European Paper Talk: Ernesto Valverde wants Ander Herrera reunion at Barcelona
By Adam Newson, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 22/10/17 10:38am
European sides can't strengthen their squads until January but that doesn't stop deals from being struck and contracts being agreed ahead of the winter transfer window opening.
And our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continent to bring you all the latest transfer news and gossip from the European newspapers.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is not "an immediate Real Madrid transfer target" and Los Blancos won't pursue a striker in January. The Champions League holders had the chance to watch the England international at the Bernabeu this week but weren't convinced by Kane's display. (Marca)
Real Madrid did not include a buy-back clause in the summer deal which saw Mariano Diaz joined Lyon for €8m. The 24-year-old striker has netted seven goals in 11 games for the French club and there has been some suggestion Los Blancos could re-sign the striker to bolster their attacking ranks.
However, Lyon have confirmed there was no agreement included which allows Real to automatically buy-back Diaz for a set price. (AS)
Manchester United star Ander Herrera is top of Barcelona's January shopping list as Ernesto Valverde wants to be reunited with the midfielder he worked with at Athletic Bilbao. (Don Balon)
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is a Manchester United transfer target and Jose Mourinho wants to launch a move for the Brazilian next summer. (Don Balon)
With his chances of first-team football at Barcelona limited, Southampton, Lille and Celta Vigo are all interested in a January deal for striker Paco Alcacer. The 24-year-old has made just one La Liga start for the Catalan club this season, although he is hopeful of turning things around at the Camp Nou (Sport)
If Barcelona can move on Alcacer they will launch a January move for Milan striker Adrian Silva. The Portuguese frontman hasn't been a regular starter for the Serie A side but has been watched closely since his summer move to Italy by both Barca and Arsenal. (Corriere dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez remains a Juventus transfer target despite the centre-back signing a new contract in the summer. The Old Lady are monitoring the 22-year-old's situation at Atleti, for whom he has started just four La Liga games this season. Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the Uruguayan. (Tuttosport)
Napoli have put a £70m price-tag on long-term Chelsea transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly. The Blues interest in the Senegalese defender stretches back to the summer of 2016, but the Premier League champions have consistently failed to land the centre-back. (Calcio Mercato)
Milan have drawn up a list of potential candidates to replace the struggling Vincenzo Montella and there is a surprise name at the top of their list. The Rossoneri, after a lavish summer of spending, are already way off the pace in Serie A and the club's hierarchy are ready to make a change.
Thomas Tuchel, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti are all potential replacements but it is former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri who is supposedly favourite for the job. (Calcio Mercato)
Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, the club's sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed. The 37-year-old stopper has spent the last 15 years with Dortmund but has slipped behind Roman Burki. (Sky Germany)
Arjen Robben hasn't held talks with Bayern Munich about extending his deal which expires next summer. The Dutch winger, who retired from international football earlier this month, said this weekend: "I've not been approached by anyone yet and I am in no rush." (Sky Germany)
Manchester City have entered the race to sign highly-rated PSG youngster Maxen Kapo. The versatile 16-year-old is also being pursued by Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. (France Football)
Marco Verratti says he opted to remain at PSG this summer instead of forcing through a move to Barcelona because of the Ligue 1 club's "project".
"People think that I play for PSG for the money, but I could get that elsewhere, too. If I had moved in the summer, there were clubs ready to pay €100m to sign me and I would have earned a lot more." (L'Equipe)
Manchester United are hopeful of sealing a deal for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo, who impressed Jose Mourinho in their Champions League meeting on Wednesday.
Left-back has been a problem area for the United boss since he arrived at Old Trafford with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw all failing to convince Mourinho. And the Portuguese is now ready to pursue Grimaldo, who is valued at £36m. (Record)
Liverpool are considering a move for Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba if Emre Can leaves for free next summer. (Het Nieuwsblad)
Amin Younes is frustrated Ajax blocked a potential summer move that would've increased his chances of going to next summer's World Cup with Germany."Three big clubs in Germany and Italy wanted to me and were ready to pay a large transfer fee. That would have increased my odds on the World Cup with Germany, but a transfer was unquestionable for Ajax." (De Telegraaf)