European Paper Talk: Juventus set to beat Liverpool to Faouzi Ghoulam
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 13/10/17 10:47am
The latest news and rumours from the European press as Juventus look to move early to beat Liverpool to the capture of Faouzi Ghoulam.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media for the latest news and transfer rumours.
Juventus have made contact with Napoli over signing Liverpool transfer target Faouzi Ghoulam. The 26-year-old, who will be out of contract at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with Manchester United and Chelsea also reportedly interested. (Calciomercato)
However, the Serie A champions believe they can fend off any competition and reach an agreement with the left-back, who could act as a long-term replacement for Chelsea transfer target Alex Sandro. (Calciomercato)
The agent of Pietro Pellegri, the exciting 16-year-old Genoa forward, insists he is not in contact with any club at the moment, while reports suggest the Italian side have slapped a £35million price-tag on his head. The Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Juventus transfer target has made a real impression in Serie A this season after scoring twice against Lazio. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona are ready to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January. Even though the Brazilian playmaker could not play for Barca in the Champions League, the La Liga club would prefer to snap him up in January instead of waiting until the summer. Coutinho remains committed to joining Barcelona and, although Liverpool's stance has not softened as regards to letting him go, the feeling at Barca is that he will become their player. (Mundo Deportivo)
Meanwhile, Barca are willing to offer Manchester City target Lionel Messi an unprecedented signing on bonus of around £80million if he puts pen to paper on a new deal at the Camp Nou. The club are currently trying to tie the Argentine star down to a new contract and, although the player's brother and father have agreed in principle to a new three-and-a-half-year deal, Messi is yet to sign.
Reports in England this week have linked the 30-year-old to a move to City, which would see him reunited with Pep Guardiola once again. (L'Ara)
Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu may be available in the summer as the club debates whether or not to offer him a contract extension. (Mundo Deportivo)
Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi has been accused of criminally bribing the former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke to buy TV rights to World Cup tournaments in 2026 and 2030. The PSG chief was named as the subject of a criminal proceeding by a Swiss prosecutor on Thursday. (L'Equipe)
The French Football Federation are planning to hold talks with France manager Didier Deschamps about a contract extension. France qualified for the 2018 World Cup with victory over Belarus on Tuesday night. (L'Equipe)
Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen says Bayern Munich did not make any contact with Julian Nagelsmann about the coach succeeding Carlo Ancelotti. Rosen did, however, admit Hoffenheim will eventually lose Nagelsmann to a big club, but remains focused with his current club for now. Nagelsmann has also played down recent speculation linking him with the Bayern job. (Bild)