Euro paper talk: Liverpool forward Divock Origi wanted by Besiktas
By Robert O'Connor, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 23/10/18 12:23pm
European action takes centre stage this week as the Champions League and the Europa League return.
That means the media on the Continent won't be short of stories, so we asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up all the latest news and gossip from the European press.
Besiktas are lining up a move for Liverpool outcast Divock Origi. The Belgian hasn't featured in the Reds first-team this season and the Turkish side want him to follow Loris Karius in making a two-year loan switch.
Real Madrid transfer target Mauro Icardi admits he would consider any potential offer to leave Inter, but insists he isn't going to force a move away. "If offers come we'll evaluate them. However, I'm very happy here at Inter." (Onda Cero)
Only victory against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League will see Julen Lopetegui remain in charge of Real Madrid for Sunday's Clasico. The board have almost lost faith in the former Spain boss but will give him a stay of execution if Los Blancos end their five-game winless run. (Marca)
If Lopetegui departs in the coming days, Real are considering Santiago Solari as a possible replacement. However, senior figures on the playing staff believe the Argentine, who manages Real Madrid Castilla, is too close to the club's hierarchy. (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists Leo Messi's absence with a shoulder injury will not harm the club's form. "Messi will be out for however long he needs to be," said Bartomeu. "Without Leo we are still competitive." (Sport)
Barcelona fans want Ernesto Valverde to drop Ousmane Dembele in favour of new signing Malcom after the Frenchman's poor performance against Sevilla on Saturday. (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter are close to bringing Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta to San Siro. The 61-year-old is due to step down from the Bianconeri board on Thursday and would likely take up his new role in January (Corriere dello Sport)
Mino Raiola is not happy with the way Roma have utilised young striker Justin Kluivert this season and is eager to set-up a loan move away from the Stadio Olimpico. The Dutch forward signed from Ajax for €19m in the summer but has made just one start since arriving in the Italian capital. (Calciomercato)
Radja Nainggolan hopes to return to action to face Barcelona at San Siro on November 9. The Inter midfielder suffered a sprained ankle in the Milan derby but there were originally fears the injury could keep him out for a prolonged spell. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Bayern Munich star Juan Bernat has given a calm response to club president Uli Hoeness's public attack on him: "Yes, I've heard about it but I have nothing to say. I was taught to be grateful as a child." (Bild)
Bayern boss Niko Kovac says Thomas Muller is happy despite being dropped from the starting lineup for Saturday's win against Wolfsburg. "Victories belong to every single player," said Kovac. "Not only those who are on the pitch win. Thomas was happy about the victory, it's just that others have played." (Bild)