Euro Paper Talk: Two Chelsea targets rubbished; Beckham’s ambitious Messi plan
Reports linking two players to Chelsea this week have been rubbished, while David Beckham has a plan for Lionel Messi, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
CHELSEA INTEREST IN DUO REJECTED
It appears recent speculation linking Chelsea with two players is wide of the mark.
Michal Pol, director of Onet Sport and Przeglad Sportowy via Sport Witness says Chelsea have no interest in Piatek.
“I know the situation well, I checked,” he told Milan News.
“It was just a game between journalists who wondered who they would have bought if the Chelsea market ban had been removed in January.
Meanwhile, Super Deporte have denied the Blues have any interest in Gaya and claim the player “neither knows nor wants to know about Chelsea”.
LIVERPOOL RIVAL THREE HUGE NAMES FOR FABIAN RUIZ
Fabian Ruiz is a man in demand, with reports in Italy claiming four clubs are ready to make significant approaches to Napoli for the Spain midfielder.
The stylish left-footer is well known for his dribbling skills and tactical versatility and has been earning rave reviews since moving to Naples from Real Betis in summer 2018.
Costing just €30m when Napoli met his exit clause, the player is now valued at nearer the €70m mark, having excelled both in Serie A and in starring for Spain at the Under-21 Championships this summer.
But the Italian outlet also claims Liverpool are very much in the hunt to sign the 23-year-old with Liverpool scouts watching him in close detail so far this season, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly sticking Ruiz at the top of his transfer wishlist.
Liverpool face an “angry” Napoli in the Champions League once again this summer and Klopp and his coaching staff will pay particular attention to the 6ft 2ins star’s displays, with the first match scheduled at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday September 17.
Napoli are understandably keen to ensure Ruiz remains with them and Calciomercato claims the midfielder is set to be offered a new deal, with his exit clause set to be significantly raised, in a bid to ward off interest from European football’s big guns.
Ruiz made 40 appearances for the Neapolitan side in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.
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AND THE REST
Paris Saint Germain are prepared to submit a transfer bid for Paulo Dybala when the transfer window reopens (Tuttosport)
PSG are hoping to extend the contract of Marquinhos (Le10Sport)
AC Milan have opened contract negotiations with Gianluigi Donnarumma but what him to take a pay cut (Corriere dello Sport)
David Beckham has approached Lionel Messi about a sensational move to Inter Miami (Barcelona Radio)
PSG and Juventus could swap full-backs Thomas Meunier and Mattia De Sciglio when the transfer window opens in January (Le Parisien)
Diego Costa has explained that Antoine Griezmann always ‘dreamed’ of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez (Marca)
AC Milan chief football officer Zvonimir Boban wants the club to target a deal for 20-year-old Gedson Fernandes from Benfica in January (Calciomercato)
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon, 25, says he is ready to leave Chelsea on a permanent basis because he is fed up with being sent on loan every year (A Bola)
Serbian forward Luka Jovic is struggling to impress at Real Madrid and finding it hard going at the Bernabeu (Mundo Deportivo)
Roma’s former Newcastle defender Davide Santon is being lined up for a January transfer to SPAL (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid could recall goalkeeper Andriy Lunin from his loan spell at Real Valladolid in January due to a lack of first-team action. The Ukranian has yet to feature in their three LaLiga matches so far (Marca)