Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli are at the head of a five-man Real Madrid wishlist, with president Florentino Perez determined to make a significant splash in the summer transfer window.
The Spurs pair have caught the eye for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with Alli instrumental in downing Madrid when the sides met in the Champions League at Wembley recently.
Kane has recently said he would like to spend his whole career at Spurs, though, while there is no suggestion that Alli is angling for a move away. (Diario Gol)
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes his side can still qualify for the Champions League last 16. Los Rojiblancos beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday night to keep their hopes alive and now need to overcome Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and hope that Qarabag can take a point off Roma when they travel to the Stadio Olimpico.
“There’s still time for us to improve and think positively until our next game ends,” the Argentine coach said. “I know my players and they’re going to give their all.” (Marca)
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is edging close to joining Barcelona. The 29-year-old will move to the Nou Camp in the winter after Raul Sanllehi, the Barca transfer chief who is reportedly set to join Arsenal, closed the deal. Barca’s sporting director Pep Segura is yet to formally sign off on the move, but it is expected that the transfer will be completed. (Sport)
Liverpool have revived their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler.
The 24-year-old moved to the Parc des Princes in January but hasn’t been guaranteed a starting place by coach Unai Emery. With the playmaker determined to make Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, Liverpool have made contact about possibly securing a loan deal for him in January. Draxler has also been reported as a Bayern Munich and Arsenal transfer target in recent weeks. (L’Equipe)
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will not be joining PSG. The French striker’s form last season attracted attention from across Europe and he was, at one point, a Tottenham transfer target.
But will not be moving to the French capital despite strong interest from PSG director Antero Henrique. Dembele is wary of making the right move and believes that, although PSG is certainly an attractive club, he does not believe he can dislodge Edinson Cavani as the first-choice striker. Ironically he scored against the Parisians in Celtic’s 7-1 Champions League defeat on Wednesday. (Le Parisien)
Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann has fuelled speculation about a move to Old Trafford after saying it is a ‘possibility.’ The Frenchman has a €100m (£88m) release clause in his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to either United or Barcelona. “I have nothing against England, apart from the weather, Manchester United is a possibility. In June 2017, I prolonged my contract. I am tied to the club until 2022.” (Calciomercato)
Sampdoria are not willing to sell highly-rated midfielder Lucas Torreira to Everton in January. The diminutive playmaker has been linked with a move to the Merseyside club but Samp director Carlo Osti has dismissed the possibility.
“Torreira has gone from Serie B to A with ridiculous ease,” Osti said. “It was said that if he scored even just a few goals, he’d be perfect. He’s already scored three and my phone rang continuously on Monday. Still, no-one will leave in January, even if everyone’s already asking me about him.” (La Repubblica)
PSG are willing to sell Inter Milan transfer target Javier Pastore in January, but want at least €20m (£17.8m) for the Argentina international. The 28-year-old is struggling for games at the Parc des Princes and is reportedly open to leaving. As well as the speculation around Inter, Sevilla and Liverpool have also been linked with the former Palermo man. (Tuttosport)
Barcelona have stolen a march on several European clubs by holding talks with sought-after Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. The Arsenal and Juventus transfer target is out of contract in the summer but his agent wants him to leave in January. Having spoken to Barca, the feeling is they have won the race for the 22-year-old, who has become one of the hottest properties in the Bundesliga thanks to his outstanding displays for the Gelsenkirchen-based club. (Bild)
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has revealed that Barcelona were interested in signing Naby Keita before the midfielder agreed a move to Liverpool. Keita will join the Reds next summer after the club agreed to meet his €48m (£42m) release clause.
However, Keita could have been a Barca player, had they been quicker in acting on their interest. “Barcelona were also interested in Naby Keita,” Mintzlaff said. “This was confirmed to us by Barcelona, but obviously they didn’t try as hard as Liverpool.” (Bild)