Euro Paper Talk: Messi asks Barca to sign €120 Man Utd target as Griezmann alternative; Real Madrid starlet may be part of Pogba swap

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona chiefs to sign one of his international teammates, Manchester United will ask for a Real Madrid starlet on loan, and Spurs want a Spain U21 star – according to Sunday’s European papers.



Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to pursue a move for his compatriot Paulo Dybala, according to reports in Spain.

The pair came third in the Copa America with Argentina this week, and now it is claimed they could team up at club level too.

According to Don Balon, Messi wants Barcelona to target Juventus star Dybala – but only if their move for Antoine Griezmann falls through.

Griezmann has made his intentions to leave Atletico Madrid clear, although his proposed move to Barcelona is not making much progress. The French striker will refuse to attend Atletico’s pre-season tour in his efforts to push through the transfer, according to Marca.

It had previously been thought that Dybala – who struggled to reach his usual standards in the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo last season – would have been more likely to join Manchester United, as he had been proposed as part of a potential swap with Paul Pogba. However, given his improving relationship with Messi, Barcelona could now take pole position.



Manchester United have rejected the chance to sign unwanted duo Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan as part of Inter’s bid for Romelu Lukaku (La Repubblica)

Icardi is house-hunting in Napoli as he considers a €10m-a-year proposal from Carlo Ancelotti’s side, while Lorenzo Insigne could move the other way (Corriere Dello Sport/Tuttosport)

Tottenham are considering a move for former Barcelona academy player Dani Olmo, with Dinamo Zagreb demanding €25m after his impressive exploits at the U21 Euros (Muchodeporte)

Man Utd are yet to make a bid for long-term target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has an offer from PSG (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Fiorentina are interested in West Ham striker Javier Hernandez as they look for a more experienced partner for Giovanni Simeone (Corriere Dello Sport)

Real Madrid want €30m for Arsenal and Inter target Lucas Vazquez, although no concrete offers have arrived yet (Marca)

Gianluigi Donnarumma has told AC Milan that he wants to stay, but may have to take a pay cut (Calciomercato)

Roma winger Stephan El Shaarawy is set to fly to China today to complete a move to Shanghai Shenhua (Sky Sport Italia)

Gonzalo Higuain is warming to the idea of a move to Roma, on loan with an option to buy – but may sign a contract extension at Juventus first (Corriere Dello Sport)

Man Utd will ask for Vinicius Junior on loan as part of Real Madrid’s bid for Paul Pogba (Diario Gol)

Schalke are close to signing Atalanta defender Robin Gosens, with the price tag set at €12m (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Lille’s president has confirmed that they want attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici from Trabzonspor, while they could pursue Lorient forward and Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice (RMC Sport)

Galatasaray are willing to double former Arsenal man Gervinho’s Parma salary to tempt him into a €15m move (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Nicolo Zaniolo would rather join Juventus than Tottenham (Corriere Dello Sport)

Milan will offer Lucas Biglia as part of a swap in their bid to sign in-demand Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout (Tuttomercatoweb)

Sassuolo are interested in taking West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang back to Italy (Corriere Dello Sport)

Ajax and Borussia Monchengladbach will battle for the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Celtic (Transfermarketweb)

Celtic could miss out on another full-back, as Brest are leading the race for Nice’s Romain Perraud (Soccer Link)

James Rodriguez will wait for an offer from Atletico Madrid before deciding whether to accept Napoli’s advances (Gol Caracol)

Everton could miss out on midfielder Santiago Sosa due to concerns over a work permit (TNT Sports)


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