Euro Paper Talk: Ronaldo replacement found in Brazil forward with fee set to tempt Man Utd; West Ham closing on shock deal for Barcelona icon

Matheus Cunha, Brazil, Men - Gold medal match - Brazil v Spain - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan - August 7, 2021 Credit: Alamy
Matheus Cunha, Brazil, Men - Gold medal match - Brazil v Spain - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan - August 7, 2021 Credit: Alamy

Manchester United are considering a move to sign a 39-goal Brazil striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, West Ham are nearing a surprise deal for a big-name Barcelona star, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Tottenham are blitzing their way to the front of the queue to sign an explosive striker.

MATHEUS CUNHA TRANSFER OPTION FOR MAN UTD

Atletico Madrid are ready to sell Matheus Cunha in January – and the player is dreaming of a move to Manchester United, per reports.

United are scouring the globe for a new striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who has surely played his last game for the club. The veteran Portuguese star has released an explosive interview with Piers Morgan which widely condemns Eric ten Hag and Manchester United. As such, the player has burned his bridges with the Red Devils and will not play for them again.

His January exit – with United preparing to tear up his contract – will leave Ten Hag and Co, though with a big hole to fill.

As such, the Red Devils were linked with a move for a free-scoring African star in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.

However, any deal for that player will have to wait for the summer. And it’s clear that United need a fix here and now.

As such, the ideal opportunity looks set to present itself in Cunha.

The eight-times capped Brazil striker is available for transfer at Atletico Madrid after a disappointing spell.

Matheus Cunha dreaming of Man Utd move

They paid £22.6m (€26m) to sign him from Hertha Berlin in summer 2021 and he went on to score seven goals in 37 appearances last season.

However, he’s now without a goal in 17 games this season and Atletico Madrid are ready to cash in.

United were linked with a move for Cunha over the summer but were dissuaded by Atletico’s demand to only sell for his exit clause. Per Marca, that is set at £52.6m (€60m)

Now, Tuesday’s print edition of Marca claims Cunha and Atletico are clearing the path for his sale by seeking a reduced fee. And while that is not revealed, there are reports he could be allowed to leave for just £30.7m (€35m).

The 23-year-old has slipped to fifth in their pecking order and reportedly fancies a move to Old Trafford to revive his career.

Cunha’s close friend Antony also plays for United and the former has reportedly been keeping in close contact with his pal since the move.

WEST HAM NEARING JORDI ALBA SWOOP

West Ham are closing on the shock January signing of Jordi Alba, with Barcelona happy to sell their iconic left-back. (Fijachés)

Barcelona are keen to swap Franck Kessie for Douglas Luiz amid claims Unai Emery is keen on the Blaugrana midfielder. (various)

Dynamo Moscow youngster Arsen Zakharyan claims talks over a £12.6m January move to Chelsea are underway. (Sport Express)

Tottenham are pushing ahead with plans to sign Stefan de Vrij in January and will sweeten the deal by offering Davinson Sanchez on loan with an option to buy. (Calciomercato)

Napoli are bringing forward plans to tie Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to a new deal after the Georgia winger’s incredible start to the season. (Il Mattino)

Arsenal have the green light to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk in a deal that will set them back up to £52m. (Fabrizio Romano)

TOTTENHAM SURGE TO FRONT OF MARCUS THURAM QUEUE

Tottenham are blitzing a trail to the front of the queue to sign Marcus Thuram with Borussia Monchengladbach preparing to sell in January. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle United are close to agreeing a £12.2m (€14m) agreement to sign defensive midfielder Maximo Perrone from Velez Sarsfield. (Diario Popular)

Newcastle are also preparing an opening offer to sign Lille’s Canadian striker Jonathan David. (MediaFoot)

Brighton and Brentford are targeting Lecce’s Danish midfielder Morten Hjulmand, with the player valued at £17.5m (€20m). (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona’s plans to sign Las Palmas starlet Alberto Moleiro are seriously threatened by Liverpool and Man City. (Mundo Deportivo)

Fabio Paratici is bringing forward plans to sign Weston McKennie for Tottenham and will spearhead the negotiations with Juventus. (Tuttomercatoweb)

LEEDS FRINGE PLAYER ATTRACTING DORTMUND INTEREST

Leeds right-back Cody Drameh is attracting attention from Lille, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle ahead of the January window. (Fabrizio Romano)

Leeds right-back Cody Drameh Credit: Alamy
Leeds right-back Cody Drameh Credit: Alamy

Eden Hazard reckons it is entirely Carlo Ancelotti’s fault why he is playing a reduced role at Real Madrid. (Marca)

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard admits he is tempted by a future move to AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Man City are planning fresh talks with Bernando Silva’s agent during the World Cup amid ongoing links to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Inter Milan want to tie Milan Skriniar and Edin Dzeko to new deals, while Robin Gosens will be allowed to leave. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Bayern Munich have no plans to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in January despite holding talks with his agent again. (90 min)

Roma are willing to listen to offers for Tammy Abraham in January after a poor start to the season. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are exploring a summer deal to sign versatile forward Noah Okafor from RB Salzburg. (Florian Plettenberg)

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