European Paper Talk: Marcus Alonso commits himself to Chelsea
By Thomas McIlroy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 28/03/18 11:32am
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round up the latest transfer news and big stories.
Linked with a potential move to Barcelona, Marcos Alonso has pledged his future to Chelsea. When asked if he was considering leaving the Blues, he said: "I have not considered that possibility, I just try to give the best of me to my team." (Marca)
Barcelona hope to finalise the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid early on in the summer. When that happens they will turn all their attention to getting Manchester United transfer target Samuel Umtiti to stay at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo)
Ajax are worried that Barcelona will make a move for their centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. The Eredivisie club have no intention of selling the 18-year-old but believe he would be keen on a move. (Mundo Deportivo)
After Isco's hat-trick in Spain's 6-1 thrashing of Argentina, La Roja head coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the 25-year-old's treatment at Real Madrid. There has been speculation Zinedine Zidane is willing to sell the attacking midfielder, who's been in and out of the team in recent weeks. (Marca)
Isco, meanwhile, hailed Lopetegui, saying: "He shows his trust in me with minutes on the pitch, with game time. In Madrid, I don't have the trust that a footballer needs, perhaps I'm the problem because I haven't earned it due to the good footballers they have. I want to show the coach he can count on me." (AS)
Croatia did not pick Luka Modric in their 1-0 win over Mexico as national coach Zlatko Dalic and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane agreed the midfielder needed more rest. (Marca)
Atletico Madrid want to start contract talks with Lucas Hernandez to raise his buyout clause, which currently stands at €55m (£48.1m).
Napoli midfielder Jorginho has been linked with a Premier League move, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal transfer talk in recent weeks. The Italy international was asked if he liked England, replying: "Yes, very much!" (Football Italia)
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a Paris Saint-Germain transfer target. The Ligue 1 leaders are proposing a five-year contract worth €8m (£7m) after tax, almost twice as much as the €4.5m (£3.9m) he is currently on. (Corriere della Sera)
Inter's technical director Walter Sabatini has offered his resignation. The transfer guru was appointed to coordinate between the Nerazzurri and Jiangsu Suning, both owned by Suning Group. The former Roma sporting director feels constrained by Suning after deals for Javier Pastore, Alex Teixeira and Ramires collapsed in January. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sevilla striker Luis Muriel is keen on a return to Sampdoria. The 26-year-old Colombia international left the Italians for the La Liga side last summer. (Tuttosport)
Toni Kroos criticised his Germany team-mates after their 1-0 loss to Brazil, saying: "Some had the chance to show off what they can do, but they did not." (ZDF)
Thomas Tuchel wanted to become the next Bayern Munich boss, but got fed up with waiting. By the time the German giants had approached him, he had already agreed to take over elsewhere in the summer. (Sport Bild)
Nice president Jean-Pierre Riviere and general manager Julien Fournier's futures at the club are uncertain after a disagreement with shareholders. (L'Equipe)
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