Euro Paper Talk: Tottenham move for resentful Man Utd star suffers cruel setback; Liverpool, Arsenal converge on Germany international
A shock Tottenham move for a Man Utd star who knows it’s game over at Old Trafford is in grave danger, while Arsenal and Liverpool are both eyeing a German defender and Thomas Tuchel is dreaming of a Chelsea reunion – all in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
TEN HAG TO BE SADDLED WITH UNWANTED MAN UTD STAR
A Dean Henderson exit this summer – potentially to Tottenham – has been rocked after news of a brutal and untimely setback came to light.
The goalkeeper, 26, is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest. Steve Cooper’s side are a contender to sign Henderson outright once the campaign concludes, though that is only viable if they beat the drop.
Henderson had initially hoped to one day usurp David de Gea and become Man Utd’s No 1 goalkeeper. However, De Gea is primed to sign a multi-year contract extension and TEAMtalk learned Ten Hag was the driving force behind that development.
With De Gea set to stay, Football Insider claimed Henderson has realised it’s game over for his career at Old Trafford. With a place in England’s squad at Euro 2024 in his sights, Henderson cannot afford to warm the bench back in Manchester next year.
Tottenham subsequently emerged as a shock option, with chairman Daniel Levy deemed a ‘huge admirer’ of the stopper by FI.
Hugo Lloris is Spurs’ first choice at present. However, the veteran Frenchman looks well past his best with error-strewn displays an all too frequent occurrence in recent times.
But according to a fresh update from the Manchester Evening News, Henderson may cruelly be denied a chance to leave Man Utd this summer.
Henderson thigh injury requires surgery
That’s because the thigh injury that’s kept him out of action since January will reportedly require surgery.
The initial prognosis was the thigh tear would sideline Henderson for four to six weeks. The issue lingered well beyond that timeframe and the MEN now state an operation is required to repair the problem once and for all.
Henderson is thus facing a three-month lay-off that would rule him out of action until August. Much of the summer window will have passed by come that time and any club seeking to sign a new starting goalkeeper will likely already have acted.
As such, Henderson may be forced into remaining at Man Utd beyond the summer window. That’s likely to go down like a lead balloon with the player who previously ‘expressed resentment’ at his perceived mistreatment by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
What’s more, prior to joining Forest on loan, Henderson savaged the club in an explosive interview with talkSPORT.
ARSENAL, LIVERPOOL LINKED WITH GERMANY INTERNATIONAL
Liverpool and Arsenal have both been tipped to rekindle their interest in Southampton centre-back, Armel Bella-Kotchap. The Germany international, 21, is likely to be sold if the Saints are relegated. (GiveMeSport)
Man Utd and PSG sent scouts to observe Tammy Abraham in action for Roma against AC Milan on Sunday. Abraham scored a 94th minute equaliser. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Brighton are poised to announce a new club-record transfer for the signing of Watford forward, Joao Pedro. A ‘long-term deal’ has already been signed by the Brazilian who’ll move for £30m. (Fabrizio Romano)
Man City’s Aymeric Laporte could find a new club in the form of PSG. Laporte wants out of the Etihad after tumbling down the pecking order and PSG are seeking a left-footed centre-half. A secondary option is Bayern’s Lucas Hernandez. (L’Equipe)
Bayern Munich have gone ‘cold’ on the idea of signing Tottenham talisman Harry Kane. Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins is not an option despite speculation, with Man Utd targets Victor Osimhen and Randal Kolo Muani the players in Bayern’s sights. (Sky Germany)
Man Utd face missing out on Napoli hitman Osimhen who’ll choose between PSG and Bayern Munich this summer. (Calciomercato)
TUCHEL GUNNING FOR KOVACIC REUNION
Chelsea could be raided by former boss Thomas Tuchel who dreams of bringing Mateo Kovacic to Bayern Munich. (Sport1)
Bayern Munich are “open” to selling Serge Gnabry at season’s end. A “suitable offer” will see the German giant give the greenlight to a sale. (Florian Plettenberg)
Juventus ace Federico Chiesa is considering his future after growing frustrated under manager Max Allegri. (Adriano Del Monte)
Arsenal are scouting Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah who has become a regular starter in Spain since leaving the Gunners in 2019. (Fabrizio Romano)
Liverpool are casting their eye over PSG’s Renato Sanches as an option for their midfield overhaul. The Portuguese would cost around €30m (approx. £26.35m) to sign. (Spanish press)
SADIO MANE FUTURE CLARIFIED
Sadio Mane is primed to leave Bayern Munich this summer after just one season in Germany. (Diario AS)
A possible return to England with Chelsea had been floated, though the Blues will prioritise signing a central midfielder and striker instead of Mane. (Fabrizio Romano)
Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Juventus and Barcelona are all plotting moves to sign impending free agent, Wilfried Zaha. Crystal Palace will table a competitive offer, though the heavyweight suitors can go above and beyond financially. (Telegraph)
Barcelona’s inability to lodge a firm offer for Ilkay Gundogan is making the Man City midfielder consider other options. Gundogan will become a free agent this summer. (Football Espana)
Inter Milan are ready to cash in on Man Utd and Chelsea target, Andre Onana. The goalkeeper has kept the most clean sheets in the Champions League this season and would cost around €50m to sign. (Tuttosport)
Barcelona have joined the lengthy list of clubs seeking to sign Celta Vigo ace, Gabri Veiga. Competition comes from Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. (AS)
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