Mauricio Pochettino is closing in on the Newcastle job, while Tottenham learn the price for a defensive target – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
POCH HAS BIG PLANS FOR NEWCASTLE
Mauricio Pochettino is close to becoming the new head coach of Newcastle and is working on a deal to bring Harry Kane to St James’ Park, according to reports.
Pochettino has been out of work since November and is now free to return to management after a six-month period of gardening leave after being sacked by Tottenham.
The Argentine has been linked with taking the reins of an exciting rebuild of the Magpies, backed by a wealthy Saudi consortium whose takeover is expected to be cleared this week.
According to Todofichajes, Pochettino is edging closer to becoming the Newcastle manager, with an agreement between himself and the club “practically closed”.
What’s more, Pochettino has ambitious plans and has spoken to Spurs marksman Kane via telephone about moving up north.
Kane admitted earlier this season that he could look to leave Tottenham if the club’s progress did not match his own ambitions.
AND THE REST
Everton and Tottenham are interested in signing Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla, who will cost at least €25million (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo wants to leave the club and manager Pep Guardiola has grown frustrated with the Portuguese (Mundo Deportivo)
Atletico Madrid could sign Napoli midfielder Allan – linked with Everton – if Thomas Partey moves to Arsenal (Mundo Deportivo)
Atletico midfielder Fernando Llorente has described his side’s Champions League victory over Liverpool at Anfield as “the most beautiful night I have ever experienced in football” (Mundo Deportivo)
Leicester are the prime candidates in the battle to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who looks set to leave next month (Todofichajes)
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, whose contract ends next month, is a “dream” buy for Newcastle’s prospective new owners (L’Equipe)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to finally put an end to the club’s goalscoring struggles (Don Balon)
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez will almost certainly leave Molineux at the end of the season (Tuttosport)
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Hertha Berlin’s exciting young winger Lazar Samardzic, after he made his Bundesliga debut at the weekend (Mundo Deportivo)
Former Inter Milan president Victor Blanco says that Lautaro Martinez’s move to Barca is almost complete (La Plata Radio)
Ex-Inter sporting director Marco Branca says that Lionel Messi rejected the chance to move to the Serie A giants in 2008 (TMW Radio)
Juventus want to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele in a swap deal involving midfielder Miralem Pjanic (Mundo Deportivo)
Former Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri is ready to return to management and has been targeted by PSG (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan are ready to offer Borussia Dortmund’s exit-bound midfielder Mario Gotze a move to the Italian top flight – only if he accepts a sizeable pay cut (Calciomercato)