Man Utd and Man City look set to be disappointed in their pursuit of a star Serie A man, while Arsenal are ready to do battle for a LaLiga midfielder, according to Friday’s European papers.
CHELSEA STEAL A MARCH ON MAN UTD WITH MEGA BID
Chelsea look set to stun Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona by winning the race for an Inter Milan star, a report claims.
Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar has been a long-time target for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, who remains desperate to land a new centre-back in January after missing out on several targets over the summer.
However, reports recently emerged suggesting that United now face major rivals in their efforts to sign the £70m-rated star as Chelsea have joined the race.
Now, reports in Italy go one further by suggesting that the Blues are now firmly ahead in the race to land Skriniar in January.
Both La Repubblica and Tuttosport believe that Chelsea have pushed themselves into the ascendancy, with the latter reporting that Sarri is ready to offer €80m in order to get the deal over the line.
Sarri wants to bring in some younger defensive talent, with Gary Cahill and David Luiz both on the wrong side of 30, and sees the man he viewed at close hand during his time at Napoli as a perfect fit at Stamford Bridge.
AND THE REST
Adrien Rabiot is set to meet with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi one final time in an effort to work out a deal (Sport)
Barcelona are considering a January swoop for former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic (Goal)
Paco Alcacer has joined Borussia Dortmund on a permanent basis from Barcelona, with the Bundesliga side taking up an option in his loan to land him on a deal until 2023
Juventus star Alex Sandro will not leave the club in January, despite firm interest from Real Madrid and Man Utd (Calciomercato)
Juventus are ready to block January departures for Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani (Goal)
Arsenal and Barcelona are interested in Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, who has a €40m clause (Marca)
Tottenham scouted Cagliari star Nicolo Barella (21), during the latest Italy v USA friendly in Belgium (TMW)
AC Milan are targeting French international striker Wissam Ben Yedder (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid have now set their sights on two relatively low-cost signings by targeting Adrien Rabiot and Julian Draxler from PSG, with the duo apparently available for a combined €60million (Don Balon)
Roma’s Kostas Manolas is the latest defensive option to register on Manchester United’s transfer radar (Corriere dello Sport)
French prodigy Kylian Mbappe is being eyed by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez if they are unable to secure the mega transfer of PSG superstar Neymar (Don Balon)
Liverpool are not interested in paying the €38m release clause attached to AC Milan star Suso (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid will not extend Luka Modric’s deal with the club at its conclusion in 2020 (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid could get an opportunity to win the transfer battle for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in a swap deal involving Keylor Navas (Don Balon)
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