Football Transfer Rumor and Gossip: Real in race for Napoli’s Fabian ;Barcelona to move for PSV prodigy Malen etc.

Napoli will be hoping Fabian remains at Stadio San Paolo.

However, LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are determined to bring the former Real Betis midfielder back to Spain.

TOP STORY – MADRID SURPASS BARCA IN BATTLE FOR FABIAN

Madrid have moved ahead of Barca in the race for Napoli star Fabian and want to sign the midfielder in January, according to Marca.

Fabian has attracted plenty of interest since swapping Betis for Serie A side Napoli, where the Spaniard has starred since his €30milion arrival in 2018.

Barca have been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, but rivals Madrid have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue.

ROUND-UP

[box]- While Fabian is of interest, Tuttosport says Barca are eyeing Inter star Lautaro Martinez, who has a €111m release clause.

– There is plenty happening at Camp Nou. Mundo Deportivo reports Barca are willing to let Ivan Rakitic and Carles Alena leave in January.

Barca are also reportedly not interested in signing a new centre-back as they trust Jean-Clair Todibo or Ronald Araujo, with Marca saying right-back is an area they are looking to strengthen.

– According to Corriere dello Sport, Fiorentina are targeting in-demand Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali. The 19-year-old has been linked to Juventus and Manchester United.

– AS claims Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen in January, before his contract expires at the end of the season.

– Hakan Calhanoglu’s time at AC Milan could be coming to an end, with Calciomercato reporting the struggling Serie A side may sell the 25-year-old. Calhanoglu has struggled for consistency since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017.[/box]

Barcelona to move for PSV prodigy Malen

Twenty-year-old forward is Eredivisie’s top scorer

Barcelona are lining up an approach for PSV promise Donyell Malen, according to Sport.

Malen, 20, currently leads the scoring charts in the Eredivisie.

And the Catalans see him as the perfect foil for Luis Suarez, and possibly the Uruguayan’s long-term successor at Camp Nou.

Mandzukic agrees to join Man United

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has reached a “verbal agreement” with Manchester United, according to the Express.

But the Premier League side will have to part with £10 million ($12.5m) if they’re to sign the 33-year-old in the upcoming January transfer window.

ARSENAL are leading the race to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres, according to reports.

The Gunners have stepped up their pursuit for the 22-year-old after Unai Emery received a tip-off from Santi Cazorla.

Cazorla personally recommended Torres to his former club following his sublime spell of form in Spain.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked to him, but other sources claim Arsenal are at the front of the queue.

Unai Emery is desperate to bring in defensive reinforcements despite signing David Luiz and William Saliba in the summer.

But the 22-year-old will not come cheap after Villarreal pinned him down with a new five-year deal earlier this month.

He now has a release clause of between £43m and £65m – but the Gunners will be hoping to snap him up for less.

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