Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United have made contact for an Inter Milan starlet, Christian Eriksen has made a decision on his next club, and Bayer Leverkusen have lined up a replacement for Man Utd-linked Kai Havertz – according to Friday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD CONTACT MADE FOR PROMISING STRIKER
Liverpool and Manchester United are among the clubs to ask information about Inter Milan teenage striker Sebastiano Esposito over the past year – although he could be handed a long-term contract at San Siro when he turns 18, according to reports in Italy.
The Italy Under-19 international is beginning to break through into the first team at Inter after making his debut in a Europa League game last season – with more appearances following in Serie A and the Champions League this term.
Thanks to his prolific scoring record at youth level, a number of top European clubs are monitoring his situation.
FCInterNews, Liverpool, Manchester United, PSG and Borussia Dortmund have made enquiries about the striker over the past year.
A five-year contract is on the table for him to sign, but he will have to wait until after the winter transfer window, as his birthday is not until July.
AND THE REST
Fiorentina are set to rival Crystal Palace’s attempts to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Inter Milan when he returns from his loan at Flamengo (Tuttosport)
AC Milan have jumped ahead of Bologna and Napoli in the race to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a meeting possible this weekend (Calciomercato)
The agent of Napoli midfielder Allan has contacted PSG, who are considering signing him on loan with an option to buy (Foot Mercato)
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani – who was linked with Arsenal and Wolves in the summer – will push to leave the club in January (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan have been told by Christian Eriksen’s agent that a move to Serie A is not the Tottenham playmaker’s preference – with PSG or Real Madrid more likely to be accepted (Calciomercato)
Napoli are weighing up a move for Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman, who used to play for their Serie A rivals Roma (Calciomercato)
Borussia Dortmund are planning a double raid on Juventus for Manchester United targets Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can (Corriere Di Torino)
Borussia Dortmund are considering Norwich manager Daniel Farke as a replacement if they sack Lucien Favre (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
Ajax are confident of winning the race for Manchester City and Arsenal target Reinier (De Telegraaf)
Inter Milan are close to agreeing personal terms with Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (Tuttosport)
James Rodriguez is set to snub Arsenal and fight for his place at Real Madrid, despite talk of a €42m bid (Marca)
Liverpool have revived their interest in Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa (La Nazione)
Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid are listed as the “hottest candidates” to sign England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund (Bild)
Fiorentina are keeping an eye on Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet, with sporting director Daniele Prade keen to sign him in January after previously taking him to Sampdoria (Viola News)
Arsenal have opened talks with the entourage of Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo after sacking Unai Emery (RMC Sport)
Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim is keen on keeping Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina beyond the expiry of his loan this season (Sporx)
Bayer Leverkusen have met the release clause of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios, who could be a replacement for Liverpool and Manchester United target Kai Havertz (Kicker)
PSG want to complete the permanent signing of on-loan ex-Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla (Mundo Deportivo)
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has named Tottenham Hotspur as the team he most wants to avoid in the Champions League Round of 16 (Sport Mediaset)
Real Madrid are set to hand midfielder Fede Valverde a new contract with a mammoth €750m release clause (Marca)