Euro Paper Talk: Mourinho lifted as top defensive target admits he could leave Milan; Barcelona gazump Roma bid for Brazilian

Manchester United have been boosted by the news that a top defensive target could quit AC Milan, while Barcelona are ready to gazump Roma’s bid for a Brazilian attacker, according to Tuesday’s European press.


HUGE BOOST FOR MAN UTD IN CHASE FOR MILAN STAR

AC Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso appears to have confirmed that captain Leonardo Bonucci wants to leave the club, with both Manchester United and Juventus keen on the veteran defender.

The centre-back, who only moved to Milan from Juve last summer, has been strongly linked with a move away from the Italian giants – and it is common knowledge that Mourinho rates him very highly.

Speaking about the player’s future at a press conference in America, Gattuso admitted that the 31-year-old’s future is out of his hands.

“I’ve spoken to Leo and you need to be honest and say things as they are,” the Milan boss said.

“Leo had a meeting with me, but I am not the club and he needs to talk to the directors.

“Until he leaves my dressing room, I want to see the Bonucci I’ve seen over the last 12 days – a professional Bonucci, he is the first to push the group and he is behaving as a great captain.

“Then it will be up to Leo and the club to decide, but I hope that Bonucci can stay here. He is a player with mentality and talent.

“I think that when a player expresses a desire, the Coach must do all he can to convince him to stay.”

Bonucci is known to be one of the names being considered by Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, along with Tottenham star Toby Alderweield, Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern star Jerome Boateng, as he looks to bolster his defensive options for the upcoming season.

AND THE REST
Arsenal are the latest club to show interest in Sevilla’s World Cup-winning midfielder Steven Nzonzi (France Football)

Roma are among the other clubs interested in Nzonzi, and will challenge Arsenal for his signature (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Bordeaux winger Malcom had a last minute change of heart as Barcelona entered the race for his signature – a race which Roma looked to have already won (Marca)

Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman has denied reports he has held talks over a transfer to Arsenal (Sport1)

Valencia star Dani Parejo has emerged as a target for Barcelona, should they fail to land one of Ilkay Gundogan or Adrien Rabiot (AS)

AC Milan are close to hiring Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro is set to move to the Premier League as the Turin club try to recoup some of their outlay for Cristiano Ronaldo. West Brom and Leicester are both keen (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose has emerged as a transfer target for newly-promoted English Premier League club Fulham (Football Espana)

Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign full-back Diego Rico from La Liga side Leganes for a fee of €12m (Marca)

Celta Vigo defender Jonny Castro will join Atletico Madrid in a €7m deal before completing a season-long loan move to Wolves (Marca, Diario AS)

Turkish giants Fenerbahce have made a loan offer for Swansea forward Andre Ayew

Porto’s Brazilian left-back Alex Telles is a Real Madrid target (Record)

Valencia have completed the signing of former Real Betis defender Cristiano Piccini from Sporting CP in an €8m deal (Football Espana)

Recently relegated Las Palmas have completed the season-long loan signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Rafa Mir

Valencia defender Martin Montoya is in talks with Real Betis and Napoli regarding a summer transfer, his agent has confirmed (CalcioNapoli24)

Piotr Zielinski is on the verge of signing a new contract to remain at Napoli until 2023 (Gazzetta dello Sport)


Out-of-favour Barcelona defender Douglas Pereira dos Santos is has joined Turkish club Sivasspor on a season-long loan deal (Diario Sport)

Getafe admit clubs have enquired for Japanese international midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, who has been linked with a move to Real Betis (Estadio Deportivo)

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