Euro Paper Talk: Klopp on cloud nine as top Liverpool transfer target ‘dreams’ of Premier League move; trusted source confirms Man Utd can complete £11m attacker steal
Liverpool have a great chance at landing a Serie A star as he ‘dreams’ of moving to the Premier League, Manchester United can sign a World Cup-winning forward for just £10.6million, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims AC Milan hope to capture an electric Arsenal player.
KLOPP DELIGHT AS FABRIZIO ROMANO CONFIRMS TARGET’S ‘DREAM’
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has put Liverpool on red alert by revealing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot would love to move to England, amid Jurgen Klopp pursuing the France international.
Rabiot almost joined Man Utd in the summer when Erik ten Hag was looking to bolster his midfield with one or two new signings. In the end, though, talks broke down as Man Utd were unwilling to meet his lofty wage demands.
Man Utd instead went on to sign Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. Rabiot, meanwhile, remained at Juve. He is enjoying a good season with the Italian outfit, having registered six goals and two assists in 26 appearances.
WhoScored give him an average rating of 7.14 for the campaign, which is the highest of any Juve player.
But Rabiot is unlikely to stay in Turin beyond the current season. His contract there expires in June, which means he will then be able to join another team on a free transfer.
Juve’s chances of tying the 27-year-old down to a new contract were significantly reduced when they were hit with a 15-point deduction by Italian football authorities due to ‘financial irregularities and false accounting’. This means Juve are some way off Champions League qualification, a competition Rabiot definitely wants to be playing in.
There was a big update on his future recently. As per Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, fans should ‘watch out for Liverpool’ as they are emerging in the race to snare Rabiot.
Reports in the Spanish media name Newcastle United as another potential destination for him.
Juventus ace gunning for Prem switch
Klopp has now been given a major boost in his hopes of landing Rabiot after finding out the former Paris Saint-Germain star hopes to play in the Premier League.
During an interview with CaughtOffside, Romano said: “Rabiot could leave Juventus as a free agent in the summer. The Premier League is his biggest dream.
“He’d love to play in England, but he doesn’t have a favourite club, or at least not that I’m not aware of at the moment.
“Rabiot does not want to negotiate with anyone else now, he wants to focus on Juventus and then in April/May he will start exploring options for his future.”
It seems Rabiot is not leaning towards one particular English side currently. But Liverpool will aim to change that by putting themselves at the front of the queue for his services.
As Romano states, Rabiot is intent on continuing his successful individual campaign with Juve. He does not want his form to drop due to him focusing too much on a potential transfer.
However, as the season’s end draws closer, the player will begin to weigh up the options available to him. And Liverpool are highly likely to come up on his radar.
Rabiot would be a great signing for Liverpool. Klopp is in dire need of a midfield revamp and Rabiot could join alongside Jude Bellingham to provide the manager with just that.
Liverpool will probably have to spend upwards of £100m to sign Bellingham. So by capturing Rabiot on a free, they would be saving money to deal with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham.
The one issue the Reds must overcome is Rabiot’s financial demands. Man Utd could not match them last year, which suggests they are quite high. As such, Liverpool chiefs must decide whether Rabiot’s impact on the pitch is worth his big wage.
POTENTIAL MAN UTD BARGAIN GETS CONFIRMATION
Trusted Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed Man Utd can sign Roma’s Paulo Dybala for just €12m (£10.6m) this summer. (Grand Hotel Calciomercato)
Arsenal and Aston Villa are both interested in Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder Ibrahima Bamba. (Il Giornale)
Young Liverpool ace Stefan Bajcetic could earn a call-up to the senior Spain squad later this year. (Diario AS)
Tottenham are considering re-appointing Mauricio Pochettino in case Antonio Conte leaves his role as head coach. (Nicolo Schira)
Barcelona are planning to extend the contract of manager Xavi from 2024 to 2026. (Sport)
Fabrizio Romano has suggested Mason Mount should stay at Chelsea, despite growing links with Liverpool. (CaughtOffside)
AC MILAN PLOT ARSENAL RAID
AC Milan have joined the growing list of clubs hoping to land Folarin Balogun from Arsenal, amid the striker’s great loan spell at Stade Reims. Recently, it emerged that up to 10 Premier League sides could make offers for him. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Sofyan Amrabat has struggled since his failed switch to Liverpool in January and was the worst player on the pitch during Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw with Empoli on Sunday. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Crystal Palace have set their sights on Getafe’s David Soria as a replacement for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Soria could be available on a free transfer if Getafe fail to extend his terms beyond this summer. (various)
Randal Kolo Muani, who played for France at the World Cup, has become a target for PSG. The striker has bagged 15 goals in 30 matches for Eintracht Frankfurt this term. (L’Equipe)
Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed centre-forward Marcus Thuram will move on as a free agent this summer, with Man Utd and Chelsea eyeing him. (Sport1)
Fabrizio Romano reckons Arsenal are still ‘favourites’ to win the league title ahead of Manchester City, while Liverpool could cause ‘serious problems’ for Spurs and Newcastle in the chase for a top-four place. (CaughtOffside)
SENIOR MAN UTD ACE OFFERED TO EUROPEAN CLUB
The agent of Man Utd keeper David de Gea has offered him to former club Atletico Madrid. (various)
Arsenal are not negotiating with Inter for right-back Denzel Dumfries. However, they are scouting alternative Ivan Fresneda ‘regularly’. (Fabrizio Romano)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ‘sad’ Inter team-mate Milan Skriniar will be joining PSG in the summer. The centre-half rejected Spurs and Newcastle by opting to sign for Christophe Galtier’s team. (DAZN)
Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann wants former Arsenal man Dani Ceballos to join the Bundesliga outfit from Real Madrid. (various)
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia will reject any approaches from Newcastle as he hopes to remain with Napoli. (Ciro Venerato)
There is no chance Caglar Soyuncu will join Inter Milan from Leicester City at the end of the season. (Inter Live)
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