Javier Mascherano’s Barcelona future in doubt

January is fast approaching and teams across Europe will start to make moves to strengthen their squad in the winter transfer window.

Spain

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has accepted Spain boss Julen Lopetegui’s invitation to play for the national side. The 21-year-old wants to play at the World Cup next summer, and although he was born in Marseille, he has not got any senior caps for France, despite representing them at youth level. (Marca)

When asked about Javier Mascherano’s wish to leave in January, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde said: “We will see what happens. At Barca, like with every time, what we want when the window opens is to strengthen rather than get weaker.” (Sport)

Despite Barcelona not being keen on letting Mascherano leave, they are worried he could upset the dressing room and may accept a bid of €5m (£4.4m) from China. (Mundo Deportivo)

France

Javier Pastore is worried about missing out on featuring at next summer’s World Cup, and could force through a move to Inter Milan to be reunited with Walter Sabatini, who is director of football at the San Siro. (Le Parisien)

Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was subject of a rejected bid by an unnamed Premier League club last August. The Ligue 1 side are bracing themselves for more offers from England in January. (L’Equipe).Lucas Hernandez is yet to earn a senior cap for Spain

Italy

With Gianluigi Buffon missing the game with Inter Milan through injury, his role off the pitch in motivating his Juventus team-mates was seen as a trial for a potential sporting director post in the future. (Tuttosport)

A bad result against Lazio tomorrow evening could signal the end of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s time as Torino manager. (Tuttosport)