Euro Paper Talk: Messi orders Barcelona to beat Arsenal, Liverpool to €50m playmaker

Date published: Friday 1st February 2019 11:51

during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

There has been a fresh twist in the saga surrounding James Rodriguez, while AC Milan have made their mind up over a Chelsea star, according to Friday’s European papers.

 

ARSENAL DEALT BLOW BY MESSI AND CO.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has urged the club to make a summer move for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, a report claims.

Rodriguez is currently on loan at Bayern Munich and has fallen out of favour under Niko Kovac this season, starting just five times in the Bundesliga.

Bayern paid Real a £11.9m two-year loan fee when previous manager Carlo Ancelotti brought him to the club in summer 2017, with an option to make the move a permanent £39.1m switch this summer.

Arsenal have been linked with a possible move for the Colombia international, who is understood to be seen as the ideal man to replace Mesut Ozil, who has been told told his Arsenal career is drawing to a close.

According to Don Balon though there has been a twist, as Real’s Clasico rivals Barcelona have been alerted to Rodriguez’s possible availability.

Kovac has reportedly made it clear to Bayern that he does not want the club to sign the former Monaco man on a permanent deal, ‘ordering’ his departure in the summer.

This is where the Catalan side believe they can launch a swoop: they are willing to pay the €50m fee required to sign Rodriguez, while Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi and other key Barca players would welcome his arrival.

However, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has apparently warned Barca of the existence of an anti-Barca clause that would make any deal very difficult.

A return to Real Madrid or a sale to Juventus, Napoli or Arsenal, are the best options in Rodriguez’s escape plan, but Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked.

 

AND THE REST

Real Madrid are willing to pay €110million to try and sign Marcus Rashford from Manchester United this summer (Don Balon)

AC Milan have been given FFP clearance to complete a permanent deal for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Milan will exercise their option to sign him outright, although they could look for a discount on the previously agreed €35m fee (Calciomercato)

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is eyeing Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax), Marquinhos (PSG), Milan Skriniar (Inter) and David Alaba (Bayern) as possible summer defensive reinforcements (Don Balon)

Juventus have identified Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid) and Cristian Romero (Genoa) as the main targets to reinforce Massimiliano Allegri’s team (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti is more and more at risk after their Coppa Italia defeat to Lazio and Giuseppe Marotta is in contact with Antonio Conte as a potential replacement (Tuttosport)

Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo is one of the names followed closely by Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici (Rai Sport)

Luciano Acosta’s transfer from D.C. United to Paris-Saint Germain fell through due to a difference of $2million/£1.53m (Washington Post)

Tottenham striker Shayon Harrison is close to sealing a loan move to A-League side Melbourne City (Sydney Herald)

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti insists Ivan Perisic was conned and that the club have to get him back on track after the midfielder had his head turned by interest from Arsenal in the January transfer window

 

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