Football rumours from the media

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What the papers say

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte could be on his way Barcelona, Spain’s Mundo Deportivo reports. The 25-year-old defender is under contract for 2025, but Barca – keen for another central defender – hope he will ask for a transfer due to City’s Champions League ban.

Manchester City, meanwhile, could be eyeing a likely replacement for Laporte in the form of Milan Skriniar, according to Italy’s Calciomercato. The Inter Milan and Slovakia defender has had only a moderate season, but is said to have been unsuited by Inter’s three-man defence. City would face competition from Real Madrid and Paris St Germain for his signature.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could be a target for Manchester United (Scott Heavey/PA)

Arsenal and Liverpool are in the market for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka, according to Sky Sports. The 20-year-old French defender was being monitored by both clubs before the season was suspended due to coronavirus. Valencia, Sevilla and both Milan clubs are also keen on the left-footed centre-back.

Antoine Griezmann
France’s Antoine Griezmann could be on his way out of Barcelona (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Fabian Ruiz: Liverpool are keen on the 23-year-old Napoli midfielder but face competition from Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Kai Havertz: Liverpool’s interest in the Bayer Leverkusen 20-year-old has waned owing to his price tag, the Daily Express says.

Jose Maria Gimenez: The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid central defender could be another target for Liverpool, according to Spain’s AS.

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