Arsenal have been told they must beat Liverpool to an €80m winger, while Man Utd are among the clubs tempted by a €120m Juventus star, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MISLINTAT ISSUES INSTRUCTION TO ARSENAL BEFORE DEPARTURE
Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat has recommended that the Gunners do all they can to sign Nicolas Pepe before Liverpool get there first, a report claims.
The Ivory Coast winger enjoyed a prolific first half of the season, contributing 12 goals and seven assists in 19 Ligue 1 appearances.
His form has attracted the interest of the Gunners, but comments from Lille director Luis Campos have suggested it will take €80m to prise him away.
Now, a report from Don Balon links Liverpool with a £72million move for Pepe as they look to reinforce their attacking options.
Roberto Firmino has suffered a dip in form this season, while the club may be increasingly concerned by their dependence on Mohamed Salah once again this term.
The player did hint in December that he will consider leaving in the summer.
“To end the season with LOSC, for me that’s for sure,” he said.
“As the president [Michel Seydoux] said, I decided to finish the season in Lille and, at the end of it, nothing will be done.
“I am under contract until 2022. I have the idea to end this season in Lille and why not [secure] a European place? It would be beautiful.”
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD MONITOR DYBALA
Liverpool and Manchester United are among the clubs who have been alerted by the lower asking price of Juventus star Paulo Dybala, a report claims.
A sensational report from Don Balon states that Juve are aware of Dybala’s will to leave the club, with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo having relegated him to a background role.
At 25 years old, the Argentine does not want to slow down his progression, and is unhappy with being benched by coach Max Allegri.
As a result, the Serie A champions have apparently lowered the asking price from €160million (first reported in the Italian press) to €120million, which has attracted four clubs.
The report states that Florentino Perez is considering making Dybala his new ‘Galactico’ and No.9 to help fill the void left by Ronaldo’s departure – with Karim Benzema also possibly leaving in the summer.
They are not along though, as Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United have all taken notice of the price tag for the ex-Palermo man, roughly equal to £105million.
It is possible though, Don Balon claim, that Los Blancos could have an edge by including one of Isco or Marcelo (or both) in a swap deal for Dybala.
AND THE REST
Manchester United are reportedly ready to pay as much as €100million for the transfer of Real Madrid winger and Chelsea target Gareth Bale (Don Balon)
Juventus and Inter are leading the way in the chase for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele after Manchester United and Manchester City saw €50 million (£44m) bids turned down in the summer (Le10 Sport)
Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter are all tracking PSV midfielder Mohammed Ihattaren (Calciomercato)
Manchester United and Real Madrid are both monitoring Benfica star Joao Felix (ESPN FC)
Hirving Lozano’s agent, Mina Raiola, already has given Napoli the thumbs up for a move for the winger amid links with a number of Premier League sides (il Mattino)
Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with Fiorentina’s Italy international forward Federico Chiesa, 21, who has also attracted interest from Inter and Juventus, in addition to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid (Calciomercato)
Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who now owns Brescia, is likely to demand a large fee for 18-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali – a target for Liverpool and Chelsea – if the Italian club earn promotion to Serie A this season (Inside Futbol)
Frenkie de Jong has said that if his move to Barcelona is a success he might never leave the club, just like Lionel Messi
AC Milan owners Elliott Management have decided to stick with Gennaro Gattuso as manager until at least the end of the season (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus will meet with Mino Raiola to discuss a possible swap deal for Matthijs de Ligt involving the loan of Moise Kean (Tuttosport)
Matthijs de Ligt remains a target for Barcelona but is not considered to be a top priority (Mundo Deportivo)
Saint-Etienne midfielder Ole Selnaes was permitted to travel to China on Wednesday as the Norwegian prepares for a move to Shenzhen FC (L’Equipe)