Manchester United and Chelsea will go head-to-head for a La Liga star transfer, while Watford are in talks to sign a former Red Devil – both in all the recent Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD, CHELSEA EYE OBLAK
Manchester United and Chelsea are ready for action to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to a report.
Oblak has cemented his status as one of the world’s best goalkeepers in recent seasons. After moving to the Spanish capital in 2014, he closes in on 300 club appearances with 158 clean sheets to start.
But while he has two years left on his contract this summer, he recently opened the door to a switch to the Premier League.
When asked if he could move to the English top flight, he said: “I do not know. I do not know what the future will bring, but I’m sure in any league I would play, I could play well. You never know what will happen in the future.
“Now I have been in Spain for seven years. Let’s see. I’m still young. Not so young anymore, but I still have some years ahead of me.
“The most important thing for me is the hope that I will not be injured. Let’s see what the future will bring. ”
According to Downloads, Chelsea and United are ready to spray the cash to sign Oblak this summer. The report claims that both clubs are ready to put a minimum of € 80million (£ 70million) on the table as a first bid.
While Slovenia’s international has a release clause of £ 102 million, £ 70 million could be a good starting point in negotiations for a potentially cheaper deal.
What’s more, both clubs can include current players to fund the deal further. Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has faced an uncertain future for some time and he remains Thomas Tuchel’s second choice.
Meanwhile, fellow Spaniard David de Gea has lost his place as United’s No. 1 to Dean Henderson and Downloads adds that he could be used as a similar weight.
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AND THE REST FROM EUROPAPIRTALK
Watford have begun negotiations for a return to Vicarage Road for Inter and former Man Utd fullback Ashley Young. (Fabrizio Romano)
Leeds United’s interest in Ajax fullback Nicolas Tagliafico is ‘more serious’ than first assumed. (Football Premier)
Meanwhile, Ajax are considering a move for Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez. (Football Premier)
Spurs could make a move for veteran manager Massimiliano Allegri or Italian colleague Maurizio Sarri. (Juventus News 24)
GUARDIOLA WANTS BARCELONA STAR
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is considering signing Barcelona defender Samuel umtiti. The Frenchman has fallen too late, but Guardiola believes he can recreate him for his best. (Don Balon)
River Plate wanted to ‘ally’ with Arsenal if they tried to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez. In fact, the Argentine club would get windfall from any transfer, more from a big deal. (Estadio Deportivo)
In any case, Betis have received offers from the Premier League worth over € 50million (£ 43million) for their star man. (Estadio Deportivo)
Inter-back Achraf Hakimi has said he regrets not getting a proper chance at Real Madrid. (El Chiringuito)
DAMBLE OPENINGS ADMIRATION FOR TUCHEL
Barca and former Borussia Dortmund striker Ousmane Dembele say former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is his “favorite manager”. (beIN Sports)
RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano says he felt confident a move to Bayern Munich as soon as they got in touch. In fact, the Frenchman revealed interest from Liverpool and Man Utd. (Sports Summer)
Inter-director Giuseppe Marrota hopes Antonio Conte will remain after sealing the Serie A title on Sunday. (Radio Anch’io lo Sport)
DORTMUND CHIEF HAS HAALAND TRO
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl thinks so Erling Haaland will remain in the club next season. (AS)
Atletico Madrid have made Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj a transfer target. (Calciomercato)
Former Everton loanee Djibril Sidibe says he wanted to stay at Goodison Park instead of returning to Monaco. (The Team)