Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd signing 21-yr-old striker now ‘inevitable’ with double keeper deal also close; Leeds talks over £22m Inter raid gather pace
Manchester United have switched striker targets with the prolific frontman to follow two goalkeeper deals, Leeds are lining up a summer move for a £22m-rated No 10, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Manchester City are chasing two major signings.
GONCALO RAMOS MOVE TO MAN UTD PUSHING FORWARDS
Manchester United are pushing strongly forwards with a deal to sign Goncalo Ramos this summer, according to a report.
United boss Erik ten Hag will be given the funds to further strengthen his squad this summer. And a report on Monday morning suggests he wants to make three marquee signings to push his side towards a push for title glory.
As a result, the United boss reportedly plans to sign a new big-name striker, a midfielder and a right-back.
As far as a striker goes, Manchester United are being strongly linked with moves for Napoli frontman Victor Osimhen.
However, the Nigerian will cost a deal in the region of £120m (€135m) – and Napoli president Aurlio de Laurentiis is a notoriously-tricky customer to deal with.
To that end, the difficulties in persuading Napoli to sell will see United instead push to sign Ramos instead.
At just 21 years of age, A Bola claims Ten Hag has been won over by the Benfica striker’s abilities.
And there is a growing feeling at Old Trafford that a deal for Ramos will prove easier to get over the line this summer.
Ramos has a huge £106.3m (€120m) exit clause in his deal at Benfica. However, A Bola claims United believe they can secure his signing for less than that, or, at the worst, arrange a far more pleasing payment plan around the deal.
And the report claims a summer move for Ramos now seems ‘inevitable’ with Ten Hag pulling out all the stops to land his signing.
Ramos has 21 goals and eight assists for Benfica from 33 appearances in all competitions this season.
Man Utd want Ramos to follow two goalkeeper deals
United’s first piece of business this summer, however, will be to tie David De Gea to a new deal at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old is now in the final four months of his contract and is eligible to leave as a free agent this summer.
United, though, do hold the option to extend his stay by a further 12 months.
However, the two parties have been in talks over an extension for some time now.
And according to the Daily Telegraph, De Gea has now agreed to prolong his stay with United. That deal will see De Gea agree a reduction on his current £375,000 a week package.
However, while Ten Hag is content to extend De Gea’s stay, he wants to bring in a new, top-line goalkeeper to challenge his place as No 1.
And reports in Italy claim United are also hot on the trail for Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez.
The World Cup winner is open to leaving Villa Park this summer, having made clear his wish to play Champions League football.
Villa, though, will reportedly demand a fee in the region of £35m for the 30-year-old.
And while that seems a steep price for United to spend on a potential back-up, Ten Hag seemingly believes his presence can inspire both keepers to greater heights.
As the younger man, Martinez may well even usurp De Gea as United’s No 1 in time.
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MAN CITY CHASE DOUBLE DEAL FOR RABIOT AND GVARDIOL
Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle target Adrien Rabiot claims finishing in the Champions League places or not will dictate his future with Juventus. Manchester City, meanwhile, are the latest club reportedly chasing his services. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Manchester City are also ready to sell Aymeric Laporte to fund a huge summer move for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol. (Sport)
Laporte is one of five Man City players on Barcelona’s radar, following claims they also fancy Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Julian Alvarez. (Gerard Romero)
Barcelona are chasing a deal for Naby Keita with the Liverpool man of ‘notable interest’ to Xavi Hernandez. (Mundo Deportivo)
West Ham are demanding £44.2m (€50m) for Gianluca Scamacca amid claims AC Milan are readying a move. (La Repubblica)
Tottenham’s prospects of luring Franck Kessie this summer are in doubt amid claims Barcelona are ready to keep the Ivorian. (Sport)
Kylian Mbappe insists he remains happy at PSG in the wake of growing speculation he could leave for either Man Utd or Real Madrid this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
MARCO ASENSIO FANCIES SUMMER MOVE TO ARSENAL
Marco Asensio feels a move to Arsenal would be ‘perfect for him’ as he closes in on a free transfer away from Real Madrid. (Estadio Deportivo)
Super-agent Jorge Mendes is offering Rafael Leao to Real Madrid as talks over a new deal at AC Milan continue to stall. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Milan also see Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin as their dream replacement for Leao should he leave. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Napoli are planning to rival Eintracht Frankfurt, Roma, AC Milan and Real Betis for the signing of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. (Calciomercato)
Juventus are planning to offer Angel Di Maria a bumper new deal following an excellent season in Turin. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Liverpool are ready to make a summer move for Youri Tielemans with the Reds ready to let three more stars leave after Roberto Firmino. (Fabrizio Romano)
LEEDS LINE UP £22M SUMMER SWOOP FOR INTER MILAN PLAYMAKER
Leeds remain keen to sign Hakan Calhanolgu with his agent insisting an extension at Inter Milan isn’t close. And with a year left on his deal, a £22m (€25m) exit will go through this summer if Leeds retain their Premier League status.
Manchester United will reportedly rival Tottenham for Alessandro Bastoni following Inter’s failure to tie him to a new deal. (InterLive.it)
Pep Guardiola is “in love with Italian football” and will move to Serie A when his Man City deal expires. (Alfredo Pedulla)
AC Milan are emerging as serious contenders to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a £22m (€25m) deal from Chelsea this summer. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona are emerging as serious contenders to sign Chelsea and Man Utd target Marcus Thuram this summer. (various)
Medhi Benatia claims Paul Pogba told him in 2019 that he wanted to return to Juventus from Manchester United. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Tottenham are reportedly battling Roma in the race to sign Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario this summer. (Calciomercatoweb)
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