European Paper Talk: Thomas Tuchel rejects Bayern Munich for Arsenal
By Thomas McIlroy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 26/03/18 6:10am
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round up the latest transfer news and big stories.
Thomas Tuchel has turned down the offer to replace Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich manager this summer as he has agreed to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. (Kicker)
Tuchel's move to the Gunners may not be complete though, with Paris Saint-Germain also in the chase for the former Borussia Dortmund boss. (Bild)
Barcelona will go all out to sign Antoine Griezmann before the World Cup. They are set to meet with Atletico Madrid officials in the coming weeks and will offer more than his €100m (£87m) buyout clause in two instalments. (Sport)
If Andres Iniesta leaves Barcelona in the summer, Lionel Messi will become the club captain at the Nou Camp. (Marca)
Marcos Llorente will leave Real Madrid this summer after failing to break into the first team at the Bernabeu. Real Sociedad and Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in the 23-year-old midfielder. (AS)
Zinedine Zidane has told Llorente, Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo and Borja Mayoral they are not in his plans at Real Madrid and will be free to find another club in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin could be set to spark a bidding war across Europe this summer. The 19-year-old currently plays for Zorya Luhansk and made his international debut for Ukraine on Friday in a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia. He has been linked with Liverpool, but has also attracted interest from Watford, Juventus, Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg and Real Sociedad. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus have made Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic their top transfer target for the summer. Any deal could cost in excess of €100 (£87m) and would be complicated by Lazio president Claudio Lotito who would prefer to sell abroad. The 23-year-old midfielder has a number of suitors outside of Italy, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all reportedly admirers of the Serb. (Tuttosport)
As well as Milinkovic-Savic, other midfield options for Juventus this summer include Emre Can, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Dembele, Aaron Ramsey, Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini. (Tuttosport)
Manolo Gabbiadini wants to return to Serie A at the end of the season after finding himself on the margins of the Southampton first team this season. He's attracting interest from Bologna, but Lazio are the favourites to sign him. (Alfredo Pedulla)
Italy's next coach will either be Carlo Ancelotti or Roberto Mancini. A decision will be made by May 20 and the Zenit St Petersburg manager is in pole position. (Corriere dello Sport)
Stefan de Vrij, who had been subject of Liverpool and Barcelona links, has agreed to join Inter on a five-year deal. The Lazio defender will join on a free transfer at the end of his contract in the summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Napoli are planning to remove Maurizio Sarri's release clause when they offer him a new deal this summer. The club are keen on extending their head coach's contract and will open talks when the season's over. Napoli's impressive form this season has seen Sarri linked with Chelsea of late. (Corriere del Mezzogiorno)
Gianluigi Donnarumma could start for Italy against England instead of Gianluigi Buffon. The Juventus goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes against Argentina but interim coach Luigi Di Biagio is considering making a number of changes when the Azzurri face England on Tuesday. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kwadwo Asamoah will join Inter after rejecting a new deal at Juventus. The 29-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and the full-back has agreed a three-year contract at the San Siro. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
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