European Paper Talk: Real Madrid turn attentions to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

The transfer window might be closed but the rumour mill is in full swing ahead of what promises to be yet another summer of huge spending around Europe.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to bring you the latest transfer rumours.


Real Madrid are expected to go all out in the summer to sign a new goalkeeper. David De Gea is still top of the list, but Los Blancos are worried he may be out of their reach. Valued at around €120m, the Spanish champions are not willing to pay over €90m for a new shot-stopper. The belief is they could land Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois for that amount, with the Belgian keeper yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge. (Mundo Deportivo)

Philippe Coutinho scored the goal of the game with one of his trademark long-range curlers during Barcelona’s 6-1 demolition of Girona at the Camp Nou.

Vinicius Junior is predicted to become the next huge star for Brazil. Real Madrid’s 17-year-old future signing is still not a regular at Flamengo, but he is already being compared to Neymar. In 1380 minutes of senior football he has scored eight goals, one more than the PSG forward managed in his first 1500 minutes for Santos. (Marca)

Without a club since breaking his contract with Antalyaspor, Samir Nasri could be facing a year-long ban. The former Arsenal midfielder was being investigated by UEFA following his inclusion in an illegal intravenous treatment while playing for Sevilla. It is only allowed with a specific medical certificate, something the Frenchman didn’t possess. (Marca)


A former transfer target for Chelsea, Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi could be set to leave the club in the summer. Under contract until 2019, he is requesting double his current wage to sign a new deal. Roma aren’t willing to pay him €4m a year and would be willing to sell their youth product before he could leave on a free. Both Juventus and Atletico Madrid have made their interest known in the past. (Sport Mediaset)

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has reportedly told team-mates this will be his last season at Napoli. His contract is set to expire in June and he has not been offered a renewal. “Football will take me elsewhere,” the Spaniard allegedly told friends at his daughter’s birthday party. “This is my last season at Napoli, In football that’s now how it works. Today you are here, tomorrow somewhere else.” He is said to have a basic agreement with AC Milan, but PSG had shown interest last summer. (Il Mattino)

Linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona, Inter Milan defender Skriniar has admitted he is happy at the club and not looking to move in the summer. “I only said that in football anything can happen, but I’m fine at Inter and I will not leave. Some phrases have been badly translated, just a word changes the whole meaning.” (Sky Italia)


Mentioned as a Newcastle United target in the past, Lyon are interested in Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues. A scout from the French side were in the Turkish capital on Friday to watch the Cape Verde forward play against Bursaspor. Valued at around €16m, Lyon would be well placed to make a move in the summer despite competition from Sevilla and Fiorentina. (Milliyet)


Paul Pogba was the highest paid French sports personality in 2017. The Manchester United midfielder earned €22.2m from all revenue streams. (L’Equipe)

Arsenal flop Mathieu Debuchy, currently on loan at Saint-Etienne, still harbours hope of playing for France again. Especially at this summer’s World Cup. Due to Les Bleus lack of options at right-back, the 32-year-old, who has made three appearances for Les Verts, could force his way back into the international fold. (L’Equipe)


Robert Lewandowski has opened up about his decision to change agent and has denied it had anything to do with a potential move to Real Madrid. “No, that has nothing to do with it. These speculations are funny, but they do not interest me.” (SportBild)