Leroy Sane on Bayern Munich's radar as Pep Guardiola looks to offload - European Paper Talk
Last Updated: 20/05/19 10:19am
With the transfer window in full swing, news and rumour is rife around Europe - with Leroy Sane reportedly a Bayern Munich target, Arsenal chasing Roma's Kostas Manolas and much more.
Our friends at Football Whispers have rounded up all the latest news, views and gossip from across the continent…
Leroy Sane continues to be courted by Bayern Munich. The Germany international is expected to join the Bundesliga champions this summer having fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old started just 21 of City's 38 Premier League games this season and featured in 17 minutes of their FA Cup final victory over Watford on Saturday. (Kicker)
With Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz set to arrive, Borussia Dortmund are confident of fending off Premier League interest to win the race for Julian Brandt.
The Bayer Leverkusen playmaker has been linked with Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool but is expected to stay in Germany and join Dortmund. (Bild)
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has placed doubt over his long-term future after admitting that he wants more ‘responsibility’. Speaking after winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, the 20-year-old said: "It's a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.
"I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is perhaps the moment to have more responsibility. I hope that can maybe be at Paris St Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or perhaps elsewhere with a new project." (L’Equipe)
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed he’s been in contact with PSG over a possible deal for midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
“I am in negotiations with the biggest European clubs and I contacted PSG myself to tell them that if they wanted not to feel left out on players with this type of talent,” Aulas said. Tottenham are among the clubs thought to be chasing the 22-year-old. (Get French Football News)
Moussa Sissoko has plunged Mauricio Pochettino’s future as Tottenham boss into doubt. Speaking on Sunday, the midfielder said: "At the end of the season, it could be that they have a new project, that a new coach comes, and he doesn’t count on me, he wants to sell me."
Pochettino has himself hinted that he may leave if he leads Spurs to Champions League glory. (Canal +)
Lille boss Christophe Galtier has confirmed that star player Nicolas Pepe will leave the club this summer. “Pepe will leave,” the 52-year-old said. “Life’s like that, football’s like that today. He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club.”
The 23-year-old attacker has been linked with Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are locked in a battle to sign Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix. The 19-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in Portugal, helping Benfica reclaim the Primeira Liga title from Porto.
United have begun negotiations and are prepared to meet Felix’s £105m release clause. Atletico, however, remain keen. They view the player as a potential replacement for Antoine Griezmann. (Record)
Outgoing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he will look for a new job as opposed to taking a year off. “I will only take a year off if I have to,” he said after Juve’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Sunday.
“But the plan is to find a project that convinces me.” Allegri will take charge of his final Bianconeri game next week having led the club to five successive Serie A titles during his time at the helm. (Sky Sport Italia)
Juventus and Arsenal are to set to battle for Roma defender Kostas Manolas. Both clubs are prepared to meet the Greek centre-back’s £31m release clause.
A move to Arsenal would see the 27-year-old link up with his compatriot Sokratis Papastathopoulos. (Il Messaggero)
Real Madrid will allow Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez to leave the club if they receive a suitable offer.
Bale is expected to depart after having been left on the bench by Zinedine Zidane for Real’s final La Liga game of the season, while the Frenchman seemingly does not consider Modric or Vazquez as a part of his long-term plans at the Bernabeu. (El Chiringuito)