Belgian ace Youri Tielemans is in high demand across Europe and the teenager looks set to leave Anderlecht this summer with most of the continent’s top clubs in hot pursuit.
The 19-year-old is a Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea transfer target. However, he is set to snub the Premier League trio in favour of a move to Ligue 1 leaders Monaco. (L’Equipe)
Pepe says he will wait for Real Madrid “until the last second” with talks over a new contract ongoing. The 34-year-old scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid but broke two ribs, ending his season. His agent, Jorge Mendes, wants a two-year contract for the centre-back. But Real are only prepared to offer one year. (AS)
There is certain to be a tug-of-war for Atletico left-back Theo Hernandez this summer. The 19-year-old Frenchman, who is on loan at Alaves, is subject of an offer from Real as well as being a Liverpool transfer target.
However, Barcelona have now entered the equation by equalling Real’s €24m offer and meeting the defender’s release clause. The two Madrid clubs have a pact whereby neither signs the other’s players, however, that has been tested by Hernandez. (AS)
Barcelona legend Xavi says Juventus forward Paulo Dybala would be perfect for the Catalan giants. The 22-year-old Argentine has scored 14 goals in all competitions for the Turin outfit this season.
Xavi, who plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd, was speaking ahead of the Champions League tie between Juventus and Barca on Tuesday. He said: “It is the right player for us,” he says, ” he is a natural talent, young and already very ready to play in a team like Barcelona. Besides, he is making a difference for a couple of years in Italy.” (Gazetta)
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will be re-united with former Paris Saint-Germain keeper Salvatore Sirigu this summer with the Italian joining the Bavarian giants as Manuel Neuer’s deputy.
Ancelotti, who managed PSG from 2011 to 2013, is on the lookout for an understudy to Germany’s No 1 and World Cup winner Neuer. Sirigu, 30, who is on loan from PSG at Osasuna, would fit that bill. The 6ft 4in stopper has been replaced by Kevin Trapp at the Parc de Princes and spent the first half of the season on loan at Sevilla. (Kicker)