Arsenal make advances for the signing of a Serie A midfielder, while Leeds face stern competition for a strike target – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
ARSENAL MAKE FRANCK KESSIE ADVANCES
Arsenal have taken significant steps forward in their efforts to bring AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie to North London, according to reports.
Kessie, who moved to Milan on a permanent deal last summer following a successful two-year loan from Atalanta, has made 22 appearances for Stefano Pioli’s side this term.
Despite scoring only once and assisting one other goal, the midfielder – known for his dribbling – has impressed and continued to be trusted by Pioli throughout the campaign.
According to Calciomercato24, his future will be under consideration at the end of the season, however, and Arsenal have stepped in to make their interest in the 23-year-old known.
Indeed, the source adds that the Gunners have made “concrete advances” for the Ivory Coast international.
In response, it is claimed Milan have rebuffed the approach, adding that Kessie is not currently on the market while the season is underway.
AND THE REST
A host of Championship and Premier League clubs are interested in Besiktas forward Cyle Larin, who has been linked with a move to Leeds United (Fotospor)
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, currently on loan at Besiktas, has revealed that he would be open to signing a permanent deal with the Turkish side (beIN Sports)
Lazio have placed Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on a three-man shortlist of summer targets alongside Real Madrid defender Nacho and Lyon’s Memphis Depay (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are willing to offer defender Alessandro Bastoni a new contract to ward off interest in the Italian from Manchester City and Barcelona (Calciomercato)
Inter boss Antonio Conte’s reported hunt for Marcos Alonso comes given that the Chelsea defender enjoyed his best years with the Italian manager while at Stamford Bridge (Calciomercato)
Paris Saint-Germain are willing to part ways with first-team stars such as Neymar if it means keeping hold of Kylian Mbappe (AS)
Aston Villa and Newcastle have registered interest in striker Alexander Sorloth, on loan at Trabzonspor from Crystal Palace (Turkiye)
On-loan Norwich goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann is expected to move to Norwegian side SK Brann on a temporary deal after his struggles for game time with the Canaries this term (Aftenposten)
Real Madrid have handed promising youngster Miguel Gutierrez a new deal until 2024 (AS)
Watford were close to signing Birmingham full-back Kristian Pedersen in January after submitting an £8million deal (BT)
Everton made a January offer of €30million plus ‘important bonuses’ for Dejan Kulusevski, who eventually agreed to join Juventus at the end of the season (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan and AC Milan are keeping tabs on Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose future in North London is under threat (Calciomercato)
Besiktas manager Sergen Yalcin will next week make a decision over Liverpool loanee Loris Karius after the derby game against Galatasaray (Milliyet)