European Paper Talk: Barcelona deal for Antoine Griezmann 'in place for months'
By Sam McGuire, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 13/03/18 11:09am
The January transfer window may only just have closed but Europe's biggest clubs are already plotting their summer moves with a World Cup to negotiate around.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round-up the latest transfer news.
Barcelona have had a deal in place for months to sign Antoine Griezmann. The La Liga leaders made their interest known and this is one of the reasons Atletico Madrid were not able to agree terms on a contract extension with the France international. (Le10sport)
Ousmane Dembele has three months to impress France manager Didier Deschamps and earn a place in his World Cup squad. Injuries have stalled his debut season in La Liga but a good finish to the campaign could see him land a place in the highly competitive squad. (L'Equipe)
Paris Saint-Germain want to bring Carlo Ancelotti back to the Parc Des Princes to replace the Unai Emery. The former Sevilla manager has disappointed in the French capital, failing to win the Champions League despite being provided with some of the best players in Europe. (L'Equipe)
Nike are willing to finance a deal to bring Neymar to Real Madrid as an incentive to get the La Liga side to ditch Adidas. Nike believe they hold all of the cards with the world's most-expensive player being one of their clients. Real Madrid have the most followers in the world but receive just €40m per year from Adidas. The contract expires in 2020 and Nike are already putting together a package to secure the deal. (Marca)
Barcelona have announced an agreement to sign Arthur from Gremio. The midfielder will arrive for €30m with a potential €9m more in add-ons. However, he will not be arriving in Spain until January 2019. The La Liga champions-elect view the Brazilian as an alternative to signing Marco Verratti. (Marca)
Arthur's arrival would force Barcelona to loan out one of their non-EU players with Yerry Mina the most likely to be sacrificed. Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are both key players in Ernesto Valverde's squad. (AS)
Chelsea are monitoring AC Milan's Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as a potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois if the Belgian decides to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to hold an interest in the 19-year-old Italy international. (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli are closing in on the signing of reported Everton target Lucas Torreira. The Sampdoria midfielder has been a standout performer in Serie A this season and Maurizio Sarri wants to add him to his squad. It is a move which could facilitate Jorginho to join Liverpool. (TuttoSport)
AC Milan are interested in signing Pepe Reina and Swansea midfielder Sung-Yueng Ki as they look to rebuild their squad on a budget this summer. The Rossoneri need to be shrewd and learn from the previous mistakes if they are to get back into the Champions League. (Calciomercato)
Liverpool target Alisson Becker could be set to remain in Italy, but Roma might not be able to keep hold of their prized asset. Napoli are interested in the 25-year-old with president Aurelio De Laurentiis believed to be "totally in love" with the shot-stopper. He is viewed as the perfect replacement for Milan-bound Reina. (Il Mattino)
Timo Werner has confirmed his intention to stay at RB Leipzig next season, amid interest from the Manchester clubs. "I still have a contract until 2020, I feel comfortable in Leipzig," the 22-year-old said. (Kicker)
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