Liverpool and Chelsea have been boosted by the latest comments from one Ligue 1 star, while Man Utd look set to miss out on a midfield target, according to Saturday’s European papers.
FRESH TWIST IN FEKIR SAGA
Reported Liverpool and Chelsea target Nabil Fekir has issued a cryptic response that he could yet make a big-money move in January.
The playmaker almost joined the Reds in the summer and was pictured in a red shirt, before a £60million transfer fell through over concerns Liverpool had with Fekir’s medical.
French outlet L’Equipe recently suggested that Real Madrid were keen on landing Fekir, but Lyon were understood to be ready to offer him a new deal on improved terms.
Fekir recently told French radio station RMC: “With regards to an extension, I’ll meet the president.”
Asked about staying at Lyon, he said: “Why not?”
However, the 25-year-old has now once again dropped a hint that he could leave the Ligue 1 giants.
“They haven’t called me, but they can be watching my situation without calling me,” Fekir said, when asked about Chelsea’s interest.
“I do not know [if this will be my last season]. Last year was supposed to be my last, and in the end I’m still here.
“I cannot know the answer to this. I am happy at Lyon, but which player doesn’t dream of discovering a new league, another club?
“Discussions are ongoing. I have sat down with the president, things are advancing slowly. When will I take a decision?
“I am not fixing myself a date, I am not in a rush. Nobody is putting any pressure on it and I like to take my time.”
AND THE REST
Real Madrid have reportedly made an offer of €160m for Serbia and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a player who’s also on Barcelona’s transfer wish-list (Diario Gol)
Manchester City have reportedly tabled an offer of £70m (€80m) for Tottenham talisman and Real Madrid transfer target Christian Eriksen (Don Balon)
Liverpool have had a £61m bid for Portugal Under-21 attacking midfielder Joao Felix, 19, turned down by Benfica (Correio da Manha)
AC Milan have offered Alen Halilovic and Andrea Bertolacci to Genoa in a bid to keep down the overall cost of signing Krzysztof Piatek (Calciomercato)
Florentino Perez is desperate to bring Harry Kane to the Spanish capital, with it being noted that he’s ready to sell Gareth Bale for a €150m fee in order to sign the England international (Don Balon)
Tottenham have highlighted Patrik Schick as a target to replace the injured Harry Kane, but have been knocked back by Roma (Sky Italia)
Adrien Rabiot will be given one last chance to join Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain (Mundo Deportivo)
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has been identified as a target for Paris Saint-Germain (L’Equipe)
Real Madrid hope to get Chelsea to lower their €100 million (£88m) price tag on Eden Hazard, but the Blues plan to stick with that figure (Marca)
Napoli have rejected AC Milan’s loan request for Amadou Diawara (Sky Italia)
PSG have held talks with Ajax over the potential signing of Frenkie de Jong and are favourites to sign the midfielder (De Telegraaf)
Barcelona will not try to sign Carlos Vela from Los Angeles FC (Mundo Deportivo)
Javi Sanchez can count Bournemouth among the teams interested in prying him from Real Madrid (AS)
Monaco boss Thierry Henry wants to sign Manchester United’s Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 31, on loan (RMC)
West Ham have failed in an attempt to sign Torino’s Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 25, for €40m/£35.2m (Sportitalia)
Juventus have scheduled a meeting with the agent of Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele (Sky Italia)
Inter Milan are close to completing the signing of Cagliari’s Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, who has been linked with Chelsea (Calciomercato)
Santiago Solari is reluctant to bring Isco back into the Real Madrid starting XI believes he holds the rest of the team back (Marca)
Barcelona are prepared to let Brazil winger Malcom, 21, go if they receive an offer which betters the 41m euros (£35.2m) they paid Bordeaux for the player last July (ESPN)
Barcelona winger Malcom is ready to quit the club as he is expecting Guangzhou Evergrande to make a big offer for him (Marca)
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