Manchester United and Tottenham are set to collide over two center-back targets, while Newcastle are linked to Neymar – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, TOTTENHAM IN CENTER-BACK BATTLE
Manchester United and Tottenham are looking at center-back duo Alessandro Bastoni and Pau Torres to bolster their back lines, according to a report.
Both Premier League clubs have made defensive signings a priority for this summer’s transfer window. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones could both leave Old Trafford, with new United boss Erik ten Hag looking for reinforcements.
His Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte is delighted that Cristian Romero is signing a long-term deal. However, Conte wants to strengthen even more after guiding Spurs back into the Champions League.
Recent reports have talked of Tottenham interest in Inter defender Bastoni. The Italian was a key part of Conte’s Inter team that won Serie A last season.
According to Gazzetta dello Sportthough, Man Utd are now considering a move for the 23-year-old.
Ten Hag is a big fan of Bastoni and has not looked at his € 60million price tag with any disdain.
Previous reports have outlined how Ten Hag is also looking at Villarreal’s Spain international Torres. The Dutchman believes the Champions League semi-finalist would be ‘perfect’ due to his confidence in playing the ball.
Spurs dealt blow in Alessandro Bastoni chase
Spurs have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni as Man City link is revealed.
Now, though, The Mediterranean Periodico claims that Conte has now latched onto a potential deal for Torres. The 25-year-old is reportedly also worth € 60million, as per his release clause.
As a result, United and Tottenham could yet share the signings – or either team could sign both and leave the other high and dry and looking elsewhere.
Man Utd have also had links with Ajax’s Jurrien Timber, with Tottenham reportedly interested in Torino’s Gleison Bremer.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Newcastle have emerged as a potential next destination for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. But while his exit is on the cards, he wants to stay and fight for his place. (The Team)
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has backed Neymar to move back to Camp Nou, claiming “players who have signed for clubs like PSG have almost signed their slavery. For money. ” (L’Esportiu)
Laporta added that he “does not understand” Gavi’s agent over his decision to delay contract talks with Barcelona. (L’Esportiu)
Gavi’s representative, Ivan de la Pena, has instead contested that Barca have yet to offer the midfielder a formal renewal proposal. (Sport)
Rangers have strong interest in Bosnian goalkeeper Vladan Kovacevic following the news that Allan McGregor could retire this summer. (WP SportoweFakty)
ASTON VILLA EYE YVES BISSOUMA
Aston Villa are still in the race to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer. However, Monaco want the Mali international to replace Aurelien Tchouameni. (Fabrice Hawkins)
Seagulls full-back Marc Cucurella has said that he is aware of reported Manchester City interest but is only focused on Brighton. (Mundo Deportivo)
PSG and Man Utd remain the likeliest move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic if he leaves Lazio. (Alfredo Pedulla)
Brentford could sign Christian Eriksen permanently this summer, but he could yet reunite with Antonio Conte and Tottenham. (Tipsbladet)
Real Madrid could make a € 120million move for AC Milan striker Rafael Leao following Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
EURO PAPER TALK – INTER PLAN DYBALA TRANSFER MEETING
Inter chiefs will meet Paulo Dybala’s camp on Thursday over a deal to sign the departing Juventus star as a free agent. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
The agent of Udinese midfielder Gerard Deulofeu has admitted that his client is leaving the Serie A club. However, Albert Botines has backed Deulofeu to stay in Italy with Napoli. (Radio Marte)
Ajax are planning to sign Palmeiras wonderkid Giovani. That deal could subsequently allow Man Utd to snap up his fellow Brazilian Antony from the Dutch giants. (Jorge Nicola)
Two Brazilian stars are also a transfer focus at Tottenham, with Conte eyeing up Torino center-back Gleison Bremer and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus. However, Spurs are the underdogs in the race for both deals. (Globo Esporte)
PSV Eindhoven plan to keep Cody Gakpo for another season by offering to pay him part of a big transfer fee next summer. (Eindhovens Dagblad)