Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal lead chase for Barca wonderkid; Liverpool emerge as favourites for Real star

Date published: Monday 9th April 2018 12:26 - James Marshment

Luka Modric, Gareth Bale

Liverpool have emerged as shock favourites to sign a Real Madrid star this summer, while Man Utd will triple the wages of a top target, according to Monday’s European papers.



Gareth Bale is willing to move to Liverpool if Manchester United cannot find room for him in their squad, according to reports in the Spanish press.

It’s believed the Welshman has already decided to quit the Bernabeu after five seasons this summer regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season. Zinedine Zidane lifted the lid on the player’s current frustrations at the Bernabeu on Sunday and it’s now claimed Bale has instructed his agent to secure him a return to the Premier League.

Manchester United were thought to be leading the race to sign the former Tottenham man, but it would appear their priorities lie in strengthening their defence and midfield – leaving Chelsea and Liverpool to slug it out.

However, Don Balon claims it is Liverpool who lead the race for the winger and it’s suggested they are already in negotiations with Real Madrid over his reported €90million (£78.3m) asking price.

The Spanish outlet claims the Reds are willing to pay Bale club-record wages of £300,000 a week to move to Anfield and supplement an attack that already boasts Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.


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Arsenal lead Manchester City in the race to sign Barcelona wonderkid Robert Navarro (El Confidencial)


Manchester United are closing on a deal for Samuel Umtiti after informing the Frenchman they will triple his current wages at Barcelona, having already agreed to meet the €60million release clause in his contract (Sport)

Barcelona are expected to let €25m defender Yerry Mina leave on loan this summer – with West Ham already favourites to sign him (Don Balon)

Arsenal are plotting a move for Lucien Favre as a replacement for Arsene Wenger this summer, amid claims the coach won’t renew his deal with Nice (Blick)

Alvaro Morata has been strongly linked with a return to Juventus after they made their Spaniard their top forward target this summer ahead of Anthony Martial (Rai Sports)

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic insists he is not considering his future yet amid talk he is wanted by Manchester United and Juventus in a €100m summer deal (Zurnal)

Borussia Dortmund are preparing to launch a club record bid to sign Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez this summer (AS)

Sevilla are considering the future of both coach Vincenzo Montella and sporting director Oscar Arias, with former boss Joaquin Caparros linked to a return (Marca)

Valencia and Villarreal are among the clubs eyeing a summer transfer for Pescara midfielder German Brugman (Plaza Deportivo)

Arjen Robben: Happy at Bayern

Bayern Munich wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have been offered new one-year contracts to extend their stays at the club (Bild)

Liverpool’s board of directors have given Jurgen Klopp permission to launch a club record bid of €125m to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala (Sport Mediaset)

Everton will rival Real Betis, Eibar and Villarreall for ADO Den Haag defender Wilfried Kanon this summer (Estadio Deportivo)

Lorenzo Insigne has expressed his shock and surprise after being booed by his own Napoli fans on Sunday (Calciomercato)

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has confirmed he will renew his contract at the club by a further 12 months (Cadena Cope)

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has hinted he will snub interest from Manchester United and Tottenham to stay at the Nou Camp next season

John Guidetti wants to remain at Alaves beyond the end of the current season after joining the club on loan from Celta Vigo (Estadio Deportivo)


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