Manchester United are one of four sides observing a free-scoring Mexican starlet, while Juventus are chasing ambitious moves for two Spurs stars – according to Friday’s European papers.
MAN UTD IN FOUR-WAY BATTLE FOR MEXICAN PROSPECT
Manchester United are interested in a January move for Mexico and Leon striker Jose Juan Macias, according to reports in Spain.
Marca believe that the 20-year-old, who has scored 16 goals in 28 appearances since joining Leon on loan from Guadalajara in December, is a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – whose options up front are limited following the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
January moves for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic have been suggested by Sky Sports, but the foreign press believe that Macias is on their radar as well.
However, United are not alone in their interest, as Mexican source Record claim that Borussia Dortmund and Real Betis scouted Macias in a recent international win over Trinidad & Tobago, as he scored on his senior Mexico debut.
Marca also say that German side FC Koln were in attendance, having admired the player from afar for some time.
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AND THE REST
Juventus are eyeing ambitious moves for Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane, with the former a much more realistic target (Tuttosport)
AC Milan defender Davide Calabria is close to agreeing a new, improved contract until 2024, which will see him earn €2m per season (Tuttosport)
Inter Milan are expected to resume talks with Manchester United over a permanent deal for Alexis Sanchez next summer – having failed to do so when organising his loan in order to quickly get the deal done (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid want to sell striker Mariano Diaz before pursuing new additions (Marca)
Former Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is set to sign for Fiorentina on a free transfer (Tuttosport)
Ex-Southampton and Leicester manager Claude Puel is poised to take charge of Ligue 1 side Saint Ettiene (RMC Sport)
Leicester and Manchester City are interested in a €1.5m move for Altinordu teenager Burak Ince, who has already broken into the first team despite only being 15 (Fotospor)
Juventus are considering an approach for Chelsea winger Willian (Calciomercato)
Inter are hoping to cash in on striker Gabriel Barbosa, who has revived his career on loan at Flamengo, to fund a January move for powerful Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Tuttosport)
Man Utd midfielder Nemanja Matic is an alternative to Milinkovic-Savic for Inter (Corriere Dello Sport)
Barcelona have made contact with River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo as a potential replacement if Ernesto Valverde is dismissed (TNT Sports)
Juventus want to sell Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic in January, as well as third-choice keeper Mattia Perin and out-of-favour winger Marko Pjaca (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid are hoping to take advantage of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s hesitance to sign an extended contract at AC Milan by making a bid for the €70m-rated shot-stopper (Don Balon)
Real Madrid believe they have a good chance of signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham in January – instead of Donny Van De Beek or N’Golo Kante – as the Premier League side would be forced to sell at a low price (Sport)
Barcelona rejected the chance to sign Inter Milan defender Stefan De Vrij (Mundo Deportivo)
Olivier Giroud’s decision to stay at Chelsea rather than move to West Ham this summer could cost him his place in France’s squad for Euro 2020 (L’Equipe)
Claudio Ranieri could replace Eusebio Di Francesco as Sampdoria manager – just months after replacing him at Roma – with a match against Verona crucial in deciding the ex-Sassuolo boss’ fate (Il Secolo XIX)
Gennaro Gattuso is unlikely to return as AC Milan manager unless directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban resign (Corriere Dello Sport)
Real Madrid are considering selling ex-Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz in January to free up funds (Marca)
Juventus and Inter have joined Manchester United in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (Calciomercato)