European Paper Talk: Alvaro Morata 'near certain' to leave Chelsea with AC Milan interested
By Mark Thompson, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 23/05/18 10:37am
With the European club season having almost come to a close, teams across the continent are outlining their plans for the summer transfer window.
So we asked our friends at Football Whispers to scour the European media to round-up the latest transfer news and big stories.
After an underwhelming first season at Chelsea, striker Alvaro Morata looks near certain to move on this summer with AC Milan emerging as a potential destination. The Spaniard had been linked with Serie A rivals Juventus. (Sky Italia)
However, the Rossoneri are facing up to the very real possibility of expulsion from next season's UEFA Europa League after breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in last summer's €174million splurge. Gennaro Gattuso's side had qualified by finishing sixth in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
With Maurizio Sarri seemingly on his way to Chelsea, Napoli have reportedly reached a deal with a former Blues boss, Carlo Ancelotti, to become their new manager. The former Real Madrid, Juventus, Milan and PSG coach has been out of work since being sacked by Bayern in the autumn. (Corriere dello Sport)
Another day brings another wrinkle to the Antoine Griezmann saga with reports the French international has given Barcelona his word he will sign for them this summer. The Atletico Madrid forward has been linked with the Catalan giants for several months now. (Mundo Deportivo)
Brighton & Hove Albion look set to make Paris Saint-Germain prospect Moussa Sissako their first summer signing. The 17-year-old Malian defender will reject a four-year deal at PSG to join the Seagulls. (RMC)
Outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he was offered 'complete control' at Real Madrid. "When the new stadium was built I thought I had five years left at Arsenal," Wenger said. "After just one year the offer came from Real Madrid and although you are always tempted by Madrid, it was not a good moment for Arsenal. I was offered total control of the club." (Marca)
Manchester United are no longer interested in Monaco's Djibril Sidibe after discovering the French club's asking price for the full-back. Talks had been underway for a few days, but if Monaco don't change their position, Manchester United have other transfer targets they can turn to instead. (Le 10)
The agent of Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon, who will leave Turin after 17 years this summer, was in Paris on Tuesday to meet with Paris Saint-Germain officials. (L'Equipe)
Dortmund have a new coach in Lucien Favre and will now need a new captain too, after Marcel Schmelzer announced that he will be hanging up his armband. "It's my decision, I think it's for the best," he said. (Kicker)
Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck, whose place in England's 23-man World Cup squad was confirmed last season, has surprisingly been linked with Turkish side Besiktas. He scored five times in 12 Premier League starts last season. (Fotospor)