Tottenham are making progress over two headline-grabbing attacking transfers, with Lorenzo Insigne first up, Liverpool are in the market to sign a former Manchester United winger, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Antonio Rudiger has agreed a move from Chelsea.
INSIGNE DEAL HOPES GROW AT TOTTENHAM
Tottenham are making strides in their exciting efforts to bring Lorenzo Insigne to the club after a key development on his future.
Spurs have entered a new chapter in their managerial history following the appointment of Antonio Conte. While Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo both ultimately failed in the job, Tottenham have faith in Conte.
Life at the club has started well under the Italian. They have picked up 10 of a possible 12 Premier League points and have in fact won three in a row in the league.
As the January transfer window approaches, though, Conte reportedly has his eyes on a major overhaul with talk of an ‘unprecedented’ spree.
Getting the best out of his attack remains an issue, with Harry Kane yet to fire on all cylinders.
And one man they’ve been strongly linked with is Napoli captain Insigne.
The Italy star is out of contract next summer and talks on an extension are yet to see an agreement.
Indeed, his agent Vincenzo Pisacane has branded Napoli’s latest offer “unacceptable”.
“An offer has been made that is not considered acceptable, not considered appropriate,” Pisacane said, via Football Italia. “But it doesn’t mean we don’t talk to each other anymore.
“Everyone plays their part, there are those who ask questions and those who request. The best thing is to talk to each other.
Lorenzo Insigne agent unhappy with offer
“I have read several times that Lorenzo has asked for the moon, but no request has ever been made. He feels Napoli as part of him, he perhaps holds Napoli excessively close. I struggle to find a player more attached to the shirt.”
With Tottenham reportedly lurking and willing to offer Insigne the wages he wants, a move to London looks more increasingly likely.
Pisacane, though, refuses to be pressed on claims that Insigne and Napoli could part ways.
“I can’t give a percentage, I just can’t. Marriages are made in two, therefore I think it’s right to meet again, to talk about it and see if there’s a possibility or not,” he said.
“I find it strange that we are in December, it’s not too late but if I want something and I want to get it, I start working on it.
“Lorenzo has been a top player in the same team for many years and he always finds incentives to do better. I think it’s very difficult to find a symbol like him.
“I think Lorenzo deserved a little more time.”
Bale tipped to follow Lorenzo Insigne to Spurs
Not only is Fabio Paratici working on the signing of Insigne, but there also plans in place to re-sign Gareth Bale.
As per Fijachés, Paratici is making progress over a deal to bring Bale back to Spurs next summer.
His contract is due to expire in summer 2022 and looks likely to join Spurs for a third stint, according to the Spanish outlet.
The move reportedly has the full backing of Conte, who plans to move on Steven Bergwijn.
And Spurs will next season reportedly line up with an attack of Kane, Heung-min Son and Insigne, with Bale and Lucas Moura in reserve.
LIVERPOOL KEEN ON DEAL FOR MEMPHIS DEPAY
Jurgen Klopp is planning a surprise swoop to sign Memphis Depay with the former Manchester United man unsettled at Barcelona. (Todofijachés)
Manchester United are readying a surprise swoop to sign Ousmane Dembele with the winger deciding against signing an extension at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)
Antonio Rudiger will join Real Madrid as a free agent next summer, having agreed a three-year deal to move from Chelsea. (Todofijachés)
Liverpool’s interest in Porto winger Luis Diaz is growing and Jurgen Klopp is ‘desperate’ to bring the Colombian to Anfield. (Marca)
Dries Mertens, much like Lorenzo Insigne, hopes to stay Napoli, despite links to Arsenal and Tottenham. (Sky Italia)
Ferran Torres’ move to Barcelona is ‘all but done’ with the Manchester City forward having an agreement in principle to move to the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo)
CAVANI KNOWS TIME AT MAN UTD IS OVER
Edinson Cavani knows Manchester United are ‘no longer counting on him’ and the striker will definitely leave in January. Juventus are now a serious option for the veteran Uruguayan. (Tuttosport)
Thomas Tuchel is blocking Barcelona’s bid to sign Timo Werner on loan from Chelsea in January. (Sport)
Watford are planning to sign Strasbourg’s in-demand midfielder Anthony Caci in January. (Le 10 Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain wing-back Achraf Hakimi is reportedly seeking a return to Real Madrid in the summer. (El Nacional)
ROMA PLANNING MAX AARONS MOVE
Roma are strongly in the hunt to sign Max Aarons and are preparing a £20m swoop for the Norwich wing-back. (Corriere dello Sport)
Ajax continue to chase Steven Bergwijn and see the Tottenham man as a likely replacement for David Neres. (Soccernews)
Joao Felix is looking to leave Atletico Madrid if they fail to make Champions League progress on Tuesday night. (AS)
Roberto Mancini is dismissing claims he could quit the Italy job with a return to the Premier League as Manchester United manager. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Atletico Madrid are considering a January swoop to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico in an €18m deal. (Fijachés)
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi is playing down claims he is already in talks to sign a new contract with the Serie A champions. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Hungary manager Marco Rossi admits Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai will be moving to Chelsea in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is emerging as a shock transfer target for Ajax. (De Telegraaf)