European Paper Talk: Chelsea focus on Leicester's Danny Drinkwater
By Ryan Baldi, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 03/08/17 12:47pm
With less than a month to go before the transfer window slams shut, some of the world’s biggest clubs are scrambling to get their business done ahead of the new season.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to round up the latest transfer news from across Europe.
Chelsea are focusing their attention on a move for Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, rather than AC Milan transfer target Renato Sanches, as head coach Antonio Conte seeks midfield reinforcements. (Mediaset)
With a move for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez proving difficult, Roma will turn to Dortmund winger Emre Mor in their search for a replacement for Mohamed Salah. (Corriere dello Sport)
The Spanish league authorities claim they will refuse to accept Paris Saint-Germain's payment of Neymar's €222m release clause due to an ongoing dispute between the player and Barcelona over a loyalty payment, and doubts over whether the Ligue 1 side are complying with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations. (Sport)
However, Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar's representative, is confident the deal will hit no such snag, insisting: "PSG will pay the release clause and Neymar will be presented in Paris this week." (Marca)
Barcelona will target Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele as Neymar's replacement. (Marca)
Barca may face competition for Dembele in the form of Arsenal, though. The Gunners have already had a bid turned down for the former Rennes youngster this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
One player the Catalan giants will not be trying to sign, however, is Antoine Griezmann. The La Liga club were linked with a move for the 26-year-old recently but he is not among Barcelona's top targets to replace Neymar. (AS)
Barcelona have made contact with the Ligue 1 champions over a move for Mbappe, having identified the forward as a priority target in light of Neymar's imminent departure. (Le10Sport)
Neymar's move to PSG could soon be rubber-stamped after he passed a medical in Portugal yesterday. (L'Equipe)
The Bundesliga high-flyers are refusing to sell the 22-year-old midfielder at any price this summer - and have reportedly turned down a bid of £66m from the Reds - but a release clause in his current deal means he can be picked up for just £48m next year. (Bild)