Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool, Spurs locked in battle for Stuttgart star

Date published: Tuesday 11th September 2018 8:39 - Oli Fisher

Juventus have joined the list of teams after a Bundesliga star, while Liverpool and Tottenham will face a fight to sign Adrien Rabiot, according to Tuesday’s European papers.



Serie A giants Juventus have joined Spurs in the race to sign Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard, a report claims.

French outlet claim that the Bianconeri are the latest to register interest in the 22-year-old after his stellar World Cup campaign.

Pavard is reportedly drawing interest from a number of big clubs, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also linked.

The Daily Mirror also claimed that Liverpool are monitoring the 22-year’s progress, with a clause in his Stuttgart contract allowing him to leave next summer for €40m should the Bundesliga side fail to qualify for the Champions League.



Thomas Tuchel says he is hopeful Adrien Rabiot will extend his stay at PSG.

The France midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and so far talks over an extension have not been successful.

Rabiot has been linked with Liverpool, Barcelona, Man City and Tottenham, but PSG will not give him up without a fight.

“I love working with Adrien. He had a difficult situation when he missed the World Cup but his effort has been at a maximum,” Tuchel told RMC.

“He has great potential after being trained at this club. He is essential for our approach.

“It is very important to have footballers of this nature.”



Manchester United are looking to push through a sensational deal to sign Jordi Alba when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports in Spain.

The full-back has seen talks over a new Barcelona deal stall in recent days and, according to Don Balon, United boss Jose Mourinho is growing increasingly confident of being able to lure him to Old Trafford in January.

The reports may come as something of a surprise given Luke Shaw’s resurgence in the United side in recent weeks, but the star will fall out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to cement his future to Old Trafford.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have been linked with moves for both Alberto Moreno and Nacho Monreal as they look to plug the gap left in their side by the potential departure of Alba, who is widely recognised as the world’s premier left-backs and has made 250 appearances for the club over his six years at the Nou Camp.


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City rivals Milan and Inter are set to fight for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella’s signature (Calciomercato)

James Rodriguez is not willing to move to Manchester United while there is the prospect of Zinedine Zidane taking over at Old Trafford (Don Balon)

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile is set to sign a new contract at the club (Repubblica)

Luka Modric has told his close friends at his birthday party that he wants to move to Inter Milan (SportMediaset)

PSG made contact with Zinedine Zidane over the possibility of the ex-Real Madrid coach taking over last season (Le10 Sport)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he always had full confidence Antoine Griezmann would stay with the club (various)

James Rodriguez is not willing to move to Manchester United while there is the prospect of Zinedine Zidane taking over at Old Trafford (Don Balon)

John Terry’s move to Spartak Moscow has hit a snag during the final round of negotiations (Sport-Express)

Vicente Iborra says Leicester City were unwilling to let him leave the club amid speculation linking him with a return to former club Sevilla (Cadena Ser)

On-loan Sevilla forward Andre Silva struggled at parent club Milan because “they didn’t put any faith” in him, according to former Portugal striker Nuno Gomes (Tuttosport)

Iago Falque is thought to be close to agreeing a new contract with Torino after a summer that saw him linked with Sevilla (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are ready to give up in their pursuit of Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Madrid are in pole position to beat Barcelona to the transfer of Pedro Guilherme after the Fluminense forward stated his preference in a move to the Bernabeu (Diario Gol)

Ajax will sell Frenkie De Jong next summer if any of his suitors meets their €75m asking price. Tottenham, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked (Read Bundesliga)

Real Madrid have become the latest club to express an interest in the young midfielder, with the club seeing him as an upgrade on on-loan Chelsea man Matteo Kovacic (El Desmarque)

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has admitted he has spoken to France teammate Paul Pogba about making a return to the club from Manchester United (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Adrien Rabiot has once again failed to agree terms on a contract extension following fresh talks with PSG – enhancing the chances of the €40m-rated Man City, Barcelona and Liverpool linked midfielder leaving the Ligue 1 side in January (Le10 Sport)

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Inter Milan and Tottenham both want to sign Porto star Hector Herrera on a free transfer at the end of the season (Tuttosport)

Juventus are plotting a €40m move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt,who has also been linked with Tottenham and Barcelona (Corriere dello Sport)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has also emerged as a target for Juventus in 2019 (Calciomercato)

Napoli have confirmed star man and reported Liverpool target Lorenzo Insigne has a ‘symbolic’ €200m release clause (Corriere dello Sport)

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Manchester United are weighing up a January move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala (Calciomercato)

Mauro Icardi is close to agreeing a new deal at Inter Milan that could see his wages elevated to €6m a season (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Former Real Madrid forward Robinho has revealed the club scuppered his hopes of joining Chelsea in 2008 (FourFourTwo)

Diego Simeone has ruled out the possibility of signing his son Giovanni Simeone, despite claiming he has everything you’d want in a modern-day striker (Cadena Cope)

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Thibaut Courtois will retain his place in Real Madrid’s starting line-up ahead of Keylor Navas for the weekend clash at Athletic Bilbao (Marca)

Barcelona are plotting a surprise January move for one of Nacho Monreal or Alberto Moreno (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has urged the club to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba, who continues to flirt with a stunning move away from Old Trafford (OK Diario)

Barcelona are assessing the suitability of Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard as a possible signing in 2019 (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United had an astonishing €250m bid for Gareth Bale accepted by Real Madrid after the Champions League final – only for the player to reject the move (OK Diario)

Napoli defender Vlad Chiriches faces six months on the sidelines after having his ACL operated on (Calciomercato)


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