Zinedine Zidane has managed to persuade Monaco star Kylian Mbappe that a move to Real Madrid is the right one, while an Arsenal defensive target has chosen to join Zenit, according to Sunday’s European papers.
Zidane convinces Mbappe to sign for Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane has convinced Monaco star Kylian Mbappe to swap the French Riviera for the bright lights of Madrid, according to reports.
Mbappe has been in-demand following a superb breakthrough campaign that saw him score 26 goals in all competitions for Monaco as they won Ligue 1 and progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid are just some of the clubs that have been linked to the 18-year-old over the past few months, with the La Liga champions reportedly winning the race.
French publication L’Equipe claims that phone conversations with Zidane may now have been enough to persuade Mbappe that a move to the Spanish capital is right for the youngster.
Manolas chooses Zenit St Petersburg move
Arsenal target Kostas Manolas is close to joining Roberto Mancini at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and could be followed by his Roma team-mate Leandro Paredes, according to reports.
The Greek defender has been linked with a move to the Gunners for months but interest from Inter Milan and Zenit has been stronger as the 26-year-old ponders his future.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Manolas is on the verge of completing a transfer to Zenit for a reported £26million after deciding on the right move.
While Goal.com reckons that the Greece international snubbed interest from Inter Milan after the Serie A side delayed finalising the transfer.
Arsenal have been looking to strengthen the centre-back area of their side with Shkodran Mustafi not having the most convincing first season in the Premier League.
And the rest…
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Borussia Dortmund’s 23-year-old left-back Raphael Guerreiro. (Le Parisien)
Lyon’s president says Arsenal will have to improve their bid to €65m (£57m) if they want to sign 26-year-old forward Alexandre Lacazette. (L’Equipe)
Neymar wants Barcelona to sign his compatriot Lucas Lima. “I’ve been trying to help and do what I can so that he can join us,” Neymar said. (Marca)
If Barcelona miss out on Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain then they are keen to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez. (AS)
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz is getting closer to a switch to Ligue 1 side Lyon, with transfer in the region of €10m (£8.7m) being discussed. (Marca)
Marcos Llorente, who could form part of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid squad for the forthcoming season, is being targeted by La Liga side Real Betis in an audacious attempt to take him on loan for the campaign. (AS)
Hoffenheim, who qualified for the Champions League last campaign, are interested in Schalke left-back Dennis Aogo on a free transfer. (SportsBild)
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos is a target for Juventus with the Serie A side preparing themselves for life without Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci. (Gazzetta dello Sport)