As we move into the final few weeks of the European transfer window, clubs all over the continent are scraping to get their last pieces of business across the line.
Some outrageous sums have already been splashed, with Paris Saint-Germain‘s world-record €222million capture of Neymar sending shockwaves around the football world, but there are plenty of major deals still on the table.
Here, we have picked out some the hottest transfer news circulating in the European press today and broken the stories down, with Barcelona pushing hard for Neymar replacements and interest in Kylian Mbappé showing no sign of fading.
Barça Eye Coutinho And Dembélé To Fill Neymar Void
With Neymar gone and €222million burning a hole in their pocket, Barcelona are ramping up their recruitment drive.
The Catalan giants have identified Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as one of the men to fill the void his superstar international colleague has left behind at the Camp Nou.
According to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barça have agreed personal terms with the player but Liverpool remain determined to hang on to their chief creator, and have slapped what they believe to be a prohibitively high €100million price tag on the 25-year-old.
However, Mundo Deportivo go on to claim that the Blaugrana will offer André Gomes or Rafinha to the Reds in part-exchange for Coutinho in an effort to lower the cash price.
Another man lined up by Barcelona to fill Neymar’s boots – and perhaps the player viewed as the Brazilian’s direct replacement in the left wing berth – is Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé.
The gifted 20-year-old attacker has been mooted as a Barcelona transfer target all summer but the Spanish side’s need for a player of his profile has grown with Neymar’s departure.
Sport say Barça are planning an initial offer of €70million for Dembélé, but BVB value the player at €110million.
In a slightly more surprising move, AS reports that the Camp Nou club are also eying up Real Sociedad centre-back Iñigo Martínez as they look to bolster their defensive options. The Spaniard has a €32million release clause.
PSG Want To Team Mbappé Up With Neymar
As if doubling the world transfer record to sign one of the biggest names in football from a superpower of the European game wasn’t enough for one summer, PSG are now eying a raid on Ligue 1 rivals Monaco for Mbappé.
According to L’Equipe, the Parisians are keen to pair the 18-year-old sensation in attack with Neymar and the young French international is fond of the idea of joining the Brazilian the Parc des Princes.
Ibrahimović A Target For Milan
A cruciate knee ligament injury brought a premature end to Zlatan Ibrahimović’s 2016/17 campaign with Manchester United, but, with a 28-goal all-competitions haul, the 35-year-old Swede showed that there is life in the old dog yet.
United manager José Mourinho, who previously worked with the player at Inter Milan before signing him up for the Red Devils last summer, is said to be keen to offer the veteran marksman a short-term deal once he has recovered from injury, but there may now be stiff competition for his signature.
AC Milan, as part of their summer overhaul, have expressed an interest in taking Ibrahimović back to the San Siro according to TuttoSport.
The former Ajax and Barcelona superstar enjoyed a fruitful two-season spell with the Rossoneri between 2010 and 2012, scoring 56 goals in 85 games before moving to PSG.
Expected to be out until the mid-season transfer window, Ibrahimović could find himself in high demand upon his return to fitness.
Liverpool Youngsters Wanted In Germany
Coutinho is not the only Liverpool player wanted on the continent at the moment. While the inventive Brazilian is attracting strong interest from Barcelona, German side Hannover are weighing up moves for a pair of youngsters a little lower down the Anfield food chain.
According to German magazine Kicker, Hannover are looking to take the Reds’ Ben Woodburn and Ryan Kent on loan for the 2017/18 season.
Wales under-19 international Woodburn made five Premier League appearances for Jürgen Klopp’s side last season and bagged his first senior goal for the club in the League Cup.
Kent, a 20-year-old winger, spent 2016/17 on loan with Championship side Barnsley, scoring three times in 47 total outings.