European paper talk: David Alaba a reported transfer target for Barcelona

Ricardo Quaresma with David Alaba in the Champions League last-16 tie
Image: David Alaba (R) is a transfer target of Barcelona, according to reports in Spain

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media to bring you a round-up of transfer stories from across Europe.


Jesus Vallejo had been expected to partner captain Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid against Atletico on Sunday but has been ruled out after pulling up in training. Nacho is already sidelined with a thigh problem meaning Raphael Varane, who had been set for a rest ahead of next week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Juventus, will play. (Marca)

Barcelona will attempt to sign Bayern Munich full-back David Alaba this summer with an offer of €50m plus midfielder Andre Gomes. (Don Balon)

Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes (R) vies with Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Gabi during the Spanish league football match Club Atletic
Image: Andre Gomes might be used in a deal to try and bring Alaba to Barcelona

Normally it's Lionel Messi calling the shots when it comes to Barcelona's recruitment. However, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has become involved by imploring Barca director Robert Fernandez to snap up countryman Julian Draxler this summer. The playmaker is desperate to leave Paris Saint-Germain and reports suggest he would cost €60m. (Don Balon)

The future of one-time Real Madrid prospect Martin Odegaard is unclear ahead of the summer. The Norwegian, 19, has spent this season on loan in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen but will return to the Bernabeu this summer. He will only be a peripheral member of Zidane's squad, if the Frenchman wants him around. (Don Balon)


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Roma sporting director Monchi has denied the Serie A side have been offered the chance to sign Mario Balotelli this summer. The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker will be available on a free when his contract at Nice expires. His agent, Mino Raiola, claimed Roma were one of the teams interested in the 27-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport)

However, one player who does appear to be on Roma's wishlist is Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and has already turned down the offer of a new deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Emre Can
Image: Could Emre Can be on his way to Juventus?

Memphis Depay is a Milan transfer target this summer. The 24-year-old has been in and out of the side at Lyon this season and, assuming Milan can strike a deal within Financial Fair Play regulations, they would like to bring the forward to San Siro. (Calciomercato)

The Emre Can saga looks to finally be close to conclusion. "We want to close the torment within ten days. The player is right to evaluate the opportunities, we wait and see his will," Juve president Beppe Marotta said of the Juventus transfer target, who is out of contract at Liverpool this summer. (Calciomercato)


After clinching their sixth straight Bundesliga title with a 4-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday, Bayern Munich will quickly switch attention to planning for next season. Top of the agenda are the futures of veteran wide players Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

"There is not much against an extension," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "Since they are here, we have celebrated huge successes. They were always there, and we know that correctly. We said we're doing it at the right time, it's agreed with both. The key is how they play. And both play first-class." (SportBild)


Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe could leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer after growing disillusioned at his lack of minutes. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos have been coach Unai Emery's preferred centre-back pairing this season, leaving the 22-year-old on the sidelines. (Le Parisien)

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dropped the biggest hint yet that France international Ousmane Dembele will remain at the Nou Camp despite a troubled first season. Speaking after Barca's win over Leganes, Valverde said: "Dembele? I liked Ousmane offensively. He has a lot of talent. But also in its ability to go down, to still has a huge margin of progress. Talent, he has it. The rest will come with the work." (Le10Sport)


Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Benfica are among the clubs chasing Portimonense winger Shoya Nakajima. The 23-year-old is under contract until 2020 but has a buy-out clause of just €20m. (Record)

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