European Paper Talk: Real Madrid planning a bid for Kylian Mbappe

With the attention of the world slowly turning away from domestic football and towards the coming World Cup, Europe’s top clubs are already getting down to work in the transfer market.

Our friends at Football Whispers have put scoured the continental media to bring you the biggest news from Europe’s back pages.

Spain

Sevilla central defender, Clement Lenglet, has not yet signed a deal with Barcelona and is waiting to have discussions with the club about a new contract. The France defender has a minimum fee release clause of £26m (€30m) – which Barcelona are willing to pay – but a new contract may be signed with his current club to increase that clause to £70m (€80m). (Sport)

Real Madrid plan to launch a bid for Kylian Mbappe next summer as they look for a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema. Reports suggest the recent rumours linking Neymar to the European champions was no more than a “smokescreen” and Real are instead intent on bringing Mbappe to Madrid. (Sport)

Atletico Madrid will try to keep Antoine Griezmann by offering him a contract worth at least £17m (€20m) a year. The club will also promise next season’s squad will be stronger than the current one and infrastructure projects like the completion of the new stadium and first-class training facilities will make the club better equipped to match his ambitions. (AS)

Liverpool target Jan Oblak has stated he’s happy at Atletico Madrid but does not know whether he will be staying at the club this summer, suggesting the final decision regarding his future will not be up to him. (AS)

Italy

The race is on to try and convince Juventus’ goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to reconsider his plans to retire and instead opt for a new challenge instead. PSG have entered the race for the 40-year old but face stiff competition from Real Madrid, Liverpool and Sporting Lisbon. There also thought to be lucrative offers from the MLS and China. (Tuttosport)

Manchester United target Alex Sandro was widely expected to leave Juventus this summer, but after a recent operation ruled young full-back Leonardo Spinazzola out for six months, the Italian giants may wish to keep their Brazil defender as back-up. (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan may be forced to sell key players this summer as they look to make up a £35m (€40m) hole in their budget before June 30. This may involve the sale of West Ham’s on-loan star Joao Mario as well as Chelsea target Ivan Perisic. (Calciomercato)

Germany

Borussia Monchengladbach hope to bolster their defence for next season with young Tottenham defender Keanan Bennetts. The club’s CEO Sascha Breese was recently spotted walking in to the stadium with Bennetts’ parents and is believed to be in the process of signing the 19-year old defender. (Sport Bild)

Incoming Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has apparently vetoed an already agreed move for Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner. The 34-year old has apparently already agreed terms with the Bundesliga giants but Favre believes the Switzerland international is too old to adapt to his tactics for next season. (Sport Bild)

In response to not being picked for Germany’s World Cup squad, Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has announced his retirement from international football. The 30-year old was overlooked by Joachim Low for Mario Gomez, Nils Petersen and Timo Werner, as well as regular participants Marco Reus and Thomas Muller. (Bild)

France

Although he may not have featured in the final, Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro became the first France player to win four European trophies. The striker had previously won three Europa League titles during his time with Sevilla. (L’Equipe)

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