European Paper Talk: Roma goalkeeper Alisson wants Real Madrid move
Last Updated: 03/06/18 11:30am
Who will be on the move around Europe this summer?
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media to bring you all the latest news.
Highly-rated Roma goalkeeper Alisson is keen on a move to Real Madrid. The Brazil international is a Liverpool transfer target but has his heart set on joining the Champions League winners. Alisson is confident that he can compete with current Madrid keeper Keylor Navas and is not put off by the club's uncertain managerial situation, following Zinedine Zidane's shock departure. (Marca)
With Mauricio Pochettino out of the running, Real Madrid have turned their attention to another former player in Raul to replace Zinedine Zidane. The legendary striker, who scored 323 goals in 741 appearances during a 16-year playing career for Real, has emerged as a shock frontrunner. Raul recently earned his UEFA A and B coaching badges. (AS)
However, some reports claim that Maurizio Sarri is leading the race to replace Zidane. The Italian has been strongly linked with Chelsea, but fresh reports claim that he has a "70% chance" of becoming the new Madrid coach. (Cadena Cope)
Atletico Madrid are in talks to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman is a top target for Diego Simeone's side, who are bracing themselves for the departure of Antoine Griezmann. Lemar has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool in the past and could cost Atleti somewhere in the region of £80m. (AS)
Robert Lewandowski has emerged as a Juventus transfer target. The Serie A champions are keen on recruiting the wantaway Bayern Munich striker if they sell Gonzalo Higuain, who has reportedly been made available for transfer.
Lewandowski's agent this week claimed the Poland international wants a new challenge after a four-year spell at the Allianz Arena, during which the 29-year-old has scored 151 goals in 195 games. Lewandowski has also been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus are also on the verge of completing a deal to sign goalkeeper Mattia Perin from Genoa. The 25-year-old has been pinpointed as the long-term successor to Gianluigi Buffon and will challenge Wojciech Szczesny to be Massimiliano Allegri's first-choice next season. Perin will cost Juve around £13m. (Corriere dello Sport)
Marseille are making a big push to sign Mario Balotelli. The Italy international is set to leave Nice after a successful two-year spell but could stay in France with the Europa League runners-up strongly interested in the 27-year-old. Marseille are likely to face stiff competition for Balotelli's signature from Monaco and several clubs in Italy. The former Manchester City forward scored 26 goals in 38 games for Nice this season. (France Football)
Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that his future will be decided before the World Cup. Speaking to reporters following France's friendly victory over Italy on Friday night, the 27-year-old said he wanted it resolved before Les Bleus' World Cup opener against Australia on June 16. (L'Equipe)
Bayern Munich are entertaining the possibility of pursuing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. With uncertainty looming over Lewandowski's future, the Bundesliga champions are preparing for life without the Poland international and have identified Werner as the ideal candidate to lead the line. However, the asking price may well turn out to be a stumbling block as Leipzig will demand around £100m for the 22-year-old. (Bild)
Interestingly, Werner revealed this week that he needs to leave Leipzig if he is to become a world-class player. "To become a world-class player, I'll probably have to play in an even better team at club level," he said. Werner previously admitted that playing in the Premier League is a dream of his and has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool. (Die Welt)