Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool to beat Man Utd and Tottenham to £44m star Klopp’s wanted since 2020; Mbappe to join Haaland in unplayable new front three
Liverpool are ‘ready to offer’ £44m to beat Man Utd and Tottenham to an in-demand Dutchman, while Kylian Mbappe could link up with Erling Haaland to form a stunning new forward line in 2024 – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
THREE-YEAR PURSUIT TO PAY OFF FOR LIVERPOOL?
Liverpool are ‘at the forefront’ of clubs chasing Torino defender Perr Schuurs, with a mooted summer bid coming to ward off the threat being posed by Man Utd and Tottenham, per a report.
Schuurs, 23, joined Torino from Ajax last summer. The Dutchman wasted no time in establihsing himself among Serie A’s top centre-halves, though his stay in Italy could be a short one.
TuttoSport (as cited by Sport Witness), report Schuurs has admirers in Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham.
But of the three, it’s claimed Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are the ones primed to act on their interest.
Liverpool are deemed ‘ready to offer’ €50m (approx. £44m) to bring Schuurs to Anfield this summer.
His arrival could coincide with the anticipated twin exits of Nat Phillips and Joel Matip.
It’s claimed Klopp has closely followed Schuurs for three years dating back to 2020. Until now, he’d never ordered a move be made, though fresh interest by United and Spurs is forcing Liverpool’s hand.
From Torino’s perspective, it’s claimed the Serie A side are fully aware they’ll struggle to retain Schuurs if and when an English side offers to double his salary.
The opportunity to play in the Champions League also appeals to the player. As such, the onus is now on Liverpool to produce a late surge and finish inside the top four.
The player’s agent has already made Torino aware many ‘juicy offers’ are on the table and Liverpool are seemingly front and centre among them.
MBAPPE, HAALAND, VINICIUS JR…
Real Madrid are ‘confident’ they’ll sign Erling Haaland to replace Karim Benzema in 2024. A bid is already being prepared, with Los Blancos hoping to forge an all-star front three consisting of Vinicius, Jr, Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. To free up funds for the colossal outlay on wages, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard will all depart at the end of next season. (AS)
Arsenal and Newcastle target, Rasmus Hojlund, is being “followed closely” after scoring a hattrick for Denmark on Thursday night. The Atalanta hitman is only 20 years of age and has been termed the ‘new Haaland’. (Fabrizio Romano)
Cult Liverpool hero, Divock Origi, could be axed by AC Milan after just one season. Bids of around €15m will be considered this summer. (CalcioMercato)
West Ham are expected to move for Inter Milan winger Joaquin Correa with the Italian side preparing an overhaul in the final third. Aston Villa could provide stiff competition. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Southampton are braced for bids from Man Utd, Aston Villa and Leicester for centre-half Mohammed Salisu this summer. In the Saints are relegated, an exit is all but guaranteed. (Football Insider)
MAN UTD COULD TORPEDO CHELSEA MOVE
Man Utd are ‘waiting in the wings’ if Chelsea show any hesitation over signing Joao Felix outright. The Portuguese is on loan from Atletico Madrid and could cost in excess of €100m. (Sport)
Aston Villa are mulling a move for Sporting Lisbon attacker Pedro Goncalves. The 24-year-old’s contract contains a release clause worth €80m and a sell-on clause of 50 percent is likely to see Sporting play hard ball in negotiations. (Record)
Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Barcelona winger Raphinha after narrowly missing out on his signature last summer. (Simon Phillips)
PSG are sizing up AC Milan ace Rafael Leao in the event Lionel Messi leaves. The Argentine icon is out of contract at season’s end, though there is an option for an extra 12 months. (CalcioMercato)
Leeds Utd are ‘well placed’ to finally land long-time striker target Che Adams if Southampton are relegated this year. (Football Insider)
LEEDS UTD AGREE MIDFIELDER SALE
Leeds Utd have agreed to sell forgotten midfielder Mateusz Bogusz to MLS outfit LAFC. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at second tier Spanish side Ibiza, though that deal will be ‘cancelled’ ahead of moving to Los Angeles outright. (COPE)
Man Utd are closely following Sassuolo midfielder and Italy international, Davide Fratessi. The Red Devils have tasked scouts with observing his matches and a summer move is possible, with competition to come from Roma and Juventus. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma will cash in on Tammy Abraham this summer and a reduced price tag to rouse Man Utd and Aston Villa into action. (Sky Italia)
Tottenham may well sell Tanguy Ndombele to Napoli this summer, but will be required to accept a lower figure than the €30m option to buy in his loan deal. (TuttoNapoli)
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