Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd clear to sign Dortmund attacker with Ten Hag to land second striker in days; Liverpool man included in £35.5m swoop for Arsenal defender

Man Utd manager target Erik ten Hag Credit: Alamy
Man Utd manager target Erik ten Hag Credit: Alamy

Manchester United are pushing for the signing of a Dortmund attacker this summer, but will also sign another striker on loan this week, Arsenal will be offered a Liverpool man as part of a swoop for a defender, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Leeds are on the brink of a £17.7m signing.

DEAL FOR YOUSSOUFA MOUKOKO ON FOR MAN UTD THIS SUMMER

Erik ten Hag is reportedly closing on a deal to bring Youssoufa Moukoko to Manchester United this summer.

The Borussia Dortmund striker becomes a free agent at the end of the season and talks over an extension are to see an agreement reached.

As a result, the 11-goal striker finds himself a player in huge demand. Indeed, the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona are reportedly tracking his situation closely.

However, it seems it is Manchester United who are emerging as favourites for his signature. As per CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, United boss Ten Hag has been on his trail for “some time”.

And the chance to land the talented frontman on a free adds to his appeal.

Moukoko was a surprise inclusion in the Germany squad at the World Cup, with the 18-year-old winning two caps to date.

He has, though, gone to strong lengths in recent days to play down claims he could be lured away.

However, it’s reported that a move to Old Trafford this summer is on the cards. He will add to United’s striker options, with the player’s ability to play across the frontline, as well as through the middle, an additional appeal to Ten Hag.

MAN UTD TO MOVE FOR ONE OF TWO LOAN STRIKERS IN MEAN TIME

In the meantime, Ten Hag is still hunting for a new attacker to see United through until the end of the season.

And it is likely the Red Devils will sign a player on a temporary basis to cover for the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.

And reports claim the club are considering one of two options to come in on an ‘Odion Ighalo’ type loan for the rest of the season.

Option one – and the more glamorous signing – surrounds Joao Felix.

The Portuguese star is likely to be available for transfer this month, with his agent Jorge Mendes holding talks with a string of suitors. United are among those, though the cost of the deal, currently looks too high.

Indeed, as per reports, Atletico are seeking a £18.6m package for their £113m record signing. That includes his loan fee of £13.3m (€15m) as well as coverage of his wages worth £5.3m (€6m) gross.

Alternatively, Sport claims Atletico Madrid are now considering the permanent sale of the 23-year-old. However, any suitors must be willing to stump up a fee of £88.7m (€100m).

Should United opt against a move for Felix – or be beaten to the punch – it’s reported they are also looking at Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar.

The 30-year-old is likely to be made available for transfer by his club Al-Nassr following their capture of Cristiano Ronaldo. Aboubakar will likely lose his place in the side with the Saudi side now willing to listen to loan approaches. And that will seemingly open the door for Ten Hag and United to land the Brazil-slayer on a temporary basis.

United will reportedly choose between the pair this week and will make a move before the week is out.

JUVENTUS BACK IN FOR GABRIEL AND WILL OFFER ARTHUR

Juventus remain determined to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Arsenal and will include Liverpool loanee Arthur in any swoop. (Calciomercato)

Atletico Madrid are plotting an ambitious £62m (€70m) swoop for Man City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne. (various)

Manchester United are readying an official approach for Joao Felix amid claims Atletico Madrid are now willing to sell for £88.7m (€100m). (Sport)

Bournemouth are favourites to sign Weston McKennie and are willing to pay as much as £35.5m (€40m) for his services. (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea are closing on a deal for Enzo Fernandez with Liverpool unwilling to meet the player’s £106.4m (€120m) exit clause. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate is likely to be the subject of an ambitious transfer approach from Real Madrid. (Media Foot)

Real Madrid are targeting moves for Alphonso Davies and Erling Haaland – with both deals slotted to happen in summer 2024. (AS)

LEEDS CLOSING ON SIGNING OF MAXIMILIAN WOBER

Leeds are closing on the signing of Maximilian Wober, with RB Salzbug identifying three possible replacements. The Whites, though, will likely pay a fee of around £17.7m (€20m) for the defender. (Salzburger Nachrichten)

Milan are closing on a deal with Paraguayan side Club Guarani for the signing of goalkeeper Devis Vasquez. (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus are favourites ahead of Aston Villa in the race to sign Rodrigo de Paul from Atletico Madrid for £35.5m (€40m). (Sport)

Newcastle are in danger of missing out on Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Kouadio Kone with PSG making an approach. (Media Foot)

Arsenal are pushing to sign Adrien Rabiot for a fee of around £12m and will also agree a package of around £80m for Mykhaylo Mudryk. (various)

Manchester United are reportedly set to make a £58m offer to RB Leipzig for Dani Olmo. (various)

Romelu Lukaku is making clear his wish to stay at Inter Milan, though much depends on Chelsea’s intentions. (Sky Italia)

Florian Balogun will reportedly make a permanent exit from Arsenal with AC Milan keen to sign him after impressing with Reims on loan. (Calciomercato)

VILLA EYEING SURPRISE STRIKER SIGNING

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is plotting to sign RCD Mallorca striker Vedat Muriqi. (various)

Everton are keen on a deal to sign UD Almeria and Belgium Under-21 winger Largie Ramazani. (AS)

Fulham are closing on the signing of Roma right-back Rick Karsdorp in a deal that will top £8.9m (€10m). (Calciomercato)

Tottenham are willing to go as high as £44.3m (€50m) to sign Denzel Dumfries, but are looking to reduce their outlay by offering Emerson Royal as part of the deal. Spurs are also pushing to sign Stefan De Vrij from Inter. (FC Inter News)

Newcastle are taking a keen interest in signing Real Vallodolid’s teenage right-back Ivan Fresneda. (Marca)

Valencia will reportedly move for Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez amid news they are likely to be without Nico Gonzalez for the rest of the season following a fractured foot injury. (Sport)

Former Inter and Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has expressed his disappointment having failed to land a string of Serie A jobs. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Frenkie de Jong is ready to perform a U-turn and will push for a summer move to Manchester United from Barcelona. (various)

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