Arsenal are keeping tabs on a talented Rubin Kazan star ahead of a potential January swoop, while Man City are ready to spend whatever it takes to sign an Inter Milan star, according to Saturday’s European papers.
AGENT CLAIMS ARSENAL ARE PLANNING SWOOP FOR RUBIN KAZAN STAR
Arsenal are keen to sign Rubin Kazan winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to the winger’s agent.
The 18-year-old is turning heads in the Russian Premier League, having forced his way into their side.
And according to Russian news outlet Match TV, Kvaratskhelia is on Arsenal’s radar and could be considered for a January approach from the Gunners.
Kvaratskhelia spent the second-half of last season on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow and while they opted against signing him long term, his agent claims the Gunners are, however, keen amid talk of a January approach.
“There were a lot of suggestions. This is known in Rubin: they came from London to a match with Dynamo, Arsenal looked at it. They are very closely following him.”
“Was Lokomotiv wrong? Time will tell. Four to five years will pass, and if Kvaratskhelia becomes a star, then Lokomotiv was mistaken. If Khvicha remains in Rubin and is an average player in Russia, then I was mistaken.”
“But I believe that I was not mistaken.”
Kvaratskhelia won his first senior cap for Georgia this summer, having previously starred for their Under-19s side.
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Real Madrid will move for PSG’s French forward Kylian Mbappe next summer. The French champions warned Barcelona of Real’s intentions during the clubs’ failed negotiations for Neymar over the summer (Sport)
Napoli star striker Dries Mertens has reiterated his desire to remain with the club despite links away (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona wanted to sign Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi from Juventus in the summer transfer window (Mundo Deportivo)
AC Milan’s winger Suso will start discussions about the contract renewal at the club in the coming days (Calciomercato)
Gareth Bale believes he was ‘made more of a scapegoat than most’ for disappointing results at Real Madrid last season, and admits he isn’t happy at the club (Sky Sports)
Frenkie de Jong doesn’t feel he’s made the best start to his Barcelona career but insists he isn’t panicking and believes he’ll show his quality in time (De Telegraaf)
Claudio Marchisio is in talks with Monaco over a free transfer to the Ligue 1 side (RMC Sport)
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaka is eager to put behind the incident where he was racially abused and is looking to put his focus back on performing well for his new club (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Eden Hazard could make his Real Madrid debut against Levante next weekend after he returned to training on Friday. The Belgian has missed the start of the season due to a thigh injury (Marca)
André Villas-Boas claims he turned down an approach from PSG while in charge of Tottenham (RMC Sport)
Lionel Messi will be allowed to leave Barcelona on a free transfer next summer, should the 32-year-old Argentina forward desire, owing to a clause in his contract (El Pais)
Messi will be allowed to negotiate his future with any club from 1 January (Marca)
LaLiga president Javier Tebas hopes Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho return to the Spanish top flight in the future (Canal 11)