European Paper Talk: Joao Mario and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in swap deal?

SINGAPORE - JULY 27: Joao Mario of FC Internazionale during the International Champions Cup match between FC Bayern and FC Internazionale at National Stadi
Image: Joao Mario is a reported transfer target for Manchester United

The January transfer window is open and teams across Europe are starting to make moves to strengthen while they can.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media for the latest news and transfer rumours.


Manchester United could be set to sign Joao Mario from Inter Milan in a straight swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has set his sights on the Armenian and is willing to offer the Portuguese midfielder in exchange. (Corriere dello Sport)

Juventus transfer target Emre Can is '80 per cent' likely to join the Old Lady in January. The hold up is coming from Liverpool not wanting to sell the German international, who is out of contract in the summer. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01:  Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Li
Image: Emre Can could be on his way to Juventus in January, according to the Italian media

Inter are also close to clinching the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Ramires from Jiangsu Suning. (Tuttosport)


Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho is closer than ever to signing for the Blaugrana. Liverpool have given up any hope they had of keeping the Brazilian and are now negotiating with the Catalan side, who have made an offer of €150m (£132m) including variables. (Mundo Deportivo)

Meanwhile, Coutinho has told Liverpool he does not want to play for them again in case he risks an injury that may ruin his Barcelona move. (Sport)

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Real Madrid transfer target Rafa Mir is set to leave Valencia for Wolves. Los Blancos made a bid of €500,000 (£440,000), but were outbid by the Championship side's €2m (£1.77m) offer. Wolves boss Nuno gave the 20-year-old forward his debut at Valencia back in 2015. (Marca)

Philippe Coutinho starred for Liverpool against Bournemouth
Image: Philippe Coutinho remains the subject of transfer speculation

Villarreal could make their biggest sale in the coming days. Cedric Bakambu, who has been subject of Tottenham transfer rumours, could leave for China. Beijing Guoan have made a bid of €40m (£35.4m), which meets his buyout clause. (Marca)


David Luiz does not have a future at Chelsea, but there is no clear exit route for him in January. He is, however, a Milan transfer target for next summer. (L'Equipe)

Negotiations between Paris Saint-Germain and Lassana Diarra are at an advanced stage and the Ligue 1 leaders could complete the signing of the free agent before the end of this week. (SFR Sport)

Javier Pastore in action during Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and Saint Etienne
Image: Could Javier Pastore be on his way to Italy?

Javier Pastore is likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with a move back to Italy probable. (L'Equipe)


Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, who is being watched by Manchester City and Liverpool, has talked up a move to the Premier League. He said: "Since I was a kid, I've dreamt of playing abroad. I think the English league would go well with my style." (SportBild)

Bayern Munich are expected to announce the capture of Leon Goretzka for next summer, a deal largely due to their assistant manager Hermann Gerland, who is a long-term fan of the Schalke midfielder. (Bild)

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20:  Leon Goretzka of Schalke runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at
Image: Leon Goretzka looks set to move to Bayern, according to the German media

Bayern are also considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler. Despite their interest in the German, they are also open to offering new contracts to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery should they impress in the second half of the season. (SportBild)


Vitoria Guimaraes' Brazilian forward Raphinha is set to snub interest from Porto and Benfica to join Sporting Lisbon. (Record)

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