Euro Paper Talk: Major new player in for €120m Ronaldo; Liverpool find buyer for unwanted striker

Date published: Monday 2nd July 2018 3:58 - Matthew Briggs

Cristiano Ronaldo could be Juventus bound and Liverpool have found a buyer for Daniel Sturridge although the transfer fee is a sticking point, according to Monday’s European papers.

 

JUVE IN FOR RONALDO

Juventus are trying to sign Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report in Italy.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes recently brokered the deal to take full-back Joao Cancelo to Turin from Valencia – ending s long-running fued with the Old Lady.

Now Tuttosport report that Mendes is working on a deal that will see Ronaldo move to Serie A.

Ronaldo, 33,  is contracted to the Champions League winners until 2021 and his buyout clause is set at €1billion, but OK Diario last week claimed his release clause has been significantly lowered to €120m.

The former Man Utd star has been heavily linked with a return to United since the Champions League final and Zinedine Zidane’s deaparture from the club.

In the immediate aftermath of the 3-1 win over Liverpool, he told beIN Sports: “It was very nice to be at Real Madrid.”

He then told Spanish outlet Marca: “Money is not the problem.

“I have won five Champions Leagues and five Ballons d’Or. I had already made history, but now even more.

“I’m not upset because I know what I give to the club. I don’t want to erase this unique moment, with my colleagues who are champions.”

 

MOURINHO TARGETS MANDZUKIC SWOOP

Manchester United have opened talks with Juventus over a surprise swoop for veteran forward Mario Mandzukic, according to reports in the Italian media.

Calciomercato claims Jose Mourinho has asked United to bring in the Croatian striker as cover and competition for Romelu Lukaku next season after deciding Marcus Rashford isn’t quite good enough yet to challenge for a central striking role.

Mandzukic has impressed during Croatia’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals and was again on the mark on Sunday.

It’s claimed United will use Juventus’ interest in Matteo Darmian to help prise Mandzukic away from Juve this summer.

The Italy defender is set to return to Serie A this summer and claims to have offers on the table from Inter Milan, Juventus or Napoli this summer, according to il Gazzetta dello Sport.

 

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AND THE REST

Crystal Palace have tabled a bid for Fenerbahce star midfielder Ozan Tufan (Fanatik)

Besiktas are prepared to pay up to £8.9m [€10m] for Daniel Sturridge, but Liverpool want £15m (A Spor)

Gonzalo Higuain will be swapped for Alvaro Morata if Maurizio Sarri takes over at Chelsea (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Jokin Aperribay, president of Real Sociedad says he is hopeful of signing Mikel Merino from Newcastle (Marca)

Gianluigi Buffon is expected to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer within the next week (L’Equipe)

Barcelona are looking at the possible signing of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante (Don Balon)

Chelsea and Roma could battle it out to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Sky Sports News)

Mario Balotelli failed to report for the first day of pre-season training at Nice – new head coach Patrick Vieira’s first in charge of the club (various)

Inter are chasing Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta (Calciomercato)

Arsenal target Steven N’Zonzi has told La Liga side Sevilla that he wants to leave this summer (EFE)

Paris Saint-Germain could be about to axe Brazilian star Thiago Silva (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona want Manchester United target Willian from Chelsea, who want €80m for the Brazilian (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Betis have made contact with Real Madrid over a possible summer transfer for midfielder Marcos Llorente (Mundo Deportivo)

Roma will reportedly pounce for Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer if Alisson leaves (Calciomercato)

Florent Sinama-Pongolle has revealed he wants to return to Recreativo de Huelva this summer. The former Liverpool man is currently playing in Thailand for Chainat Hornbill (AS)

Red Bull Salzburg insist right-back Stefan Lainer will not be joining Napoli this summer (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea will sign Daniele Rugani as soon as Maurizio Sarri’s appointment is rubberstamped, while talks are well underway over a €70m swap deal that will see Alvaro Morata join Juventus, with Gonzalo Higuain (Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea are back in the race to sign Lazio winger Felipe Anderson, who could be seen as a replacement for Man Utd and Barcelona target Willian (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona have joined the race to sign Man Utd transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio and will spend as much as €120m to sign the player, with Rafinha possibly being used as a makeweight (La Repubblica)

AC Milan want to sign either Ciro Immobile or Timo Werner this summer in a bid to add more bite to their attack (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, has again offered the goalkeeper to Liverpool (Corriere dello Sport)

Gelson Martins’ agent has denied talk the Liverpool and Arsenal wing target could sign for Benfica this summer (Record)

West Ham have bid £27million for Nice forward Alassane Plea, who is also a target for Tottenham (Le10 Sport)

Juventus are eyeing a stunning summer swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo (Tuttosport)

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to rival Manchester United in the race to sign AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci (Le Parisien)

West Brom have tabled a £17.7million offer with Galatasaray for attacker Garry Rodrigues (Aksam)

The Spanish FA have identified Quique Sanchez Flores as their first-choice candidate for the next Spain boss (AS)

Barcelona will complete the signing of defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla ‘within days’ (Marca)

Daley Blind is close to agreeing a return to Ajax after being fazed out at Manchester United (De Telegraaf)

Barcelona remain interested in Chelsea winger Willian amid reports that the Catalan giants had a sizeable bid rejected by the Premier League club (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool have ended their interest in Jasper Cillessen and Alisson – but could launch a bid for Danijel Subasic

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is unsure over whether to sign Mario Balotelli this summer (Tuttosport)

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has asked Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to join him in Italy (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United and Manchester City are both monitoring the situation surrounding PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot (Paris United)

 

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