Euro Papers: Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil 'wants £330,000-a-week contract at Barcelona'
By Matt Gault, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 24/11/17 10:17am
The transfer window does not open until January 1, but clubs across Europe are busy planning and contacting the players they hope to sign.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European newspapers and websites to bring you the latest transfer gossip and news from the continent.
Mesut Ozil wants Barcelona to pay him €370,000 (£330k) a week. The Arsenal playmaker has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp after reports emerged that Arsene Wenger is willing to let the German leave in January as opposed to joining Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer. Barcelona appear to be at the head of the queue, but it remains to be seen if they will agree to the former Real Madrid star's wage demands. (AS)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to axe several of the club's under-performing players. Real romped to a comprehensive 6-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night but Perez remains unhappy with the performance levels of some of the first team. While his patience is wearing wafer thin with Gareth Bale's persistent injuries, long-time Arsenal transfer target Karim Benzema, Lucas Vasquez and Marcos Llorente are also facing the chop at the Bernabeu. (Diario Gol)
Juventus failed in an audacious bid to swoop for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta in the summer. The Bianconeri tried to find an agreement with the Spain World Cup winner before he put pen to paper on a new deal at the Camp Nou. Although Juve director Giuseppe Marotta held talks with the midfielder, Iniesta always made clear that his intention - and priority - was to sign a new contract with Barca. (Calciomercato)
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will not be leaving the club in January. Although the Bianconeri remain favourites to sign Liverpool's Emre Can, they want to keep the Germany international. Khedira turns 31 next season but Juve are considering offering him an extension to his contract which is set to run out in 2019. Khedira now has a decision to make as a number of clubs are said to be interested in his services, with offers from Premier League sides and MLS outfits. (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are ready to offer Real Madrid target Mauro Icardi a bumper new contract to ward off interested parties. The Nerazzurri captain has scored 13 goals already this season and has reportedly attracted attention from Madrid, who are shopping for a replacement for Benzema. However, there is no suggestion that Icardi wants to leave the San Siro and the club will look to tie him down to a new deal in order to quash recent speculation. (Calciomercato)
Stoke, West Ham, Everton and Southampton are among several clubs interested in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo. The 28-year-old moved to Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League in January but has been linked with a move back to England. However, the Nigerian is currently earning £190,000 a week and it remains to be seen how much of a wage cut he will accept. (Tutto Udinese)
Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian, 30, is out of contract in the summer and has been tipped to leave Old Trafford, with a number of clubs interested. The Ligue 1 giants are preparing a four-year deal for the former Everton man, with Unai Emery in the market for a defensive midfielder. (Le10Sport)
Eden Hazard says he will decide his Chelsea future at the end of the season. The Belgian is a long-time Real Madrid target but has insisted that he will leave Stamford Bridge when he believes the time is right, while admitting that he is waiting to see "what happens" this season. "The moment to leave will be when I want to leave," the 26-year-old said. "I want to finish this year and then we will see what happens. Everybody knows the admiration that I have for Real Madrid." (Canal+)
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has cast doubt over his future by saying he may retire at the end of the season. The Dutch winger says he has not decided what to do yet but remains open to any possibility. "It may be over after this season, something new may come or I'll play three more years at Bayern. Everything is possible," the 33-year-old said. Robben retired from international duty with the Netherlands after they failed to qualify for the World Cup. (Kicker)
Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco insists Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool transfer target Leon Goretzka is "fine" ahead of the club's derby showdown with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The Germany international had missed training after sustaining a minor injury but should be fit for the Ruhr derby, which will see Schalke move to within three points of Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga if they win. (Bild)
Juventus have joined the race for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper has stalled on a new deal amid links with Real Madrid and PSG, while Juve want to make him the long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon. Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk but spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid before establishing himself as the first-choice keeper at Stamford Bridge. (HLN)