Chelsea and AC Milan have been given hope in their pursuit of a Serie A star, while Man Utd are eyeing the perfect partner for Paul Pogba, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
CHELSEA HANDED BOOST IN HUNT FOR €100M STRIKER
Chelsea and AC Milan are both reportedly still interested in signing €100m-rated Torino star Andrea Belotti.
The Italian was expected to sign a new contract with the Turin club, but Tuttosport (via ilmilanista) claim that Belotti has shelved talks over a new deal as he is not willing to commit his long-term future to the club.
Torino were not planning on changing his €100m release clause, but were willing to offer the 23-year-old an improved salary.
However, there are no more meetings scheduled between his agent and the club, and Chelsea and AC Milan are closely monitoring the situation.
MANCHESTER UNITED PLOT SURPRISE MOVE FOR ATALANTA MIDFIELDER
Manchester United are ready to sell Marouane Fellaini in January – if efforts to land an Italian midfielder prove successful.
Fellaini is about to enter the final six months of his five-year United deal, and having refused to pen an extension, is free to negotiate a transfer overseas from January 1. The likes of Besiktas and Galatasaray have been linked, though the former Everton man has also been linked with a move to Arsenal.
However, United appear willing to sell the towering Belgian next month as opposed losing him on a free, and reports in Portugal claim Jose Mourinho has already identified his replacement.
Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante is the man in Mourinho’s sights, and having been first linked with him last week, reports in O Jogo claim United are now ready to activate his £31million release clause.
Cristante is currently on loan at Atalanta from Benfica and a permanent £10million deal to take him back to Italy permanently in the summer has already been agreed. But United will reportedly offer Atalanta an instant £21million profit on Cristante by triggering a £31million release clause in his deal.
The report claims Mourinho sees Cristante as Paul Pogba’s ideal midfield partner with his attacking prowess (the plauyer has eight goals from midfield this season) and ability to move the ball forward quickly especially of interest to the United boss.
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AND THE REST
Real Madrid have emerged as shock suitors in the race to sign Emre Can from Liverpool in January (Marca)
Real Madrid have reportedly made ‘secret’ contact with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, via Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez (Diario Gol)
Dani Ceballos could be prepared to leave Real Madrid in search of more game time next month. Arsenal, Tottenham, Roma and AC Milan have all been linked (Marca)
Iker Casillas is unlikely to join Rafael Benitez at Newcastle in the January transfer window according to a report in Spain (Mundo Deportivo)
Juventus have settled on Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya as a replacement for Sandro after Faouzi Ghoulam renewed his contract with Napoli (Football Italia)
Sevilla have played down talk Steven N’Zonzi is set to join either Arsenal or Everton after insisting there are no offers on the table for the midfielder