Manchester United are ready to give Sergej Milinkovic-Savic his first stint in the Premier League and are preparing an offer worth £59million, Antonio Rudiger is demanding a huge sum to join Barcelona from Chelsea, and Manchester City are confident of winning the race for Erling Haaland – all in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD PLOT SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC MOVE
Man Utd aim to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio this summer and are willing to pay big money, according to reports.
The Serbian enforcer has been in great form this season, registering nine goals and 10 assists in 41 matches so far.
Manchester United officials are hoping to bolster their midfield ready for the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag – and Milinkovic-Savic is a top target.
According to Sport Witness, who cite reports in Italy, United have ‘serious’ interest in the 27-year-old and are ready to ‘knock on Lazio’s door’ for him.
They will put a bid worth £59m on the table once the summer transfer window gets underway and are confident this will be sufficient to complete a deal.
Milinkovic-Savic is yet to experience the Premier League and is likely to be attracted by the proposal from United. However, he will also receive offers from four more European giants in the summer.
Separate reports in Italy reveal Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern and Juventus all admire the 30-cap international.
Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, Mateja Kezman, has been in contact with Juventus chiefs to discuss a transfer. The only sticking point for Max Allegri’s side is the £59m price tag, which is out of their reach.
This isn’t a problem for the likes of United, Real or PSG, putting them in a strong position to agree terms with Lazio.
The report states Milinkovic-Savic is likely to be ‘at the centre of discussions’ later this year as so many teams are vying to sign him.
ANTONIO RUDIGER WANTS HUGE BARCELONA CONTRACT
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is demanding a huge four-year contract worth £10.4m per year, and £59m in total, to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer. (El Desmarque)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Barcelona team-mate Ousmane Dembele ‘has to stay’ at the Nou Camp amid rumours of a switch to the Premier League. (Football Espana)
Juventus want to offload Everton loanee Moise Keane this summer, despite the forward being partway through a two-year loan spell in Turin. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Leicester City are joined by Torino and Stuttgart in monitoring Besiktas star Ridvan Yilmaz, and the Turkish outfit will demand an £8.3m fee for the left-back. (TGRT Haber)
MAN CITY CONFIDENT OF ERLING HAALAND TRANSFER
Man City believe themselves to be the frontrunners in the pursuit of Dortmund ace Erling Haaland, with Barcelona out of the picture. (Marca)
However, La Liga giants Real Madrid will make a new ‘charm offensive’ to convince Haaland they are the right team for him. (The Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are plotting a new bid for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, having failed to land the Brazil international during the winter window. (Football Insider)
Neil Warnock thinks Man Utd are likely to pursue Leeds star Kalvin Phillips rather than Declan Rice due to West Ham’s huge price tag. (HITC)
Roman Abramovich is preparing to launch an offer for Valencia once the sale of Chelsea goes through, claims rival bidder Miguel Zorio. (Plaza Deportivo)
Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic is ‘fed up’ at the Bernabeu and wants to leave ‘as soon as possible’ – and Arsenal could snap up the 24-year-old ahead of next season. (Fichajes)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Celtic starlet Ben Doak is set to pen a three-year contract with Liverpool and will cost the Reds around £600,000, joining alongside fellow youngster Fabio Carvalho. (Football Insider)
Napoli will enter transfer discussions with Fulham in June over the permanent signing of loanee midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha and the Albania international is waiting for an attractive proposal to leave Italy. (La Lazio Siamo Noi)
Vahid Halilhodzic’s position as Morocco head coach is under threat after he fell out with Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech and Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui. (Foot Mercato)
Leicester have set their sights on Swansea centre-forward Joel Piroe, who has hit 18 goals in 39 Championship games this term. (Voetbal International)
Flying Eagles thrash Benin Republic to win WAFU B tournament
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria had booked their place in the African U-20 Championship by being in the final of the WAFU B tournament
Nigeria’s national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles defeated regional rivals Benin Republic 3-1 in the final of the WAFU Zone B competition.
The Nigerians who didn’t lose any game throughout the tournament showed their attacking prowess with Remo Stars Tolulope Ojo the main element in the sweet victory in Niger.
A Beninoise defender handled the ball in the box in an attempt to foil a Nigerian attack and Ojo converted the resulting penalty to give Nigeria the lead in the 38th minute.
The game took a feisty turn close to the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half but Ojo’s 70th minute long-range effort gave the Flying Eagles a 2-0 lead and the Remo Stars’ player his second of the night.
Ibrahim Muhammad compounded Benin’s woes in the 77th minute as he lobbed an onrushing Beninoire goalkeeper to give Nigeria the third goal of the encounter.
Benin pulled one goal back in the 84th minute to reduce the deficit.
Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso, now on his third stint with the U-20 national team failed to grab the African Youth Championship ticket in 2020.
His current team has however banished the memory of the past as they look to qualify for the World Youth Championship in Indonesia.
They must however be one of the best four teams in the African U-20 Championship slated for Egypt in 2023.
Kylian Mbappe Is Set To End Frenzied Speculation Over His Future By Signing A New Contract At PSG
The 23-year-old France international, whose future has been a topic of intense debate in recent weeks, is said to have reached agreement in principle to extend his five-year spell at the Parc des Princes.
That will come as a blow to Spanish LaLiga champions Real Madrid, who had assiduously courted the striker as his existing deal ran down.
Mbappe had reportedly agreed a financial package to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side some time ago, but one of world football’s most highly-rated talents appears to have been persuaded his immediate future lies with the club for which he has scored 25 league goals to date this season as they romped to the Ligue 1 title.
The then 18-year-old joined PSG from Monaco in 2017, initially on a one-year loan deal which became a permanent £130.5million transfer.
It has been suggested his retention could be announced as early as Saturday evening, and that would come as a relief to the club’s supporters after weeks of uncertainty.
Asked about Mbappe’s situation on Friday, manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “I hope Kylian is still here for many years to come but I also can’t lie.
“I don’t know what is going to happen.
“There are lots of rumours going around but the player is the one who will have to talk about this.”