Transfer Buzz: Barca track Lille’s Pepe; Perez believes in CR7’s Bernabeu return

With the 2018/19 season underway, FOX Sports Asia’s Transfer Buzz will keep you abreast with all the latest transfer market rumours and developments 365 days a week.

26 September

Barca track Lille’s Pepe

Don Balon writes that Barcelona are interested in bringing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe to the Camp Nou.

The La Liga champions have been tracking the Ivorian international for a while now and could move for the player in the winter transfer window.

23-year-old Pepe, who is contracted till 2022, has already got four goals in six Ligue 1 matches so far this season.

Perez believes in CR7’s Bernabeu return

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes that former superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Bernabeu in the future reports ESPN.

The Portuguese international forward ended his nine-year stay with Los Blancos in the summer when he joined Juventus for €100 million.

33-year-old Ronaldo, who has struck three goals in six appearances for Juve so far, won the Champions League four times and the La Liga twice with Real.

Serie A trio after Darmian

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian could be on his way to the Serie A with a trio of clubs keen on the player states Calciomercato.

The Italian international, who was linked with Napoli over the summer, has emerged as a target for AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus.

28-year-old Darmian, who has only played once this season for United, cost the club £12.7 million back in 2015.

Klopp to be patient with Fabinho

According to the Evening Standard, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp intends to be patient with summer signing Fabinho.

The Brazilian international defensive midfielder, who has yet to make his full debut for the Reds, has clocked up less a minute of first-team action – making an appearance as a late sub in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

Klopp has said that 24-year-old Fabinho, who cost £42 million, is expected to take six months to acclimatise to his style of football.

Hammers in Rice’s contract renewal talks

West Ham believe that they will eventually tie youngster Declan Rice to a new deal according to the Mirror.

The two parties have yet to agree on wage terms with the Republic of Ireland international defender holding out for a £30,000-per-week contract.

19-year-old Rice, who made the breakthrough to the first team last season, has three years left on his current contract.

25 September

Neymar wants Paqueta at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar is doing everything he can to tempt Flamengo’s Lucas Paqueta to make the switch to the Ligue 1 writes Globoesporte.

While the Parisians have yet to make a formal offer for Paqueta, the Brazilian international attacking midfielder have already spoken to Neymar about life in the French capital.

21-year-old Paqueta, who is also being courted by Barcelona, has eight goals in 41 appearances for the Brazilian club this season.

Conte on Roma’s shortlist

According to Il Bianconero, out-of-work manager Antonio Conte could be set to return to the Serie A by taking over the reins at AS Roma.

The former Chelsea and Juventus boss is reportedly on the club’s shortlist as Eusebio Di Francesco’s replacement should the I Giallorossi opt for a change following a slow start to the season.

Besides Roma, 49-year-old Conte, who left Chelsea in the summer, is also being considered as a managerial candidate by AC Milan.

Gunners & Inter keen on Sarr

Arsenal are ready to jostle with Inter Milan for the signature of Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr states the Mirror.

The highly-rated Senegal international, who was a part of his country’s World Cup squad in Russia, was shortlisted for the Golden Boy award.

20-year-old Sarr, who is valued at around £20 million by Rennes, scored a wonder goal in the Europa League last week.

EPL top four scout Vlachodimos

The race is heating up for Benfica’s Odisseas Vlachodimos as a host of EPL clubs have sent scouts to watch the goalkeeper claims Record.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United are interested in the German youth international – who was a product of Stuttgart’s academy.

24-year-old Vlachodimos, who is contracted till 2023, won the European Under-21 Championship in 2017.

Inter join Tousart pursuit

According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan have joined the chase for Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart.

The French youth international, who is also being tracked by Tottenham Hotspur, is expected to cost at least €35 million.

21-year-old Tousart, who has five appearances under his belt this season, made his first-team debut for Lyon in 2015.

24 September

PSG monitor Sandro contract situation

Le10sport reports that Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on Juventus defender Alex Sandro’s contract situation.

The Brazilian international left-back’s current deal with the Serie A champions is set to expire in 2020, but there has been no talks of a new deal from the Italian club.

27-year-old Sandro, who has won three Serie A titles, joined Juventus for €26 million in 2015.

Gotze urged to be reunited with Klopp

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has been urged by former teammate Kevin Grosskreutz to rebuild his career with former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool writes Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old’s career has stalled since rejoining Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016 and has started just two first-team appearances so far this season.

German international Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, is contracted till 2020.

