Juventus eyeing Isco
Italian champions Juventus are considering a move for Real Madrid hotshot Isco, according to Sport.
The Bianconeri have been showing interest in the Spain international for a couple of months now and they attempted to recruit the talented footballer this summer.
However, while Real Madrid were not keen on selling, Isco, too, was not ready to leave Santiago Bernabeu.
The situation could now change considering the fact that the first two games of the season have proved that the midfielder would struggle for playing time under Rafael Benitez.
And with Juventus expected to stay without Paul Pogba, the Bianconeri could return for Isco either in January or next summer.
Isco, 23, has shown a great deal of potential since joining Real Madrid from Malaga, but he is currently behind Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in the pecking order.
Fiorentina in ambitious bid for Zouma
Il Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Fiorentina are considering a January move for Chelsea stopper Kurt Zouma.
Viola are in need of defensive reinforcements after cashing in on Stefan Savic and new coach Paulo Sousa appears to have made the Frenchman his number one target.
Fiorentina hope to sign Zouma on loan with an option to buy in the winter, but luring the 20-year-old to Artemio Franchi may prove a very difficult task.
The talented footballer is not considered a first team regular at Stamford Bridge, but he has been getting plenty of playing time of late and is one of Jose Mourinho’s favourite players when it comes to special tasks.
With that in mind, it is highly unlikely that the Portuguese manager will agree to let Zouma leave next January.
Chelsea had a pretty disappointing start to the new Premier League campaign, and they are now 11/2 shot to defend the title.
Newcastle rejected chance to sign Austin
The Evening Chronicle has learned that Newcastle rejected an opportunity to recruit QPR star Charlie Austin on transfer deadline day.
The Magpies had been showing interest in the England international from the start of the summer transfer window, but they ultimately went for Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
According to the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle were offered a chance to add Austin to their ranks through an agent working on behalf of QPR, in a deal that would have seen Rolando Aarons move to Loftus Road.
However, despite the fact that they could have signed Austin for mere £10 million, the Magpies opted against making their move.
This is enough to suggest that manager Steve McClaren and club chiefs have enough confidence in summer recruit Aleksandar Mitrovic, in spite of what has been a disappointing start to his career at St James’ Park.
It came as a huge surprise that Charlie Austin remained at Loftus Road despite scoring 18 goals in his maiden Premier League campaign.