Manchester United have moved ahead of Newcastle and Everton in the race to sign a Juventus star, while Man City have proposed a swap deal to snatch Ferran Torres – all in Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD IN POLE POSITION TO LAND JUVE STAR
Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interesy in signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for a new central midfielder to bolster his options ahead of a title challenge in 2020-21.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Leicester star James Maddison have previously been targeted. Meanwhile, a report in Thursday’s Paper Talk claimed that former Everton man Idrissa Gueye was also an option.
But with Grealish and Maddison expected to cost between £60-80m, United have switched attention to cheaper alternatives.
And France international Rabiot is one of those, according to Calciomercato (via the Daily Express).
However, Ed Woodward will have a battle on his hands to land the 25-year-old. The report also states that Newcastle and Everton want to bring in the Juve star.
Rabiot has enjoyed a regular starting role under Maurizio Sarri – missing just one league fixture since December 15.
And his displays have seen him publicly praised by the Italian tactician.
RABIOT HAS SPECIAL QUALITIES
“Adrien Rabiot is a player with quality outside the norm,” Sarri said.
“After some big changes in his career, he is starting to emerge. But it’s the same path that many foreign players have gone through in Italy.
“I can see his character now in the way he plays.”
But despite the glowing reviews, Calcio adds that Juve view the midfielder as a ‘valuable exchange pawn’ that can be used to finance other transfer targets.
It’s also suggested that Rabiot’s mother and agent, Veronique Rabiot, is prepared to listen to offers. The player is also ‘curious’ about the riches on offer in the Premier League.
MORE EURO GOSSIP
Sergio Ramos is making ‘excessive’ demands as Real Madrid weigh up whether to extend his contract. (Diario Sport)
Fenerbahce want to sign Mesut Ozil on loan for the 2020/21 season and covering 25% of his wages. (Haberler)
Barcelona are intent on signing Manchester City defender Eric Garcia and the clubs are also negotiating to swap right-backs Nelson Semedo and Joao Cancelo (Diario Sport)
Manchester City are considering a move for AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer. (Le10Sport)
Barcelona want to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres this summer. (RAC1)
Lyon are closing in on a deal to sign Cenk Ozkacar from Altay SK. (L’Equipe)
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the club is in talks with Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez regarding a new deal.
ALABA URGED TO SNUB MAN CITY
New Bayern Munich signing Leroy Sane has urged David Alaba to stay at the club amid interest from Manchester City. (SportBild)
Atletico Madrid will make minimal changes to their squad this summer, with no money to spend on new signings. (Diario AS)
Juventus are monitoring Pescara winger Gabriele Zappa ahead of the summer transfer window. (Gianluca di Marzio)
AC Milan are ready to hijack Inter’s deal ror Sandro Tonali as talks with Brescia stall. (SempreInter)
Valencia have confirmed that the club has come to terms on a new deal for Hugo Guillamon.
Jorge Jesus is looking to bring Brazilian star Everton to Benfica. (GZH)
CITY OFFER STAR IN SWAP FOR FERRAN TORRES
Man City have offered their midfielder Yangel Herrera to Valencia in their attempts to sign sign winger Ferran Torres. (Gols Media)
La Liga side Valladolid have signed Luis Perez, after the right-back’s contract with Tenerife expired.