Euro Paper Talk: Arthur Melo makes quick contract call as triple Liverpool exit on cards amid Klopp plan; Chelsea suffer transfer blow

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Arthur Melo, Everton v Liverpool September 2022 Credit: PA Images
Arthur Melo, Everton v Liverpool September 2022 Credit: PA Images

Arthur Melo has already decided on his Liverpool future amid three potential Anfield exits, while a Chelsea transfer plan suffers a blow – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

BUSY TRANSFER PERIOD FOR LIVERPOOL

Liverpool could let three first-team stars leave for free next summer amid talk of a big upcoming spend on their midfield, reports claim.

The Reds have been in the spotlight this term for a sluggish start, having dropped nine Premier League points from a possible 18. Several issues have emerged, but their midfield has faced particular criticism.

And on Sunday, the spotlight shone further on their problems in that area. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both out with injury, have not made Liverpool’s Champions League group stage squad.

The pair are both in the final year of their contracts, with their Anfield futures now highly uncertain. Indeed, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain will “will evaluate their futures”.

Romano adds that Guinea international Keita is more likely to earn an extension because manager Jurgen Klopp considers him “an important player in the rotations”.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, has not played for Liverpool since mid-March due to selection struggles and now injury.

Elsewhere, transfer reporter Ekrem Konur adds that Roberto Firmino, who is similarly in the final year of his contract, could also leave. Juventus, who reportedly tried to sign him this summer, will speak to him in January about a pre-contract agreement.

Arthur Melo makes Liverpool decision

With Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita both potentially leaving Liverpool, the focus is on what the future of the Anfield midfield will look like.

Harvey Ellliott and Fabio Carvalho are stars of both the present and the future, but the Reds signed Arthur Melo on loan from Juve on deadline day to cover for their lack of options.

And Romano claims that the Brazilian has “already agreed” a future contract with the Reds, who have a £32million option to buy him from his parent club.

The report comes amid talk of Liverpool getting ready to invest heavily in their midfield next summer. Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham – who is valued at just over £100million – is the long-term target.

Klopp also reportedly had his eyes on Matheus Nunes, Konrad Laimer and Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.

But before Klopp’s U-turn, Liverpool’s supposed plan – which is now back in action – was to wait for Bellingham next year. Dortmund did not want to sell the England international this summer having sold Erling Haaland to Manchester City.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

AC Milan have made a Rafael Leao contract extension a priority to ward off further approaches from Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Bamba Dieng has now refused a move to Royal Antwerp and is likely to stay at Marseille following deadline-day drama involving Leeds United and Nice. (L’Equipe)

Alexander Isak’s personality will see him overcome the pressure of his Newcastle price tag and flourish on Tyneside, according to his fellow Swede Mikael Lustig. (Sportbladet)

Brighton want to tie Leandro Trossard down to a new contract after his fine start to the season. Indeed, he is a contract priority with only one year left on his current terms, despite a one-year option. (Het Belang van Limburg)

Liverpool wanted to sign Denis Zakaria from Juventus, but the finances of a deal meant Chelsea beat them to the midfielder. (Calciomercato)

BARCELONA CONFIDENT OVER GAVI CONTRACT

Barcelona feel confident of handing rising midfield star Gavi a new contract, despite protracted talks over his future. (Fabrizio Romano)

Atletico Madrid are facing an injury crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Porto. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak is one of a number of key players who could miss out. (Marca)

Juventus, though, have allayed their concerns about Angel di Maria and Adrien Rabiot after minor knocks. (Football Italia)

Mauro Icardi’s exit from Paris Saint-Germain looks likely after he did not get a place in the French giants’ Champions League squad. (Caught Offside)

PSG had transfer interest in Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford in the summer, but their interest failed to spring an official offer. (Fabrizio Romano)

EURO PAPER TALK – VILLA SWOOP ON ATLETICO FAILED

Aston Villa tried and failed to sign Atletico midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the final hours of the transfer window. (Marca)

Leeds’ transfer fee for Wilfried Gnonto could rise to more than £10million, according to FC Zurich president Ancillo Canepa. (Blick)

Wolves are increasingly unlikely to sign Belgian centre-back Jason Denayer because of an impasse over wages. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes the European Super League will eventually come into force, but not before he retires. (Marca)

Steven Bergwijn has said he found it “hard to show” his best form at Tottenham because of his lack of minutes. But despite now flourishing at Ajax, he has refused to set a goal target for the season. (Algemeen Dagblad)

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