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Real Madrid want Mbappe, Camavinga in looming ‘galactico’ summer

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The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.

TOP STORY: Real Madrid target Camavinga and Mbappe double

AS is predicting a “galactico“-style transfer approach next year at Real Madrid, with Los Blancos expected to bid for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes.

Madrid have been linked with both players in 2020 already, but the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from making tangible moves in the summer market.

However, AS believes Zidane remains interested in both players and that the Frenchman plans to bring both to the Bernabeu ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Mbappe has been in excellent form this season and has scored seven goals and contributed seven assists in his first eight appearances of the season for Paris Saint-Germain. The World Cup winner is said to be interested in joining Zidane in the Spanish capital, though he is also wanted by Liverpool.

Camavinga is a regular starter at Rennes and has scored once in nine Ligue 1 games, with one assist, despite being just 17 years old.

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09.54 GMT: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has the long-term backing of the club’s board.

There has been speculation that a third defeat in a week against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday could cost Solskjaer his job.

But the Norwegian is confident the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will not be swayed by short-term setbacks.

“All my conversations with the club have been planning long term,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.

“Of course, we want results short term, but I’ve had positive dialogue with the plans we have put in place. For me I have had a backing all the way since I’ve come in on the bigger picture.”

09.00 GMT: Luis Suarez has insisted he acted professionally throughout his drawn-out departure from Barcelona — and denied he’ll try to convince close friend Lionel Messi to join him at Atletico Madrid.

The Uruguay forward was told he was surplus to requirements at Camp Nou by coach Ronald Koeman in August in a phone call that lasted under a minute, and eventually joined Atletico a month later.

“The relationship I had with Koeman was professional,” Suarez told Diario AS. “He told me (I had to leave). I said I had the right to keep training until a solution was found. I trained with total professionalism for three weeks, with no buts. They sent me to train alone and I did.”

“He said if we didn’t find an outcome, I’d be part of the group,” he added. “We had mutual respect, me towards him for the decision he took as coach, and him towards me to be a professional and keep training without complaining.”

With Messi’s Barca contract expiring at the end of the season, he’s free to talk to other clubs from January, but Suarez says he won’t attempt to persuade his former teammate to follow him to the Wanda Metropolitano.

“Leo is mature enough to take the decisions he has to take,” he said. “I’ll never suggest anything… he has to decide and where he’s happy will be best.”

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Conte plans raid on former club

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is planning to return to former club Chelsea in an attempt to bolster his squad in January, Tuttosport reports.

Conte wants to sign Olivier Giroud and one of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.

Conte is keen to add some backup support for Romelu Lukaku and has identified Giroud as the ideal signing for the second half of the current campaign. Giroud has fallen further down the pecking order at Chelsea, having played just 30 minutes this season, and he could be persuaded to move to the Italian capital to get more minutes.

Alonso and Emerson were both linked with moves away from west London in the summer, but both remain at Stamford Bridge. A new left-back is a top priority for Inter, which means Conte might think he can lure one of his former charges to join him at the San Siro.

Barca to sell five players in January

As the Spanish media continues to report that Lionel Messi will need to take a pay cut to stay at Barca, Mundo Deportivo believes that the Catalan club will look to sell five players in January.

Barcelona are facing increasing financial uncertainty, and the need to balance the books is being weighed alongside the desire for Ronald Koeman to shake up his underperforming squad.

Ousmane Dembele is one of the players who will be moved on, with Manchester United linked with a move for his services, which could cost them just £45 million, a lot less than the £124 million they were quoted the last time they made moves to sign him.

Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti are also set to be sold.

Umtiti in particular has been a target for several Premier League sides in recent months, and he could solve several club’s defensive issues.


Arsenal have been linked with a January move for RB Salzburg’s 20-year-old star Dominik Szoboszlai by Hungarian outlet Index. The Gunners considered the midfielder in the summer, but the youngster decided to stay loyal to his employers. Today, his agent admitted that Arsenal’s interest “was real” and that Chelsea have also expressed a desire to land the sought-after midfielder.

AC Milan are hoping to sign Matteo Lovato from Verona, according to Calciomercato. Lovato cost Verona just €1 million in January, when he joined from Padua, but his performances since have seen his value climb to €20 million. Lovato has impressed in the big games against the likes of Juventus and AS Roma, and Milan are said to have already made contact with the player’s entourage and Verona with a view to a move in January.


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