European Paper Talk: Antonio Conte wants to sign Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ryan Bertrand for Chelsea

Antonio Conte celebrates Chelsea's win at Stoke

As the season enters its final months, many teams are looking to beat the rush in the summer transfer market.

We asked our friends at Football Whispers to look at Europe's top media outlets on Friday morning to see what's making the headlines.


Antonio Conte has told Roman Abramovich the three players he wants this summer - Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ryan Bertrand.

The Italian is hoping to use contract talks to ensure he is backed in the transfer window. (Tuttosport)

Alexis Sanchez has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season
Image: Alexis Sanchez has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season

Udinese goalkeeper Alex Meret is a wanted man. He is a Chelsea transfer target and has also attracted interest from Monaco, RB Leipzig and Juventus.

But the two clubs leading the chase for the 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Serie B side SPAL, are Manchester United and Bayern Munich. (Tuttosport)

Dries Mertens has been in contact with Manchester United about a possible move.

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The Napoli winger is unimpressed by his side's negotiations over a contract extension. As he turns 30 in May, he thinks now is the best chance he'll have to get a big transfer and triple his wages. (La Reppublica)

Piotr Zielinski, who has been the subject of Real Madrid and Liverpool transfer rumours, doesn't want to leave Napoli. The 22-year-old Polish midfielder says he's very happy in Naples. (Corriere dello Sport)

Alex Meret in action on international duty during Italy training
Image: Alex Meret in action on international duty during Italy training


Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye is keen on reuniting with former Lille boss Rudi Garcia. The pair won the Ligue 1 title together in 2011 and Garcia is now at Marseille. (Le Figaro)

Yohan Cabaye celebrates after scoring the opening goal at Vicarage Road
Image: Yohan Cabaye is being linked with a move back to Ligue 1


While Marco Verratti has publicly denied wanting to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, privately his agent, Donato di Campli, has continued to court interest.

If Verratti does leave PSG, his preferred choice would be Barcelona over Chelsea. (Sport)

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Juan Carlos Unzue expects to be offered the job as Barcelona manager this summer. (Sport)

Barcelona have whittled the list of potential candidates to replace the outgoing Luis Enrique down to two - Unzue and Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde.

If Barca win the league or the Champions League this season, the board will go with Unzue, but if they don't, the job will be Valverde's. (Marca)

Real Madrid's forward Raul celebrates after scoring during the Santiago Bernabeu trophy football match Real Madrid vs Al-Sadd SC at the Santiago Bernabeu
Image: Raul could be set to return to Real Madrid in an official capacity

Real Madrid legend Raul will return to the Bernabeu in a role assisting president Florentino Perez. The club decided to offer him a job after the 39-year-old, who holds the club record for appearances, admitted he wouldn't rule out working for rivals Barcelona. (Marca)

Delcir Sonda, the founder of DIS, the group who owned 40 per cent of Neymar's rights before he joined Barcelona, says the Brazilian was on the verge of signing for Real Madrid but instead went to the Nou Camp for reasons that would benefit his family financially. (AS)


Bayern Munich have already made an inquiry about Benfica defender Nelson Semedo but the German giants will face competition from Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan.

The 23-year-old right-back will not come cheap but it's expected he will be available for less than his €80m buyout clause. (Record)

Benfica's defender Nelson Semedo (R) vies with Setubal's defender Nuno Pinto (L) during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Vitoria FC at th
Image: Benfica defender Nelson Semedo (R) vies with Setubal's defender Nuno Pinto (L)


Bernd Leno, thought to be a Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target, isn't thinking about his future right now.

According to his agent, Uli Ferber, the 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper's future will be discussed after Easter. (Bild)

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