Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd unlock massive attacking upgrade by ditching major flop; Chelsea ‘focused’ on stunning Neymar capture
Manchester United have immediately revived their hopes of signing a talented Serie A striker in what now could be a part-exchange deal, while Chelsea have been named as likely bidders for Neymar – all in Friday’s European transfer gossip.
MAN UTD EXPLORE VLAHOVIC, MARTIAL SWAP
Intermediaries are trying to orchestrate a swap deal that would see Man Utd sign Dusan Vlahovic while selling Anthony Martial to Juventus.
That’s according to Calciomercato, in a report that insists a move to Man Utd is still on for Vlahovic despite recent claims that he was not for sale.
Vlahovic has endured an underwhelming season with Juventus, which has put his future in doubt. Previously, his potential became clear at Fiorentina.
Man Utd are in the market for a new centre-forward this summer, when they will say goodbye to Wout Weghorst after his loan spell from Burnley.
Their top target is Harry Kane, but it might be hard to do business with Tottenham. Therefore, they will have to keep their options open.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is the other name most frequently linked, but his transfer value is immense. Vlahovic could represent a more affordable option.
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And his own value could be reduced if Man Utd can send Martial in the opposite direction within a part-exchange deal.
TEAMtalk understands that Man Utd have made Martial available for transfer this summer. Injuries have limited his impact this season and there is only one more year remaining on his contract.
Martial was recently linked with a move to Aston Villa, but he could leave the Premier League altogether. He has admirers in Serie A and could finally end up in Italian football with long-time suitors, Juventus.
Due to their points deduction, it will be almost impossible for Juventus to provide Martial with Champions League football next season. In contrast, Man Utd have confirmed their return to the top UEFA competition.
Due to Vlahovic being younger than Martial and under contract at his current club for longer, he would be the more expensive component of the supposed swap deal.
NEYMAR LINKED WITH CHELSEA
Chelsea are focusing on the signing of Neymar from PSG after becoming one of his likelier destinations. (ESPN Deportes)
Real Madrid are studying the option of signing Harry Kane from Tottenham and could offer Eden Hazard in the opposite direction. (Cadena Ser)
Madrid are also major admirers of Eintracht Frankfurt forward, Randal Kolo Muani. (Santi Aouna)
Man Utd and Newcastle are both interested in Royal Antwerp midfielder, Arthur Vermeeren. Barcelona have also joined the race to sign him. (Het Nieuwsblad)
Manuel Ugarte is closing in on a €60m (£52m) transfer from Sporting to Chelsea, despite heavy links with PSG. (Sport890)
Tottenham have submitted a €25m (£21.7m) offer to sign Galatasaray centre-back, Victor Nelsson. (T24)
In turn, the Turkish side are looking at Spurs midfielder, Pape Matar Sarr. (Fanatik)
Real Madrid will give Jude Bellingham a contract until 2029 when they sign him from Borussia Dortmund. (Fabrizio Romano)
NEWCASTLE MAKE MASSIVE RABIOT PLEDGE
Newcastle will offer Adrien Rabiot a salary of €12m per season (£200,000 per week) to join them on a free transfer from Juventus. (Ignazio Genuardi)
Tottenham, Chelsea, Brentford or Leicester could make an offer to Keylor Navas to stay in English football after his loan spell at Nottingham Forest from PSG. (Foot Mercato)
Julen Lopetegui wants Wolves to reunite him with Mariano Diaz when the striker leaves Real Madrid at the end of his contract this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt are among five Bundesliga clubs who have enquired about Tottenham defender, Japhet Tanganga. (Fussball Transfers)
The chances of PSG signing Aymeric Laporte from Man City are open. (L’Equipe)
Tottenham could make their acquisition of Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus permanent within a matter of days. (Tuttosport)
Brighton have made a €15m (£13m) bid to sign Samuel Iling-Junior from Juventus. (Calciomercato)
Corinthians want to sign Yan Couto, who is set to return to Man City after a loan spell at Girona. (Globo Esporte)
WEST HAM RECEIVE VLASIC OFFER
Torino have made an opening offer of €8m (£7m) to complete the permanent signing of Nikola Vlasic from West Ham. (Tuttosport)
Real Madrid want to replace Ferland Mendy with AC Milan left-back, Theo Hernandez. (Diario Sport)
Rafael Leao’s new contract with AC Milan will contain a €175m (£152m) release clause, valid only in July. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Napoli have made Luis Enrique their top candidate to replace Luciano Spalletti, but PSG are also looking at the Spanish manager. (Corriere Dello Sport)
The Serie A champions, meanwhile, have also contacted former Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte. (La Repubblica)
Sergio Ramos is set to extend his contract with PSG into next season. (L’Equipe)
Manuel Lanzini has decided to stay in European football when he leaves West Ham, despite being wanted by River Plate. (TNT Sports)
Tottenham, Leeds and Southampton are interested in Genk sporting director, Dimitri de Conde. (Het Nieuwsblad)
La Liga could get rid of VAR due to financial implications. (El Larguero)