Euro Paper Talk: Triple raid on for Arsenal; Messi wants Juve star

Arsenal are close to unveiling the first three signings of the Unai Emery era, while Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign a Juventus man ahead of a Tottenham star as Andres Iniesta’s replacement, according to Monday’s European papers.


Arsenal are close to the arrival of three new signings – if reports on the continent are to be believed.

New Gunners boss Unai Emery has been working closely with director of football Sven Mislintat since taking charge last month and the duo are thought to have earmarked three new signings – all of whom are not thought to be close to signing.

According to Messaggero Veneto, the first of those arrivals could be Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto, who has been told he can leave the club for the right price this summer.

Emery and Mislintat are also believed to have a deal lined up for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who is expected to arrive in a £16million deal.

And finally, multiple reports claim Valencia forward Rodrigo is also due to sign for a fee of around £36million.

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Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all chasing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa this summer, a report claims.

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Chiesa will be the subject of a bidding war this summer, with the aforementioned trio joined by Juventus and Inter Milan in their interest.

The 20-year-old was reportedly the subject of a £35million bid from Roma which included winger Stephen El Shaarawy, but it was rejected by La Viola.

Napoli were also rebuffed in their attempts to sign the predominantly left-sided player with a £44m bid.

Chiesa scored nine goals and added five assists as Fiorentina fell short in their late bid to qualify for European football for 2018-19.


Lionel Messi has chosen Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic ahead of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen as the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta in the Barcelona midfield (Don Balon)

Sadio Mane has agreed a shock move to Real Madrid this summer – though the European champions are yet to agree a fee with Liverpool (France Football)

Napoli have set a £52m asking price for Jorginho after the president of the Italian club said he rejected an offer from Manchester City worth £12m less (Corriere dello Sport)

Celta Vigo have joined the race to sign out-of-favour Sevilla midfielder Guido Pizarro (TyC Sports)

Jose Callejon could leave Napoli this summer with both AC Milan and Atletico Madrid chasing the Spaniard, who will fetch around €23m (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan have offered a contract extension to striker Patrick Cutrone (Tuttosport)

Watford are looking to bolster their defence with the signing of Adam Masina from Bologna (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal and Chelsea have joined Liverpool in the chase to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who has a €60m exit clause in his contract (Sport)

Sergio Ramos and a group of senior Real Madrid stars are lobbying Florentino Perez to make Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp their next manager (Don Balon)

Antoine Griezmann has informed a number of his close friends that he has decided to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer (ABC)

Barcelona will instead move for €120m-rated Juventus star Paulo Dybala after the failure to land Griezmann (Don Balon)

Valencia are hopeful of a bidding war for in-demand defender Joao Cancelo, who looks set to leave the club permanently this summer. Man City, Juventus, Inter Milan and Man Utd are all keen (Marca)

Atletico Madrid have opened talks over an €80m deal to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, who is also wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool (AS)

Samuel Umtiti has called Barcelona his “home” and he insists he “could not play anywhere else” after penning a new five-year contract at the club that will see his buy-out extended to €500m (Mundo Deportivo)

Monaco have taken initial steps to sign Gonzalo Higuain as a replacement for Radamel Falcao (Calciomercato)

Thomas Muller says he has no plans to move away from Bayern Munich – but admits he could be tempted by a fresh challenge (Welt Am Sonntag)

Liverpool have held talks with Alisson’s agent over a potential €70million switch this summer (UOL)

Laurent Blanc is now favourite to become Chelsea’s next manager (Corriere della Sera)

Roma have revived their interest in €30m-rated Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz. The Spain U21 star has been linked with Man Utd, Napoli, Barcelona and Real Madrid (Corriere della Sera)

Roma have made contact with Ajax for the signing of Hakim Ziyech (De Telegraaf)

Stephan Lichtsteiner insists he is yet to sign a contract to join Arsenal yet – but admits he will leave Juventus this summer (Le Temps)

Robert Lewandowski has emerged as a Juventus transfer target (Corriere dello Sport

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