Euro Paper Talk: Murtough talks accelerate for £25m signing to replace costly Man Utd flop Ten Hag doesn’t rate; Spurs eye deal for Kevin de Bruyne destroyer

Jeremie Frimpong, Paulo Otavio, Leverkusen v Wolfsburg in Bundesliga action at BayArena Stadium in Leverkusen Credit: Alamy
Jeremie Frimpong, Paulo Otavio, Leverkusen v Wolfsburg in Bundesliga action at BayArena Stadium in Leverkusen Credit: Alamy

Manchester United are closing on a deal to sign a new right-back, Tottenham are desperate to sign a World Cup midfielder, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Leeds face a fight to keep one of their summer signings.

JEREMIE FRIMPONG TOPS MAN UTD JANUARY WISHLIST

Manchester United director of football John Murtough is planning to step up their chase for Jeremie Frimpong in a matter of weeks.

The Red Devils spent heavily over the summer with more than £200m splashed out on phase one of Erik ten Hag’s rebuild. But it seems they have no plans to let up with the club planning for further investment during the January window.

A new striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo is very much top of their thinking. To that end, reports on Monday revealed talks for a £90m addition are gathering pace at Old Trafford.

However, Ten Hag is also desperate to strengthen his right-sided defensive options and he also wants a new right-back.

That’s because Diogo Dalot, while a man in form, faces an unopposed challenge for his shirt in the side. And with TEAMtalk learning on Monday that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is free to leave and has two clubs pursuing him, United are stepping up their hunt for a new right-back of their own.

With that in mind, Sky Deutschland reports that talks are planned over a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Frimpong.

Leverkusen searching for Jeremie Frimpong replacement

Ten Hag has reportedly made the Netherlands star his No 1 target for that position. Furthermore, Frimpong too is also reportedly well aware of United’s interest and is keen to hear what they have to say.

As such, Murtough is ready to make contact with Leverkusen over a prospective deal. The 21-year-old is rated in the £25m bracket and reports claim a move to Old Trafford is ‘looking more and more likely’.

There remains some doubts if this will go through, though, in January or the summer. Either way, Murtough and Ten Hag are confident of getting their man with the Bundesliga side already searching for Frimpong’s successor.

His signing will also ease the pressure on United in their efforts to persuade Dalot to sign a new deal. The Portuguese star’s contract is due to expire in summer 2023, though the Red Devils do hold a one-year option on that.

CONTE PUSHING HARD TO SIGN AMRABAT FOR TOTTENHAM

Antonio Conte is ready to make Sofyan Amrabat his No 1 midfield target with the Tottenham boss hugely impressed with the way the Moroccan outshone Kevin de Bruyne in their World Cup win over Belgium. (La Viola News)

Portugal star Joao Felix is demanding his agent Jorge Mendes finds him a new club with immediate effect amid links to Arsenal. (90min)

Leeds are readying an approach for lightning quick World Cup star Gonzalo Plata after his impressive displays in Qatar. (CBS)

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie will be offered to Everton as part of a swap deal for Amadou Onana. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea are on the verge of confirming an agreement to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig for £54m (€60m). (Fabrizio Romano)

Roma are plotting a surprise January raid on Leicester for Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are making the signing of Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus one of their No 1 priorities of 2023. (De Telegraaf)

INTER MILAN DESPERATE TO BRING IN LEEDS STAR TYLER ADAMS

Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams is emerging as a major target for Inter Milan, with Simone Inzaghi dreaming of his signing. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Tyler Adams, Leeds United, during the Premier League game against Chelsea at Elland Road Credit: Alamy
Tyler Adams, Leeds United, during the Premier League game against Chelsea at Elland Road Credit: Alamy

Manchester United want to sign Unai Simon as a successor to David De Gea with Erik ten Hag increasingly keen on the Bilbao star. (Revolvo)

Tottenham are pushing to sign Jan Oblak as a successor to Hugo Lloris and amid claims his new Atletico Madrid exit clause is set at just €30m (£25.9m). (various)

Manchester United must reportedly pay an eye-watering fee of £87.5m (€100m) if they want to prise Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January. (Record)

AC Milan may face competition from Liverpool if they are to sign Noak Okafor from RB Salzburg in 2023. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United are reportedly keen on Spain midfielder Martin Zubimendi, following news he has a £52m (€60m) exit clause in his Real Sociedad deal. (AS)

Arsenal are keen on a deal for Nico Williams with the Athletic Bilbao flyer’s deal containing a £43m exit clause. (Goal)

WOLVES KEEN ON DEAL FOR MARCOS ACUNA

New Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui wants to make Sevilla left-back Marcos Acuna his first signing in a £12m deal. (Vamos Mi Sevilla)

AC Milan are upping interest in Hakim Ziyech with the Chelsea star sitting on their wanted list for years. (Fabrizio Romano)

Real Madrid are preparing to battle Manchester United for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. (various)

Bayern Munich continue to ‘work’ on a deal for Harry Kane with the striker’s contract at Tottenham expiring in 2024. (Florian Plettenberg)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is adamant his side will not be signing any new players in the January window. (Mundo Deportivo)

PSG transfer advisor Luis Campos is refusing to rule out the prospect of Kylian Mbappe leaving the club in 2023. (Marca)

Tottenham are tasking Ivan Perisic with convincing Josko Gvardiol to make a move to the club during their World Cup exploits with Croatia. (Tuttomercatoweb)

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