Atletico Madrid line-up Belgium striker to replace Antoine Griezmann; while Barcelona to offer a defender bumper new contract to fend off Man United interest. Philippe Coutinho very happy at Liverpool amid Barcelona rumours; while Plenty of clubs want to sign Patrice Evra.
5. Atletico Madrid line-up Dries Mertens to replace Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid have earmarked Napoli attacker Dries Mertens as a potential replacement for Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.
The Belgium international has enjoyed a superb start to the season, scoring 10 goals and registering three assists in 12 league games.
Although Griezmann has failed to hit the heights of previous campaigns this time around, he remains on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs.
According to Spanish news outlet AS, the Atletico board have decided to move for Mertens if Griezmann leaves the Wanda Metropolitano after the World Cup.
Mertens enjoyed the most productive season of his career last term, scoring 28 goals in 35 games.
4. Barcelona to offer Samuel Umtiti bumper new contract
Barcelona have decided to offer defender Samuel Umtiti a new contract, according to reports.
The 23-year-old has established himself as the first choice at centre-back alongside Gerard Pique at Camp Nou.
The France international defender has a reported release clause of £53m. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be mulling over a move for the France international in January.
According to Marca, however, the Spanish giants are wary of losing Umtiti, who is said to be one of the lowest-paid players in the squad, next year.
As a result, the report claims that Umtiti’s contract will be extended by several years beyond its current 2021 expiry and will also increase his salary and release clause.
Umtiti has been at Barca since 2016, having joined from Ligue 1 giants Lyon.
3. Plenty of clubs want to sign Patrice Evra
The agent of Patrice Evra has revealed that several clubs have already shown an interest in signing the sacked Marseille full-back.
Evra is without a club after having his contract terminated by the Phocians on Friday, eight days on from kung-fu kicking one of his own supporters before a Europa League match.
The France international was banned from UEFA competition until the end of the season, but further punishment followed as Marseille severed all ties.
However, representative Federico Pastorello has hinted that Evra may make a swift return to the field, as a number of unnamed teams have made contact.
“He knows he was wrong, but his career cannot stop like that,” Pastorello told Gazzetta dello Sport. “We have already been contacted by several clubs. He is even stronger physically than he was five or six years ago.”
2. Coutinho very happy at Liverpool amid Barcelona rumours
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has insisted that he is very happy with his life at Anfield. The former Inter Milan star has again tried to play down talk of a move to Barcelona.
The Brazil international reportedly handed in a transfer request at Anfield during the summer attempting to join the Blaugrana.
Barca fell short with all three of their offers. But they are widely expected to return for the 25-year-old at some stage next year.
However, Coutinho told reporters: “I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world.”
“I’m always happy. But now it’s important to concentrate on the national team. At the moment I am very happy with my life.”
1. Real Madrid rival Manchester United for Danny Rose
Manchester United are set to face competition from the likes of Real Madrid for Tottenham defender Danny Rose, claims the Daily Mail.
Reports had previously suggested that Rose would prefer a move to Old Trafford during January transfer window.
However, with the 27-year-old previously commenting he has ‘one big contract left in me’, the left-back is now being tracked by Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.