happy at Galatasaray and has no immediate plans to return to Serie A following links with AC Milan. (Hurriyet)
Bryan Gil insists his time at Tottenham never worked out as he wasn’t physical enough for Antonio Conte’s demands. (El Desmarque)
Mohamed Salah wants to depart Liverpool along with Roberto Firmino this summer, with PSG touted as his most likely suitors. (various)
ARSENAL HOPES OF KARIM BENZEMA TRANSFER DASHED
Karim Benzema is close to agreeing a new one-year deal at Real Madrid, ending reports of a shock move to Man Utd or Arsenal. (L’Equipe)
AC Milan are setting their sights on a shock move for West Ham winger Said Benrahma, with the Hammers seeking a £26.4m (€30m) fee. (SerieBNews)
Inter Milan chief executive Beppe Marotta insists Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea, ruling out a permanent deal. (Sky Italia)
Barcelona are no longer chasing a deal for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves with a number of free-transfer signings, such as Ilkay Gundogan, of more interest. (various)
The father of Tigre striker Mateo Retegui has moved to play down claims of a move to AC Milan. However, he insists other clubs in Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Premier League are keen. (Calciomercato)
Pep Guardiola says Napoli are ‘the best team in Europe now’, suggesting they’re the team to avoid in the Champions League. (various)
Leeds United are on the brink of securing the signing of left-footed right winger Ilias Akhomach from Barcelona in an eye-catching deal. (Mundo Deportivo)
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