European paper talk: Antonio Conte linked with Roma, Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Best awards?
By James Piercy, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 24/09/18 1:51pm
The transfer window may be closed until January but Europe's biggest clubs plot their next moves year-round.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media to bring you the latest news from around Europe.
Eusebio Di Francesco has two games to save his job as Roma coach with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and ex-Swansea boss Paulo Sousa lined up as his replacements. The Giallorossi have won just one of their opening six Serie A and Champions League matches and Di Francesco's side face Frosinone on Wednesday before the Rome derby against Lazio. Conte is the "dream" appointment but Sousa, manager of China's Tianjin Quanjian, the more realistic option. (Corriere dello Sport)
Cristiano Ronaldo will snub FIFA's The Best ceremony in London tonight to focus on Juventus' Serie A match with Bologna on Wednesday. Ronaldo is nominated for The Best men's player along with former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah but is not favourite to win the award for a third straight year. Ronaldo also skipped the Champions League group stage draw in August in Monaco. (Tuttosport)
Lyon's Lucas Tousart is emerging as a January transfer target for Inter Milan with the club determined to sign a defensive midfielder. Inter sporting director Piero Ausillo has recommended the 21-year-old, who has also been scouted by Manchester City and Tottenham. Ausillo believes Tousart will be perfect for Luciano Spaletti's 4-2-3-1 system and will cost the Nerazzurri around €35m (£31.5m). (Calciomercato)
Hatem Ben Arfa is considering taking legal action against former employers Paris Saint-Germain. Rennes winger Ben Arfa left PSG this summer following an unhappy spell in the capital in which he failed to play a competitive match in 15 months. Ben Arfa was fined after failing to attend PSG's winter training camp in Qatar in January, and saw various bonuses cut, but lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand has drafted a document accusing PSG of weekly harassment of Ben Arfa and will seek an employment tribunal. (Le Parisien)
Lille president Gerard Lopez hopes to extend the contract of coach Christophe Galtier following Les Dogues strong start to the season. Lille are second in Ligue 1 having lost just one of their opening six games and Lopez is keen to tie former St Etienne coach Galtier down to a fresh deal having appointed him in December 2017 amid interest from Crystal Palace. (Telefoot)
Florentino Perez insists Real Madrid's new stadium will generate an extra €150m in income despite the project costing €525m and forcing Los Blancos into a 35-year loan. Perez won the support of 92 per cent of the members who attended the club's meeting over the weekend to redevelop the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid had originally secured funding from the Abu Dhabi-based IPIC but that investment was pulled last December and Perez has instead had to take out a loan which will cost the club an estimated €25m for the next 35 years. (El Pais)
Former Liverpool transfer target Mario Gotze has revealed his frustration at a lack of playing time at Borussia Dortmund under Lucien Favre. World Cup winner Gotze is yet to feature in the Bundesliga and wasn't even part of the squad for the 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday. Just 24 hours after former teammate Kevin Grosskreutz recommended him to join Liverpool in January, Gotze said: "It's a challenge, I cannot hide it." (Kicker)
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