The agent of a Liverpool and Chelsea target has admitted a move is very likely, while Man Utd are eyeing a £65m follow up to Alexis Sanchez, according to Thursday’s European papers.
AGENT OF CHELSEA, LIVERPOOL TARGET CONFIRMS TALKS
The agent of reported Chelsea and Liverpool target Emerson Palmieri has confirmed that the Blues have made an offer to sign the Brazilian.
Yesterday, Italian outlet Calciomercato.com reported that Chelsea had placed bid for the right-back.
Current champions Juventus reportedly came close to signing Emerson last summer, but the deal collapsed when he picked up a knee injury in May.
Roma are expected to demand a fee of around €25/30million in order to meet their own aims of staying within Financial Fair Play parameters.
“Emerson’s Chelsea move is not a done deal yet, we are in talks with the club,” his agent Fernando Garcia told Calciomercato.com.
“The two clubs are in talks and we hope to finalize the deal soon. A transfer is very likely at this stage.”
“I have not planned a trip to Italy anytime soon, we are waiting for news. Emerson would love to play in the Premier League and would love to work with Conte, he is a top manager, one of the best in the World.”
LIVERPOOL BATTLE VALENCIA FOR INTER MILAN STAR
Liverpool are ready to battle Valencia for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to reports in Italy.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims Valencia had held the upper hand in the race to sign the Croatian battler, but they now face a battle from Liverpool, with representatives from the club reported to have contacted Inter over the player.
With the Nerazzurri keen to raise fresh funds in order to pursue their own targets – including Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, the Croatian is a player the club are reportedly willing to sacrifice.
It’s believed the Reds would have to pay around £25million for the player, who would be seen as a long-term replacement for Emre Can, who continues to be linked with Juventus.
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REAL MADRID’S TOP STARS TURN ON RONALDO
Manchester United are being tipped to follow up the signing of Alexis Sanchez by then striking a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol claims Ronaldo is looking increasingly likely to leave Real Madrid this summer and reckons a deal to take him back to Old Trafford could be announced as early as next week. However, while they reckon a deal could be announced this month, it’s believed Ronaldo is more likely to see out the season in Spain before making his emotional return next summer.
Furthermore, the report claims Marco Asensio, Isco, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas all want Ronaldo offloaded this summer.
Ronaldo is said to be unhappy at Real’s failure to offer him a new deal, with his current arrangement due to expire in 2021, and it’s reckoned he could be sold back to United for a fee of just £65million.
Discussing claims the player is unsettled at Real Madrid, boss Zinedine Zidane said earlier this week: “We know what is discussed, but what Cristiano has to do is think about playing, as always.
“I just want to talk about his performance and what he can bring to the team on the pitch.
“Cristiano is a part of this club, where he belongs. The club, the fans, everyone loves him.
“I always say the same thing, I do not see a Madrid without Cristiano.”
However, with reports growing he could leave this summer, could Manchester United see their player brought back to play alongside Alexis Sanchez and beyond Romelu Lukaku in an exciting new-look attack next season? Time will tell…
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AND THE REST
RB Leipzig are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of 16-year-old striker Umaro Embalo from Portuguese giants Benfica (Bild / Kicker)
Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, rated at around £60m, says he wants to sign a new deal at the club rather move to Chelsea (Gazetta dello Sport)
Juventus have opened talks with Manchester United over a summer deal for Matteo Darmian – after Arsenal’s €40m asking price for Hector Bellerin put them off (Calciomercato)
Manchester United are closing on a surprise free capture deal for Lassana Diarra, who is a free agent after leaving Al Jazira in December (La Parisien)
Chelsea have made an approach to sign former Man City striker Eden Dzeko (MediaSet Premium)
Inter Milan are on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign Rafinha, which will see the player move to the club on loan with a view to a €35million permanent deal in the summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid have been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Neymar after his lawyer confirmed he has no release clause in his PSG contract (Radio Globo)
Everton are considering a January swoop for Spanish left-back Juan Bernat, who has fallen out of favour at Bayern Munich (Kicker)
Besiktas have opened talks with Leicester over the transfer of Islam Slimani, with the player set to sign on loan with a view to a permanent £20m deal (Fanatik)
Liverpool have also told Inter Milan they can sign Daniel Sturridge on loan if they also agree to sign him this summer, also for €35million (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Inter will only sign Sturridge, however, if they can find a buyer for 31-year-old Brazilian striker Eder (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Southampton are on the verge of signing £15m-rated Monaco striker Guido Carrillo (L’Equipe)
Joao Mario is “seriously considering” a loan move to West Ham this winter after Manchester United’s interest in the Inter Milan star went cold (MediaSet Premium)
Gerard Deulofeu is in talks with Napoli over a €16million switch from Barcelona (Corriere dello Sport)
Thiago Silva believes reported Liverpool and Man Utd target Lucas Moura should move to Italy amid talk Napoli want to sign him (Sport MediaSet)
Real Madrid will sign Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski in place of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema this summer in an overhaul that will see around €400m spent and around €200m brought back in (Marca)
Leon Goretzka has snubbed a move to Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal and will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season (Bild)
Juventus will make a concrete move for one of either Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil or Christian Eriksen of Tottenham this summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Inter will launch an ambitious bid for Liverpool target and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos should they fail to land Rafinha Alcantara this month (Diario AS)
Chelsea are expected to face competition from PSG if Juventus give any indication they are willing to sell wing-back Alex Sandro (L’Equipe)
Javier Mascherano will play his final Barcelona match next Thursday against Espanyol before joining Hebei China Fortune (Mundo Deportivo)
Villarreal hope to talk AC Milan into accepting a reduced €11m bid (down from €15m) for on-loan striker Carlos Bacca (Gazetta dello Sport)
Roma defender Federico Fazio has criticised Spurs and the English game after his ill-fated spell in the Premier League (Corriere dello Sport)
Everton are emerging as serious rivals to Sevilla in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt Omar Mascarell (Marca)
Real Madrid have agreed to pay the €110m exit fee in Mauro Icardi’s contract, with the Argentine due to move after the 2018 World Cup (Corriere dello Sport)