Euro paper talk: Real Madrid target Manchester United's Paul Pogba
Last Updated: 21/04/19 12:16pm
League titles are being secured and many teams are winding down ahead of their summer break, but off the pitch clubs are working hard behind the scenes to improve their squads for next season.
Our friends at Football Whispers round up all the latest transfer news, views and gossip from across the continent.
Zinedine Zidane will prioritise the signing of Paul Pogba from Manchester United, and wants the Frenchman to lead his new-look Real Madrid side next season. "I like Pogba a lot," said Zidane at a recent press conference. "He is someone that I know personally and he is different. He knows how to attack and how to defend." (Marca)
The Real boss has also indicated he already has a list of players he wants to sign this summer, but would not disclose any details. The club have recently been linked with Eden Hazard, Pogba, Luka Jovic and Matthijs de Ligt. (Various)
Players on the way out at the Bernabeu could include Mateo Kovacic, currently on loan at Chelsea, but Real will not sell to rivals Atletico who are interested in the player. Chelsea would like to make the deal permanent, but the London club's transfer ban is preventing such a move. (Diario AS)
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has said Paulo Dybala will remain with the club despite rumours of a move away. Speaking after Juve won their eighth successive Serie A title, Paratici said: "Of course Dybala will stay. He is a Juve player and it's obvious he will certainly remain." (Sky Italia)
Napoli are looking to sign a right-back this summer, and have been linked with Tottenham's Kieran Trippier. The latest player to be linked is Atalanta's Dutch full-back Hans Hateboer. But the Bergamo club are on the verge of Europa League qualification, and if they are successful they will do all they can to keep the player. (Various)
Thorgan Hazard is one of the hottest properties in Europe but might not be making a move this summer. Instead he will stay at Borussia Monchengladbach for another season before joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020. Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Napoli, and AS Roma have shown interest in the Belgian. (Kicker)
Luka Jovic wants to join a club where he will get regular playing time which means Barcelona is not an attractive option, according to his agent Fali Ramadani. "We have received many bids, including one from Barcelona. Luka, however, isn't thrilled by a Blaugrana perspective, since he doubts he can get an adequate amount of game time." (Sport Bild)
Bayern have their eye on Paris Saint-Germain's 21-year-old midfielder Christopher Nkunku. The versatile Frenchman has been a regular in Ligue 1 towards the end of the season, but can struggle for game time when all of PSG's stars are available. Arsenal and AC Milan have also shown interest in the player who could cost around €18m. (Sport.de)