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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Chelsea enquire over â?¬65m Croatia star; fresh twist in Coutinho saga

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Manchester United and Chelsea are both chasing a Barcelona midfielder, while one club are leading the race for Philippe Coutinho according to Wednesday’s European papers.


Manchester United and Chelsea have made enquiries over the signing of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to a report.

According to Wednesday’s edition of Spanish paper Sport, the future of the Croatia international is uncertain due to his contract situation.

The outlet claims that Rakitic is demanding a new deal on improved terms from the Catalan giants, however the club have no intention to give in to his wishes.

The report even states that Barcelona have no intention of renewing his deal, which expires in 2021, and could sell him at the end of the season.

United and Chelsea, as well as the other clubs, have apparently asked about the player’s availability in the summer – but he may cost around €65m.

Barcelona have already secured the signing of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, meaning that they may be more inclined to ship Rakitic.


Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho could wind up at PSG after the season ends (Le10 Sport)

Man United are reportedly set to take advantage of the demands of their sponsor Chevrolet in order to seal a transfer for PSG and Brazil superstar Neymar (Diario Gol)

Real Madrid look like they’re to be able to sign Juventus and Argentina star Paulo Dybala for around €100m – €80m less than his previous reported asking price (Don Balon)

Tottenham will make a summer move for 30-year-old Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, who was a January target for Arsenal (Tuttosport)

Arsenal and Chelsea have been monitoring AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie but Paris St-Germain are favourites to sign the 22-year-old (Calciomercato)

Manchester United are set to do battle with Champions League opponents PSG in the race to sign Benfica midfielder Joao Felix (Don Balon)

Former Manchester United and Portugal midfielder Nani, 32, who plays for Sporting CP, is a target for MLS side Orlando City (Marca)

Arsenal sent scouts to watch AC Milan attacker Suso and Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella in action over the weekend

Interest from Dalian Yifang and Shanghai SIPG in Barcelona winger Malcom has cooled of late (Le10 Sport)

Real Madrid will challenge Barcelona for the signing of Benfica striker Luka Jovic and have made a 45m euro (£39.5m) bid for the 21-year-old, who is on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt (Bild)

Representatives of Everton and Brazil forward Richarlison, 21, have held talks with Atletico Madrid over a potential move (AS)

Inter Milan are interested in 29-year-old Tottenham and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko (Calciomercato)

Wales winger Gareth Bale, 29, only talks “with gestures” in the Real Madrid dressing room as he is yet to learn Spanish, says Brazilian team-mate Marcelo (Marca)

Brazil left-back Marcelo, 30, says he is prepared to leave Real Madrid if they no longer want him (Esporte Interativo)

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