Euro Paper Talk: Ousmane Dembele to Atletico Madrid on loan as part of Antoine Griezmann deal?
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 16/02/18 11:50am
The future of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is set to become a saga in the next few months and the Frenchman could be involved in a high-profile swap deal, according to reports in Spain.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to round up the latest transfer news.
Griezmann is expected to trade Atletico Madrid for Barcelona this summer in a deal worth around €100m (£88.8m) but Atleti will push for something extra in return in Ousmane Dembele.
The French winger has endured an injury-plagued debut season at the Camp Nou and a loan deal to Atletico could help him get regular football once more. He had been an Atletico Madrid transfer target last summer when he moved to Barca from Borussia Dortmund for €105m. (Diario Gol)
Despite securing a 3-1 first-leg advantage over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, the future of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is still up for debate.
However, the Frenchman is understood to not be concerned by persistent speculation he will be sacked. Captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Toni Kroos have both publicly backed their coach since Wednesday. (Marca)
Andres Iniesta has become the latest target for the Chinese Super League. The 33-year-old has reportedly been offered €35m (£31.1m) a season to join Tianjin Quanjian. (Sport)
The impending arrival of Barcelona transfer target Arthur from Gremio could cause the Blaugrana a problem. La Liga rules stipulate clubs can only register three non-EU players in their squad. With Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Yerry Mina already on the books, something will have to give. One option is for Coutinho to switch to a European passport, a possibility as his wife is Portuguese. If not, Mina could be shipped out if he does not prove to coach Ernesto Valverde he is ready for a regular first-team spot. (Marca)
Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera is on the verge of completing his protracted move to the Chinese Super League after a €22m (£19.5m) fee was agreed with Beijing Guoan. The Chinese side will have to pay €44m (£39m) under new tax laws in China and will treble his wages. (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is a man in demand. The Argentine forward has already been subject of Real Madrid transfer rumours this season and has now emerged as a Manchester United transfer target. His wife, Wanda, is his representative and, according to reports, she is working with renowned super-agent Mino Raiola to try to get a move to Old Trafford. (Corriere dello Sport)
Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner has reportedly turned down the offer of a contract extension from RB Leipzig. The German international will be in demand this summer after scoring 14 times in all competitions. He is contracted until 2020 but a €55m (£48.8m) bid could see him prised away. (Tuttosport)
After a slow start to life in the San Siro dugout, Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has overseen improvement and the Rossoneri are keen to reward the former midfielder with a longer-term agreement. An agreement is expected to be formalised in mid March. (La Republica)
Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson will be a Chelsea transfer target this summer. The Brazilian, 24, has made just one Serie A start this season. (Il Messaggero)
Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger could remain with BVB beyond the end of the season, according to chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. The expectation was the former Cologne boss was an interim option after the sacking of Peter Bosz. However, that may not be the case after all. "He has not lost a game in the Bundesliga. If we continue not to lose any, we would be pretty stupid if we did not continue our relationship. We are happy because he is an exceptionally good coach," Watzke said. (DW)
PSG star Neymar remains incapable of staying out of the headlines. Though talk of a move to Real Madrid is on the backburner today, his father and agent has hit out at criticism of his son on Instagram. "In a war there are those who feed on the victories and those who, like vultures, feed on the carcasses of the vanquished," he posted. "My son has been fighting since he was a child, he always fights loyally, always avoiding the vultures, always stronger. We lost a battle but for the war we will see because it will last as long as we are on the ground." (L'Equipe)
Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues was a Newcastle United transfer target in January, it has emerged. The 27-year-old was subject of an €8m (£7.1m) offer but Gala will demand the same as they got from Stoke City for Badou Ndiaye - around €15m (£13.3m) - if the Magpies return in the summer. (Fotomac)
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