Manchester United are planning an ambitious players-plus-cash offer for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross, while Tottenham have named the price clubs must pay to sign Christian Eriksen in January – all in Friday’s European papers.
MAN UTD PLANNING TONI KROOS SWAP DEAL
Manchester United are prepared to splash out €75m to bring Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to the club in January, according to reports.
The 29-year-old, who moved to Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014, recently put pen to paper on fresh terms in the Spanish capital and he has began the season with one goal and two assists in 10 appearances so far.
Despite Kroos being tied down until 2023 following his contract extension, the midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past and Don Balon claims that the Red Devils have not given up the chase for his signature.
In fact, the source says that United are willing to pay €75m to sign Kroos in January and are willing to let Paul Pogba go the other way, with Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane’s admiration for the Frenchman still strong.
Don Balon adds that along with the transfer fee, United believe they can tempt Kroos to seek pastures new by allowing him to be the leader in a squad that has often lacked such skills in recent weeks.
Kroos has scored 14 goals and assisted 43 others for Madrid in 243 games for the club to date.
AND THE REST
Tottenham want to offload midfielder Christian Eriksen in January and have put a €30m price tag on his services. If he cannot be sold, Spurs are considering a swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain that would bring Adrien Rabiot to North London (Calciomercato)
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that he would be open to bringing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain back to the club (Corriere Dello Sport)
Juve want to sit down with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for talks about extending his contract with the club until 2024 (SportMediaset)
AC Milan have no intention to sell their stopper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, in January, with the 20-year-0ld considered unsellable by the club’s hierarchy (Calciomercato)
Milan forward Fabio Borini is attracting interest from Chinese and Arab sides, but his future depends on how much new head coach Stefano Pioli utilises him (Calciomercato)
Juventus are in pole position to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, with AC Milan and United also keen on the Croatian (Marca)
The first El Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid – scheduled for later this month – has been postponed by the The Spanish FA’s Competition Committee following political unrest in Catalonia (AS)
Four men have been arrested after targeting the houses of footballers including Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey in alleged robberies (El Diario)
Manchester United have put Atletico’s Saul Niguez on a shortlist of players they could look to sign in 2020 (Diario AS)
Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini is looking forward to his side’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, saying his side have “nothing to lose” going into the game (Football-Italia)