Zidane in preliminary Inter Miami talks

According to the Mirror, Zinedine Zidane is currently in early talks with David Beckham over the managerial post for Inter Miami.

The new MLS club is set to begin in 2020 and has been linked with moves for major stars like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.


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Former Real Madrid manager Zidane left the Bernabeu in the summer after winning three consecutive Champions League titles with the La Liga giants.

Inter want €550 million release clause for Brozovic

Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic is set to be offered a new deal by his club which includes a €550-million release clause states Calciomercato.

The Croatian international midfielder, who was a member of his country’s World Cup squad that finished runners-up in Russia, is asking a minimum of €3.5 million per season as wage demands.

25-year-old Brozovic, who joined Inter in 2015, is contracted till 2021.

Wolves slap £110m price tag on Neves

Wolverhampton Wanderers have slapped a £110-million price tag on in-demand midfielder Ruben Neves in light of persistent interest from other clubs writes the Times.

The Portuguese midfielder, who was pivotal to the English club’s EPL promotion, joined Wolves last year in July for a then club-record £14.4 million.

21-year-old Neves, who is a target for Manchester City, has one goal in six appearances so far this season.

23 September

Juve chase Sane signing

Calciomercato reports that Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has set his sights on a future swoop for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

There has been talk of friction between the German international winger, who is valued at €150 million, and Sky Blues manager Pep Guardiola.

Serie A champions Juventus, who view Sane as Cristiano Ronaldo’s eventual successor, are set to launch a bid for 22-year-old Sane next summer or the one after.

Zlatan offered Malmo return

Football megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he has received an offer from his boyhood club Malmo writes the Sun.

The LA Galaxy striker is tempted by the prospect of winning his first ever Swedish title and said, “They want me to come home and finish my career there. I do not close any doors and it’s a trophy I miss.”

36-year-old Zlatan, who recently notched his 500th career goal, has won league titles at almost every club he previously played for – Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

City join De Jong race

Manchester City look set to tussle with arch-rivals Manchester United for the signature of Ajax’s rising star Frenkie de Jong according to the Mirror.

Citizens coach Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for the aging Fernandinho and reportedly had a £50-million bid rejected in the summer for the Dutch international midfielder.

Besides 21-year-old De Jong, City are also looking at Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot as options.

Spurs & Roma linked with Neres

Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma are the latest two clubs to be in the running to land Ajax starlet David Neres states De Telegraaf.

The Brazilian winger has been offered a contract extension by the Eredivise club with Borussia Dortmund also monitoring the player.

21-year-old Neres, who moved to Ajax in 2017 for €12 million, is contracted till 2022 and has bagged four assists and a goal so far this season.

Fulham prepare £18m Cornet bid

According to the Sun, Fulham are hoping that their £18-million bid is enough for Lyon to part with forward Maxwel Cornet.

The Cottagers have maintained a longstanding interest in the Ivorian international, but decided against making a bid in the summer.

However, Fulham are convinced of 21-year-old Cornet’s quality after his starring performance in the Champions League for the Ligue 1 club.

22 September

Besiktas target Chelsea’s Giroud

Turkish giants will make Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud their top transfer target when the player chooses to leave Stamford Bridge writes Fanatik.

The French international striker won the World Cup with his country in Russia and is tipped to move on in the summer.

31-year-old Giroud, who joined the Blues from Arsenal in January, is contracted till the end of the current season.

Barca to return for United’s Herrera

Barcelona will return with a fresh bid for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in January claims the Sun.

The La Liga champions failed to land the Spanish international in the summer and will tempt United into parting with the player once more.

29-year-old Herrera, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is free to talk to other clubs in the winter transfer window.

Leno frustrated at being Gunners’ second choice

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno admits that he has been frustrated with his start at the London club according to the Evening Standard.

The €22-million German international has found game time hard to come by since arriving in the summer with the expectation of being a first-team regular.

26-year-old Leno, who made his debut in the Europa League win over Vorskla Poltava, conceded two goals from Volodymyr Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar in the match.

Cahill seeks January Chelsea exit

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill admits that he may have to leave in January after finding game time limited at the London club reports the Mirror.

The England international defender has been overlooked by new boss Maurizio Sarri and has yet to start a game for the Blues this season.

32-year-old Cahill, who cost £7 million in 2012, played 43 times for Chelsea last season.

Barca roll out Pogba plan

Barcelona plan to scout Manchester United star Paul Pogba in every game as part of their major plan to sign the player according to the Mirror.

The Catalan club monitored the French international midfielder during United’s Champions League win over Young Boys and are expected to make a £100m-plus bid for the World Cup winner.

