Zinedine Zidane wants Manchester United to bring three Real Madrid stars to Old Trafford with him, while Tottenham are looking to offload a winger, according to Thursday’s European papers.
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Zinedine Zidane has told Manchester United he needs the club to bring three huge stars to the club from Real Madrid in January if he is to turn around their fortunes, according to fanciful reports on Thursday.
With Jose Mourinho’s job said to be hanging by a thread, reports have claimed former Real boss Zidane has emerged as favourite to succeed him in the Old Trafford hotseat.
It’s claimed the United board want Zidane to bring about a change in the club’s philosophy and playing style and believe Zidane is the man to orchestrate it.
However, Don Balon claims the Frenchman he needs United to invest heavily in the squad and can only make them a success if they sanction a triple €180m swoop.
According to the Spanish publication, Zidane has told United’s board to bring Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema to the club in order to turn around their fortunes.
The report adds that United’s only chance of bringing in both Varane and Kroos – both of whom are long-term targets of the club – is to appoint Zidane as manager.
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Stade Rennais are in talks over the loan deal of Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (L’Equipe)
Ivan Rakitic has confirmed he is close to signing a new deal with Barcelona following a summer that saw him linked with moves to Manchester United and PSG (Sport)
Manchester United will still make a January move for Lorenzo Pellegrini despite claims Roma are ready to offer the midfielder a new deal (Calciomercato)
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says it is unlikely Jerome Boateng will join Juan Bernat in heading to PSG in this transfer window (Kicker)
Barcelona are working hard to sign PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot before Friday’s transfer deadline passes (Sport)
Real Madrid have confirmed the return of Mariano Diaz from Olympique Lyonnais after activating a buyback option said to be worth €25m. The striker had been poised to join Sevilla in a €35m deal
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara wants to join Real Betis but the two clubs are poles apart on their valuations (RAC1)
Christian Panucci admits he dreams of one day becoming Roma coach (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Monaco have agreed a fee of £10.5m for West Brom winger Nacer Chadli (RMC Sport)
Inter Milan have put suitors off a deal for unwanted midfielder Joao Mario by demanding a return on their €26.7million investment (Calciomercato)
Yann Karamoh could leave Inter Milan before Friday’s deadline, with Schalke, St Etienne and Mainz all keen (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that striker Martin Braithwaite has asked to leave the club, with Spanish sides Leganes expected to complete a deal (AS)
Erick Thohir is expected to sell his remaining 30 per cent stake in Inter by the end of the year, with Suning buying out the former owner (Tuttosport)
Girona have completed the signing of Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia from Sporting Lisbon