Barcelona to raid Manchester United for €100 million-rated forward and other transfer news and rumours of the day

Today’s stories feature the latest update on some of the major happenings in world football which may change the complexion of a few clubs. So let’s head right in and take a look at the major happenings across Europe that made headlines on October 20, 2017: 

La Liga 
FC Barcelona monitoring Anthony Martial 

According to Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona recently scouted Anthony Martial with a view to making a bid for him next summer. It is said that Barcelona’s technical director, Robert Fernandez was in the stands during United’s 1-0 win over Benfica on Wednesday. 
The Catalans are looking for a wide player next summer and feel Anthony Martial along with his countryman Ousmane Dembele can prove to be a perfect pair to compliment Lionel Messi. Jose Mourinho rates Martial pretty highly, so the transfer fee could be worth €100 million. 
Aymeric Laporte rejected Premier League duo 
Athletic Bilbao’s homegrown star, Aymeric Laporte has revealed that he had offers from Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer. Talking to L’equipe, Laporte claimed that he rejected offers from two English giants in order to stay with his local club in the Basque country. The 23-year-old is one of the top-rated centre-backs in Spain and insists that he is eager to see out his entire career with Athletic Bilbao. 

Serie A 

Walking on thin ice
AC Milan losing patience with Vincenzo Montella 
Calciomercato can understand that a high-level meeting took place today at the Milan headquarters to discuss the future of under-fire manager Vincenzo Montella. AC Milan have been disappointing this season and last tasted victory 22 days ago. 

Club CEO Massimiliano Mirabelli recently revealed that Montella has limited time to get Milan back on track but after yesterday’s goalless draw against AEK Athens, the writing seems to be on the wall for Montella. 
Also, the Rossoneri are tracking Aleix Vidal 
AC Milan are looking to sign a right back as soon as the January transfer window opens up as their first choice fullback, Andrea Conti is a long-term absentee with an ACL injury. Calciomercato reports that the Italian giants are looking at FC Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal who has gone terribly out of favour with the Catalans. After the arrival of Nelson Semedo, Vidal has further dropped down the pecking order and is desperately looking for a move away from Barcelona. 


The Dutchman is relaxed over his future
Roman Burki signs a new deal with Borussia Dortmund 
Dortmund’s no.1 custodian, Roman Burki has today extended his stay with the Westfalenstadion outfit. He has signed a three-year extension with the club which will see him in Dortmund until 2021. The Swiss international arrived at Dortmund from Freiburg in 2015 and has effectively replaced veteran, Roman Weidenfeller. Burki has 95 Bundesliga appearances to his name with Borussia Dortmund. 

Arjen Robben relaxed over his Bayern Munich future 
Despite currently running down to his final year of his contract with Bayern Munich, Arjen Robben has revealed that he is not thinking about the future at the moment and is extremely calm about the situation. Speaking to Sky Germany, Robben said, “I am very relaxed. I’ve not been approached by anyone yet and I am in no rush. I feel good and only focus on football.” Robben is an integral part of the Bayern setup and has already scored two league goals this season. 

Premier League 

Reunion on the cards
Kevin De Bruyne’s agent wants a deal like Neymar’s for his client 
Patrick De Koster, KDB’s agent has claimed that the Manchester City talisman is looking for a structured deal like that of the Neymars and the Mbappes of the world. On his new deal, De Koster said, “In the coming months I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract. His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being paid, you can picture.” The 26-year-old joined City in 2015 and is currently in the best form of his life this season under Pep Guardiola. 

Mesut Ozil wishes to join Manchester United 
After Arsene Wenger’s public admission that Mesut Ozil can be sold in January, the German playmaker has reportedly told his teammates that he is joining the Red Devils in the winter transfer period. Ozil is currently in the final year of his contract and hence, Arsenal do not want to let him go on a free transfer. If the playmaker makes this mega switch, he will be reunited with his former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho. Under the Special One, Ozil scored 16 goals and produced 47 assists. 

Rest of the world 

Diaz has seven Ligue 1 goals to his name
No buy-back clause for Mariano Diaz 
In a move that could come back to bite Real Madrid in the future, Lyon have today revealed that striker Mariano Diaz does not have a buy-back clause in his contract, Marca understands. Diaz has replaced Alexander Lacazette quite effectively at Lyon and has already scored seven times in Ligue 1. The youngster joined Lyon last summer in a surprising move by Los Blancos who had already sold Alvaro Morata to Chelsea by then. 

Fenerbahce target Gustavo Gomez 
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Fenerbahce are looking to sign AC Milan centre-back, Gustavo Gomez in the winter transfer market. The Turkish giants are on the lookout for a central defender and have zeroed in on the versatile Paraguayan defender. The 24-year-old is currently not a first choice at San Siro and is open for a move away from Italy.