European paper round-up: Manchester City want Isco in potential £70m deal
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 26/05/18 9:57am
The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday might dominate the agenda in Spain but it does not mean there's a shortage of transfer stories in Saturday's papers.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured Europe's news outlets to bring you all the headlines from the continent.
Manchester City are willing to offer Real Madrid £70m for out-of-favour midfielder Isco. The 26-year-old made just 21 La Liga starts this season scoring seven times for Zinedine Zidane's side, and complained earlier in the season he did not have the coach's full trust. (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti insists he is relaxed about his future. The Manchester United target is locked in contract negotiations with the club but is not concerned about the lack of progress being made. "Nobody has called me yet and things aren't moving forward," Umtiti said. "I'm not worried because it started a few months ago. It's important to sort this out before the World Cup." (AS)
Real Madrid's focus is on Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool but already president Florentino Perez has completed the first signing of the summer by bringing Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Omar Mascarell back to the Bernabeu for just £3.5m (€4m). The 25-year-old left Real in 2016 and has shone in the Bundesliga since. (Diario Gol)
Bayern Munich's midfielder Thiago has refused to commit his future to Bayern Munich despite signing a new deal with the Bavarians last summer. "Let's see," the Spain international said when asked about his future. "I told you I renewed with Bayern last year, but it's very complicated. Football is very difficult." (Mundo Deportivo)
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Leaving Real to make room for Mascarell will be Dani Ceballos. The star of Spain's U21 side at last summer's European Championships, the midfielder will return to Real Betis following a single frustrating season with Los Merengues, but only if Betis fork out £14m (€16m) for his services. (Diario Gol)
A new centre-back is on the radar for Italian champions Juventus with Matthijs de Ligt, also a target for Barcelona, emerging as the latest possibility for the club. The 18-year-old Ajax defender is signed with super agent Mino Raiola. (Tuttosport)
Forward Alvaro Morata looks certain to leave Chelsea this summer, the only question is where the Spain international will end up. Already linked with Juventus and Milan, he could find himself part of a swap deal for Internazionale forward Mauro Icardi. The Argentine, reportedly on Real Madrid's radar in the past, is now wanted by the Blues. (Il Messaggero)
Another exciting youngster who looks set to leave Ajax is forward Justin Kluivert. The 19-year-old forward, who is the son of Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert, is wanted by Roma this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Napoli duo Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol will take stock of their options before deciding whether to remain with the club under new coach Carlo Ancelotti. They share the same agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, and will evaluate any offers before coming to a final decision. (Tutto Napoli)
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed the French side have yet to receive an offer for reported Liverpool transfer target Nabil Fekir. The OL skipper, 24, scored 18 goals this season and the Reds are believed to be among his suitors. "We simply know that teams are interested. His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has told us so," Aulas said. "There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it's very premature. He's also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon." (L'Equipe)
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed Manchester United want full-back Djibril Sidibe."Manchester United's interest in Djibril Sidibe? I'm going to be a bit more elusive because we have interest in him," he said. "I hear about it, but we do not have a concrete thing on the table, but there are really a lot of clubs circulating around him. I think we have to wait for the World Cup, I do not think it's time to discuss transfers." (SFR Sport)
RB Leipzig's Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg insists he is trying to remain focused on the upcoming World Cup amid Arsenal transfer rumours. "It is really difficult to talk about market things now when you're with the national team and prepare to play the first World Cup In the market, my agent is in charge of doing everything while I want to concentrate on the World Cup. If you do well it is normal for important clubs to get information about me." (SportExpressen)