European Paper Talk: Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario target for Manchester United

European Paper Talk: Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario target for Manchester United

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.


Joao Mario has emerged as a Manchester United target. The Portuguese, who has struggled for regular game time at Internazionale this season, could unite with his compatriot Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. United midfielder Juan Mata could move in the other direction. (Corriere dello Sport)

Internazionale could look to bring in Simone Verdi from Bologna in January. However, the tricky winger, who has two caps for Italy, is a key player to his club and so will not be allowed to leave unless they are well clear of the relegation zone at the time. (Tuttosport)

The current Serie A leaders have also showed interest in Andreas Christensen. They watched the Dane during Chelsea’s Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid. (Calciomercato)

Paris Saint-Germain are looking for successors to manager Unai Emery after their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the final round of Champions League group games, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri could be a possible appointment at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)


Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard remains the subject of Real Madrid transfer talk. The reigning Spanish and European champions are reported to have made contact with the 26-year-old, who has delayed agreeing to a new £300,000-per-week contract at the Premier League champions. (Diario Gol)

Eibar are keen on adding two players to their squad in January. The Basque side are hoping to reinforce their spine, with centre-backs Jorge Saenz, Raul Albentosa and Jorge Mere considered options along with Real Sociedad central midfielder Ruben Pardo. (Football Espana)

Juventus could make a move for in-form Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya as they look to replace Alex Sandro. The Brazilian has struggled to retain his starting spot and is a Chelsea transfer target. (Fichajes)


Paris Saint-Germain’s search for a new manager to replace Emery could take them to Spain, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique one of the options on their shortlist, which is also said to include Allegri, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone. (L’Equipe)


Dominick Drexler is a Newcastle United transfer target after an exceptional start to the season with Holstein Kiel. The German attacking midfielder has scored eight goals and assisted six times in 16 appearances, prompting speculation of a move. Aston Villa and Cardiff City are also said to be interested. (Kicker)


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