European Paper Talk: Liverpool target Dinamo Zagreb winger Dani Olmo
By James Nalton, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 25/09/18 11:43am
As the Champions League and Europa League take a week off, the European media has returned its attention to the transfer market. The window may be closed until January but Europe's biggest clubs are plotting their next moves.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media to bring you the latest news from around Europe.
The latest Liverpool transfer rumours state that they have joined AC Milan in the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb winger Dani Olmo. The Serie A side have been monitoring the 20-year-old for some time and are still favourites but Liverpool, as well as Borussia Dortmund, have now shown interest in the Spaniard who played some of his youth football with Barcelona before moving to Zagreb, where he has enjoyed plenty of first-team football. (Marca)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Real Madrid once his playing days are over, commenting that he is up there with Alfredo Di Stefano in terms of the club's all-time greats. "Cristiano has remained in the heart of all Madridistas. If I saw him today I'd give him a big hug, he's the worthy heir to Di Stefano. One day he'll return to Real Madrid," said Perez. (El Chiringuito)
Manchester United star Paul Pogba remains a Juventus transfer target. After the midfielder criticised Manchester United's style of play in their 1-1 draw with Wolves, the complaints were seen as a message that he is ready to leave Old Trafford. A return to the Serie A champions could be his preferred option should this happen, but Barcelona have also been linked with the French World Cup winner. (TuttoSport)
Flamengo are hoping to spark a bidding war for promising attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta and hope the amount they receive will be close to his £45m release fee. The Brazilian club want to involve the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona in the auction, while AC Milan and Liverpool have also been linked. (Calciomercato)
Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is becoming one of the most sought-after players in Europe, with Real Madrid and Manchester United the latest frontrunners for his signature. The 21-year-old, who can also play in defence, is seen as a long-term replacement for Luka Modric at Real and they are ready to submit an €80m (£71.5m) bid. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona have all been linked with the player in the past few months. (De Telegraaf)
PSG will continue their pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and are encouraged that no new contract has been offered to the Brazilian whose current deal expires in 2020. Sporting director at the French champions, Antero Henrique, was the man who brought Alex Sandro to Europe when he signed him for Porto in 2011, and it is believed that the player would be open to a reunion. (Le 10 Sport)
Benfica's German goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos is being monitored by a number of clubs, including several from the Premier League. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle are among the English clubs to have sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old, while Bayern Munich have had him on their radar since his time as a youth player at Stuttgart. The German champions believe he could have the potential to become the new Manuel Neuer. (Record)
Lukas Klostermann is a target for Bayern Munich and could join as soon as the January transfer window. The RB Leipzig defender is a German youth international, and at the age of 22 would provide the Bavarians with a long-term option in a number of defensive positions. However, reports in Germany say that the move would be more likely to happen next summer. (Sport Bild)