Barcelona have jumped to the front of the queue to sign a Liverpool and Man City target, while Bayern Munich are ready to launch a raid on Man City – according to Friday’s European press.
BARCA TIPPED TO BEAT LIVERPOOL, CITY TO PLAYMAKER
Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in signing Liverpool and Manchester City target Fabian Ruiz next summer.
Indeed, a report in Mundo Deportivo claims that the Catalan giants have made the Napoli and Spain ace their number one transfer target.
Director of football Eric Abidal is said to have scouted the 23-year-old during the Italian side’s clash against Lecce, in which Ruiz had netted a superb long-range strike but attracted criticism over his choice of celebration.
Ruiz, who has earned three senior caps for Spain, and is under contract at Napoli until 2023 and has also been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Liverpool were reported to have been impressed with the player during the recent Champions League clash between the two clubs, which Napoli won 2-0.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is still said to be in the market for a goalscoring midfielder, while City are already looking for a long-term replacement for veteran playmaker David Silva – who could head to MLS in 2020.
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AND THE REST
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims that Leroy Sane remains of interest to the club, with the Bundesliga champions planning to check on the Man City winger again in January (Sports Illustrated)
Barcelona have set their sights firmly on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz for next summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid will strongly consider Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino if the La Liga giants opt to sack Zinedine Zidane (CalcioMercato)
Barcelona will appeal the €300 fine from the Spanish FA over their signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid (ESPN FC)
Juventus remain interested in bringing Manchester United star Paul Pogba back to Turin and could make an offer for the midfielder in January (Tuttosport)
Benfica club president Luis Filipe Vieira has admitted Jose Mourinho was their first preference after Rui Vitoria’s departure (Record)
Gennaro Gattuso is being linked with a shock return to Milan if they sack Marco Giampaolo (Corriere dello Sport)
PSG star Leandro Paredes could be on his way back to Italy (CalcioMercato)
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar has landed in Spain for a court case against the Brazilian’s former club Barcelona over the non-payment of a signing-on bonus (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter announced they have set a new club record with revenue of €415m for 2018-19, an improvement of 20 per cent on last year (Football Italia)
Former Barcelona club captain Carles Puyol has rejected the club’s offer to make him their general manager (Football Espana)
Southampton outcast Wesley Hoedt says he regrets leaving Lazio for the Saints, describing the move as a ‘mistake’ (Sport/Foot Magazine)
Real Betis’ Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado is set to pen a fresh extension on his contract at the Spanish club (ESPN)