PSG striker Edinson Cavani has instructed his agent to fix him up with a Premier League giant, while Barcelona offered Liverpool a player as a sweetener as part of their efforts to sign Philippe Coutinho, according to Monday’s European papers.
CAVANI WANTS SWITCH TO PREM GIANTS AFTER NEYMAR SPAT
PSG striker Edinson Cavani has targeted a move to Manchester City in January following his falling out with Brazil striker Neymar.
The duo have been at loggerheads almost since the moment Neymar arrived at the Parc des Princes in a world-record deal from Barcelona.
While Cavani and Neymar have both been in the goals during PSG’s excellent start to the season, it’s believed the Uruguayan hitman feels extremely unhappy with life in the French capital, with Don Balon now claiming he has instructed his agent to seek out a possible move to Manchester City.
However, the report adds that despite the striker’s prolific strike rate, City boss Pep Guardiola is unlikely to sanction a move for the 30-year-old Cavani, with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez at the top of his wanted list.
LIVERPOOL OFFERED EXCHANGE DEAL
Barcelona reportedly offered Andre Gomes as a sweetener in the deal to get Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou.
According to Calciomercato, the Catalans tried to persuade Liverpool to sell Coutinho by offering the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder as part of the deal.
The Reds though refused to sell, although Barca’s story was different with director Albert Soler recently claiming the Merseyside club put a price tag of €200million on the 25-year-old.
Coutinho though stayed put at Anfield, despite submitting an official transfer request and Gomes staying with Barca.
Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with the former Valencia man.
BARCELONA KEEPING TABS ON LEVERKUSEN TRIO
Barcelona are looking to beat Liverpool for a couple of Bayer Leverkusen stars after having a trio of their players scouted regularly.
According to Spanish daily Sport, Barca’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has made regular trips to Leverkusen to run the rule over three of the Bundesliga players.
According to Sport, he is tracking defender Jonathan Tah and widemen Leon Bailey and Julian Brandt.
Tah, who is also attracting interest from several Premier League teams including Liverpool, would cost around €25m.
Brandt, who was also heavily tipped as a target for Jurgen Klopp this summer, would cost in excess of €40million.
Barcelona’s interest in Leverkusen stars is not new either: the club scouted full-back Benjamin Henrichs last season before they snapped up right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica instead.
AND THE REST
Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba remains a Real Madrid transfer target with Zinedine Zidane plotting a January bid for the Austrian star (Sport)
AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone insists Vincenzo Montella will not be sacked, despite his side losing the Milan derby on Sunday (Premium Sport)
Sao Paulo president Carlos Augusto Barros says he will do whatever he can to bring Kaka back to the club after the Brazilian brought an end to his time with Orlando City
Arsenal are prepared to pay £20m for Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic in January (Football Italia)
Former Inter and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has told the latter to sign the former’s star man Mauro Icardi
PSG outcast Hatem Ben Arfa has emerged as a Rennes transfer target (L’Equipe)
Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer is expected to leave the club in January but has no intention of making a move to Premier League side Southampton (Mundo Deportivo)
Schalke will offer Bayern Munich transfer target Leon Goretzka a contract which would make him the best-paid player in the club’s history (Bild)
Juventus and Napoli will go head to head to complete a deal for young Porto right-back Diogo Dalot (Gazzetta dello Sport)