Liverpool have an even tougher task to keep one of their midfielders, while Manchester United have been issued a hands-off warning, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
NEW SUITOR IN CAN RACE
Borussia Dortmund have essentially confirmed that they are in the race to sign Liverpool contract rebel Emre Can.
A statement was given by Michael Zorc, the Sporting Director of the Bundesliga outfit, to German Sky Sport.
Zorc was asked if Dortmund are interested in Can, who has been linked with Juventus and Manchester City, replying: “he is an excellent player.”
According to Calciomercato.com, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not entirely given up on trying to keep the player at Anfield by offering him a contract extension.
However, it is widely believed that Can will leave Liverpool either in January or when his contract expires at the end of June 2018.
MOURINHO TOLD HANDS-OFF
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere for a midfielder after Inter Milan refused to sell Joao Mario.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with the 24-year-old, who has been dropped by Inter boss Luciano Spalletti.
Mario joined the Serie A side from Sporting CP in 2016 for €45million, but Inter do not want to sell him.
“As with all those who have to earn their place at the World Cup, Joao has some issues with the lack of playing time,” Inter director Walter Sabatini told Sky Sport.
“We don’t want to lose him, so he and Luciano Spalletti will find common ground and they’ll work out what to do.
“He is our player and we want to keep him.”
LIVERPOOL LINE UP SHOCK LOAN FOR ATLETICO STAR
Liverpool are reported to have lined up a January swoop to sign Nicolas Gaitan on loan from Atletico Madrid in January.
That’s according to Marca, who claim Jurgen Klopp is ready to move for the Argentina star as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho, should the Brazilian make the move to Barcelona amid fresh claims a £135m deal has been agreed.
Gaitan has started only 12 La Liga games since arriving at Atleti from Benfica in the summer of 2016, and has just one start in the competition so far this season.
And the Spanish daily claims both player and club are ready to sanction an immediate departure, with the 29-year-old still hoping to secure a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad next summer.
Sides in Ligue 1 are also credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder, though it is believed England is his preferred destination.
Vitolo and Diego Costa are registered to play for Atleti from January with a series of player departures expected.
While Liverpool are said to have an interest in Gaitan, they are also said to have demanded Ivan Rakitic as part of any deal for Coutinho.
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AND THE REST
Liverpool are ready to reignite their interest in Monaco forward Thomas Lemar and are ready to spend £90m on him (Independent)
Napoli keeper Pepe Reina will be leaving the San Paolo at the end of the season (CalcioMercato)
Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona is back on after his agents travelled to Barcelona this week, having reached an agreement with Liverpool (Don Balon via CalcioMercato)
Manchester City have reached an agreement with the Paraguayan club Libertad to sign 20-year-old attacking midfielder Jesus Medina for €5million (Fabrizio Romano)
Real Madrid are set to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Kepa in the coming days (AS)
Juventus are yet to make an offer for Real Madrid star Isco, despite claims in Spain they will launch a club-record January offer (Calciomercato)
Barcelona have denied making an approach for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann after the club were reported to FIFA (Marca)
PSG will rival Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign €90million-rated Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Gazetta dello Sport)
Fiorentina have made a fresh approach for Juventus winger Marko Pjaca (Tuttosport)
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has ruled out the sale of defender Sime Vrsaljko, who has been linked with Liverpool and Napoli (Radio CRC)
Valencia have agreed a €35m deal to sign Goncalo Guedes on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain (L’Equipe)
Besiktas vice president Ahmed Nur Cebi has confirmed his club are interested in signing Senegalese striker Demba Ba from Shanghai Shenhua (Fanatik)
Inter Milan are set to offer Brazil defender Joao Miranda a contract extension, with his new deal now having just over six months left (Calciomercato)
Lazio are reportedly preparing a January swoop for Verona defender Martin Caceres (Corriere dello Serra)
Juventus have been in talks with Cagliari over a summer deal to sign €30m-rated midfielder Nicolo Barella (Calciomercato)
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing a deal for France Under-21 winger Samuel Grandsir – but faces a battle with Premier League rivals Bournemouth to land the Troyes youngster (L’Equipe)
La Liga’s bottom club Las Palmas are considering an approach for former Chelsea and Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo (Tuttomercato)
Fernando Torres is hopeful Antoine Griezmann will decide to remain with Atletico Madrid despite speculation linking him with a move away (Radio Marca)
Napoli have joined Juventus in the race to sign out-of-favour Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian (Sky Sports Italia)
Napol risk missing out on insistence on signing Benevento attacker Amato Ciciretti if they don’t bid on him in January, as opposed waiting to land him on a free next summer (Il Mattino)
Lyon coach Bruno Genesio says striker Mariano Diaz must ‘change’ his game and work on his teamwork if he is to succeed at the club (Diario AS)