Euro Paper Talk: New Chelsea boss eyes Higuain as part of €205m spree

Incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants a €200m spree, while Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo will secure a return to Manchester United this summer, according to Monday’s European papers.


The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available for a summer squad overhaul, a report claims.

The former Napoli boss was replaced at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from Naples, namely defenders Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne did seemingly confirm that Sarri will be the next Chelsea boss in his latest interview.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal.


Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will make a return to Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

The Portugal international has had another season to remember at the Bernabeu with 43 goals in 42 matches as Los Blancos won the Champions League for the third time in a row.

However, Spanish outlet Diario Gol claims that Ronaldo has already agreed a deal to move to the Red Devils this summer.

The pre-agreement is said to be between Ronaldo’s representatives and United with no fee yet agreed with Real Madrid, which means any transfer could be a long way off.


Inter Milan have rejected a pair of €60m bids from Manchester United and Manchester City for star defender Milan Skriniar, a report claims.

According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Inter has no intention of selling the Slovakian defender this summer despite interest from some elite European clubs.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for the former Sampdoria man, who joined for a fee of just €20m last summer.

Skriniar played down speculation linking him with a move away from Italy and claimed he was “happy to be at Inter”, but he did reveal a £53million offer was rejected by Inter  from an unnamed club in January.

“I know an incredible offer came in the winter,” he told Slovakian daily Sport in February.

“I left everything in my agent’s hands. I would have gone had it been for the best. I’m happy with the interest of big clubs, but at the same time I was delighted that Inter decided not to sell.

“I really like Real Madrid and Barcelona but the same applies to the two in Manchester. The Premier League is the most beautiful in the world.

“My eventual departure would depend on many things, such as the agreement between the clubs and the role I would be adopting. If I had to change just to be on the bench, or to only play in the cup, I would stay at Inter.

“There were so many rumours about me in the winter but I never considered leaving, certainly not in January. I want to continue to do well and grow. We’ll see what happens in the summer.”

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is open to selling Gareth Bale and Ronaldo to raise funds to buy Neymar

However, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has played down transfer links with Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy at Real Madrid and won’t be happy until he becomes the best paid footballer in the world (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Liverpool are not going to offer more than €40million for AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma (Corriere dello Sport)

Roma keeper Alisson is Liverpool’s priority target to replace Loris Karius, but Roma do not want to sell and there is also interest from Real Madrid

Lionel Messi has reiterated that Barcelona will be the only European side he plays for

In-demand Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has said he will have talks with Arsenal over a potential move

Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has a deal in place with Arsenal (Di Marzio)

Stephan Lichtsteiner: Man City enter race to sign full-back
Lazio star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is interested in a move to Manchester United

Both Villarreal and Valencia hope to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer (El Gol Digital)

Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu is nearing a permanent transfer to Watford (Sport)

Former Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber is set to join Serie A giants Lazio (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma are closing in on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb star Ante Coric (Calciomercato)

Fiorentina are valuing Federico Chiesa at about 60 million euros (Corriere dello Sport)

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