What the papers say Italian giants Juventus are keeping an eye on the Manchester United trio of David De Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic in the lead-up to the January transfer window, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport. Having signed Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free after his contract expired, Juve are drawing up a shortlist of players who will also be free agents if they fail to sign new contracts. Manchester City’s David Silva and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen are on the list, but Gazzetta says so too are goalkeeper De Gea, defender Bailly and midfielder Matic. De Gea has had months of talks about a new contract at Old Trafford but is yet to sign. Bailly is recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered in pre-season and 31-year-old Matic has dropped down United’s pecking order this year.
What the papers say Belgium international Romelu Lukaku could yet leave England’s north-west for Serie A this summer, according to the Daily Express. Talks have collapsed between Juventus and Manchester United, who were unsure Bianconeri striker Paulo Dybala was committed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s vision. However, Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte, who tried to recruit Lukaku while at Chelsea, has said he is “very hopeful” that the 26-year-old striker would join the Nerazzurri.
What the papers say Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is on the verge of being signed by Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail. It is claimed the Croatia international has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils until 2022, with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeing him as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who could be on his way out. The 33-year-old, who has previously played for Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, will reportedly be paid £6.2million a year by United – a 35 per cent increase on his wage with the Italian giants.
What the papers say Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly looking to sell five players in order to raise the £200million needed to secure the signature of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. The Sun reports on claims in Spanish newspaper Marca and says the side are looking to sell Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco are also said to be on the market, putting several Premier League clubs on high alert.