European Paper Talk: Real Madrid to use Gareth Bale in deal for Eden Hazard or Christian Eriksen
By Mark Thompson, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 21/02/19 10:07am
Champions League football dominates the sporting headlines on Thursday, but there's also plenty of transfer talk.
We asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up the best of the news and gossip from around the continent...
Real Madrid could be prepared to let Gareth Bale leave the club this summer, and may use the 29-year-old as a bargaining chip to sign either Chelsea's Eden Hazard or Tottenham's Christian Eriksen. Bale has a contract until 2022 but is now seen as expendable. (Marca)
Barcelona have re-opened contract talks with Adrien Rabiot, after having previously cooled their interest. Rabiot is reportedly keen to move to the La Liga leaders when he leaves Paris Saint-Germain on a free in the summer. (Sport)
Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez has emerged as a Barcelona transfer target for the summer. The 22-year-old has nine goals and five assists in La Liga this term and is viewed as an ideal successor to Luis Suarez. (Mundo Deportivo)
Ivan Rakitic is being offered a three-year deal worth £5.7m a year to join Inter Milan, or around £110,000 a week. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici met with the agent of Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo in Madrid on Wednesday. Juve are understood to be interested in the 19-year-old forward, who scored both of Roma's goals in their recent Champions League tie against Porto. The midfielder would cost around £43.5m and is also a Real Madrid and Chelsea transfer target. (Tuttosport)
Zaniolo, though, has said that it would be "a dream" to emulate the longevity and performances that Roma legend Francesco Totti had at the club. (Roma official website)
A heart operation will keep Sami Khedira out for a month. The midfielder was ruled out of Juventus' Champions League defeat on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid after tests found an atrial arrhythmia. (Tuttosport)
Daniel Sturridge is a target of Real Betis, with the Englishman set to leave Liverpool as a free agent. (France Football)
Kylian Mbappe has asked the French football league (LFP) to award him Paris Saint-Germain's fourth goal in their 5-1 win over Montpellier on Wednesday. The strike had been awarded as an own goal and Mbappe tweeted to the LFP after the game with his request. (Twitter/L'Equipe)
Borussia Dortmund are looking to buy local in the future. Marco Reus is the only German in the starting XI and the club would like to build a more homegrown core to the squad. (Sport Bild)
Chelsea are one of the teams interested in Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes. The 24-year-old has been linked with a number of other top European sides, including Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. (O Jogo)