Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool, Arsenal on alert as Messi sanctions sale of forward; Madrid’s Salah worry

Date published: Wednesday 4th April 2018 12:30 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool and Arsenal will be on alert after Lionel Messi sanctioned the sale of Ousmane Dembele, while Real Madrid are worried about their pursuit of Mohamed Salah, all in the Euro papers.



Ousmane Dembele has “emerged as a target for Arsenal and Liverpool” after failing to impress Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to a report.

The £120million man only arrived last summer, but he has failed to click at Barcelona with Messi and Co. and the Argentina star wants him sold.

Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Messi is growing increasingly frustrated with Dembele – and he has sanctioned the summer sale of the France forward.

Dembele, 20, has failed to justify his huge price tag and the arrival of Phillippe Coutinhon in January has made his life harder.

The players has made just eight La Liga and Champions League starts after his season was disrupted through injury.

Dembele missed 20 games after injuring his thigh in September and he picked up another muscle injury in January which sidelined him for another seven games.




Real Madrid are concerned they will lose out to Barcelona in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Diario Gol)

Liverpool’s summer search for a new goalkeeper has seen them linked with a move for Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas (Sport)

Gianluigi Donnarumma will not stay at AC Milan past this season (Tuttosport)

Franck Ribery wants to sign a new deal at Bayern Munich, with his contract running out in the summer (Sport Bild)

Julian Brandt has signed a contract extension at Bayer Leverkusen, seeing him tied to the club until 30 June 2021. 

James Rodriguez’s future is not as cut and dried as Bayern Munich have recently insisted. (Marca)

Xavi will retire at the end of the season and become coach of his current club Al Sadd (Marca)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned down a $100million offer from China in favour of completing a move to the LA Galaxy (Sports Illustrated)

Manchester United are ready to make an opening bid of €30million for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam (RMC Sport)

Valencia are ready to make a new bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore in the summer (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Ernesto Valverde claims that Man Utd target Samuel Umtiti is “very happy” in Barcelona, and hopes that the Frenchman can remain at the Camp Nou “for many years” (CalcioMercato)

Arsenal are tracking 18-year-old Benfica attacking midfielder, Joao Felix, and the player is reportedly available for offers over €40m (various)


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