Euro Paper Talk: Paratici moves decisively to land new midfielder as Spurs also near £26m right-back signing; Real Madrid confident of landing prized Man Utd youngster
Tottenham look increasingly likely to make eye-catching January raids on Juventus and Sporting Libson for two stars, Manchester United are in growing danger of losing a star youngster to Real Madrid, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Liverpool are in for a Napoli midfielder.
ADRIEN RABIOT DEAL LOOKING LIKELY FOR TOTTENHAM
Tottenham look increasingly likely to win the race for Adrien Rabiot with the club preparing a huge offer to land the Juventus midfielder.
Rabiot is out of contract at the end of the season and looks likely to move on, with an agreement on an extension unlikely. And the France star has already made clear his wish to move to the Premier League with this big admission.
That has led to speculation that Manchester United could be back in the market for his signature. However, a move to London appears more likely with Rabiot wishing to sign for a club who can offer him a better guarantee of Champions League football.
Arsenal are among those seemingly in the mix – but reports in Italy now claim it is Tottenham who lead the chase.
Antonio Conte’s side can offer the 27-year-old UCL football immediately – and that appears to have given them the transfer edge.
Per Tuttomercatoweb, Tottenham are ‘moving decisively’ in the race to land Rabiot. Juventus would prefer to retain his services until the end of the season.
However, Spurs are preparing a package to Juventus for Rabiot in January which will leave them with little choice but to sell.
That will give Conte the additional midfield steel he is craving, with Rabiot also reportedly convinced to make the move now. He was intending to delay any move until the summer. However, Tottenham’s offer of a three-and-a-half-year deal will also convince Rabiot to sign up in the winter window.
Pedro Porro to follow Adrien Rabiot to Tottenham
Tottenham’s business will not stop and end with Rabiot in January either. And it seems the club are in the market to sign a new right-back during the winter window too.
Conte remains unconvinced by both Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal, but now appears to have found an upgrade in Pedro Porro.
Their interest in him is branded the real deal in the Portuguese media with A Bola claiming ‘first contacts have already been made with the player’.
And according to the report, Sporting Lisbon are willing to sell if an offer of at least £26.6m (€30m) comes their way. Sporting rate Porro highly and they reportedly would prefer to keep him, especially mid-season. However, they would be powerless to block his sale with their finances dictating.
Porro’s exit clause is actually set at £39.8m (€45m), though it is unlikely Tottenham will need to go that high.
Instead, they could strike a deal for around the £26.6m mark if they also decide to waive the sell-on clause Spurs currently have on the Marcus Edwards transfer.
The article also claims Conte was convinced by moving for Porro after facing the Spaniard in the Champions League group stages.
REAL MADRID KEEN ON ALEJANDRO GARNACHO RAID
Real Madrid believe they can lure Alejandro Garnacho from Man Utd with the Spanish giants offering him a bumper deal to move when his deal expires in the summer. (various)
Chelsea are leading the chase to sign Benoit Badiashile, having submitted an opening offer to Monaco for the defender. (Fabrizio Romano)
The Blues could move for the France U21 as a replacement for Kailodou Koulibaly, who may return to Serie A with Inter Milan. (Sport Mediaset)
Inter Milan will turn to Bayern’s Noussair Mazraoui as a replacement for Denzel Dumfries. The Dutch wing-back may still reportedly depart for either Chelsea or Man Utd. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Tottenham midfielder Pape Sarr is reportedly wanted by Sevilla, while Valencia are looking to land Bryan Gil. (Relevo)
Brighton are chasing the signing of Brazilian midfielder Maycon, who plays for Corinthians on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. (Globo Esporte)
The factors behind Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool have been revealed with Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk playing leading roles. (Fabrizio Romano)
BARCELONA ENTER RACE TO SIGN LIVERPOOL STRIKER TARGET
Barcelona are ready to hold talks with the agent of Youssoufa Moukoko, with the Dortmund starlet also wanted by Liverpool and Man Utd. (Sport)
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is ruling out the January sale of Lucas Moura – but a summer return to Brazil looks a possibility. (Jorge Nicola)
Ajax are in contact with Brentford over a surprise January move for Spain goalkeeper David Raya. (AS)
Benfica are willing to sell Enzo Fernandez in January, but will demand the full £106.1m (€120m) exit clause. Liverpool, Man Utd and Real Madrid are all reportedly keen. (O Jogo)
Joao Felix has held talks with and will pick from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa in January. (Fabrizio Romano)
Gremio are on the brink of securing the free signing of former Liverpool and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez. (AS)
Jude Bellingham will reportedly leave Borussia Dortmund for far less than initially expected amid claims of a secret release clause. (various)
LIVERPOOL CHASING DEAL FOR NAPOLI STAR ELMAS
Liverpool are keen on a deal for Napoli’s Macedonian midfielder Eljif Elmas, who has three goals from 20 games this season. (Ahmet Ercanlar)
Brentford, Fulham and Aston Villa are all looking to sign Chicago Fire forward Jhon Duran – but Benfica lead the race. (Calciomercato)
Lautaro Martinez insists he wants to stay at Inter as he prepares to return to training following World Cup glory. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Noa Lang is reportedly pushing to leave Club Brugges in January with Leeds, West Ham and Monaco all keen. (Voetbal Nieuws)
Barcelona are ready to offload Memphis Depay in January, with Newcastle United among those reportedly keen. (Fabrizio Romano)
Barcelona are closing on a contract extension with Alejandro Balde, ending Man Utd’s prospects of luring him to Old Trafford. (Marca)
Barcelona are no longer willing to sell Frenkie de Jong with the midfielder still on Manchester United’s radar. (Sport)
Leeds are reportedly looking at Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza as a possible upgrade for Junior Firpo at left-back. (Football Espana)