Real Madrid will hit Arsenal with a tempting €80m approach plus the chance to sign a midfield star in January, while Liverpool will make a check on a potential new No 10 next, according to Thursday’s European papers.
REAL TO SACRIFICE CEBALLOS AS JANUARY APPROACH FOR AUBAMEYANG IS PREPPED
Arsenal face a fight to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club beyond the winter window if reports in the Spanish media are to be believed.
The Gabon striker has a formidable record for the Gunners, having struck 46 goals in 70 appearances since his move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
Aubameyang, however, has made no secret of his desire to one day play for Real Madrid and it was quite the surprise Arsenal were given a free run at signing the striker once it became apparent that BVB were prepared to let him leave.
Now Don Balon claims Real are finally ready to launch a bid to bring the striker to the Bernabeu and believe Aubameyang would flourish in LaLiga and could be the man to rescue a season which already looks like trophy glory could prove beyond them.
The Spanish outlet claims Real are willing to spend €80m on Aubameyang but will use Dani Ceballos as bait to get the deal over the line.
Real had previously insisted that the dynamic midfielder would not be allowed to leave the Bernabeu as part of his season-long loan at Arsenal.
But the chance to bring in Aubameyang will see Real offer Arsenal the chance to make the signing of Ceballos permanent, though sacrificing their star striker in the process would surely not be in their thinking.
That said, the chance to claw back a profit on the striker, who at 30 years old will likely see his value deteriorate in the coming seasons, could tempt yet tempt them to do business.
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Real Madrid, Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich will all send scouts to watch €100m-rated midfielder Kai Havertz when Bayer Leverkusen play Juventus in their next Champions League game (Bild)
Arsenal have made an approach to sign 18-year-old Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai from Red Bull Salzburg (Salzburger Nachrichten)
Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists having players who don’t want to leave represents “a positive rather than a negative” following their failure to offload Mario Mandzukic, Emre Can and Paulo Dybala this summer (Sky Italia)
Napoli and Roma have joined the list of clubs interested in Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was at the centre of a fight in the Nerazzurri locker room with teammate Marcelo Brozovic following their disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Leonardo Bonucci was forced to step in and prevent an argument between Juan Cuadrado and several Juventus teammates becoming ugly following their 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid (Sky Italia)
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba faces a month on the sidelines with a thigh injury (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 33, is considering retiring from international duty with Germany after next year’s European Championships (Bild)
Fiorentina defender Lorenzo Venuti is ready to renew his contract with La Viola (FirenzeViola.it)
Cluj coach Dan Petrescu has outlined his desire to work in Serie A as his side prepare to face Lazio in the Europa League (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus rejected the chance to re-sign Dani Alves this summer before the 36-year-old Brazil defender joined Sao Paulo on a free transfer (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale speaks perfect Spanish, according to former Wales boss Chris Coleman. Bale has previously been criticised by fellow Welshman John Toshack for not learning Spanish since joining Real in 2013 (Marca)
Manchester United sent an official to watch Norwegian forward Erling Haaland as he introduced himself to the European stage by scoring a hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg on his Champions League debut (Salzburger Nachrichten)