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Euro Paper Talk: Spurs line up Marseille star to replace Dembele

Tottenham are lining up a Marseille star to potentially replace Mousa Dembele, while Sevilla have told Arsenal they will only sell Steven N’Zonzi for the release clause in his contract, according to Tuesday’s European papers.




TOTTENHAM TURN TO MARSEILLE STAR TO REPLACE DEMBELE

Tottenham are reportedly closing in on the signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, who is being viewed as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele.

A report in France Football claims that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been scouting the player for some months after the 23-year-old enjoyed a superb season with the Ligue 1 giants.

Sanson has only been at Marseille for 18 months but established himself as one of the top midfielders in French football last campaign as he led his side to the Europa League final.

The France U-21 star is being tipped to replace Spurs stalwart Dembele, who has yet to agree a new contract with the club and has been tipped to move on this summer.


The report goes on to state that Tottenham could also use a former Marseille star as part of any deal to bring Sanson to north London, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou being linked with a return to France.

The winger has failed to establish himself in Pochettino’s first-team squad and was loaned out to Burnley in the second half of the season.

It is though that N’Koudou would jump at the chance of a return to Marseille, leaving Spurs seemingly in a strong position to try and land Sanson.



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BAYER READY TO LET LENO LEAVE
Bayer Leverkusen have accepted that Liverpool, Arsenal and Napoli target Bernd Leno could leave this summer if his release clause is met.

Calciomercato claim Liverpool and  Atletico Madrid are tracking the 26-year-old, while Bild have reported that Arsenal have drawn Leno up on their list of targets.

Now sporting director, Rudy Voller has told Bild that Napoli made an offer for the goalkeeper back in 2017.


“Leno can leave but only on our conditions, we are in constant and open discussions with Bernd and his agent. He had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have a replacement at the time, so he had to remain.

“In the end, he had a really good season. However, we figured that Bernd’s will to leave would come back and with the arrival of Hradecky, we have a high-class successor.”

Leno is reportedly at the top of Napoli’s wish list to replace Pepe Reina, who left to join AC Milan.

The German international has a €28m release clause in his contract.



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COUTINHO KNOWS DESTINATION OF JASPER CILLESSEN

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho expects his Barcelona teammate to move to the Premier League this summer – with Chelsea his likely destination.

The Holland goalkeeper has a €60m get-out clause in his Nou Camp deal and has been strongly linked with a move to his former club Liverpool, who are actively looking for a new No 1.

But with Liverpool still hopeful of a deal for Roma star Alisson, Chelsea look to have nipped in for Cillessen, with the Dutchman likely to replace the departing Thibaut Courtois in goals next season.

Courtois has told Chelsea he is unwilling to sign a new deal this summer and with just a year left on his Stamford Bridge deal, looks set to be sold on to the highest bidder.

Now Spanish outlet Don Balon claims Coutinho has let the cat out of the bag to teammate Lionel Messi that Cillessen will make the switch to London this summer to become the Blues’ No 1 and the long-term replacement for Courtois.



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AND THE REST
Sampdoria and Fiorentina are interested in signing Roma’s back-up keeper to Alisson, Lukaz Skorpuski this summer (La Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Serie A club Sassuolo confirmed on Tuesday that coach Giuseppe Iachini was leaving the club after just over six months in charge (various)

Simone Zaza wishes to remain at Valencia (Onda Cero)


Manchester United have been told by Lazio legend Pierluigi Casiraghi that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is worth a €100million (RMC Sport)


Arsenal have been told they will need to trigger the £35million release clause in Steven N’Zonzi’s contract in order to sign the midfielder (Radio Seville)

Valencia are willing to listen to offers for forward Santi Mina, with Everton, Tottenham and West Ham all mentioned as potential suitors (Plaza Deportiva)


Javier Pastore looks to have talked himself out of a move to West Ham due to the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s wage demands (Sky Italia)

Bayern Munich are considering a €17m approach for Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne (Kicker)

Bologna playmaker Simone Verdi claims that he’s heading to Napoli in a reported €25m deal (Rai Sports)

Barcelona are not willing to negotiate with Inter’s request to lower the €35m asking price for midfielder Rafinha Alcantara (Sky Italia)


Arsenal and Watford have both made enquires for €40m-rated Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico this summer (Marca)

Fiorentina have put a €50m price tag on Federico Chiesa amid claims he is wanted by Napoli, Liverpool and Manchester United (La Reppublica)

Liverpool’s talks with Lyon regarding the potential transfer of Nabil Fekir are “progressing slowly” (L’Equipe)

Manchester City have had a €50million bid for Miralem Pjanic rejected by Juventus (Tuttosport)

Manchester United have launched a €35m offer to Sevilla to poach Clement Lenglet from under the noses of Barcelona (L’Equipe)


Real Madrid and Barcelona are both looking to sign Valencia’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Jose Pascual Alba (Diario Gol)

Kevin Strootman insists he is happy with Roma after deflecting reports he is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool (De Telegraaf)

AC Milan are confident of signing either Alvaro Morata or Radamel Falcao – and have also been promised Memphis Depay (Tuttosport)

Barcelona will turn their attentions to Paulo Dybala after Antoine Griezmann opted to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer (Don Balon)

Porto have quoted Roma a fee of €30m for winger Yacine Brahimi (Sky Italia)

Yacine Brahimi: Linked with Arsenal switch
Wolves have joined Leicester and Fenerbahce in the race to sign Badou Ndiaye from Stoke (Aspor)

Schalke want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic as a replacement for Leon Goretzka this summer (Marca)

Paul Pogba has responded to links that he is bound for Paris Saint-Germain in a heart-felt interview (France Football)

West Ham have had a £33m bid for the Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson rejected. Leicester and Southampton are also said to be keen (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Wolves are looking to sign Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo (Gianluca Di Marzio)

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