European Paper Talk: Juventus keen to reunite with Paul Pogba

With some huge fixtures around Europe this weekend, the Continent’s biggest clubs have their focus trained on the action on the pitch. But behind the scenes, there will be plenty of work being done to prepare for the January transfer window

With so much going on, we asked our friends at Football Whispers to round up all the latest transfer news and gossip from around Europe.

Italy

Juventus are keen on re-signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Juve to rejoin United in a world-record £89m move in 2016, and the Turin giants are even considering making their move for the player as early as January. The Italian champions are ready to make a loan offer in the mid-season window with the deal then becoming permanent for £60m in the summer. (Tuttosport)

Pavel Nedved, Juventus’ vice-chairman, refused to be drawn on the prospect of Pogba returning to the Allianz Stadium, however, saying: “He is a great player but he is from Manchester United so it is needless to talk about.” (Sky Italia via Corriere dello Sport)

Napoli’s diminutive attacker Lorenzo Insigne, rumoured to be a Liverpool transfer target, is valued at a whopping £90m by the Italian side and will not be allowed to leave the club for less. (Gazzetta dello Sport).

Spain

Those close to Liverpool goalscorer Mohamed Salah believe the Egyptian intends to leave Liverpool at the end of the current season, with an agreement in place between the player and the Anfield club that he will not be prevented from departing should Barcelona or Real Madrid move for him. Barcelona want Salah to replace Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou. (Don Balon)

Pep Guardiola has been so impressed with Brazilian midfielder Arthur’s performances for Barcelona this season that he is ready to offer £93.5m for the playmaker next summer. The Catalan tactician is aiming to recreate his great Barca midfield at the Etihad, with Arthur in the Xavi role and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl the man identified to act as the Sergio Busquets at the base of the trio. (Don Balon)

France

Leonardo Jardim’s hopes of becoming the next Real Madrid manager could be affected by the fact Los Blancos president Florentino Perez enjoys a difficult relationship with the coach’s agent, Jorge Mendes, owing to the departure of fellow Mendes client Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. (L’Equipe)

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