European paper round-up: Manchester United bid for Nikola Milenkovic | Football News

Last Updated: 14/10/18 2:04pm

Nikola Milenkovic is still of interest to Manchester United

International football takes centre stage this weekend but clubs across Europe will be busy preparing for the January window.

That means the rumour mill never stops, so we asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up all the latest news and gossip from the Continent.

Italy

Manchester United have submitted a €60m offer for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic. United boss Jose Mourinho travelled to Serbia to watch the defender in action during the international break and United are now ready to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford in January. (La Nazione)

Nicolo Barella remains a Liverpool transfer target and they are leading the race for the Cagliari midfielder. Inter and AC Milan are also interested in the 21-year-old but his €50m price tag puts the Merseyside club in pole position. (La Nuova Sardegna)

Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has said he would one day like to play in Serie A. The striker’s brother, Jordan, is at Lazio and when asked if he’d enjoy a spell in Italy’s top flight the striker said: “Why not? I hope it happens.” (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Luka Modric could be a target for Inter Milan once again

Luka Modric could be a target for Inter Milan once again

Inter Milan are set to revive their interest in Luka Modric when the transfer window reopens in January. The Serie A side were thwarted in their attempts to sign the 33-year-old in the summer but Modric is supposedly unhappy at Real and is hoping to move on. (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan are ready to launch a move for Zenit St Petersburg and Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes when the transfer window reopens. It is believed a fee of around €30m would be enough to land the 24-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport)

Mexico international Diego Lainez is a target for Roma and the Serie A side may be ready to make a January move for the 18-year-old. The winger is valued at around €20m and I Giallorossi sporting director Monchi has already met with his agent. (Il Tempo)

Krzysztof Piatek has atrracted interest from all over Europe

Krzysztof Piatek has atrracted interest from all over Europe

Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti says Krzysztof Piatek will not leave the club in January. The Pole signed for the club in the summer and has struck nine goals in seven Serie A games. But Perinetti has ruled out a mid-season departure: “Not a chance. He is our player and we’re keeping him.” (TMC)

While Piatek may not be on the move in January, the list of clubs chasing him continues to grow. Roma, Napoli, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have all previously been linked and now Atletico Madrid have supposedly joined the race. (Corriere dello Sport)

Spain

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Eden Hazard says he needs to move to Spain to win the Ballon d’Or – but insists he won’t be leaving Chelsea in January.

Eden Hazard says he needs to move to Spain to win the Ballon d’Or – but insists he won’t be leaving Chelsea in January.

Real Madrid do not want to part with more than €100m to sign Eden Hazard. The Belgian was a Real Madrid transfer target after the World Cup but Chelsea refused to sell. But next summer the 27-year-old will have just one year remaining on his contract and Real are likely to push to bring him to the Spanish capital, but only for the right price. (AS)

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly are both Barcelona transfer targets. The La Liga champions want to bolster their defence and are considering signing one of the pair next summer. (AS)

Early La Liga leaders Sevilla will prioritise a new centre-back in the January transfer window, but are also ready to bolster other areas of their squad. “We may find the ideal players in the winter market, that certainly is our thinking.” the club’s sporting director, Pablo Machin, said.(Marca)

Germany

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Highlights of the UEFA Nations League group match between Netherlands and Germany.

Highlights of the UEFA Nations League group match between Netherlands and Germany.

After Germany’s 3-0 defeat to Holland – which means Die Mannschaft have failed to score in three successive games for the first time in their history – Joachim Loew admitted his side are struggling for confidence. “At 0-0 we controlled the game and we had good chances, but we could not score the goal which would be good for our confidence. Then at 1-0 to Holland we noticed we lacked confidence.” (Kicker)

Arsene Wenger says Bayern Munich should remain “calm” despite their poor start to the season. The German giants are sixth in the Bundesliga and have not won in their last four games. “Like many in Germany, I’m a bit surprised by this situation, but I’m not worried about Bayern. The most important thing now is to keep calm and stable within the club.” (Sport Bild)

The former Arsenal coach also doesn’t know when he will return to the dugout. Wenger left the Gunners in the summer after 22 years in charge. “I worked as a coach for 35 years without a break. Maybe two or three months rest might not be bad,” he said. “But when I will work again and where I will work again, I can not say.” (Sport Bild)

France

After turning down several contract offers from Paris Saint-Germain, Adrien Rabiot is considering re-signing with the Ligue 1 side. The midfielder’s current deal expires next summer and it appeared as though he’d depart on a free, with several top sides interested. However, after becoming a key part of the first team under Thomas Tuchel, Rabiot is now willing to remain in France. (L’Equipe)

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