European Paper Talk: Arsenal enter Nemanja Matic race
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 15/07/17 8:45pm
The summer transfer window is in full flow and clubs across Europe are making moves as they look to piece together the squad they need in time for the start of the season.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media for the latest news and transfer rumours.
Interest in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is growing. The Serbian enforcer is a Juventus and Manchester United transfer target but now Arsenal are keen on the 28-year-old too. The Blues have given Matic permission to miss pre-season tours to China and Singapore in order to complete a move away from Stamford Bridge. (Calcio Mercato)
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic could be set for a big move to AC Milan. The Croatian striker, who bagged 15 goals Fiorentina last term, has his heart set on a move to the San Siro and La Viola have given the player four days to mull over his future. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
And Milan's summer spending spree shows no sign of slowing with Lazio's Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia next on their wish list. If he moves to the San Siro the Rome outfit will move for Chelsea's young midfielder Mario Pasalic as a replacement. (Calcio Mercato)
Star of Leicester City's dramatic Premier League win two seasons ago, Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez is a Roma transfer target. The capital club are keen to sign the Foxes star to replace Mo Salah who joined Liverpool earlier in the window. But Leicester want £50million for the 26-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport)
Another day brings new speculation surrounding Monaco's teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old forward has reportedly indicated he could leave the Ligue 1 champions with interest from Arsenal growing. (Marca)
Long-term Real Madrid transfer target David de Gea is once again on the Spanish giants' radar. And if Manchester United are to lose the goalkeeper, Jose Mourinho wants a Real player - preferably Raphael Varane - as part of the deal. (Don Balon)
Manchester United boss Mourinho claims it was Real Madrid's right to demand the fee they wanted for Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard had been United's first-choice striking target this summer but Los Blancos' asking price proved too much and Romelu Lukaku joined for £75million instead.
One of the summer's most surprising moves is Paulinho's potential switch from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona. But the deal is in jeopardy with the Chinese Super League club reportedly considering suing the Catalans over their 'harassment' of the Brazilian in negotiations. (AS)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's options became fewer late on Thursday evening when the Chinese Super League transfer window shut. The Chelsea transfer target had been the subject of interest from Tianjin Quanjian but the 40-goal forward will not be moving from Borussia Dortmund to China. (Bild)
Another player who won't be leaving the Bundesliga to head east is Bayer Leverkusen winger Kevin Kampl. Subject of a €27million offer from Beijing Guoan, the 26-year-old saw negotiations break down before the window closed on Friday. (Kicker)
Nice left-back Dalbert is keen to leave to join Italian giants Inter Milan. The 23-year-old Brazilian, who has also been linked with Liverpool this summer, impressed last season and claims more than ten European clubs have been in touch with his agent. (L'Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of signing Monaco midfielder Fabinho have been ended. That comes after Vadim Vasilyew, vice-president of the Monegasques, had dinner with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. (L'Equipe)
The future of Portugal international Renato Sanches looks to be away from Bayern Munich after the 19-year-old made just six Bundesliga starts for the champions last season. The 19-year-old is the latest player wanted by Milan who could agree a €7million loan fee. (Record)
Manchester United boss Mourinho says he is not satisfied with the signings of Victor Lindelof and Lukaku alone and has hinted Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the final two months of the season with knee ligament damage, could yet return to Old Trafford. (Record)