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Euro Paper Talk: Three names on Man Utd radar as Woodward prioritises centre-back signing; Depay on Barca move blow

Ed Woodward has prioritised the signing on a new centre-backing next summer with three names in the frame, while Memphis Depay has revealed why his move to Barcelona fell through, according to Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.



Manchester United will make signing a central defender their priority next summer, with three European-based stars on their radar.

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, Real Madrid stalwart Raphael Varane and Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly are on their list of targets, according to reports on Friday.

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The Red Devils brought in four new players on deadline day. But they failed to address their glaring need for a centre-back.

Despite performing well defensively in the second half of last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have looked all over the place at the back so far this term.

They conceded three times at home to Crystal Palace and twice against Brighton. United were then humiliated in a 6-1 loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford last weekend.

The club spent £80million on Harry Maguire last summer but there have been major question marks over his partnerships with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

The Athletic reports that United were made aware of Burnley’s James Tarkowski over the summer, while they also looked at France international Upamecano and Senegal star Koulibaly.


However, a deal never materialised and they will now make the signing on a top-class central defender their priority for the summer of 2021, rather than in January. That is due to the fact that they will have to pay a higher premium in the new year, when the football world knows they are desperate for a player in that position.

But United face missing out on transfer targets Upamecano and Varane if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, with both players only interested in playing in Europe’s top competition.

While United failed to sign a new centre-back, they were also unable to offload Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

Some pundits even suggested that the club sold their best defender when they allowed Chris Smalling to join Roma on permanent deal.



Memphis Depay has revealed ‘certain rules’ saw his proposed summer transfer to Barcelona collapse. (NOS)

Leeds remain interested in signing Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius ahead of the January transfer window. (Ghana Soccer Net)

Wolves winger Adama Traore has brushed off speculation that a return to Barcelona could be on the cards in the future.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is now a matter of days away from signing a contract extension at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Maurizio Sarri is an option to take over at both Roma and Fiorentina. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)



Inter Milan attempted to put a swap deal in place involving Christian Eriksen and N’Golo Kante over the summer. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United made a bid for Borrusia Dortmund wing-back Nico Schulz on deadline day. (ESPN)

AC Milan are already thinking of signing recent loan additions Diogo Dalot and Brahim Diaz on a permanent basis. (Tuttosport)

Bernard is looking for a way out of Everton, with his agent revealing that a January exit will be sought. (LaRoma24)

Milan are reportedly open to increasing their offer to extend the contract of Gigio Donnarumma. Mino Raiola wants a new €30m clause included in the new deal of the goalkeeper. (Il Corriere della Sera)



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Real Madrid are becoming increasingly likely to move for Renne’s Eduardo Camavinga following the teenage midfielder’s performances for his club and France. (Diario AS)

Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to beak the Juventus coronavirus bubble last weekend. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Valencia have referred Atletico Madrid to the release clause of their midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. That was after Atletico showed an interest in the midfielder. (Marca)

Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Zirkzee has said that a proposed loan move did not come to fruition purely because “there was too little time on deadline day”. (Algemeen Dagblad)

Inter Milan could once again go after Parma forward Gervinho during the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)

Cagliari director Pierluigi Carta admits to having made a last-ditch bid to lure Radja Nainggolan away from Inter. He may try again in January.



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