Real target Mbappe, will settle for Haaland
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe's eventual move to Real Madrid seems inevitable, and according to Eurosport, the Frenchman will join the reigning La Liga champs next summer to replace Luka Jovic. Hardly a like-for-like switch, with all due respect to Jovic.
Mbappe's terms with PSG will lapse in 2022, and while Real chief Florentino Perez is prepared to go all-in for the 21-year-old, the Daily Mail alleges Real will look to trigger Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland's €70-million release clause should a potential Mbappe fee prove too rich. Just get both, cowards.
One in, one out at the back for Manchester City
Manchester City's efforts to provide competition for left-back Benjamin Mendy fell flat, with the club's reported interest in Bayern Munich's David Alaba and Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico amounting to nothing. The Sun claims City will make a €22-million advance for Tagliafico in January.
Speaking of City, center-back Eric Garcia was set to return to Barcelona. According to the Manchester Evening News, Barca's bid for Garcia was €2.2 million short of City's €22-million valuation. But penny-pinching Barca might benefit from their thriftiness - Garcia's available for free next summer.
Cash-strapped Barca go bargain hunting
Spare a thought for financial titans Barcelona who - like every team involved in football at any level - have taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. It seems the Catalan colossus are targeting soon-to-be free agents with the expectation that revenue losses continue. Spare a thought.
Barca fancy Bayern's Alaba and United's Paul Pogba, but the latter just extended his deal, according to Mundo Deportivo. City's Sergio Aguero, Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik, Southampton's Oriel Romeu, PSG pair Juan Bernat and Angel Di Maria, and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma are also mentioned.
Tottenham renew interest in Inter's Skriniar
Tottenham's attempts to replace Jan Vertonghen in central defense will renew the club's efforts to pry Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan come January, according to TEAM Talk. Inter wanted €55 million for the Slovakian, but Spurs wouldn't pay more than €33 million.
Spurs will seek a €2-million loan for Skriniar featuring a €40-million permanent clause, although one might think Joe Rodon's signing from Swansea City would cancel this out. Word is Antonio Conte is eyeing Torino's Armando Izzo as a stand-in for Skriniar, with Matias Vecino going the other way.