Manchester United are in a tussle for a highly-rated Austrian starlet, while Leeds meet resistance in their bid to sign a defender – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD FIGHTING FOR AUSTRIAN STARLET
Manchester United remain firmly in the hunt to sign Austrian wonderkid Yusuf Demir, according to a report.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who plays for Rapid Vienna, has caught the eye after bursting onto the scene this season.
The teenager has chipped in with six goals and laid on two others in 24 appearances for his club. Despite not holding down a role as a regular starter, he has developed an undeniable influence on the team.
In fact, he lined up against Arsenal in this term’s Europa League group stages.
Previous reports have outlined United’s interest, as well as interest from rivals Manchester City.
Those reports claimed that it could take anywhere between €5million (£4.3million) and €15million (£13million) to sign Demir.
However, Bild‘s latest report claims that he will be available for the lower price of €5million.
His signing for United would fall in line with the club’s exciting recent policy of snapping up the world’s best young talents.
Wingers Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri have signed in recent months, with the former netting a stunning goal on his Europa League debut for the club last week.
However, former Austria international Toni Polster urged Demir to snub the Red Devils and sign for Borussia Dortmund. The German club, as well as Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich, also have interest.
“Yusuf Demir is only 17 years old, but you can already see the incredible potential in him,” Polster told Bild.
“Of course, some clubs will be looking for Demir. But for Borussia, of course, you could say that the club has proven sustainably that they can deal with talents.”
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Paris Saint-Germain have joined Leeds in the race to sign Torino defender Nicolas Nkoulou. (Torino Granata)
Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has sent a reminder to Chelsea about their Champions League scalp of Liverpool last season. (Marca)
Meanwhile, Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak faces an important clash against the Blues, who remain keen on his signature. (AS)
TOTTENHAM KEEN ON STRIKER DEAL
Spurs have registered interest in Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. (La Nazione)
Newcastle and Burnley remain in the race to sign Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares. However, Napoli have overtaken the duo in the battle. (O Jogo)
Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Nuno Mendes is a target for Manchester City, who have stepped up their interest. (Record)
BELLERIN HAPPY WITH ARSENAL PROGRESS
Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin says that his side are on a “good path” under Mikel Arteta. However, the Spaniard admits that life has been tough since Arsene Wenger’s departure. (ESPN)
Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has confirmed talks with Edinson Cavani about a move for the striker to Boca Juniors. (TNT Sports)
Meanwhile, United have begun talks with the representatives of Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic. Indeed, the 23-year-old is a ‘concrete’ transfer objective for the Red Devils this summer. (Calciomercato)
Villarreal’s Pau Torres is another United target, but Lazio have joined the race for the Spaniard. (The Laziali)
BARCELONA RISK WITH WIJNALDUM
Barcelona would be risking the development of their young midfield stars if they signed Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum. (Mundo Deportivo)
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has rejected interest from Tottenham. (Don Balon)