Transfer Talk: Newcastle to battle AC Milan for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio


The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Newcastle to compete with AC Milan for Asensio

AC Milan are set to face competition from Newcastle United to sign Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, reports Calciomercato.

Asensio first joined Real Madrid from Mallorca in 2015 but now seems destined to leave the Bernabeu, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

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One of the most heavily linked clubs have been AC Milan, who could lose the Chelsea-linked Rafael Leao next summer. The Serie A side are not going to have things all their own way, though, and will need to shake off competition from Newcastle.

This comes with the 26-year-old Asensio struggling for meaningful game time, having managed just 104 minutes across nine appearances in all competitions so far this season.

The longest he’s been on the pitch in one match for Los Blancos is the 26 minutes when he scored against RB Leipzig. Asensio came on in the 88th minute of Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.

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08.00 BST: Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has denied that he wants to leave the club in January, saying he was surprised by the news.

“I never asked for my departure in January,” Mbappe told reporters after PSG’s 1-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday. “The information that came out on the day of the [Champions League match against Benfica], I did not understand it. I am not involved in this information neither directly nor indirectly.”

ESPN sources reported on Tuesday that the striker was fed up with unfulfilled promises by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and wanted to leave the capital as soon as possible.

“I was as shocked by this news as everyone else. People may think I’m involved, I’m not at all,” Mbappe added. “I was taking a nap, my entourage was at my little brother’s game. We were stunned when we found out.

“Afterwards, we had to deal with it, we had a match to play. I just wanted to say that it’s completely false, I’m very happy here.”

PAPER GOSSIP

AC Milan are set to meet with Rafael Leao‘s agent about a contract renewal and are keen to have discussions closed by the time the World Cup kicks off, reports Tuttosport. The winger’s deal runs out in 2024, and the two parties are getting closer to reaching an agreement on wages, with Milan willing to guarantee him €6m per year, although there are also other factors to be sorted.

– Work is in progress to extend Mason Mount‘s contract — per Fabrizio Romano, and Chelsea‘s owners, board and manager are all in agreement that doing so is a priority for the club. The England international has scored twice for Chelsea and provided a further three assists in all competitions this term, and his deal runs until the summer of 2024.

Juventus will push for Moise Kean to leave the club, reports Calciomercato, due to the €30m redemption obligation for his loan spell from Everton. There has been loan interest from the Premier League in recent months, but they haven’t been enough to convince the striker to leave.

– AC Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January after being impressed by the 26-year-old, reports Calciomercato. The two clubs have a positive relationship and are set to come together to discuss various situations soon, with Milan most interested in Loftus-Cheek.

– Bodo/Glimt forward Ola Solbakken will join Roma very soon, according to Calciomercato, which adds that he has a total agreement with the Giallorossi ahead of moving as a free agent in January. They have been able to pull off the deal because Solbakken preferred joining up with Jose Mourinho rather than moving to Napoli.





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