Manchester United remain in the hunt amid new claims about Erling Haaland’s exit fee, while the battle is on to sign a Liverpool star – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD IN MIX FOR RECORD HAALAND DEAL
Manchester United remain a prime candidate to sign Erling Haaland, whose release clause is much higher than previously thought, according to a report.
Haaland is one of the most coveted players in world football after his recent rise to prominence.
Despite only being just over a year into his spell with Borussia Dortmund, he has done nothing to silence talk about where his next step could take him.
However, much of that talk has centred around the 20-year-old‘s release clause, which becomes active in the summer of 2022.
Several reports, including from journalist Fabrizio Romano, have claimed that Haaland will be available for €75million (£65million).
According to Bild, however, the exit fee is in fact worth over €100million (£87million).
In fact, Haaland would most likely become a ‘record’ sale for Dortmund, higher than the €130million (£112million) Barcelona paid for Ousmane Dembele in 2017.
However, even if Haaland’s release clause is worth three figures, he could leave for such a price this summer.
Dortmund sit sixth in the Bundesliga, six points outside the Champions League places. As such, losing their fight for a place in Europe’s prime competition next season would make his sale more likely.
As well as United, Chelsea and Manchester City are both keen on Haaland. Blues owner Roman Abramovich has supposedly promised Thomas Tuchel £260million to spend at the end of the season.
City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has admitted that money has driven his side’s 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions. They are reportedly looking for a new striker to replace Sergio Aguero.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Paris Saint-Germain have registered interest in Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman has shown no signs of penning a new deal and, as such, could become a free agent this summer. (Le Parisien)
However, AC Milan fancy their chances of landing the 30-year-old. (Le10 Sport)
Arsenal will have to pay up to €20million (£17million) to sign Club Brugge defender Odilon Kossounou. (Voetbal Belgie)
LEIPZIG CHIEF RUBBISHES NAGELSMANN, SPURS TALK
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche insists that there is “no reason” for manager Julian Nagelsmann to make the switch to Tottenham. (Bild)
West Ham centre-back Fabian Balbuena says that selection decisions are behind his recent lack of action. (Radio Monumental)
Antwerp goalkeeper Ortwin De Wolf insists that his side feel confident ahead of facing Rangers again on Thursday. The Belgian club lost 4-3 in last week’s first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie. (Gazet van Antwerpen)
Romanian coach Dan Petrescu, who has just left Turkish side Kayserispor, is on Celtic’s shortlist to replace Neil Lennon. (Ginaluigi Longari)
LIVERPOOL AGREE CENTRE-BACK DEAL TERMS
Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Ben White over a deal to sign the Brighton centre-back. (Todofichajes)
Rennes head coach Julien Stephan has compared teenage winger Jeremy Doku to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. (Walfoot)
Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has hit back at the critics of his performance in the job. What’s more, midfielder Pizzi has labelled local press’ claims about his manager’s future as “lies”. (O Jogo)
Juventus, AC Milan and Roma have registered interest in Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras wonderkid Danilo. (Calciomercato)
ATALANTA 0-1 REAL MADRID REACTION
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed his side’s “good result” after they beat Atalanta 1-0 in the Champions League. However, he warned about the threat their opponents will pose in the last 16 second leg. (Marca)
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini, though, labelled the officiating as “football suicide” after Remo Freuler’s red card. (Sky Italia)
Stefan Johansen says that he has found it “incredibly” hard after missing out on a place in Fulham‘s Premier League squad this season. (TV2)
Kamil Grosicki faces a ‘difficult’ few months amid his continued snub by West Brom boss Sam Allardyce. (Pilka Nozna)