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Paper Talk: Brazil defender offered to Tottenham; Southampton move for Man Utd star

Tottenham will continue to pursue Milan Skriniar on deadline day, but have a Roma defender as a potential Plan B, while Southampton could move to sign a Manchester United full-back, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.



Tottenham will attempt to make a final effort to convince Inter Milan to sell Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar.

The Inter Milan centre-back has been Jose Mourinho’s top centre-back target for the majority of the summer.

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Spurs’ hope of landing the defender suffered a setback on Sunday when the defender was selected by Antonio Conte to face Lazio. He had previously been used off the bench, raising hopes he could leave.

Mourinho would have been hoping to see Skriniar left out of the game, in the hope of moving to north London.

However, the Daily Mirror claims Spurs will continue to pursue a deal.

If they are to be successful, they will have to increase their offer if they are to land their man.

Inter value the 25-year-old at around £50million, while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was only willing to part with £30m.

Mourinho, however, appears destined to miss out on Skriniar.

As such, transfer expert Duncan Castles claims Roma defender Juan Jesus is emerging as a potential Plan B.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles claims the 29-year-old is being considered by Spurs as an alternative.

Rated at around £7.2m, Roma could be forced to sell Juan Jesus with his deal due to expire in June 2021.


Castles said: “One other option that’s being floated as a possibility for a centre-back at Tottenham is the Roma former Brazilian international, Juan Jesus, who Roma want around €8m for.

“I don’t think that will be the preferred choice of the manager.”

However, there is a growing belief Spurs could make their move for the four-times capped Brazil international.

Roma are looking to offload Juan Jesus to fund their own move for Chris Smalling.



Southampton have made a loan enquiry for Manchester United and England Under-20 full-back Brandon Williams. (Daily Telegraph)

Fulham have opened talks over a loan deal for Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen and are also negotiating for Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo. (Daily Telegraph)

Atletico Madrid will allow Thomas Lemar out on loan for the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi has been lined up for a deadline day move to Hertha Berlin. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are not prepared to met the £45m buyout clause for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. A deal, therefore, looks unlikely. (Daily Mirror)



Celtic are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass on loan – but are also open to a permanent deal. (The Sun)

Furious Gareth Southgate will tell his England players to stop embarrassing themselves after Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho were filmed attending a packed birthday party ahead of the squad meet-up. (The Sun)

Chelsea will keep Callum Hudson-Odoi as Bayern Munich have agreed to sign Juventus’ Douglas Costa instead. (The Sun)

Alex Neil has all but ruled out any chance of Preston’s Daniel Johnson joining Rangers on deadline day. (Daily Record)


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