European Paper Talk: Real Madrid opt for Robert Lewandowski over Harry Kane
By Thomas McIlroy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 21/03/18 10:57am
There are a still two months of the season left but Europe's biggest clubs are already plotting their summer moves with a World Cup to negotiate around.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European media to round-up the latest transfer news and big stories.
Real Madrid have decided to reinforce their attack next summer with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Zinedine Zidane has approved the move and the club have agreed an agreement in principle with Lewandowksi's agent, Pini Zahavi. Real opted for the Poland international after deciding Tottenham striker Harry Kane's introverted personality would make it hard for him to adapt to life at the Bernabeu. (AS)
Valencia are paying close attention to who Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gets rid of this summer. Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial are all on their radar, although they know any deal for the France forward will be near on impossible due to financial restraints. (Superdeporte)
With Antoine Griezmann's future at Atletico Madrid up in the air, Diego Simeone is understood to have had dinner with Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in the Spanish capital on Monday. (Marca)
Atleti have offered Griezmann £17m-a-season net salary (€20m) in a bid to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano. (La Razon)
Barcelona will keep an eye on Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt in the Netherlands' friendlies against England and Portugal this international break. Barca have earmarked the 18-year-old as a possible summer arrival, should Thomas Vermaelen or Yerry Mina depart. (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona will ask Andres Iniesta to stay at the Camp Nou for another season. The Spain midfielder is set to announce whether he will remain in Spain or move to China next month. (Sport)
Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira is set to return from his loan at Valencia this summer. The 22-year-old has impressed at the Mestalla this term, but Valencia are keen to free up space for 18-year-old Ferran Torres to flourish next season. (Superdeporte)
Real Madrid legend Raul has decided to try his hand at coaching. The 40-year-old returned to Real last year and will take his coaching badges in April on the next Spanish FA elite course. When he completes that, he will take charge of the club's Juvenil B (U17) side. (Marca)
Bayern Munich are interested in Hamburg's 18-year-old hot prospect Jann-Fiete Arp. (Bild)
Mauricio Pochettino's inability to speak German is understood to have put Bayern Munich off approaching the Tottenham manager. (SportBild)
Fears Giorgio Chiellini could miss the first leg of Juventus' Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid have been allayed. Chiellini picked up a muscle injury at the weekend against SPAL, but it was not as serious as first thought. Alex Sandro, however, may not feature after being forced out of the Brazil quad squad with a thigh injury. (Tuttosport)
Roma are weighing up a summer move for Benfica midfielder Bryan Cristante. The Italy midfielder is currently on loan at Atalanta and the Giallorossi are ready to see off the competition with a £31m (€35m) bid. (Corriere dello Sport)
Emre Can has long been linked with Juventus but the Germany international is yet to commit to a move to the Serie A champions. With his contract at Liverpool set to expire in the summer, and with uncertainty still surrounding his future, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are thought to be considering a move for the midfielder. (Tuttosport)
Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann says his future will be decided before the World Cup. (L'Equipe)
Nicolas de Tavernost, president of M6, the group which holds a majority share in Bordeaux, says no decision has been made over the club's future. The news comes amid speculation of a takeover bid by American entrepreneur Philip Anschutz, who has shares in the Los Angeles Lakers. (Sud-Ouest)
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