25-year-old Pogba has had an uneasy relationship with Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho and was tipped to leave the club in the summer.

21 September

Verratti considers PSG exit

Calciomercato writes that Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti is mulling over a summer exit from the Ligue 1 champions.

The Italian international midfielder has featured just twice under new boss Thomas Tuchel and is worried that he does not fit in with the German’s playing style.

25-year-old Verratti, who has won five Ligue 1 titles with the Parisians, found the net two times in 38 appearances last season.

PSG open to Silva sale

PSG are reportedly entertaining the idea of selling defender Thiago Silva in the summer claims Le10Sport.

The 33-year-old’s contract is set to be up in 2020, and the French giants will not let him leave on a free if they fail to agree on a new deal.

AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli and Roma are all rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian international Silva.

Liverpool receive Barella boost

Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of highly-rated Cagliari youngster Nicolo Barella states Calciomercato.

Serie A giants Juventus have dropped out of the race for the 21-year-old midfielder; handing the initiative to the Reds.


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Italian international Barella, who has played for his country across all youth levels, has scored once in four appearances for Cagliari this season.

United & Gunners keep tabs on Maier

According to Sport Bild, Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring Hertha Berlin’s starlet Arne Maier.

The German Under-21 international midfielder rose through the ranks at the Bundesliga club; having made his first-team debut in 2017.

19-year Maier, who made 21 appearances for Hertha last season, has been with the club since 2007.

Wolves move for Gyasi states that Wolverhampton Wanderers have made an initial loan offer worth up to £700,000 for CSKA Sofia’s Edwin Gyasi.

However, the Bulgarian club is hoping for at least three times the offered amount and is likely to reject the English club’s bid.

Besides Wolves, it is said that EPL side Brighton are also interested in the Ghana international winger.

20 September

Real to move for De Jong

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez intends to make a statement by beating rivals Barcelona to the signature of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong reports Don Balon.

Despite close ties between the Catalan club and Ajax, Perez is confident that he can get a deal done for the Dutch midfielder in January.

21-year-old De Jong, who has been a longstanding Barca target, has two caps under his belt for the Netherlands.

Arsenal interested in Banega signing

According to the Sun, Arsenal have set their sights on bringing Sevilla’s Ever Banega to the Emirates.

The Argentine international midfielder, who has worked previously with Gunners coach Unai Emery, reportedly has a £18-million release clause in his contract.

30-year-old Banega, who has also played for Inter Milan, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, is a two-time Europa League winner.

Rabiot reveals his preferred clubs

Paris Saint Germain’s Adrien Rabiot has revealed his preferred four clubs when his contract is up in the summer writes Calciomercato.

The French midfielder listed Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan as his preferences and is demanding €10 million per season.


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Barcelona have retained an interest in 23-year-old Rabiot, but the Parisians have been unwilling to sell the player.

Navas makes first team demands

Don Balon claims that Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas has told the club that he will move on if he is not guaranteed to play cup games this season.

The Costa Rican international goalkeeper, who is facing stiff competition from new signing Thibaut Courtois, looks set to clash with club president Florentino Perez on the issue.

31-year-old Navas, who moved to the Bernabeu for €10 million in 2014, made 44 appearances for Los Blancos last season.

Cech playing for new Gunners contract

Arsenal shot-stopper Petr Cech said that he is currently playing for his future as he waits on the London club for a new deal according to the Evening Standard.

The retired Czech international goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer and has seen his first-team place come under threat with new signing Bernd Leno.

36-year-old Cech, who has yet to receive a contract offer from the Gunners, won two FA Community Shield and a FA Cup during his time at the Emirates.

19 September

Mourinho makes Neymar his top target

Don Balon writes that Manchester United has made Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar their top transfer target for 2019.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was heavily linked with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, but has moved on after the Welshman chose to remain at the Bernabeu.

Brazilian international forward Neymar, who returned to the Parisians’ starting XI in the 3-2 Champions League defeat against Liverpool this morning, has four goals in five appearances this season.

Chelsea lodge Asensio bid

Chelsea have tabled an offer to La Liga giants Real Madrid for midfielder Marco Asensio according to Don Balon.

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest young footballing talents and is contracted till 2023.

Spanish international Asensio, who was a member of his country’s World Cup squad in Russia, has made five appearances for Los Blancos this season.

Reds & Dortmund in Olmo battle

The race is heating up for Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund fighting it out for the player reports Sportske Novosti.

The Spanish winger, whose contract runs out in 2021, has been scouted by the two clubs on several occasion.


