Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd in €150m defender boost; Chelsea, Arsenal in defender battle

Arsenal and Chelsea face competition to land a Marseille star, while Man Utd have seemingly been given the green light to sign a defender, according to Wednesday’s European papers.

 

MAN UTD GIVEN HUGE DEFENDER BOOST

Defender Jordi Alba will consider a move to Manchester United and other interested clubs following a development at Barcelona, a report claims.

The Spain international is believed to have been in talks with Barca over a new deal, with his current deal at the Camp Nou expiring in June 2020 and possessing a €150m release clause.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday that the Catakans would offer the player a five-year contract.

Meanwhile, Cadena Ser reported earlier in the month that the experienced left-back had agreed to extend his contract until June 2024.

However, a fresh report from Don Balon, Alba has become unsettled because his club have prioritised a new deal for Lionel Messi, despite him being closer to the end of his current contract.

The report adds that he has received offers from Man Utd and Man City but decided to ‘park’ them, however his jealousy over the Messi talks may force him to consider.

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Alba recently re-iterated his happiness at the Nou Camp, but failed to rule out a possible departure.

“You never know in football, but I repeat that my intention is to stay here come what may,” he told Sport.

“I have never seen myself outside of Barcelona, since I have been at Barca it’s my dream [to stay].

“As the years have passed I have kept growing and I notice the affection from the fans even more. I have always seen myself in Barcelona and my dream is to retire here.”

 

AND THE REST

Gareth Bale has bought a property in London amid links with a return to Tottenham or a move to Chelsea this summer (Don Balon)

Chelsea have already begun the process of signing Philippe Coutinho as the Eden Hazard Real Madrid transfer looks a foregone conclusion (Don Balon)

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Juventus are irritated with the behaviour of winger Douglas Costa, with a meeting planned in the coming days with his agent to discuss the Brazilian’s future. Man Utd and Man City are both interested (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are set to enter the transfer scrap for highly-rated Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara, who is also being eyed by Chelsea and Arsenal (Calciomercato)

AC Milan have reached an agreement with Nice over the transfer of winger Allan Saint-Maximin ahead of a €20m deal (SportMediaset)

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Chelsea are one of the teams in negotiations over the transfer of Real Madrid playmaker Isco, but Los Blancos are demanding £105m (Don Balon)

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, 21, would be an ideal signing for Barcelona, says former striker Patrick Kluivert (Sport360)

Chelsea had a 50m euros offer (£44m) for Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, accepted by his club Cagliari in January but the player turned down the move (Tutto Mercato Web)

Sampdoria’s Danish defender Joachim Andersen, 22, says he is still concentrating on playing for the Italian side amid reported interest from Tottenham (Ekstra Bladet)

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Newcastle United attempted to sign Juventus’ Croatia winger Marko Pjaca, 23, who is on loan at Fiorentina, during the January transfer window (Corriere Fiorentino)

Lille defender Boubakary Soumare was offered to Juventus towards the end of the January transfer window (Calciomercato)

 

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