Arsenal have been linked with a cut-price move for a Real Madrid man, while Real Madrid have lined up their first January signing, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
EMERY TO GO FOR VAZQUEZ
Arsenal are set to make a January bid for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, according to Don Balon.
Th infamous Spanish source report the Gunners are set to do battle with Roma for Vazquez’s signature.
The 27-year-old is believed to be growing tired of his lack of first-team action and may look to move on with his price tag dropping dramatically from around £56million to a reported £26million now.
They claimed new Arsenal manager Unai Emery was ‘in love with Lucas’ direct game’, while Liverpool had shown interest in both Vazquez and his teammate Marco Asensio, both of whom started the Champions League final on the bench.
CHELSEA MOVE INTO POLE POSITION FOR LYON PLAYMAKER
Maurizio Sarri has made a personal phone call to Nabil Fekir to grease the wheels over a potential summer switch to Chelsea, according to reports.
The France playmaker was close to a move to Liverpool over the summer before the deal broke down amid a wrangle over how the fee should be paid – but the midfielder has not hidden from his desire to move on from the Ligue 1 giants.
It’s now been suggested that Fekir will move to either Chelsea, REal Madrid or Bayern Munich at the end of the season, but El Gol Digital believes it is the Blues who lead the charge – and it’s all down to Sarri.
The Spanish publication claims the 25-year-old has been personally wooed by Sarri with a number of personal calls and has already reportedly painted a vision to the playmaker over his role at Stamford Bridge.
While Liverpool had agreed a £53million (€60m) deal with Lyon for Fekir, but it’s likely any fee will top £61m (€70m) with the playmaker enhancing his reputation with some impressive performances for Lyon in the Champions League.
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AND THE REST
Exequiel Palacios will be Real Madrid’s first signing of the January transfer window for around €20m (Goal)
Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is wanted by Lazio (Il Messaggero)
Milan star Suso admits he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid (Radio Marca)
Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool will have an eye on Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt (De Telegraaf )
Edinson Cavani has agreed to return to Napoli next summer from PSG (Corriere dello Sport)
Jordi Alba insists he has nothing but respect for Spain Coach Luis Enrique and dismissed reports of a fallout between the two (Cadena Cope)
Galatasaray have an interest in signing Juventus starlet Moise Kean in January (Fanatik)
Liverpool’s bid to sign Iker Muniain on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao this summer has suffered a blow after Napoli signalled their intentions to offer him a pre-contract in January (Tuttosport)
Roma want to open talks over a new deal with Kostas Manolas aimed at removing his €36m exit clause. The Greece defender has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United (Corriere dello Sport)
Brescia owner Massimo Cellino says he will only sell Sandro Tonali to the team “who show the lad and I most love”. The teenage midfielder has been linked with Chelsea, Man City and Juventus (Tuttosport)
Real Madrid trio Sergio Ramos, Isco and Marco Asensio are opposed to plans by the club to bring back Jamez Rodriguez in the January transfer window (Diario Gol)
Iago Aspas has confirmed he envisages playing the remainder of his career at Celta Vigo and that “the Real Madrid train has already passed” (Cadena Ser)
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has once again stated his unhappiness that he has not received a new contract offer from Atletico Madrid (Marca)
AC Milan are convinced they will re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic after talks with the player took a positive step forward (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are among the clubs interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera (AS)
Ivan Gazidis has made the appointment of Monaco’s Geoffrey Moncada as chief scout at AC Milan his first act since taking over as CEO (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sevilla believe they have a deal in place to sign Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno on a free transfer at the end of the season (ESPN)
Former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta believes it would be “difficult” for Neymar to return to the club but says it “would not hurt” if he joined Real Madrid either (Cadena Ser)
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj is in talks over a new deal at the club, according to his agent. The defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United (Calciomercato)