European paper round-up: Idrissa Gueye is being courted by Paris Saint-Germain
By By Mark Thompson, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 14/01/19 12:43pm
We are almost halfway through the January transfer window, and there are rumours Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is wanted by PSG.
Our friends at Football Whispers have sifted through the European media to find the best transfer news and the latest news stories.
Idrissa Gueye is being courted by Paris Saint-Germain, with manager Thomas Tuchel having spoken to the Everton midfielder to explain how he would be used in PSG's system. The Parisian club have also hired agent Pini Zahavi to speed up a deal. However, Everton do not want to lose a key player, particularly in the middle of the season. (L'Equipe)
Marseille attacker Dimitri Payet has rubbished reports of a move to China. He said: "I'm not wasting my time responding to such nonsense." (RMC)
Krzysztof Piatek, the highly-rated 23-year-old striker at Genoa, is set to join Real Madrid. Piatek has been a Barcelona and Chelsea transfer target but, as long as Madrid pay the right price, they will get him. (Cadena Ser)
Jordi Alba is not sure on his future at Barcelona. His contract has now entered its final 18 months but the 29-year-old left-back does not know whether the Catalan club would like to renew his deal. (Marca)
Fernando Llorente is a target for Barcelona. Barca manager Ernesto Valverde knows the 33-year-old from their time at Athletic Club and, after the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla, he could use another rotational option, particularly a more traditional type of forward who Luis Suarez can play off. Llorente's contract expires in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain will be dismayed to hear that all-round midfielder Allan is staying at Napoli, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti. After the departure of Jorginho, Allan has impressed by becoming a key figure in the Napoli midfield, which put him on the radar of several clubs. (Corriere dello Sport)
Aaron Ramsey has taken another step towards Juventus by undergoing his first medical in London ahead of the move. Meetings will take place in Italy this week to agree a contract, although Juventus and Arsenal are still to reach an agreement about which window the Wales midfielder will leave in. (Tuttosport)
Chelsea were not the only club interested in spending big money to buy Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed. "I have to say that there was at least one more club that would have been willing to pay a sum of this magnitude," he said. The hole that Pulisic will leave when he joins the Blues in six months will be filled in the summer, Zorc says. (Ruhr Nachrichten)
Zorc has also denied rumours former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is set to move on loan to Bordeaux. The Japan international has only made two league appearances this season. Kicker have previously reported the 29-year-old would prefer a move to Spain, if he were to move at all. (Ruhr Nachrichten)