BARCA WANTED ATLETICO DUO
Barcelona wanted to sign Atletico Madrid duo Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann in the summer, but were put off by their price tags, reports El Transistor on Onda Cero, via Sport .
Niguez’s release clause of €80 million was something Barca were prepared to pay, but they baulked at spending €150m when the figure increased after the midfielder signed a new contract.
It was a similar situation with Griezmann as Barca were only prepared to offer €140m for the French attacker, whose release clause rose to €200m.
MAN UTD WATCH ROMA MIDFIELDER
Manchester United are tracking the progress of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in addition to his team-mate Radja Nainggolan, according to Corriere dello Sport .
Jose Mourinho reportedly sent one of his favoured scouts to watch Roma’s game against Verona last weekend and the €30 million-rated Pellegrini impressed.
GIMENEZ TO SIGN NEW ATLETICO DEAL
Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez is set to disappoint his suitors by signing a new contract at the club, claims Calciomercato.com .
Gimenez’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and he had previously been a target for Juventus and Manchester United, but the 22-year-old is ready to commit to fresh terms which will include a release clause in the region of €60 million.
BARCA CHASE MAN UTD WONDERKID
Manchester United are concerned about losing Angel Gomes, with the 17-year-old forward yet to sign his first professional contract, reports The Sun .
Gomes made his first-team debut for United as a late substitute on the final day of last season and is regarded as one of the brightest prospects to come through the club in many years.
However, United have yet to agree terms on his first deal, with Barcelona waiting in the wings to potentially snap up Gomes for a nominal fee next summer.
PSG COACH EMERY UNDER PRESSURE
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery must reach the Champions League semi-finals this season if he wants to stay in his job, according to L'Equipe .
A one-year extension will be triggered if Emery leads PSG to the last four in Europe, but if he fails to attain that target, the club will not look to agree a new deal.
Sporting director Antero Henrique has already been eyeing up potential replacements for Emery, with Jorge Jesus and Andre Villas-Boas being considered.
MADRID MOVE ON FROM DE GEA
Real Madrid are looking at Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa as a potential long-term replacement for Keylor Navas following their protracted pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea, claims Marca .
Kepa is out of contract at the end of the season and Athletic have spent the last 10 months trying to agree a new deal with the 22-year-old.
However, with no agreement reached, Madrid are now waiting in the wings to sign Kepa next summer in a deal which could also provide some relief in Manchester.
CHELSEA LINE UP PELLEGRI
Chelsea are interested in signing Genoa ace Pietro Pellegri, Secolo XIX reports.
The 16-year-old has hit the headlines after becoming the youngest player to score two goals in a Serie A game following his double in the 3-2 defeat to Lazio.
And that has apparently alerted the attention of the Premier League champions, with Antonio Conte keen on taking the young Italian striker to England.
GUARDIOLA PLOTTING LEWANDOWSKI MOVE
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is eyeing a January move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, according to The Sun .
Guardiola reportedly sent scouts to monitor Lewandowski this past weekend as he scored twice in a 4-0 win against Mainz, and City could benefit from the former Bayern manager's rapport with the Poland international.
SPURS JOIN TOSUN RACE
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, The Daily Mail reports.
The Turkish side reportedly want £17.5 million for the 26-year-old, who also has drawn interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle. That price represents an increase from the £12m Besiktas would have accepted before Tosun's strong start to the 2017-18 campaign.
WILSHERE WANTS WEST HAM MOVE
Jack Wilshere is set to run down the final year of his Arsenal contract and look to seal a move to West Ham, the Daily Star reports.
Wilshere supported the Hammers as a boy and is hopeful that Slaven Bilic's side will lodge a January bid for his services after initially being put off by the Gunners' £20 million asking price.
FELLAINI STALLING ON NEW DEAL
Marouane Fellaini is yet to agree terms on a new deal with Manchester United as the Belgian's camp hold out for a better contract, according to the Daily Mail .
Fellaini turns 30 in November and it is the Red Devils' policy to offer one-year rolling contracts to players over that age, though the midfielder is not content with the club's latest proposal.
JESUS SET FOR NEW CITY DEAL
Manchester City have opened talks with Gabriel Jesus' entourage over a new contract, reports the Daily Mail .
With Jesus having scored 12 goals in 15 starts for Pep Guardiola's side, the Etihad side are keen to improve the young star's basic £70,000-per-week salary in order to ward off potential suitors.
MAN UTD MOVE FOR HUDDERSFIELD KIDS
Manchester United are amongst a raft of Premier League sides — including Liverpool, Man City and Everton — looking to capitalise on the closing down of Huddersfield Town's youth academy, the Daily Mail reports.
It is said that United alone have invited 15 trialists under the age of 16 to see if they can make the grade, while Huddersfield will not be eligible for any compensation due to closing their academy of their own accord.
HERRERA TO SIGN NEW MAN UTD DEAL
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is expected to sign a new, improved contract in the next two months, reports the Manchester Evening News .
Herrera’s current deal expires at the end of the season, but United have the option to extend that by a year.
However, the Spaniard is likely to agree a longer-term contract after establishing himself as an influential figure since his 2014 arrival from Athletic Bilbao.
ATLETICO MAKE FINAL €65M COSTA OFFER
Atletico Madrid will make a final offer of €65 million to bring Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club, according to Marca .
Costa is currently in exile at Chelsea after being told he is not in Antonio Conte’s plans and the Spain international only has eyes for a return to Atletico.
A deal has yet to be reached, but Atletico are hoping a club record bid of €55m, with a further €10m due in bonuses, will finally persuade Chelsea to sell Costa.
KANE IS MADRID'S PLAN B TO ALEXIS
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is Real Madrid’s ‘Plan B’ if they fail to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, claims Don Balon .
Alexis is Madrid president Florentino Perez’s No.1 option to improve his club’s attack, but the Chilean is also wanted by Manchester City.
If Alexis decides against a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, then Perez will pursue a deal for Kane.
SCHALKE OFFER GORETZKA €10M A YEAR TO STAY
Schalke are prepared to offer Leon Goretzka a club record €10 million-a-year contract in a bid to persuade the midfielder to sign a new deal, reports Kicker.
Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been linked with Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool, but Schalke are hoping the bumper salary will persuade the 22-year-old to stay.
MILAN LEAD HUNT FOR GENOA WONDERKID
AC Milan are leading the chase to sign Genoa’s record-breaking teenage striker Pietro Pellegri, claims Calciomercato.com .
Pellegri became the youngest player to score twice in a Serie A game on Sunday when netting a brace in Genoa’s 3-2 defeat by Lazio.
He has been scouted by Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City, with Juventus and Inter Milan also showing an interest, but it is Milan who are at the front of the queue to sign the 16-year-old.
MAN UTD TARGET SAUL & NAINGGOLAN
Manchester United are targeting Saul Niguez and Radja Nainggolan as potential replacements for Michael Carrick, according to the Daily Star .
The Red Devils sent a scout to Roma's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last week to monitor the two midfielders.
Carrick, 36, is expected to leave Old Trafford at the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign.