Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd most stable option for €65m striker as Tottenham, Chelsea join race; Liverpool spy ex-Barcelona star
Manchester United might have firmer plans to sign a striker who has emerged onto the radar of Tottenham and Chelsea as well, while Liverpool are among the contenders for a former Barcelona defender – all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
JONATHAN DAVID ATTRACTS PREMIER LEAGUE TRIO
Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea are candidates to sign Lille striker Jonathan David for €65m, according to L’Equipe.
David has already matched his goalscoring tally from the most prolific season of his blossoming career so far. This season, he has found the net 23 times from 34 appearances for Lille.
However, there is now a growing expectation that he will leave the Ligue 1 side this summer. Although under contract until 2025, it might be an ideal time for David to take the next step.
According to L’Equipe, he has become of interest to three clubs in the Premier League. Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea are all intrigued by the idea of signing him.
Of course, Man Utd are in the market for a new centre-forward this summer. They released Cristiano Ronaldo in November and filled the void with Wout Weghorst in January.
But Weghorst is only on loan from Burnley and will not be at Old Trafford next season. Therefore, the search is on for a long-term frontman to lead the line for Erik ten Hag’s side.
If David is to be that man, a bid in the region of €65m (circa £57m) will have to be made.
Tottenham, Chelsea turn to Jonathan David
Other contenders for his signature include Tottenham and Chelsea. The former might need a replacement if Harry Kane is prised away, whereas the latter still lack a reliable centre-forward.
However, the report indicates that Man Utd have more stability than either of the London clubs, who are both searching for a new manager for next season. With that in mind, the Red Devils might be able to make more concrete plans.
Likewise, Paris Saint-Germain might be able to offer David another opportunity in Ligue 1, but they might replace Christophe Galtier in the dugout, which means their plans are uncertain.
Alongside Man Utd, another more stable suitor for the Canada international would be Bayern Munich. They still have a Robert Lewandowski-shaped void in their attack.
Thus, there could be plenty of options for David to choose from in the coming months. First and foremost, it will depend on who comes forward with an offer.
Man Utd have been linked with plenty of potential new strikers, but David has been in the background of their thoughts. Perhaps the threat of Chelsea or Tottenham taking him instead could prompt them to look more closely at him.
David has scored a total of 55 goals in his 130 games for Lille to date. His first taste of Premier League football could be on the horizon, but only time will tell where he specifically ends up.
LIVERPOOL KEEN ON LIGUE 1 DEFENDER
Liverpool, Man Utd and Newcastle are showing an interest in Nice’s ex-Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo. (L’Equipe)
Arsenal remain a threat to other suitors like Marseille and PSG for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. (RMC Sport)
Chelsea have held meetings about signing Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana for €40m, potentially sending Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Trevoh Chalobah the other way. (Sport Mediaset)
It is almost certain that Monaco will sell Axel Disasi in the summer and Man Utd are among the centre-back’s suitors. (L’Equipe)
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has decided he wants Real Madrid to be his next club. (AS)
Chelsea could sign Leroy Sane from Bayern Munich in exchange for Mateo Kovacic, who is also wanted back at his former club Inter Milan. (Inter Live)
Either Aston Villa, Newcastle or West Ham could offer a second Premier League chance to Marseille’s ex-Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, with Unai Emery’s side in pole position. (L’Equipe)
Liverpool defender Joel Matip can leave for €15m this summer and has been offered to Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan. (ForzaRoma)
LEEDS LINKED WITH ‘NEXT RAMOS’
Leeds United have become candidates to sign Raul Asencio, a defender dubbed the ‘next Ramos’, from RSC Internacional, which is set to become Real Madrid’s C team. (Bernabeu Digital)
Atletico Madrid might allow Chelsea to keep Joao Felix on loan for another season. (Mundo Deportivo)
Aston Villa could make a new bid for Rennes left-back Adrien Truffert. (L’Equipe)
Fulham could offer a new contract to Willian that would last for another two years. (UOL)
Juventus are looking into a deal for struggling West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Jose Mourinho is eyeing more Premier League raids for Roma, with N’Golo Kante, Youri Tielemans, Roberto Firmino, Wilfried Zaha and Joel Veltman on his radar. (ForzaRoma)
Monaco will listen to appropriate offers for Youssouf Fofana, one of the many midfielders to be linked with Liverpool. (L’Equipe)
AC Milan are looking at former Chelsea and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
AND THE REST
Serge Gnabry is unhappy at Bayern Munich and might ask to leave the club in the summer. (Sky Sports Germany)
Nicolas Pepe is unlikely to ever earn any more Arsenal appearances after his disappointing loan spell with Nice. (L’Equipe)
Real Madrid are ready to sell left-back Ferland Mendy due to his frequent injury issues. (Cadena Ser)
Promoted pair Burnley and Sheffield United are suitors for Strasbourg striker Habib Diallo. (L’Equipe)
Juventus look likely to decide against using their option to buy Arkadiusz Milik from Marseille. (Calciomercato)
Nice have set a €60m asking price for in-demand midfielder Khephren Thuram. (L’Equipe)
Roma have enquired about Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario as a potential successor to ex-Wolves man Rui Patricio. (Pagine Romaniste)
AC Milan have secured a pre-contract agreement to add St Etienne goalkeeper Noah Raveyre to their main youth team. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
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