September 19, 2019, 2:09

European Paper Talk: Barcelona switch attention from Philippe Coutinho to Christian Eriksen

European Paper Talk: Barcelona switch attention from Philippe Coutinho to Christian Eriksen

The winter transfer window does not open until January 1, but clubs across Europe are busy putting tentative plans in place.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European newspapers and websites to bring you the latest transfer gossip and news from the continent.

SPAIN

Barcelona have been on the hunt for a creative midfielder from the Premier League since the summer, but it is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, rather than Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who the La Liga leaders will target when the January transfer window opens. (Don Balon)

Despite strong interest from Manchester United, Gareth Bale still has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, and even plans to end his career at the Bernabeu. (Fichajes)

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has his eyes on a move to Real Madrid, with Los Blancos accelerating their pursuit of the former Barcelona academy star. Inter will demand at least €100m (£89.4m) for their Argentinian captain and top scorer. (Don Balon)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is preparing a €250m (£223.4m) summer move for Neymar, who only joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal in August. To make way for the Brazilian superstar, the European champions will look to offload Gareth Bale to Manchester United, as well as Karim Benzema, who has been linked with Arsenal. (Don Balon)

ITALY

AC Milan have sacked manager Vincenzo Montella and replaced the former Fiorentina boss with Gennaro Gattuso, promoting the ex-Rossoneri midfielder from his role in charge of the club’s youth team. However, the man Milan really want in charge is Antonio Conte and have contacted the Chelsea boss’ representatives with a view to a summer switch. (Calciomercato)

FRANCE

Real Madrid have been keeping tabs on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard for some time, but they could be about to give up their pursuit of the Belgian in order to allow Marco Asensio to develop into the next Bernabeu superstar. (Le 10 Sport)

PORTUGAL

Napoli are preparing a €20m (£17.9m) offer for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, previously reported to be a Manchester United target. The former Barcelona B defender has a €40m (£35.8m) release clause in his contract with the Portuguese champions but it is believed a lower offer may be accepted. (A Bola)

Source: skysports.com

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