Date published: Friday 12th January 2018 12:42
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to hijack Barcelona’s move for Antoine Griezmann, while Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to join Besiktas, according to Friday’s European papers.
REAL READY TO MAKE STUNNING GRIEZMANN MOVE
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to hijack Barcelona’s summer move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The France international seems certain to quit Atletico following the World Cup, with a fee of €100million (£89m) being mentioned for the 26-year-old.
Atletico are ready to part ways with the player after they re-signed Diego Costa, and it was thought was Barcelona were the frontrunners for his signature, along with Manchester United.
However, Don Balon claims that Barca are no longer interested in paying out that sort of money for Griezmann, particularly as they just forked out £142m for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
That would have appeared to have opened the door for United but the report goes on to state that Atletico’s arch rivals Real are now looking to sign the player.
Real have a long list of attacking targets, including the likes of Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi but it would now appear that they have switched their focus to Griezmann.
The president of the La Liga giants, Florentino Perez, is looking to shake things up at the Bernabeu after a hugely disappointing season so far for Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Indeed, the Frenchman is likely to pay for Real’s struggles by losing his job at the end of the campaign, while main central striker Karim Benzema is also expected to move on.
That will open the door for Real to move for Griezmann, stunning both Barca and United in the race for one of Europe’s top strikers.
AND THE REST
Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent is in talks over a shock January move to Besiktas (Fanatik)
Juventus could match the release clause of Chelsea and Man Utd target Lorenzo Pellegrini (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid are set to pursue the signing of PSG superstar Neymar this summer (Marca)
Manchester City held a meeting with the agent of Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michaël Seri in Manchester last week (Le Parisien)
Juventus want to hire Zinedine Zidane as their new boss if Max Allegri leaves at the end of the season (Il Corriere della Sera)
Barcelona are ready to sanction Javier Mascherano’s £7m move to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune (Diario Gol)
Liverpool are looking for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho and could turn to Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos (Tuttosport)
Inter Milan have made a loan offer for Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Rafinha, 24, with an option to buy him for £17.7m (Sky Sport Italia)
Real Madrid given hope as striker Mauro Icardi can leave Inter Milan ‘on one condition’ (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Espanyol are not aware of any interest from Stoke City in their Spanish manager Quique Sanchez Flores (Marca)
Inter Milan are weighing up swap deal involving Sevilla stars Joaquin Correa and Pablo Sarabia, with Joao Mario moving in the opposite direction (Calciomercato)