European Paper Talk: No feud between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho, says Mino Raiola
By Adam Newson, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 04/03/18 8:23pm
The transfer window may not officially open for a few months but that won't stop clubs from making enquiries, holding informal talks and discussing terms with players' agents.
It's why the rumour mill never stops, so we asked our friends at Football Whispers to scour the European newspapers and websites to bring you all the latest news and transfer gossip.
Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola says there has been no falling out between the France international and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Reports have surfaced Pogba has been unhappy with his position in the United side but Raiola insists that is not the case: "There's no war with Mourinho, Paul just wants to win with Manchester United." (Rai)
Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is also wanted by Real Madrid this summer. United believe an offer of around £80m could convince Lazio to sell but Real entering the race could see the Serb's price tag rise sharply. (TuttoSport)
Roma sporting director Monchi has revealed the club had the chance to sign Nice striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window. "He was offered to us in case Edin Dzeko was leaving. Mino Raiola is smart, he knows what to do for his player." (Mediaset Premium)
Balotelli, meanwhile, says he would consider a move to Juventus or Napoli when he contract with the French club expires in the summer. "I have matured and I am ready to come back to Italy. I think it'd be very difficult to come to Milan, as it would be the third time, but Juventus and Napoli are two teams that I like." (La Domenica Sportiva)
Spain legend and current Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas' contract with the Portuguese club will not be renewed. The 36-year-old is one of the Dragons' top earners and the Primeira want to reduce their wage bill ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Casillas will become a free agent in the summer and has previously been a Newcastle United transfer target. (AS)
Zinedine Zidane does not yet know if influential midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will be fit for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain. "I don't know, they haven't trained with us," Zidane said. "What I want is for everyone to travel and train on Monday." (Marca)
Real Madrid would be willing to let Raphael Varane leave for Manchester United in a £54m deal this summer. Real would also explore the option of allowing Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale to head to Old Trafford with David de Gea going the other way. (Diario Gol)
After undergoing successful surgery on his right foot, Neymar will leave hospital on Sunday and continue his recovery at his home outside of Rio de Janeiro. In six weeks he will be assessed by Brazilian and PSG medical teams and a return date will be set. (Le Parisien)
Layvin Kurzawa believes PSG can pull of a shock comeback and overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against Real Madrid in the Champions League. He said: "We can do it and I hope we will do it together. We will do everything we can to qualify. Whether it's 3-1 or 4-1, I do not know. But it will be necessary to put as many goals as possible. (Le Parisien)
Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has played down speculation linking Robert Lewandowski with a move to Real Madrid. "If you play at Bayern, you've already climbed the summit," Heynckes said. (Bild)
Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has hit back at Max Meyer's advisor Roger Wittmann, who earlier this week said: "Two emails are not enough to convince a boy from Schalke to stay."
Meyer's contract expires in the summer and he is expected to leave the club. But Heidel has responded to Wittmann's claims: "I know consultants who write two emails and want millions for it. I will not comment - I can not believe he says so." (Sport Bild)
Braga boss Abel Ferreira hopes he does not lose on-loan Benfica midfielder Andre Horta to newly-formed MLS side Los Angeles FC. |He is a talented player. He's from a great club, he knows his role and I've been true to him.I explained why I need him to stay." (Sport TV)
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