Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd believe De Jong deal nailed on as Barcelona star makes big reveal

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Frenkie de Jong, Netherlands May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Frenkie de Jong, Netherlands May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Manchester United feel confident over a deal for Frenkie de Jong as the Barcelona midfielder speaks out, while Newcastle are eyeing RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD HAVE DE JONG CONFIDENCE

Manchester United feel confident that they will soon get a deal over the line for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to a report.

The Red Devils are chasing the Dutchman as they look to reunite him with Erik ten Hag. The pair worked together successfully at Ajax, subsequently leading to Barca sealing De Jong’s big-money transfer in 2019.

Since then, though, De Jong has struggled to hit the heights at Camp Nou. And amid Barca’s financial troubles looming large, he is therefore facing something of a crossroads now that the Ten Hag opportunity has come up.

Reports on Monday claimed that Man Utd are willing to make De Jong their highest-paid player.

And despite not submitting a bid for the 25-year-old yet, Sport now claims that United are ‘sure’ that they can agree a fee with Barcelona and terms with De Jong.

They have an ‘idea’ of the final fee, which they think will amount to around €75million (£64million). De Jong, who is now on international duty with the Netherlands for their Nations League fixtures, has spoken out on his future.

He told ESPN: “I prefer to stay with Barcelona. Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age.

“I just said it too. I’ve never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I’ve achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice.”

In another interview with ADSportwereld, he added: “Of course I hear about the links to Manchester United. But the people in charge of the club [Barca] didn’t tell me anything.

“So then I will assume that there is no agreement, and that nothing is going on. So then I won’t worry about it too.”

Sport adds in its report that it is ‘Manchester United or nothing’ for De Jong. Indeed, no other club is willing to stump up the money needed to sign him this summer. And despite De Jong’s comments, United and Barca internally feel that a move to Old Trafford for the midfielder would be ‘profitable’ for ‘everyone’.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku Credit: PA Images
RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku Credit: PA Images

Newcastle have interest in RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku, but the Frenchman is not convinced by the Magpies’ project. (L’Equipe)

Andreas Pereira will return to European football following the collapse of a deal between Flamengo and Man Utd. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City have been in contact with super-agent Jorge Mendes, with his AC Milan client Rafael Leao a target. (Foot Mercato)

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has been a long-term admirer of Sadio Mane. He wants Liverpool’s Senegal star in as a No. 9. (Sky Germany)

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has slammed the club’s current star striker Robert Lewandowski for publicly revealing his desire to leave, as the debate over his future intensifies. (Sport1)

RAPHINHA FATHER SPEAKS OUT

Raphinha, Leeds United's Brazilian winger, celebrates his penalty in the 2-1 win over Brentford Credit: PA Images
Raphinha, Leeds United's Brazilian winger, celebrates his penalty in the 2-1 win over Brentford Credit: PA Images

The father of Leeds United winger Raphinha has insisted that his son feels “calm” amid links with Barcelona and is awaiting updates on his future. (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool chiefs laughed when they saw links with a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele this summer. (Ser Catalunya)

Instead, Chelsea are one of the frontrunners to sign the France star, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Pedro Almeida)

Meanwhile, Barca head coach Xavi has contacted Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves about a potential deal. (Sport)

West Ham are keen on KV Oostende defender Arthur Theate, who spent this season on loan at Bologna and who the Hammers could sign for €10million (£8.5million). (Gazzetta dello Sport)

EURO PAPER TALK – REAL MADRID CLOSE ON TCHOUAMENI

Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates scoring for Monaco Credit: PA Images
Aurelien Tchouameni celebrates scoring for Monaco Credit: PA Images

Real Madrid have made a bid worth £68million for Monaco’s Liverpool-linked midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. (Foot Mercato)

Tchouameni has in fact agreed a five-year contract with Los Blancos. As a result, the fee is the only outstanding issue in the move. (Marca)

Inter will have a meeting with the lawyer of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday about a return to the Serie A side for the Belgian. What’s more, Inter are willing to offer the Blues Stefan de Vrij as part of a deal. (La Repubblica)

 

Liverpool are in talks over a move for Eric Ramires from Red Bull Bragantino, who subsequently want €15million (£13million) for the Brazilian. (Jorge Nicola)

Tottenham are ready to invest €50million (£42.5million) in Torino defender Gleison Bremer following doubt over Spurs’ push for Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni. (Calciomercato)

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