Real Madrid are eyeing Manchester City target Thiago Alcantara, while Antonio Candreva’s agent reveals that his client rejected a move to the Premier League, according to Monday’s European transfer gossip.
CANDREVA’S AGENT CLAIMS HE REJECTED PREMIER LEAGUE MOVE
The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva has claimed that the player rejected a deadline-day move to a Premier League club.
Chelsea have been linked heavily with the winger in the past following Oscar’s £60million sale to SIPG Shanghai at the end of the January window.
Candreva has worked with Blues boss Antonio Conte before when he was in charge of the Italian national side over a two-year period before arriving at Stamford Bridge.
In a report by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Federico Pastorello – who represents the Italy international – the agent reveals that Candreva turned down an unnamed English club as he is “very happy” at the San Siro.
“He received an important offer from England at the end January,” Pastorello said.
“I think Inter are going to hang onto him, and Antonio is very happy to be part of the team that will become the anti-Juve.
“The Nerazzurri are one of the most interesting clubs in terms of where they could end up.
“Only Inter, for example, could afford to spend €100m on [Kylian] Mbappe.”
MAN CITY TARGET TER STEGEN ‘HAPPY’ AT BARCELONA
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen says he is “happy” at Barcelona despite reported interest from Premier League side Manchester City.
The Citizens were linked with Ter Stegen in the summer when they were looking for a suitable replacement for Joe Hart but opted for Claudio Bravo.
However, with Bravo enduring a torrid start to his time and City, speculation is beginning to grow again that Pep Guardiola could try to land the keeper in the summer.
A report in Spain indicates that this unlikely to be the case with the German stopper indicating to the publication that he is “happy” at the Camp Nou.
“I am happy here, with my team-mates and my friends,” Ter Stegen told La Vanguardia.
“I do not know whether I will stay at Barcelona for many years. You never know what happens in the future.
“I just try to give my all and do what’s best for me and for the team. I want to give my best and keep improving.
“I am living in the moment. That is the most important thing.”
And the rest…
Everton have become the latest club to be linked with a move for Jonathan Klinsmann (Tuttosport)
The agent of Roma striker Stephan El Shaawary has said that his client wants to remain in the Italian capital despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs (Il Messaggero)
Juventus have stepped up their chase for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa. The 26-year-old has slipped down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid have their eye on Arsene Wenger – either as a potential new manager if Zinedine Zidane does not deliver the title this season, or as a sporting director (AS)
Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who is on the verge of joining Roma, has revealed that he came close to signing Robin van Persie and Brazilian full-back Marcelo (Marca)
Juventus sent scouts to watch Porto take on Benfica over the weekend so they could take a look at Yacine Brahimi, who Everton were understood to be interested in last summer (Tuttosport)
Former Barcelona captain Xavi is confident that Lionel Messi – who is out of contract at the end of next season – will renew his contract at the Camp Nou (AS)
An Arsenal scout was at the 2-2 draw between Torino and Udinese yesterday to run the rule over La Zebrette’s 21-year-old Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi could be set to leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the current season, after being linked with Manchester United and Juventus in the past (Le10Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille will battle it out in a bid to win the race to sign Porto youngster Andre Silva (Record)
Real Madrid are considering an audacious summer swoop for Manchester City target Thiago Alcantara (Reports in Spain via TalkSport)