Zinedine Zidane wants to bring a Barcelona man to Manchester United as his first signing for the club, while Chelsea and Arsenal have been tipped to move for a Real Madrid star after some surprising claims, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
ZIDANE WANTS TOTAL CONTROL AT MAN UTD
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told Manchester United their only hope of appointing him as manager will be if they allow him a 100% say on transfers in and out of the club.
With more damaging claims being made about the future of several United stars should Jose Mourinho stay on as manager, reports have continued to grow that the club are considering an approach to appoint Zidane as his successor.
However, it’s reported that Zidane will only move to Old Trafford if he gains total control of incomings and outgoings at the club – something he lacked at Real Madrid and, as per the report, one of the factors that led to his departure at the Bernabeu.
United are currently in the market to appoint a director of football to plug that gap between Mourinho and the United board – but Zidane’s request could yet change all that.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo claims Zidane may already have lined up his first signing as United boss, with a deal for Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba inching closer.
The paper claims the Spain left-back is upset Barca are yet to open talks with him on a new deal with just 18 months remaining on his existing agreement.
And it’s suggested Alba could be lured to Old Trafford with United ready to swoop in and bring him in as a replacement for Luke Shaw, who looks increasingly likely to move on.
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AND THE REST
Chelsea and Arsenal have both been linked with moves for Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal after he revealed that he wants to play in the Premier League before hanging up his boots (Libero Magazine)
Galatasaray defender Ozan Kabak, 18, has outlined his ambitions to one day sign for Manchester United (Tam Saha magazine)
Tottenham are emerging as shock favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer (Calciomercato)
Barcelona have confirmed striker Luis Suarez will undergo treatment on a knee injury over the international break (various)
Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nera says there’s no rush for the Inter Milan captain to sign a new deal given he has three years on his contract still to run (Tiki Taka)
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is set to miss a fortnight of action after sustaining a hamstring injury, the club have confirmed (various)
£26m Everton striker Cenk Tosun could be loaned back to Besiktas in January should the Toffees agree a deal to sign Danny Welbeck from Arsenal (Turkish Football)
Real Madrid see Harry Kane as Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term replacement at the Bernabeu and are ready to spend €200m to sign him next summer (El Confidencial)
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has protested his innocence in the wake of more allegations that have come his way (Tuttosport)
Although Julen Lopetegui is safe for now, Real Madrid are still lining up alternatives in the Bernabeu dugout – with Antonio Conte top of their wishlist (AS)
Juventus will not be looking to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, despite the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici admitting they still “love him very much” (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter, and Roma are all keen to sign €15m-rated Brescia star Sandro Tonali (Calciomercato)
Former Italy boss Giampiero Ventura is “inching closer” to the Chievo Verona bench, with the club poised to axe Lorenzo D’Anna (Calciomercato)
Liverpool and Manchester United transfer target Adrien Rabiot, who has rejected a €9m PSG contract renewal, is once again receiving interest from Barcelona (Sport)