European Paper Talk: Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti free to leave Barcelona?
By James Nalton, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 11/05/18 10:44am
With a World Cup to navigate, it's little surprise clubs across Europe are attempting to complete their transfer business early this summer. And that means the gossip columns on the continent are full of news of potential deals.
With the help of our friends at Football Whispers, we scour the European newspapers and websites to bring you the latest transfer rumblings.
A senior official at Barcelona has suggested that centre-back Samuel Umtiti is free to leave the club this summer. "If he wants to leave, he will do it and we will have to accept it," said the source. The Manchester United transfer target has a €60m release clause. (L'Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain are expecting to be punished in some way by UEFA when the results of their Financial Fair Play investigation emerge in the coming weeks. The club's management believe they will be punished, but not too heavily, after the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer, for €402m. (L'Equipe)
With Atletico Madrid looking increasingly likely to lose Barcelona transfer target Antoine Griezmann this summer, the club are turning their attention to possible replacements, and could look to bring Sergio Aguero back to the club. The Argentine is competing with Gabriel Jesus for a starting spot at Premier League champions Manchester City and the striker, who turns 30 this summer, could favour a move to a club where he's the main man up front. (Radio MARCA)
Sevilla will appoint a new sporting director after Oscar Arias left the club. His rumoured replacement, Antonio Cordon, will look to install former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as the club's new manager. Cordon knows Pellegrini from his time at Villarreal, and the Chilean, currently coaching Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League, is thought to want a final challenge in Europe. (MARCA)
Hoffenheim want to make Suat Serdar their first signing of the summer transfer window. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently at Mainz 05, is valued at €10m and is attracting a number of clubs in Germany, England and Turkish side Besiktas. Hoffenheim will move early in an attempt to secure his signature. (Bild)
Max Meyer, who will leave Schalke on a free transfer this summer, is an option for Hoffenheim should they manage to qualify for the Champions League. The 22-year-old was reportedly on Tottenham's radar but could opt to remain in Germany. (Kicker)
Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney could move to Borussia Dortmund this summer, despite being linked with Brighton and Everton. Dortmund see him as an ideal No.6 and will look to get a deal done before the World Cup. Werder are thought to want a fee in the region of €15m for the Dane. (Bild)
Barcelona are interested in Roma winger Cengiz Under, who has also been subject of interest from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City. The 20-year-old has impressed in the Italian capital this season and the La Liga champions could look to add the winger to their attacking ranks. (Corriere dello Sport)
Wolves are eyeing up a move for Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio, and are considering a bid of £30m. The Portugal international is also wanted by Napoli who are looking to replace Pepe Reina this summer, but the newly-promoted Premier League side could win the bidding war against the Serie A side, who have a €20m limit. (Diario de Notícias)
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