European Paper Talk: Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 21/03/17 11:07am
The summer transfer window is drawing ever closer and we have updates from across Europe on Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and more.
Our friends over at Football Whispers have scoured the continent's top media outlets to bring you all of the emerging transfer stories...
The so-called MSN - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - could be reinforced in the summer.
Paco Alcacer, who has failed to impress since his €30m switch from Valencia last summer, would make way for those arrivals. (Mundo Deportivo)
Speculation is rife as to who will replace Luis Enrique at the end of the season. Among the names being linked with the job are Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde and Enrique's current No 2, Juan Carlos Unzue, who played a handful of times for the Blaugrana between 1988 and 1990. (El Pais).
Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez has moved to reassure the club's supporters that Messi and Andres Iniesta will remain with the club.
Messi, who has 41 goals to his name in all competitions, is out of contract in 2018, while Iniesta also has another year remaining on his existing deal. (Marca)
Also set to remain with his current club is Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema. The French international has been in and out of Zinedine Zidane's starting XI this season but has scored eight times in just 17 La Liga starts despite finding himself behind Alvaro Morata at times.
The 29-year-old remains under contract at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2019 and it is reported he will remain with Los Merengues for the duration. (Marca)
Another candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant Barcelona job is Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The former Milan boss is being linked with a switch to Spain after winning two Serie A titles with Juve and a third with Milan, as well as four domestic cup competitions. Allegri will reportedly be paid €8m per year by Barca. (Premium Sport)
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who is out of work after leaving Inter Milan in August 2016, has dropped a cryptic clue about his future.
Asked about the possibility of coaching Roma, the former Lazio boss replied: "At the moment there is nothing concrete. But I'm a professional and sometimes coaches go where they least expect it." (La Repubblica)
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has stated his desire to remain with the Rossoneri despite interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
The teenage goalkeeper is a client of high-profile agent Mino Raiola, who has previously stated the Italian international is worth €170m. However, Donnarumma insists he is keen to remain at San Siro.
He said: "I hope to stay at Milan. I want to stay because I am a Milan fan." (La Repubblica)
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has quashed talk of replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
The 43-year-old was asked about the link and said: "I can't give you any information about the topic because it doesn't involve me. I'm happy with my job in Dortmund and have a contract, so it is of no interest to me." (Bild)