Chelsea have chosen the midfielder they want if Eden Hazard leaves the club, while Lionel Messi has issued a warning to Barcelona, according to the weekend’s European papers.
SARRI SELECTS HAZARD REPLACEMENT
Chelsea have reportedly already chosen their replacement for Eden Hazard, should their star man depart for Real Madrid.
According to a report from Mercato365, Maurizio Sarri thinks that Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir is the perfect man to replace the Belgium international.
It is believed that Fekir carries a price tag of around £50million, and would be able to adapt to playing a role on the wing despite being used mostly as a No.10.
France international Nabil was on the verge of a £60million move to Anfield, but the Reds reportedly pulled out of a move due to an old knee injury that showed up during the medical.
Fekir had previously commented on why the move collapsed, firing shots at Liverpool for their role in the saga and admitting he has moved on.
ITALIAN PAIR CLOSE IN ON SWOOP FOR LIVERPOOL FLOP
Genoa and Fiorentina will battle it out for Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic once the January transfer window opens.
Markovic – who is massively out of favour at Anfield – failed in his attempts to secure a move to either Anderlecht or Olympiacos during the closing stages of the summer window, but looks almost certain to be entering the final stage of his Reds career.
Calciomercato claim the 24-year-old’s ongoing situation could lead to Genoa and Fiorentina making a move to try and get the player on the cheap.
Markovic is out of contract at the end of the season, and Liverpool may be open to the idea of allowing the attacker to leave on a free in order to relieve some strain on their wage budget.
Liverpool have loaned Markovic to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht since the start of the 2015-16, but his time at the Reds looks to be nearing its end.
BARCELONA USE MAN UTD TARGET AS BAIT TO LAND DEFENDER
Barcelona could be set to offer key midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Juventus, with the idea of tempting the Old Lady into a swap deal for defender Joao Cancelo, a player seen as someone who could aid the club’s problems at right back.
The report comes from Spanish news outlet Don Balon, who state that Rakitic – who has a €125m release clause in his Barca deal – may end up leaving the La Liga club in the summer in order for Cancelo to make his way to Camp Nou.
Don Balon claim Cancelo is seen as someone who could fill the right back spot for years to come, and is very well liked by Barca’s chiefs.
Barcelona are not the only club keen on Cancelo, as it was revealed on Friday that Jose Mourinho had asked his Man Utd superiors to make a move for the defender.
As per that report, Juve are reluctant to sell, but Barca’s offer of a world class midfielder may go a long way to the duo agreeing some form of deal.
UNITED WANT ALEXIS OUT AND COLOMBIAN BROUGHT IN
Jose Mourinho has reportedly settled on the man he wants to replace Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United.
The Chilean forward has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford since signing from Arsenal last January and it’s reported he will be sold to PSG either in January or, more likely, at the end of the season.
And reports in Italy claim the United manager has targeted a move for James Rodriguez as the man he wants to replace Sanchez in the United side.
The Colombian star has long been linked with United and has recaptured his best form since moving to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. Bayern are desperate to make the move permanent at the end of the season – but it seems his agent may have other plans for his client.
And according to Tuttosport, Mourinho has contacted Jorge Mendes – who conveniently represents both the United boss and the Colombian playmaker – to try and secure Rodriguez’s summer move to Old Trafford.
However, there’s a stumbling block: according to the Italian daily, Mendes is trying to push his client into joining Juventus as he feels the Italian club have a greater chance of winning the Champions League than United do any time soon.
Either way, with Sanchez seemingly on his way out at United, speculation on whom might replace him at Old Trafford is likely to gather momentum….
Fancy the best United news direct to your Facebook timeline? Like our dedicated Manchester Utd Facebook page.
AND THE REST
Barcelona have settled on Paulo Dybala as the man they want to replace Lionel Messi (Don Balon)
Aymen Abdennour wants to end his loan at Marseille and find a new club in January (Plaza Deportiva)
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has warned manager Ernesto Valverde that Rafinha, Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto are holding the team back (Don Balon)
AC Milan will ship out Hakan Calhanoglu in order to make room for Lucas Paqueta (Tuttosport)
Antonio Conte could still become Real Madrid manager, if he is given assurances in the transfer market (ABC)
Antonio Conte’s hesitation with joining Real Madrid is due to fears Florentino Perez could meddle in his management like Roman Abramovich (Don Balon)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to return to AC Milan after a report revealed he is unsettled playing in the MLS. The Rossoneri are thinking about his possible return, while Ibra is pushing for a return (Calcio Mercato)
Real Madrid have delighted Sergio Ramos by making a move by the man he considers the best young defender in Europe right now, €60m-rated Ajax star Matthijs De Lig (Diario Gol)
Liverpool have made what has been described as a “very powerful offer” for Adrien Rabiot with the midfielder still to sign his new deal with PSG (Mundo Deportivo)
Joachim Andersen insists his only focus is on Sampdoria, despite links to Tottenham, Juventus and Inter Milan (Gazette dello Sport)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made contact with Juventus defender Joao Cancelo, who is also wanted by Barcelona (Tuttosport)
Barcelona have shelved plans to spend big money on a defender in January after Samuel Umtiti made his return to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines (Sport)
Manchester City have been scouting Sporting Gijon’s teenage winger Pelayo Morilla (El Demarque)
Real Madrid have contacted Juventus to directly proposed a straight swap deal for Marcelo with Alex Sandro (Tuttosport)
Inter Milan fear the €60m exit clause they placed in Marcelo Brozovic’s contract will not be enough to scare off some of European football’s top spenders (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Italian giants Milan are eyeing a January move for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez (Sport)
AC Milan are dreaming of re-signing former defender Thiago Silva from PSG this January (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli have a clause in place that allows them to re-sign Edinson Cavani from PSG this summer for €30m (Corriere dello Sport)
Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium will compete with Vienna and Tbilisi for the right to host the 2021 Europa League final (various)
AC Milan are likely to be without Lucas Biglia for a month, after he suffered a calf injury (Gazzetta dello Sport)