European Paper Talk: Barcelona balk at Paul Pogba wages demands
By James Piercy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 27/09/18 12:18pm
The transfer window may be closed but the rumour mill across the continent keeps spinning as clubs look for January reinforcements or early changes in the dugout.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European press to bring you the best stories of the day.
Barcelona are unlikely to make an approach for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba after learning of the France international's wage demands. Pogba wants a net salary of €12m (£10.7m), while agent Mino Raiola is demanding considerable commission of whatever transfer fee can be negotiated with United, which is likely to be in the region of £100m. Buying Pogba also means they won't have the necessary funds to pursue other targets such as Ajax's Frenkie De Jong. (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich want to complete the permanent purchase of James Rodriguez by the end of the year. Real Madrid playmaker Rodriguez is on a two-season loan at the Allianz Arena and Bayern have the option of signing him permanently for €35m (£31m). The Bundesliga champions want to complete the deal ahead of schedule to avoid the Colombian's head being turned by other potential suitors. (Marca/Sport Bild)
Marcelo will miss Saturday's Madrid derby with a calf injury. The Brazilian limped off during Madrid's 3-0 loss to Sevilla and told reporters it was "just a pain in the calf". But Marcelo won't be available for the game at the Bernabeu leaving Real Madrid with a selection issue as they have no natural left-sided replacement. Nacho Fernandez is likely to deputise. (Marca)
AC Milan will try and sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in January. Fabregas is a free agent next summer and, after struggling to break into the first team under Maurizio Sarri, looks unlikely to stay at Stamford Bridge. Instead of competing with others in the free market, Milan want to try and sign the Spain international in January for a cut-price fee. Milan have tried to sign the 31-year-old several times in the past. (Mundo Deportivo)
Milan Skriniar looks set to sign a contract extension at Inter Milan after interest Manchester City and Manchester United cooled. Slovakian centre-back Skriniar has been the subject of tentative approaches from City and United over the last 12 months but neither has been willing to make a bid due to Inter's high valuation. As a result, the 23-year-old will renew his current deal boosting his salary by around £2m a year. (Calciomercato)
Milan want to offer former Liverpool winger Suso a new deal amid interest from Serie A rivals Roma and Napoli. Suso made his 100th appearance for the club this week having signed from Liverpool in 2014 and has been a big hit at San Siro. Although the 24-year-old is under contract until 2022, he wants an increase in his salary to being him more in line with the club's top earners. (Calciomercato)
Thomas Tuchel has won over the senior players at Paris Saint-Germain because he is more approachable than predecessor Unai Emery. Tuchel has eliminated the cliques in the dressing room between the South American and European players and has made a point of befriending all the club staff, unlike the introverted Emery. Tuchel was also seen mocking Neymar's theatrics in training by pretending to kick the Brazilian. (L'Equipe)
PSG right-back Colin Dagba, who was targeted over the summer by RB Leipzig, has agreed a new contract at the Parc des Prince. The 20-year-old has broken into the first-team picture under Tuchel but, with his deal due to expire in 2020, Leipzig were preparing an approach either in January or next summer. However, Dagba had committed his future until 2023, also agreeing a salary increase. (L'Equipe)
Werder Bremen are poised to offer young midfielder Maximilian Eggestein a new contract with PSG interested in the Germany U21 International. Eggestein, 21, has been one of Werder's star performers this season but his present deal expires in 2020. Chief executive Frank Baumann has contacted the attacking midfielder's representatives to assure them the club plan to significantly increase his wages as his good form in the Bundesliga has attracted attention from a number of clubs, including PSG. (Bild)