Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to take leaf out of Liverpool book with £34m star in Ten Hag mould; Gavi release clause jumps

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Vitinha, Portugal v Czech Republic June 2022 Credit: PA Images
Vitinha, Portugal v Czech Republic June 2022 Credit: PA Images

Manchester United are tipped to sign a former Premier League ace for £34million, while Gavi’s release clause at Barcelona jumps to three figures – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD TIPPED TO SIGN VITINHA

Manchester United have been tipped to snap up Porto midfielder Vitinha for his £34million release clause this summer.

The Red Devils have, in recent weeks, put all of their focus on a deal for Frenkie de Jong to bolster their midfield. There is a chance Barcelona could sell the Dutchman, who has instead said he wants to stay at Camp Nou.

As a result, United are continuing to look at other targets to help new manager Erik ten Hag begin his tenure.

According to Record, Man Utd have now locked onto a deal for Porto midfielder Vitinha, who the newspaper claims fits Ten Hag’s style.

The report adds that a Premier League club will activate the €40million exit clause for the 22-year-old, naming United as the club most interested in him.

Meanwhile, O Jogo claim that super-agent Jorge Mendes mentioned Vitinha to Man Utd in a transfer meeting last week.

Vitinha developed in Porto’s academy before Wolves took a punt on him in the 2020/21 campaign. He played 23 times for the Molineux club, including 19 Premier League appearances.

However, he remained a bit-part player for his time in the West Midlands and Wolves did not use their €20million (£17million) option to buy.

Back at Porto last season, though, he made 30 league appearances and directly contributed to nine goals in all competitions.

He plays mostly in the centre of midfield, but often played a more attacking role under Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves. Vitinha is also emerging on the international stage. He has three Portugal caps to his name after making his debut in March.

Should Man Utd sign Vitinha, they would be following in Liverpool’s footsteps after their acquisition of Luis Diaz from Porto in January. Liverpool have interestingly also had links with a move for Vitinha.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Gavi, Barcelona v A-Leagues All Stars May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Gavi, Barcelona v A-Leagues All Stars May 2022 Credit: PA Images

The release clause for Barcelona midfielder Gavi has increased to €100million (£86million), as per a clause in his current contract. (Marca)

Andreas Christensen hopes Barcelona will soon announce his transfer from Chelsea as a free agent. (B.T.)

Gareth Bale has insisted that he “can’t feel bad after winning five Champions Leagues” as he ponders his next move after leaving Real Madrid. (AS)

Luis Suarez has offered himself to Juventus and the Serie A side are subsequently considering snapping the departing Atletico Madrid star as a free agent. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal are looking to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Neto to replace outgoing back-up stopper Bernd Leno. (Sport)

BOTMAN UNSURE ON NEWCASTLE MOVE

Sven Botman June 2022 Credit: PA Images
Sven Botman June 2022 Credit: PA Images

Newcastle and AC Milan remain in the picture for Lille centre-back Sven Botman, but the Dutchman has no intention of moving to St James’ Park. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde has an agreement over a transfer to Chelsea as the Blues chase his signature. (AS)

But Barcelona are still keen on France international Kounde and hope to beat Chelsea to his signature. (Sport)

If they fail to sign Kounde, though, Barca boss Xavi will go after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. (Mundo Deportivo)

Fulham are looking to sign Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho, with Fenerbahce also in the hunt. (AS)

Meanwhile, the Cottagers could yet beat Wolves to the signing of Sporting star Joao Palhinha. (A Bola)

EURO PAPER TALK – BARCELONA OFFERED DE JONG SUCCESSOR

Carlos Soler, Hugo Guillamon Valencia Credit: PA Images
Carlos Soler, Hugo Guillamon Valencia Credit: PA Images

Super-agent Jorge Mendes has recommended Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler to Barcelona as they prepare to sell Frenkie de Jong – potentially to Manchester United. (Sport)

Bayern Munich’s third bid for Sadio Mane will offer Liverpool €35million (£30million) up front and a further €5million (£4.3million) in bonuses. (Bild)

Bayern also want to sign RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer, which would allow Leeds United to complete a deal for Marc Roca. (Sky Germany)

Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici has met up with the agent of Udinese wing-back Destiny Udogie to discuss a deal. However, Juventus are now in the mix for the 19-year-old. (Sky Italy)

 

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