European Paper Talk: Arsenal target Sokratis Papastathopoulos to leave Dortmund
By David Cartlidge, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 14/05/18 11:17am
The European club season is almost over, meaning attention is turning to what is set to be a busy transfer window.
With players wanting their futures sorted before the World Cup deals are expected to be completed far earlier than normal, which means the rumour mill is already in overdrive.
We asked our friends at Football Whispers to scour the European newspapers to bring you all the latest transfer gossip from the continent.
Borussia Dortmund's negotiations with Sokratis Papastathopoulos have broken down and the player is now set to leave the German side. Previously subject of Arsenal transfer rumours the Gunners are reportedly best-placed to sign the player, who would cost around €15-20m (£13.23-£17.64m). The Greek has offers from other English clubs, however, as well as some from Serie A. (Kicker)
Nuri Sahin, Marcel Schmelzer and Gonzalo Castro have all been told they will be allowed to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer and will need to find new clubs. A clear-out is expected at the Westfalenstadion and those players will be the big names leaving. (Bild)
Atletico Madrid will make one last-ditch attempt to persuade Barcelona transfer target Antoine Griezmann into staying. A final offer has been sent to the Frenchman, which includes a huge pay increase. Atleti do not want to be seen to be allowing Griezmann to go easily, so wish to show, on their part, the desire to keep the player. (COPE Radio)
Paco Alcacer hopes to stay with Barcelona and, while the feeling is the club no longer wish to keep him, nothing has yet been officially communicated. Alcacer has made it clear he does not wish to leave Barca despite coach Ernesto Valverde reportedly not counting on him for next season. Aleix Vidal and Andres Gomes, subject of Tottenham transfer rumours, have already been told they can leave, however. (Mundo Deportivo)
Clement Lenglet's future remains up in the air with the Sevilla defender mulling over the offer of a contract renewal from the club - while also dealing with interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. The French defender is wanted by the Spanish duo, but Sevilla will not let the Manchester United transfer target leave easily. Lenglet's agent has insisted nothing is decided yet. (Estadio Deportivo)
Piero Ausilio, Inter Milan's sporting director, has again hinted the Nerazzurri will look to keep Barcelona loanee Rafinha at the club. The Italians have a £35m option on the Brazilian and Ausilio has suggested they will activate that clause. However, the Inter chief also made it clear that if a deal could not be completed they will look elsewhere. (Mundo Deportivo)
Unai Emery is holding out for the Napoli job should Maurizio Sarri decide to leave. The Italian's future with the Partenopei is not certain, however, with rumours linking him to a Premier League switch. However, Sarri could still stay at Napoli and that is an obstacle for Emery who views the role as his ideal next job. The Spaniard is not willing to wait too long and wants to know where he will be based next season. (Calciomercato)
One-time Chelsea transfer target Andrea Belotti has dropped a big hint he will stay with Torino next season, disappointing several of Europe's big teams. The Italian striker says he is happy in Turin and has a contract, while also stating he was looking forward to getting back and working hard next season at Torino. (Calciomercato)
AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli has not ruled out the possible sale of Gianluigi Donnarumma. The goalkeeper is constantly linked with a move away from Milan and Mirabelli did little to dampen speculation he could leave in the summer, saying that if a suitable offer arrives the club will need to study it. The teenage stopper is a Paris-Saint Germain and Real Madrid transfer target. (Mediaset Premium)
Florian Thauvin has confirmed he will be staying with Marseille next season, despite interest from Italy. Thauvin has enjoyed a sensational season with OM, helping the club make a Europa League final, and insists he is happy at the club after making a bad decision previously to leave. (L'Equipe)
Thiago Silva is backing PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi over Neymar by repeating that it is "2,000 per cent" certain the Brazilian attacker will be at the club next season. Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but there is an offensive on the part of PSG to keep the player in France. (Le Parisien)
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