European Paper Talk: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho targets Leonardo Bonucci
By Football Whispers
Last Updated: 16/05/18 11:37am
We're now entering the final stretch of the season in Europe, with clubs beginning to flesh out who they need to buy.
Our friends at Football Whispers have put scoured the continental media to bring you the biggest news from Europe's back pages.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci one of his top transfer priorities this summer. Bonucci, 30, endured a difficult first season with Milan after leaving Juventus last summer and Mourinho believes he can tempt him to Old Trafford. If Milan do agree to sell the Italy international, they will want to recoup as much of the €42m they paid Juve as possible. (Tuttosport)Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti wants to sign Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan if the N
erazzurri qualify for the Champions League. Inter need to beat Lazio on Sunday to secure a top-four berth and, if they achieve that, Spalletti has requested significant funds to buy Gundogan. If the German international's price proves too high, Inter will turn to Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic. (Corrriere dello Sport)
Mattia Perin has agreed a five-year contract with Juventus but the Italian champions are yet to negotiate a price with Genoa for the Italian international goalkeeper. Juve want to pay €12m for the 25-year-old who has only a year to run on his contract, but Genoa are asking for €20m. Perin came through the ranks at Genoa and if he does complete the move to Turin will compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the goalkeeper spot. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma want to offer Edin Dzeko a one-year contract extension with the striker a target for MLS side Los Angeles FC. Dzeko, 32, is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2020 but the Giallorossi are concerned their top-scorer will be tempted with a lucrative transfer to the new MLS franchise. (Gazzerra dello Sport)
Barcelona have agreed to pay Clement Lenglet's €35m release clause at Sevilla. Centre-back Lenglet, 22, will sign a five-year contract at the Camp Nou and will join Barca irrespective of whether countryman and Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti renews his deal or not. Lenglet joined Sevilla last summer from Nancy for just €5m. (Mundo Deportivo)
Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa is poised to sign for Sevilla, with the Andalusians prepared to meet his buyout clause of €10m. Sevilla will pay the relegated Swans €8m up front plus €2m in add-ons for the 28-year-old, who failed to settle in south Wales and was loaned to the La Liga club in January. (El Desmarque)
Former Real Madrid playmaker Guti has emerged as a candidate to take over at Leganes. Guti has coached Madrid's Juvenil A (U19) side since 2013 and now wants to make the step up and become a first-team coach. Asier Garitano will step down as Leganes coach following their final La Liga fixture of the season against Real Betis on Saturday. (AS)
Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a Manchester United and Juventus target. PSG's failure to land Fabinho from Monaco last summer and Thiago Motta's injury issues have left them light in the middle of the park and Milinkovic-Savic has been identified as the man to solve the problem, with the 23-year-old Serbian having emerged as one of the finest midfielders in Serie A this season. (L'Equipe)
Arsene Wenger has told French television, "he has always been close to PSG" but the Ligue 1 champions have not contacted the former Arsenal manager over a role at the club. Wenger has been tipped to join PSG in an executive role, but current sporting director Antero Henrique's position is thought to be safe. (Le Parisien)
Former Monaco club president and New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin will be named new St Etienne president within the next 10 days. De Bontin, who is a close friend of Prince Albert II of Monaco, is part of the American investment company Peak6 who are in negotiation to buy Les Verts. Peak6 already own a 25 per cent stake in Premier League Bournemouth and are minority shareholders of Serie A giants Roma. (L'Equipe)
Ralph Hasenhuttl is poised to quit Red Bull Leipzig after the club refused to extend his contract beyond 2019. Hasenhuttl could announce his exit today following talks with director of sport Ralf Rangnick and CEO Oliver Mintzlaff on Tuesday. Rangnick is considering promoting assistant Zsolt Low and Under-19 coach Robert Klauss as a double act to replace Hasenhuttl, but Low has already received an offer to work as Thomas Tuchel's assistant at PSG. (Leipziger Volkszeitung)
Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy is a summer target of former club Stuttgart. Vfb president Wolfgang Dietrich met with Bayern officials to discuss the transfer of the 28-year-old before their 4-1 victory over the champions in their final Bundesliga game of the season. Bayern value Germany international Rudy at around €15m. (Sport Bild)
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