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Euro Paper Talk: Arteta to punish predecessor by snatching €65m defender; Man Utd to use Fernandes connection to tempt Liverpool target

Arsenal and Manchester City could battle for a defensive target, while Bruno Fernandes may be able to persuade a Manchester United target to join them instead of Liverpool – according to Tuesday’s European papers.



Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will go head-to-head with his former mentor Pep Guardiola for the signing of Pau Torres in 2021, according to a report.

Arteta is currently enduring a mixed time in his first spell as a manager since leaving his role as Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City last year.

The pair’s paths could cross again, though, in the transfer market, as they are both in the mix for the same defensive target.

According to Todofichajes, Arteta wants Arsenal to sign Pau Torres from Villarreal. The defender has emerged as a target for a number of top clubs thanks to his impressive displays in La Liga.

For example, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been linked. But it is Arsenal who could pose the biggest threat to Man City’s pursuit.

Many feel Arsenal need to focus on improving their attack if they are to overcome their recent dip in form. However, they could be looking at defensive reinforcements as well.

Torres has been linked with them for some time – even as far back as when Unai Emery was in charge. Emery is now in charge of Villarreal, so has got to coach him after all.

But Arteta could now rekindle Arsenal’s interest in an effort to snatch him away from his predecessor.

City still in hunt for Torres

However, the Gunners could face competition from Man City, who have invested heavily in their backline in recent years.

City signed Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake in the summer, but it is suggested they are still looking for the perfect long-term successor to Vincent Kompany, who they have struggled to replace.

Torres was reportedly one of the players City were considering before they signed Dias. Now, they could be thinking about pairing them.



Torres would not come cheap, as he has a €65m release clause that Villarreal want to receive in full. That would potentially make him more affordable for City than Arsenal.

La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested in giving Torres the next platform from which to express his talents.

The 23-year-old, who has seven caps for Spain, is still under contract with Villarreal until 2024.

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Manchester United are still in the hunt for Liverpool defensive target Nuno Mendes, and Bruno Fernandes could help tempt him to Old Trafford. (O Jogo)

Atletico Madrid could terminate Lucas Torreira’s loan spell from Arsenal, who could send him to Torino instead. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Manchester City want to make Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci their first summer signing in 2021. (Todofichajes)

Arsenal have joined the race for West Ham midfielder and Chelsea target Declan Rice. (Don Balon)

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek says he does not want to talk about transfer rumours until he has an offer on the table after TEAMtalk revealed Bayern Munich are interested. (CT Sport)


Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli has revealed he has offered a new contract to Manchester United and Tottenham target Paulo Dybala, whom he sees as a future captain. (Tuttosport)

Former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed he unsuccessfully urged Chelsea compatriot Olivier Giroud to join him at Bordeaux this summer. (France Football)

Valencia manager Javi Gracia is worried he will lose striker Maxi Gomez to Wolves in January. (AS)

Oleksandr Zinchenko, though, wants to stay at Man City amid interest from Wolves. (Football Hub)

Fenerbahce are “one step away” from signing Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil in January. (Todofichajes)

Everton face competition from Stuttgart and clubs in the USA or UAE for Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira. (Tuttosport)


Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland says he is happy at Borussia Dortmund amid rumours of interest from Juventus. (AS)

Inter and AC Milan are ready to pounce for Atalanta captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez after he fell out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini. (Calciomercato)

Theo Hernandez has claimed he would like to stay at AC Milan for the rest of his career and cannot see himself returning to Real Madrid. (El Transistor)

Inter could send Radja Nainggolan back to Cagliari as part of a bid to sign goalkeeper Alessio Cragno. (Corriere Dello Sport)

Barcelona have identified Roma’s Spanish midfielder Gonzalo Villar as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets. (Don Balon)

Gareth Bale would like to return to Real Madrid for one last season after his loan spell back at Tottenham. (AS)


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