Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has contacted a January target, while Tottenham have submitted a bid for a Kosovo international striker – all in the latest European papers.
ARTETA CONTACTS ADRIEN RABIOT
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been in contact with Adrien Rabiot to try to persuade the Juventus midfielder over a January move to North London, according to reports.
Rabiot, who moved to Turin from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer, has struggled to settle in the Serie A having appeared only 12 times under Maurizio Sarri so far.
The source claims that Arsenal’s director of football Raul Sanllehi validated the player as a target after Arteta fielded the player to him.
What’s more, Arteta then spoke with Rabiot over Christmas Day and Boxing Day for “several minutes”, with the Gunners boss outlining his project to the midfielder.
It is said that while Rabiot would prefer to stay with Juventus, he enjoyed speaking with Arteta and could be persuaded to move across Europe.
Meanwhile, Everton are also reportedly interested in the player.
AND THE REST
Tottenham and Burnley have submitted offers for Fenerbahce’s Kosovo international striker Vedat Muriqi (Ferudun Nigdelioglu)
Hertha Berlin have offered Arsenal a loan deal with a view to a €30m purchase for midfielder Granit Xhaka (L’Equipe)
Watford are interested in taking AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez on loan for the rest of the season (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid are considering cutting Jesus Vallejo’s loan spell at Wolves short after becoming concerned at his lack of game time (AS)
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde eyes midfielder Arturo Vidal as a key member of his squad and is considering blocking his exit from the club (Corrierre dello Sport)
AC Milan are deep into discussions about a deal to bring Barcelona youngster Jean-Clair Todibo to the Italian capital (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and manager Zinedine Zidane are both in agreement that the striker should extend his stay with Los Blancos (AS)
Enzo Maresca quit as West Ham assistant coach after Manuel Pellegrini was fired from the club (Gazzetta dello Sport)
RB Salzburg are unaware of any rumours linking Hwang Hee-Chan with a move to Wolves in January (Krone)
Roma have registered interest in Inter Milan winger Matteo Politano, which could lead Cengiz Under to leave Rome (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Dries Mertens, who is expected not to sign a new deal at Napoli (AS)
Napoli are hopeful of reaching an €18m deal with Celta Vigo for Stanislav Lobotka (Sky Sport Italia)
Rennes will contact Barcelona about the possibility of bringing Ousmane Dembele back to France for the rest of the season (AS)
PSG are set to offer Kylian Mbappe a bumper new deal at the end of the season (AS)
Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich are all keeping tabs on Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s progress ahead of a potential summer bid for the goalkeeper (Mundo Deportivo)