Real Madrid have gone cold on the idea of signing David De Gea after identifying a free transfer alternative, while an Inter Milan keeper has discussed a possible move to Liverpool, according to Thursday’s European papers.
REAL GO OFF DE GEA AFTER TARGETING BILBAO STOPPER
Real Madrid’s decision to invest heavily on their strikeforce next summer will see the club shelve plans to sign Manchester United keeper David De Gea, once again.
Real president Florentino Perez hopes to refresh his attacking options next summer, with €200m Harry Kane at the top of his list of targets – though it seems he may have to battle United for the in-demand Spurs frontman.
With the La Liga champions set to invest their money strenghtening their attacking line-up, it’s claimed the club now want Kepa Arrizabalaga, reports Marca.
Arrizabalaga’s contract at Athletic Bilbao expires in June and although he has been in talks over a new deal for several months, he is yet to reach an agreement.
Madrid are hopeful he will withstand the pressure to sign a new contract as it would allow them to snap him up on a free transfer next summer.
Arrizabalaga has also been linked with Arsenal as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, but interest from the European champions would surely signal an end to the Gunners hopes of bringing him to the Premier League.
AND THE REST
Inter keeper Samir Handanovic admits he doesn’t think his career will finish at the San Siro amid reported interest from Liverpool (Calciomercato)
RB Leipzig were close to signing PSG’s on-loan wonderkid Kylian Mbappe two years ago (Bild)
The Spanish media are at odds over Philippe Coutinho’s future, with Mundo Deportivo and Sport claiming that he will join Barcelona in January, while Marca claim the La Liga giants ‘aren’t prepared to go to war’ with Liverpool over the Brazilian
Napoli are interested in signing highly-rated Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa (Corriere dello Sport)
Switzerland’s national team manager Vladimir Petkovic is AC Milan’s surprise choice to become manager should Vincenzo Montella lose his job (Blick)
AC Milan are weighing up January moves for Udinese duo Jakub Jankto and Seko Fofana, as well as Sassuolo star Alfred Duncan (Calciomercato)
Juventus and Inter Milan are considering a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in January (Calciomercato)
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is targeting a return from injury for the side’s trip to Atletico Madrid at the weekend. The 33-year-old is still recovering from a hamstring injury and has two more training sessions this week to prove his fitness (Mundo Deportivo)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he had the chance to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer (Bild)