European Paper Talk: Real Madrid boosted in Robert Lewandowski pursuit
By Sam Magure, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 23/02/18 5:48pm
The latest news and transfer rumours from the European press as Real Madrid reportedly receive a boost in their bid to sign Robert Lewandowski.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to bring you the latest transfer rumours.
Real Madrid are prepared to cash in on Gareth Bale as soon as the summer window opens. Much to his frustration, Bale has started recent matches on the bench and manager Zinedine Zidane seems to reluctant to trust the Welshman while his job at the Santiago Bernabeu is still in the balance.
Bale, a Manchester United transfer target, is competing with Marco Asensio for a place in the starting XI and Florentino Perez, the club's president, believes the 22-year-old is a future Ballon d'Or winner, which gives Zidane the leeway to bench Bale. (Marca)
Barcelona have decided not to follow up their interest in Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir. A long-term Arsenal transfer target, the 24-year-old midfielder was linked with a £45m move to the Nou Camp before a deal was struck with Liverpool to bring Philippe Coutinho to Spain. (Sport)
Real Madrid have been given a boost in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski after the prolific striker sacked his agent and appointed Pini Zahavi, the man who had a part in orchestrating Neymar's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer. (Marca)
Neymar's father remains in contact with Real Madrid president Perez as he tries to secure a summer move for the 26-year-old Brazilian. (Diario Gol)
Liverpool have retained an interest in Piotr Zielinski after initially missing out on him during the summer of 2016. The Poland international is impressing for table toppers Napoli but if a €40m bid arrived for the versatile midfielder it would be taken under consideration. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Andre Silva's AC Milan career appears to be over. The striker, who arrived last summer for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £34m, has fallen down the pecking order after some lacklustre performances. New manager Gennaro Gattuso has tried to get the 22-year-old firing again but the trust between the pair has now gone and the former Porto star could be on his way to England, with Wolves keen in January. (Calciomercato)
Juventus have reached an agreement to sign Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian in the summer ahead of rivals Inter Milan and Napoli. A fee is yet to be agreed upon with United but it appears increasingly likely that the Italy international will be heading back to Turin after previously turning out for Torino. (Calciomercato)
Arjen Robben is in talks with Bayern Munich about signing a deal with the club which would see him retire in Bavaria. The 34-year-old revealed that he has held talks with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in recent weeks and he didn't want to say anything in public just yet. (Kicker)
Nils Petersen is set to commit his long-term future to SC Freiburg. The striker has just 16 months remaining on his current deal but is close to putting pen to paper on an extension. The 29-year-old has impressed this season, scoring 15 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions. (Kicker)
Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to part ways with Layvin Kurzawa this summer after growing tired of his inconsistent performances. The 25-year-old arrived from Monaco in 2015 and was expected to be the club's left-back for the next decade but he's failed to cement his place in the starting XI. (L'Equipe)
Marseille believe they can beat Roma, Napoli and RB Leipzig to the signature of Montpellier defender Nordi Mukiele. The 20-year-old has caught the eye this season and could be available for around the €10m mark. The Ligue 1 side are hoping that the versatile defender will want to continue his development in France before a move abroad. (Le10Sport)