European Paper Talk: Paris Saint-Germain keen on Philippe Coutinho
By Thomas McIlroy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 08/10/17 10:26am
The European transfer window may only have been closed for a month, but clubs will already have an idea where they still need to strengthen.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media for the latest news and transfer rumours.
Anthony Martial is a Barcelona transfer target. The Catalan club have been made aware of the France international's unhappiness at not being a guaranteed starter at Manchester United. If his situation doesn't improve at Old Trafford, Barcelona are ready to pounce and offer him a way out. (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid are willing to sell Gareth Bale at the end of the season. Real are already planning for next summer. Zinedine Zidane has decided he doesn't want too many changes in the January transfer window, but is willing to sell the Wales international at the end of the season. Bale's departure would open the door for two new strikers, with Paulo Dybala top of the list. They have ruled out signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Robert Lewandowski, but Harry Kane is still an option. (Mundo Deportivo)
Philippe Coutinho is still on Barcelona's wishlist for January, but they face a battle for the Brazil international as he is also a Paris Saint-Germain transfer target. PSG's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi personally wants the Liverpool man at the Parc des Princes and is prepared to battle Barcelona for him. The two clubs already have a frosty relationship after the Catalan side's failed pursuit of Marco Verratti and Neymar's move to France. PSG can't afford Coutinho in January but hope they can try and stop him leaving Liverpool until the end of the season, when they'll be able to flex their financial muscle. (AS)
With Dani Carvajal out for at least two months, Real Madrid have realised they are short at right-back after letting Danilo leave for Manchester City in the summer. They are planning on meeting Real Sociedad full-back Alvaro Odriozola's €40m (£35.9m) buyout clause. (AS)
Despite not featuring at all for Barcelona this season, Thomas Vermaelen has told the club he has no intention of leaving in January. (Mundo Deportivo)
Andrea Pirlo says he will end his playing career once his contract at New York City FC expires at the end of the current MLS season. "You realise by yourself that the moment has arrived," said the midfielder. "Every day you have physical problems. You can't train how you would like to because you always have an issue. At 38 years old, it is right to give space to the younger boys. I am not angry, instead, I'll give a hand to the coach and the others. At my age, you have to say that's enough. You can't keep on going strong until you are 50." (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus are set to hand Dybala a new contract with a pay rise, but the club will own his image rights. (Tuttosport)
Joachim Low is considering leaving the Germany national team after the World Cup. The manager is thinking of coaching abroad. (Bild)
Former Hamburg general manager Gunter Netzer believes Bayern Munich have made the right decision in appointing Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season, saying any move for Thomas Tuchel would have been too soon after his Borussia Dortmund departure. (Welt am Sonntag)
When Adrien Silva's move to Leicester City finally goes through in January, Sporting Lisbon's priority will be to find a player of similar characteristics. (Record)