Lionel Messi finally looks set to sign his new deal at Barcelona, a Real Madrid and Arsenal target remains calm, despite talk of his €20m release clause being met, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
ARSENAL AND REAL TARGET KEEPING CALM
Real Madrid and Arsenal target Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken about the recent transfer speculation.
The 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper’s contract expires in June, when he will be able to walk away on a free transfer. Marca though has claimed Real will look to trigger his €20million release clause in the upcoming January transfer window.
“My only focus right now is with the national team,” Arrizabalaga is quoted as saying to El Correo.
“There’s nothing more I can say other than I am a player for Spain and for Athletic Club, nothing else matters to me.
“Of course I know of the rumours, I can see them and hear them, you know they exist but I know my situation better than that. They don’t make me nervous and I’m keeping calm.”
MANCHESTER UNITED TO SHATTER RECORD ON REAL MADRID TALENT
Manchester United are locked in talks over a summer swoop for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to reports in Spain.
United were first linked with the Spain forward over the weekend amid claims they had offered him a five-year deal at Old Trafford.
And now Don Balon claims United officials have begun negotiations with the La Liga giants as they bid to thrash out a huge outlay, which is claimed will set them back a Premier League record £177million.
Asensio will reportedly be handed a £24m-a-season at Old Trafford on a five-year deal next summer, with United cooling their interest in Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale as a result.
At 21 years old, Jose Mourinho believes United would be making a sound investment in the seven-times capped Spanish star, who has become a firm favourite under Zinedine Zidane.
However, the outlet believes any deal will not come cheap and will set United back almost double their current record outlay.
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AND THE REST
Lionel Messi is finally set to renew his contract with Barcelona after months of speculation over his future (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid will lower their price tag on Gareth Bale next summer due to his injury record, essentially cutting their losses, offering the Wales forward to Manchester United for between £62m and £69m. (AS)
Julian Draxler has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Bayern Munich, Liverpool or Arsenal during the January transfer window (L’Equipe)
Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt will not join Barcelona at the end of the season, according to his agent (Ziggo Sport)
David De Gea has told Real Madrid he will only sign for them if they sell Keylor Navas first (Diario Gol)
Napoli have joined AC Milan, Juventus and Tottenham in the hunt for Real Madrid star Matteo Kovacic (Calciomercato)
Villarreal’s €25m-rated forward Cedric Bakambu is attracting interest from West Ham, West Brom and Newcastle (Marca)
Italy legends Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli have all announced their retirement from international football. Giorgio Chiellini has yet to decide if he will continue (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Talks over a deal between Liverpool and Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho remain ongoing, amid claims the player has already agreed terms with Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo / Don Balon)
Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has hit out at Belgium manager Roberto Martinez over his tactics (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar’s agent has met with representatives from Crystal Palace (Viola News)