European Paper Talk: Robert Lewandowski determined to join Real Madrid
By Andrew Gibney, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 16/09/17 10:46am
The transfer window may be closed but plans have already moved towards January.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to round up the latest transfer news from across Europe.
Robert Lewandowski is determined to join Real Madrid in the future. After criticising Bayern Munich's transfer policy, the Poland international wants to join 'the team of his dreams'. He knows Real don't usually sign players over 30, but he wants his agents to try and push for a move. (AS)
Isco has revealed he didn't want to leave Real Madrid like former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique did in his playing days. "There was some contact with Barcelona, but I did not listen to it," said the midfielder, who has signed a new deal until 2022. (Marca)
On Saturday evening, Atletico Madrid will play their first ever game at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The team trained on the pitch for the first time this week and they were blown away by the facilities. Diego Simeone's men face Malaga in the landmark maiden fixture. (AS)
Former Argentina international Hernan Crespo has declared his admiration for Mauro Icardi. "Icardi is the striker I like the most after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. He is complete." The 24-year-old scored 24 goals in 34 games for Inter Milan last season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paulo Dybala has topped a poll to find out who is the best striker in Italy. The Juventus frontman finished ahead of Gonzalo Higuain and Icardi, 14 per cent of voters believing Dybala will be the top scorer in Serie A this season. (Corriere dello Sport)
Bordeaux picked up a vital 1-0 win away at Toulouse on Friday night. Brazil forward Malcom, a former Liverpool transfer target, scored the only goal of the game and his coach declared just how important he is to the team. "Malcom is a different player, like Seri in Nice, Fekir in Lyon or Lemar in Monaco, it is these players who make the difference." (L'Equipe)
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has revealed his counterpart at Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has not sent him an invitation to meet before Sunday's blockbuster clash. "I did not get an invitation, but I don't doubt for a moment that the meeting will be courteous. I invite all presidents to come and have lunch or dinner whenever possible." Aulas has been outspoken about his dislike for PSG's transfer policy this summer. (L'Equipe)
After he showed his displeasure at being substituted during the Champions League game against Anderlecht, Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti denies there is any problem with Franck Ribery. "I spoke to him, everything was good. We have rules here, I hope the players respect this." (Kicker)
Emil Forsberg's future could decide the fate of his youth club, GIF Sundsvall. The Swedish team have applied out a loan of €500,000 (£439,709) to cover running costs. They will receive 4.2 per cent of whatever RB Leipzig sell him for. Forsberg was linked with a €52m (£45.7m) switch to Liverpool summer, a deal which would have earned the amateur side €2.2m (£1.9m). "We think this is good security for the loan we are currently hoping for," said their chairman. (SportBild)