Manchester United scouts will produce a glowing report of one midfield target, while West Ham want an Inter striker and Newcastle are tipped to bid for a LaLiga midfielder – according to Wednesday’s European papers.
MAN UTD ONE OF SEVEN IMPRESSED BY ITALY STARLET
Manchester United came back impressed from their scouting mission of Sandro Tonali in Brescia’s narrow loss to Juventus on Tuesday, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Reports earlier in the week had suggested that United officials would travel to Lombardy to observe the midfielder in action against the Serie A champions – with a January bid of up to €50m being suggested.
Brescia lost 2-1 to Juventus, but not before taking a shock lead, which they held for most of the first half – and Gazzetta, who named Tonali as the best player on the pitch, reveal that the Man Utd scouts were pleased with what they saw.
However, the Old Trafford club are not alone in their interest in Tonali, a 19-year-old who was promoted to the Italian Under-21 side earlier this year thanks to his role in Brescia’s successful push for promotion.
Italian trio Inter, Napoli and AC Milan also watched on with intrigue, while French champions PSG and German giants Borussia Dortmund were keeping tabs on the player too.
AND THE REST
Napoli duo Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon have been offered new contracts – but the former, a one-time Man Utd and Chelsea target, wants to wait to see if he has any offers from abroad (Calciomercato)
Newcastle will make a bid for out-of-favour Sevilla midfielder Rony Lopes in January (El Gol Digital)
Roma are still interested in Fiorentina defender German Pezzella despite signing Chris Smalling on loan this summer (Calciomercato)
Reported Liverpool and Wolves goalkeeper target Ugurcan Cakir has signed a new long-term contract with Trabzonspor (Goal)
PSG representatives have met with Neymar to discuss a surprise new contract for the Barcelona target (Le10 Sport)
PSG are also trying to tie down Thiago Silva to a new deal, with the veteran defender’s contract up at the end of the season (Calciomercato)
Bayern Munich full-back Joshua Kimmich would be open to sealing a €60m move to Barcelona (Don Balon)
West Ham are ready to make an offer for Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa after a successful loan spell at Flamengo, who are also interested in a permanent deal (FCInterNews)
AC Milan were close to signing Torino centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou this summer (Tuttosport)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic – who has been linked with Manchester United – has rejected an offer to play in Qatar (Calciomercato)
Juventus are monitoring Brescia defender Andrea Cistana as they look to add depth at centre-back (Calciomercato)
Eric Abidal watched Fabian Ruiz in Napoli’s win over Lecce at the weekend, with a view to Barcelona making a move (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has threatened to not release any of his players for Germany duty if the national team drop Manuel Neuer for Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Sport Bild)