20-year-old Olmo, who has played for Spain international U16, U17 and U18 sides, has expressed a desire to play for Croatia national squad.

Pochettino admits Balde interest

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is interested in Inter Milan’s Keita Balde states Teamtalk.

Pochettino has been tracking the Senegal international, who is on loan at the Serie A club from AS Monaco, since his days as a Barcelona’s youth player.

23-year-old Balde chose to move to Italy on loan last month after managing just eight goals in Ligue 1 after signing for €30million in 2017.

Gunners keen on Pavon

According to Football London, Arsenal are pursuing Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon having monitored the player for a while now.

The Argentine international has been on the Gunners’ shortlist since Arsene Wenger’s reign and talks have been held between the two clubs.

Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is eager to get a deal done for 22-year-old Pavon – who has won the Superliga Argentina title twice with Boca.

18 September

Bayern interested in Spurs’ Son

Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min writes Calciomercato.

The South Korean international recently won gold at the Asian Games with his country and earned exemption from military service.

26-year-old Son, who signed a new five-year deal in the summer, managed 18 goals in 52 appearances for Spurs last season.

Sterling contract talks stall

According to the Guardian, contract talks between Manchester City and winger Raheem Sterling has stalled over wage demands.

The England international wants his salary raised from £170,000-a-week to minimally £220,000-a-week, but the EPL champions do not agree.

City could be open to selling 23-year-old Sterling, whose current contract expires in 2020, in the coming summer to avoid losing him for nothing next year.

Roma chase Lucas Vazquez

AS Roma are determined to try again for Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez in January reports Don Balon.

Spanish international winger Vazquez has been a longstanding target for Roma and the Serie A club failed to sign him in the summer.

However, with game time hard to come by under new Real manager Julen Lopetegui, the 27-year-old might be tempted to make the switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

PSG set to battle United over Paqueta

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are hot on the heels of Flamengo star Lucas Paqueta states le10sport.

The Ligue 1 title holders are looking to bring the Brazilian international midfielder, who has a €50-million release clause, to the Parc des Princes this winter with United believed to have also opened up negotiations with the player.

21-year-old Paqueta, who has eight goals in 41 appearances this season, is also attracting interest from Barcelona and AC Milan.

Lozano expresses interest in Barca move

According to Goal, PSV winger Hirving Lozano has admitted that it is his dream to play for Barcelona in the future.

The Mexican international star, whose club is entertaining the La Liga champions in their opening Champions League match, told reporters at the pre-match press conference, “My agent told me that Barca asked about me, and it would be a dream to play there in the future.”

23-year-old Lozano, who has six goals in eight Eredivisie appearances this season, is also wanted by Barcelona’s domestic arch-rivals Real Madrid.

17 September

Gunners & Spurs interested in Bailly

The Mirror reports that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could leave the club in January.

The Ivorian international centre-back, who can also play at right-back, has been benched since his role in the defeat to Brighton last month.

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both keeping tabs on 24-year-old Bailly with both clubs expected to make a bid for the player in the next transfer window.

Real plans Jan raid for Alonso

Real Madrid are in the market for a new left-back and plan to move for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso in the winter transfer window writes Don Balon.

Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui is reportedly concerned at the lack of depth in the position with unproven Sergio Reguilon the only option aside from first-choice left-back Marcelo.

Besides Alonso, Real are also considering Porto’s Alex Telles and Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya as options.

Reds confident of signing £35-million Barella

Liverpool are confident of landing highly-rated Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella despite competition for the player states Metro.

Regarded as one of the hottest talents in the Serie A, the Italian U21 international is also a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.


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21-year-old Barella, who has expressed a desire to play in England, scored six goals in 35 appearances last season.

Blues set to open Luiz contract talks

Chelsea are ready to offer defender David Luiz a new contract after a successful start to the season claims The Sun.

The Brazilian international has found a second lease of life under current boss Maurizio Sarri after being frozen out of the first team by his predecessor Antonio Conte.

31-year-old Luiz, whose contract is up at the end of this season, will be offered a two-year extension at £125,000-a-week.

Negredo undergoes Al-Nasr medical

Besiktas striker Alvaro Negredo looks set to complete his move to Al-Nasr after undergoing a medical with the Dubai club according to AS.

The two clubs only recently reached an agreement for the Spanish international – who was a member of their Euro 2012 title-winning squad.

33-year-old Negredo, who has played for Manchester City, Sevilla and Valencia, has scored three goals in four appearances for Besiktas this season.


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