AC Milan face a battle to hang on to one of their star players amid interest from Arsenal and Spurs, while Liverpool want a Betis star according to Thursday’s European papers.
NORTH LONDON DERBY FOR MILAN STAR
Arsenal and Spurs are both considering activating the release clause of AC Milan star Suso this summer, according to a report.
It was recently claimed that the former Liverpool winger was one of the the player the Gunners were checking on as they get together a target list for the summer transfer window after the collapse of their move for Ivan Perisic.
The Spaniard left Liverpool in January 2015 and has since become a star man at Milan, becoming their main creative force under Gennaro Gattuso.
Now, Italian paper Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the north London duo are both considering triggering his €40m release clause.
It is claimed that in exchange for the elimination of the release clause, Milan will have to increase the salary of the player, who currently earns about €3million net per season.
The paper claims that the Diavolo are willing to offer €4million net per year, while the request of the player and his agent stand at €5m, with bonuses attached.
The 25-year-old Suso is regularly linked with a return to Anfield, and in December Liga Financial claimed Jurgen Klopp was planning a €40m move to Liverpool.
HUGE TRANSFER PLANS AFOOT AT TOTTENHAM
Tottenham have reportedly accepted that Christian Eriksen will leave the club this summer – but already plan to spend the money generated by his sale on as many as five new signings.
Classy Danish star Eriksen has just 17 months to run on his Tottenham contract and they now accept it’s highly unlikely the player will sign a new deal. PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with a swoop and Don Balon claim Spurs will now sell him to the highest bidder this summer.
However, rather than feel sorry for themselves, Tottenham plan to use the windfall – likely to be around €110m – to seriously invest in their squad – and the same Spanish outlet claims the club already have a number of targets in mind.
First up, it’s claimed Spurs remain genuine contenders to win the race to sign Adrien Rabiot as a free agent from PSG. The France midfielder has attracted interest from Liverpool and Barcelona, but it’s suggested their interest has cooled as they pursue other targets – meaning Spurs can finally land a player they came close to signing in the January window.
The club also plans to raid Valencia for midfielder Carlos Soler, who looks likely to be made available for around €35million this summer. The midfielder has been watched by Manchester United and Manchester City in the past, but their interest has waned and Tottenham now lead the chase.
With Victor Wanyama possibly set to join Mousa Dembele and Eriksen out the exit door, Tottenham are seemingly very much in the market for new midfielders and Ajax star Donny van de Beek is also on their transfer wishlist.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 campaign, having caught the eye with some outstanding performances in both the Eredivise and the Champions League. He is another who comes though with a €40m+ transfer valuation.
Finally, it’s claimed Tottenham have two targets closer to home, with both Bournemouth’s David Brooks and James Maddison of Leicester both in the frame to fill Eriksen’s boots directly. It’s suggested Spurs are willing to pay up to €50m (£44m) to sign either player to replace the departing Dane.
By the time the summer rolls around, Tottenham will have gone 18 months without signing a new player, but that drought looks very much set to end – with the sale of Eriksen key to what could prove a major summer of investment for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
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AND THE REST
Real Madrid are ready to battle Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo (TMW)
Massimiliano Allegri says there are no guarantees he will stay at Juventus beyond this season
Bayern Munich are unlikely to challenge Liverpool and Tottenham to land Paris St-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot in the summer (Kicker)
Diego Simeone has signed a new contract that will keep him at Atletico Madrid until 2022, the Liga club have announced
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes opposition sides are now ‘scared’ to play his side due to their recent form (Marca)
A number of teams in Germany and Spain are interested in signing forgotten Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo. The 25-year-old is currently on loan with Legane (Kicker)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus is ‘not a challenge’ (DAZN)
Exequiel Palacios’s potential summer switch to Real Madrid has been thrown into doubt amid reports the River Plate midfielder faces at least two months out with a knee injury (AS)
Interest from Dalian Yifang and Shanghai SIPG in Barcelona star Malcom has cooled of late – leaving Liverpool as his main suitors, though Tottenham also remain keen for the Brazilian winger (Le10 Sport)
AC Milan believe they can beat Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea to Mexico star Hirving Lozano due to their close relationship with the winger’s agent Mino Raiola (Calciomercato)
Barcelona will renew Lionel Messi’s contract and believe he will retire at the club, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu (Marca)
Porto defender and reported Man Utd, Liverpool and Real Madrid target Eder Militao, has a ‘huge future’ ahead of him and is already good enough for the world’s top sides, according to teammate Iker Casillas (Onda Cero)
Barcelona have taken out two bank loans, which will reportedly secure their future for the next five years and will allow them to embark on a major summer transfer spree this summer (Marca)
Mauro Icardi’s former agent believes Inter Milan have sent out a powerful message by stripping the player of the captaincy and by letting potential suitors realise the player, although a born winner, can be a ‘bad apple’ (Calciomercato)
Fabio Capello has warned Juventus off a summer move for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt, by bizarrely claiming he has “never liked Dutch defenders” – but says they should look at former Southampton star Dusan Tadic (Sky Italia)
Arsene Wenger has revealed he wanted to bring Jadon Sancho to Arsenal when the young winger left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 (BeIn Sport)
Napoli have confirmed that long-serving captain Marek Hamsik is now a Dalian Yifang player (Radio Kiss Kiss)
Arsenal want Roma’s Monchi – who worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla – to be their new sporting director, but Manchester United and PSG are also interested (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho could wind up at PSG after the season ends (Le10 Sport)
Manchester United are reportedly set to take advantage of the demands of their sponsor Chevrolet in order to seal a transfer for PSG and Brazil superstar Neymar (Diario Gol)