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Euro Paper Talk: Real Madrid ready offensive for £100m Spurs star; Man Utd eye €60m full-back

Real Madrid are eyeing a £100m Prem star to replace Luka Modric, while Man Utd have launched a late bid for a €60m full-back according to Wednesday’s European papers.


REAL MADRID HATCH PLOT FOR SPURS STAR

Real Madrid will target Tottenham star Christian Eriksen if they lose Luka Modric this summer, a report claims.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, midfielder Luka Modric has asked to leave the club with Italian giants Inter Milan heavily linked.

As a result, Los Blancos have apparently drawn up a three-man wishlist of potential replacements, and Eriksen tops the list..

Spurs however are extremely reluctant to sell their top players so late in the window, so Real boss Julen Lopetegui could pursue Bayer Munich’s Thiago or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic instead.

Sport claimed in May that the Tottenham midfielder was the back up plan for Barcelona if they failed to land Antoine Griezmann, with £100m being Eriksen’s valuation.

ARSENAL TO GO FOR VIDA
Arsenal’s late swoop for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida looks like being a complicated one after developments on Wednesday.

The Evening Standard claim that the Gunners have been told they will have to pay £26.9m to sign him with Besiktas keen to cash in on the Croatian World Cup star.


But while Besiktas are ready to offload Vida, who was a star for Croatia in Russia,  the player himself is not keen on leaving.

According to Turkish paper Aksam, Vida has told the club that he “loves Istanbul” and does not want to leave.

Head of football transfers at Besiktas Umut Guner though is reported, via football.london, as saying: “Besiktas loves you very much, but the conditions of the club are important.”

Turkish-Football report that club president Fikret Orman is in London with other club officials in order to iron out a deal before the 5pm deadline on Thursday.

MAN UTD TO ANSWER LEFT-BACK CONCERNS WITH SHOCK BARCA SWOOP

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has lined up a surprise swoop for Jordi Alba, according to reports in the Spanish media.

With the United boss seeing efforts to strengthen his central defence frustrated, Don Balon claims Mourinho has turned his attention to finding a long-term solution to his left-back search – and Alba is the man he has settled on.

The Spanish outlet suggests Mourinho sees Alba as the man to give his side more width down the left and help United close the gap on champions Manchester City this season. A fee of €60million has been mooted.

Two notes of caution, however: the 29-year-old is pushing for a new contract at Barcelona and could be using United’s reported interest to force Barca’s hand; much the same as Samuel Umtiti did earlier this summer. Secondly, Barca, having already lost Lucas Digne this summer are unlikely to sanction the exit of another full-back.

AND THE REST
Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker is on his way to England to hold talks with Wolves (HLN)

AC Milan are eyeing a potential move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler (Corriere dello Sport)

Tottenham have made a €40m offer to Inter Milan for Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (Sportske Novosti)

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will join AC Milan on loan with option to buy for between €30-35million (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Real Madrid have offered Luka Modric a new contract in a bid to ward off interest from Inter (Marca)

West Ham are hoping to lure Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo this summer (Marca)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that his only focus right now is on Chelsea (various)

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Senegal international Moussa Wague from Belgian club Eupen.

Memphis Depay says he wants to move away from Lyon by expressing his desire to join “a bigger club” (various)

Brighton are set to see off competition from both West Ham and Burnley to sign Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi (ESPN)

Galatasaray have made Liverpool a loan offer with a buyout clause for Marko Grujic (Aksam)

Leeds United are favorites to sign Manchester City defender Jason Denayer after making a permanent offer for the defender, but Galatasaray remain in talks (Fanatik)

Thiago Alcantara
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer – and the man they want to replace the departing Mateo Kovacic (AS)

Everton are poised to announce the signing of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina in a matter of hours after agreeing a €40m fee with Barcelona (various)

Manchester United have offered Juan Mata to Inter Milan as the Serie A side’s hopes of signing Luka Modric face (Sky Italia)

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has named his price for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – but insists he is in no rush to sell the Manchester United (Corriere della Sera)

Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal is close to a move to Sampdoria, with a fee of €2.5million being mooted (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona do not have the budget to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba but will return for Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong (Sport)

Cardiff City have made a late move to sign Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa (Marca)

Gigio Donnarumma is still on PSG’s transfer radar – despite their recent capture of Gigi Buffon (Sky Italia)

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio insists he cannot rule out a late move for Nabil Fekir amid heightening talk he could join Chelsea (L’Equipe)

Inter Milan are closing on a deal for Monaco forward Keita Balde after the Senegalese star admitted he wanted the switch (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has admitted the club are working to find a solution over the future of Chelsea target Mateo Kovacic (Marca)

Roma are readying a €30m bid for Arsenal and West Ham target Cristian Pavon (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Valladolid will sign Roma forward Daniele Verde on a season-long loan deal with a €2m obligation to buy next summer (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Everton and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on unwanted Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – but the player has set his heart on AC Milan (Corriere Della Sera)

Tottenham will make a late summer bid for Celta Vigo star Stanislav Lobotka

Real Madrid are expecting Thibaut Courtois to arrive in Madrid on Thursday ahead of completing a move to the Bernabeu (Marca)

Barcelona will only pursue a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba if they sell Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele

Bologna boss Filippo Inzaghi has targeted a move for AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has insisted the club have no wish to lose Inter Milan target Luka Modric this summer and are prepared to offer him a new deal to prove their commitment to him (Marca)

Huddersfield are now in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza (Le10 Sport)

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has contacted Manchester United to inform them he won’t be joining them this summer (Bild)

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