Real Madrid’s search for a new centre midfielder is set to continue after Juventus reportedly turned down a €60 million (Dh251.6m) bid for Miralem Pjanic.
Pjanic, 28, has moved into Los Blancos’ view after they agreed to send Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic on loan to Chelsea.
But Tuttosport state that their offer was flatly rejected and the Bosnia international will renew his contract.
Pjanic has developed into one of Europe’s best players since he arrived in Turin two years ago from Roma. He’s won two Serie A and Coppa Italias since, scoring 15 times in 91 appearances.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Delays in Christian Eriksen signing a new contract at Tottenham have put Paris Saint-Germain on high alert, according to the Express. While Spurs want to keep their star player, PSG have long held an interest in the 26-year-old Denmark midfielder and are said to be considering a £100 million move.
As the European summer transfer window nears its conclusion, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is being targeted for a loan move from Chelsea, the Telegraph says. Schalke are thought to be among those poised to make an offer, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be willing to let the 22-year-old England international leave Stamford Bridge – and Loftus-Cheek is said to want to remain in the Blues squad.
Sticking with Schalke, and the German club are also being linked with an offer for Tottenham’s Danny Rose. The Mirror says the left-back could leave before the end of the month despite Spurs not being able to sign a replacement, with Schalke possibly facing competition from PSG for the £50m-rated England man.
Summer rumours that Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha was heading for the exit door looked to have been put to bed, with the Mail saying the 25-year-old sees a future at Selhurst Park and talks are under way over a new deal.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
David De Gea: The Manchester United star could become the highest-paid goalkeeper in the Premier League, the Mail reports. It comes amid speculation the 27-year-old is nearing a new £200,000-plus-a-week deal to stay at Old Trafford beyond 2020.
Marcus Bettinelli: Question marks surround the goalkeeper’s future at Fulham after the 26-year-old missed out on a place in his side’s season-opening game against Crystal Palace. According to the Mail, more doubts have surfaced after the signings of Sergio Rico and Fabri and despite Bettinelli’s key role in securing Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League last season.
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Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara is set to stay at the Camp Nou this season with Inter Milan unlikely to table a bid, according to the Spanish club’s international transfer director Ariedo Braida.
The Brazil international made 18 appearances for Inter during his season-long loan last term. The Serie A outfit seemed interested in making the deal permanent but Braida thinks Rafinha force his way into the Barcelona first team.
“Rafinha will probably remain at Barcelona,” said Braida. “He’s a boy who has great football qualities, can decide the matches with his skilful touch of the ball and can do it here or somewhere else.