Barcelona are planning to put a trio of top stars up for sale in January, while Man Utd were after a Benfica stopper David de Gea signed a new deal – according to Friday’s European press.
BARCA TO SELL STAR TRIO IN JANUARY
Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window – with Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, France defender Samuel Umtiti, and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal reportedly among those who could leave.
Marca claims that the Catalan giants need to balance the books and will sell players to do just that, although any sales must take place before the current fiscal year ends on June 30.
Rakitic, Umtiti and Vidal will be moved on, along with some of the more fringe members of the senior squad.
Carles Alena and Moussa Wague are two possible candidates for an exit, with Ernesto Valverde having an overload of players – particularly in midfield.
Manchester United have been linked with Rakitic and Umtiti in the past and could be available for cut-price fees in the new year.
AND THE REST
Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos was a target for Manchester United before David de Gea extended his contract (Sportime)
Real Madrid would have to pay around 80m euros (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane (Sport)
Real president Florentino Perez wants Xabi Alonso to replace Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester United have been told by a former star to pay £120m for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho
Former Juventus boss Max Allegri is reportedly among the candidates to replace Zidane in Madrid (Marca)
Barcelona made a ‘very strong commitment’ to Neymar to re-sign the Brazilian this summer and only Paris Saint-Germain’s unwillingness to sell prevented a deal, according CEO Oscar Grau (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter Milan are preparing a big swoop for Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic next summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Blaise Matuidi insists he was never close to leaving Juventus over the summer (Tuttomercatoweb)
Mauro Icardi will have the final say on which club he plays for at the end of this season (Corriere dello Sport)
Inter Milan want to extend Antonio Candreva’s contract until 2022 (FCInterNews.it)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future with the LA Galaxy will be decided after the close of the MLS season (ESPN Deportes)
Watford are interested in acquiring Swedish striker Kevin Harletun
Bayern Munich have tied 18-year-old striker Joshua Zirkzee to a new four-year contract
Marseille look set to lose star midfielder Morgan Sanson in the near future amid interest from AC Milan (Le Provence)
Red Bull Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino is the subject of interest from Villarreal (Calciomercato)