European Paper Talk: Tottenham lead chase for Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson
By Andrew Gibney, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 09/06/18 12:16pm
We are only a few days away from the start of the 2018 World Cup and as excitement builds, clubs are frantically trying to get deals over the line.
The rumour mill is in full motion and there are transfer rumours aplenty. Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round up the latest transfer news.
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Several English clubs have shown interest in Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson this week, with Tottenham leading the chase. Spurs could soon make an offer for the 23-year-old, who played a key part in the French side reaching the final of the Europa League. (La Provence)
With both Marseille and Lyon looking to strengthen at the back this summer, they are going head to head to sign Brazilian defender Lucas Verissimo from Santos. The player's agent is Grafite, the striker who played under OM coach Rudi Garcia at Le Mans, and the 22-year-old is believed to be valued at around €10m. (L'Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain are just one of a number of clubs who have been offered Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this summer. The Argentine forward is keen to leave Turin, and it is believed the Ligue 1 champions aren't ruling out the possibilities of a deal. However, Financial Fair Play sanctions would mean they would need to sell before they could buy. (Paris United)
Real Madrid are hoping to have their new manager in place before the start of the World Cup. Not only will this help with their pre-season preparations, plus recruitment, the European champions do not want this summer's tournament to take the shine off their unveiling of a new coach. (AS)
Barcelona do not want to sell Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, but they haven't ruled out a move if the offer was too good to turn down. He has been mentioned as an alternative for Liverpool if they do not land one of their top targets this summer. The 29-year-old has a €60m release clause. (Mundo Deportivo)
"Real Madrid aren't going to pay the €400m needed for Neymar," Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga explained. What's more, he doesn't think such a deal is close to being possible, adding: "However, the numbers that they generate can put them close to being able to undertake such a signing." (Marca)
Although they have already agreed a €30m deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur in July, Barcelona are looking to bring him to Spain sooner after Carles Alena picked up a serious injury this week. The La Liga champions now have to make an offer which would see the Brazilian leave for the Nou Camp earlier than expected. (Mundo Deportivo)
Juventus may have taken the first steps towards signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. The presidents from the Serie A champions and Lazio, Giuseppe Marotta and Claudio Lotito, met on Friday. Although they could be discussing a whole range of topics, it is believed the Serbian midfielder, linked with Manchester United, was top of the agenda. (Tuttosport)
Inter Milan have offered Mauro Icardi a new contract worth nearly €8m a year. However, the Argentine forward, linked with Chelsea, is holding out for €9m. "Either there is a new contract or we leave Inter," said his wife and agent Wanda Nara. Icardi's desire deal would see him become the best-paid player in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Bayern Munich will not listen to offers of under €200m for striker Robert Lewandowski. Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are all known to be interested, but the 29-year-old only wants to move to Real Madrid. (SportBild)
Former Bayern Munich forward Luca Toni has had his say on the future of the German club's No 9 jersey and what he would do with Lewandowski. "If a player wants to leave you should let him go. Icardi from Inter would be perfect for Bayern. He is strong and much younger." (SportBild)
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