Man Utd step up hunt for free agent Santiago Arias as links to £60m Prem midfielder are confirmed; Arsenal gifted chance to sign Real Madrid attacker


Manchester United are ready to offer a deal to free agent Santiago Arias, while links to another midfielder have been confirmed, Arsenal have the chance to sign a Real Madrid winger, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk has an update on Liverpool links to a Barcelona star.

SANTIAGO ARIAS TAKES STEP FORWARD FOR MAN UTD

Erik ten Hag is ready to step up his efforts to bring Santiago Arias to Manchester United with the offer of a short-term contract.

The new United boss managed to sign six new players in the summer, spending around £218m in the process. And he’s starting to get a tune from his new-look side with the club winning their last four Premier League games.

United strengthened in most key areas of their side. To that end, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Antony and Tyrell Malacia all look like astute additions.

However, one area that eluded Ten Hag was a new right-back. And despite the new United boss on the look-out, time – and ultimately money – ran out for the Red Devils.

Indeed, a report on Monday morning claims they did consider a number of options among 15 summer targets.

United have started the season with Diogo Dalot as their first-choice right-back. And with Aaron Wan-Bissaka no longer fancied, it is an area of some weakness at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag, though, has seemingly found a solution in the shape of Arias.

The Colombian, 30, is a free agent having been freed by Atletico Madrid over the summer.

Now United are seemingly ready to make a firm offer with a short-term deal to the end of the season being prepped.

Arias himself is ready to grab the chance with both hands. A South American based journalist, Johnson Saenz, claims: “Santiago Arias has his bags ready to move to Manchester United.”

Moises Caicedo on Man Utd radar

United could well have Arias registered by the time the Premier League resumes on October 1 after the latest international break.

Further down the line, they continue to keep a watching brief on Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

Rated in the £60m bracket, Brighton soon hope to tie him to a new deal.

However, trusted transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano insists United’s interest is genuine.

“There’s been a lot of speculation about Moises Caicedo and top Premier League clubs, with talk of further interest in January. So I thought I’d give my understanding of his situation,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“The only club interested this summer was Manchester United. They asked about Caicedo as potential option before signing Casemiro, who was the real and main priority.

“I’m not sure there will be a price tag for the player in January. Brighton called him untouchable for the whole month of August.”

ARSENAL OFFERED MARCO ASENSIO TRANSFER CHANCE

Arsenal are reportedly being offered the chance to sign Marco Asensio in January amid claims he will be put up for sale at Real Madrid. (Fijachés)

Barcelona will once again try and sell Frenkie de Jong in the January transfer window with Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique also likely to depart. (Sport)

Liverpool remain keen to sign Gavi and will move to sign him in January should he fail to agree a new deal with Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal are ready to move for Barcelona striker Ferran Torres in January amid claims he has no place in Xavi’s first-team plans. (Fijachés)

Leeds new boy Luis Sinisterra is on AC Milan’s radar as they draw up a list of potential targets should Rafael Leao depart the San Siro. (Numero Diaz)

CHELSEA GIVEN RAFAEL LEAO TRANSFER LIFT

Leao’s potential move to Chelsea is starting to gather pace amid claims his contract talks with AC Milan have hit the skids. (Corriere dello Sport)

Lyon plan to offer Houssem Aouar a new contract with the midfielder the subject of ongoing interest from Nottingham Forest. (Foot Mercato)

Moise Keen’s Juventus future is in serious doubt after jeers by hiw own supporters and following heavy criticism in the Italian media. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

RB Leipzig are convinced Josko Gvardiol will attract attention from likes of Man City going forwards after rejecting late summer offers from Chelsea. (Fabrizio Romano)

FC Volendam youngster Xavier Mbuyamba insists a move to the Dutch side from Chelsea is not a step down in his career. (NOS)

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic denies any contact with Harry Kane and believes Bayern Munch are well stocked in attack. (Sport 1)

BENIDA CHIEF EXPLAINS DARWIN NUNEZ SALE TO LIVERPOOL

Benfica chief Rui Costa has revealed it was ‘completely impossible’ for them to stop Darwin Nunez from joining Liverpool this summer given the money on offer. (A Bola)

Liverpool players Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho

Raul de Tomas is closing on a move to Rayo Vallecano and is ready to move with immediate effect. The Espanyol striker was linked with Man Utd and Aston Villa over the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Spain forward Juanmi’s World Cup dreams are over with the Real Betis forward tearing ankle ligaments and facing four months out. (Marca)

Pascal Struijk admits he was struggling to choose over his international future for a long time. However, the Leeds defender is now very much all in with ‘first choice’ the Netherlands. (ESPN)

Liverpool will reportedly rival Man Utd for PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare in 2023. West Ham and Leicester also remain keen. (Calciomercato)

Wolves are planning to reignite transfer interest in Liverpool-linked midfielder Enzo Fernandez ahead of the January window. (various)



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