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Euro Paper Talk: Shock Spurs ploy to lure £25m France striker from rivals


Tottenham could dump a summer signing and make a transfer raid on their rivals for a striker, Liverpool lead the chase for a big Serb, while Manchester United will start an auction for a €90m star, according to Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE WANTED BY TOTTENHAM

Tottenham are battling Juventus in a surprise deal to prise Alexandre Lacazette away from Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners allowed a number of high-profile stars to move on in January as they cleared the deck. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac were all allowed to move on. However, the exodus will not stop there, with technical direct Edu also looking to offload four more big names.

As per the report, Lacazette, David Luiz, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are all likely to be sold.

Of the quartet, Lacazette is likely to generate the most funds. The striker, while having just 16 months left on his deal, boasts a decent goals return for Arsenal. Indeed, since signing from Lyon in a then-club record move from Lyon, Lacazette has 58 goals in 154 games for the club.

According to Todofijaches, both Spurs and Juventus are leading the chase for Lacazette. While a move to Juve would interest the 29-year-old, it’s claimed canny Spurs chief Daniel Levy hopes the chance not to up to sticks could turn the tide their way.

At £25m too, Levy would finally land cover and another credtitable attacking option alongside Harry Kane. Tottenham signed Carlos Vinícius on loan from Benfica last summer with the option to make the move permanent. However, Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to rate the Brazilian that highly. 

And rather than sign him permanently from Benfica in the summer, Levy and Mourinho would instead prefer Lacazette.

LIVERPOOL KEEN ON MILENKOVIC DEAL

Liverpool lead the chase to sign Nikola Milenkovic this summer after Fiorentina decided to cash in on the Serbian defender. (Fiorentinanews)

Manchester United will begin a three-club auction alongside Man City and Real Madrid for Erling Haaland this summer. (Calciomercato)

Everton and Napoli lead the chase to sign versatile Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, who is on a free this summer. (Todofijaches)

Real Madrid have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign €25m-rated Braga defender David Carmo. (AS)

Fabian Balbuena will discuss an extension to his West Ham contract despite reports Lazio want to sign the Paraguayan. (La Lazio Siamo Noi)


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ERIKSEN CLOSE TO TOTTENHAM RETURN

Christian Eriksen Inter Milan

Christian Eriksen was close to leaving Inter Milan and re-joining Tottenham in January. Only Spurs’ unwillingness to pay a loan fee scuppered the deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

The agent for Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Veron claims he has held talks over a move to Manchester United. (Europa Calcio)

Chelsea face competition from Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain youngster Kays Ruiz-Atil. (AS)

Manchester United have made contact with Kingsley Coman’s representatives over a summer switch to Old Trafford. (Sport Bild)

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez says he will decide when the time is right to retire, but it won’t be for a few years yet. (ESPN)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Federico Chiesa admits Juventus will ‘need to show something very different’ if they are to overcome FC Porto in the Champions League. (Sky Italia)

Liverpool’s owners do not feel “put off” by the fact that PSG will only sell Kylian Mbappe for £173million or more. (Le Parisien)

Joan Laporta is vowing to do ‘everything possible’ to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona ahead of the upcoming presidential elections. (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid are considering a move for Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres as a replacement for Sergio Ramos. (Goal)

PSG are ready to bid up to €90m to beat Manchester United to Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. (La Razon)

Juventus are set to rival Barcelona for the signature of Lyon attacker Memphis Depay. (Todofijaches)

 





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