Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool target outstanding £165m triple midfielder coup; Leeds bid for Real Madrid striker; Man City to sign another world-class star
Jurgen Klopp is pushing to sign three new midfielders in a combined £165m raid for Liverpool, Leeds are looking to sign a 86-goal Real Madrid striker, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Napoli expect Manchester City to prise away a top talent this summer.
KLOPP EYES DYNAMIC NEW MIDFIELD TRIO TO REVITALISE LIVERPOOL
Jurgen Klopp has reportedly decided on the three new midfielders he wants to bring to Liverpool this summer.
The Reds have fallen off their lofty perch this season and will finish the season without silverware. And while they have resdiscovered their form in the Premier League of late, their late push for the top four may well come too late.
As a result, Klopp accepts he badly needs fresh faces to be signed this summer to boost his flagging midfield.
Indeed, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita leaving, Klopp will target at least two new additions there this summer. However, that department of their side is ageing rapidly. And with James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago all 32 years and older, some fresh legs are very much needed.
Now Klopp reportedly plans to revitalise the area by snaring three top new players to Anfield this summer.
Top of their wishlist is Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, with Klopp ready to pay a huge £75m for.
He is enjoying an excellent season on a personal level, leading Inter into the Champions League semi-finals. However, financial issues for the Nerazzurri, together with a failure to qualify for next season’s UCL, will force his sale.
Liverpool want Yunus Musah and Mason Mount along with Barella
Liverpool interest in signing Mason Mount is also well documented. The England star is poised to leave Chelsea with his deal due to expire in summer 2024 and talks over an extension breaking down.
Per Football Insider, Liverpool have a strong belief they can secure his signing this summer. The 24-year-old is also reportedly on Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United’s radar. However, a move to Anfield appears most likely with a fee of £65m already being discussed.
With Mount a No 10 and Barella the archetypal No 8, Klopp wants to complete his new-look midfield with a move for a quality No 6.
And Valencia star Yunus Musah is reportedly emerging as his third top target.
The 20-year-old former Arsenal man has established himself as one of Valencia’s leading lights since moving to Spain.
However, they currently sit in the relegation places and are in danger of demotion to La Segunda. Were that to happen, a number of their top stars will move on.
Now reports in Spain claim Liverpool and Inter are chasing a deal for USA midfielder Musah.
He is reportedly one of Klopp’s ‘great requests’ this summer and is seen as ‘fitting in perfectly’ with the Reds.
And while Inter Milan are also seemingly keen, it is Liverpool who have reportedly shown ‘most interest’ in his signing.
A deal in the region of £25m will reportedly convince them to cash in, with the triple splash setting Liverpool back a combined £165m.
LEEDS UNITED MAKE MOVE TO SIGN MARIANO DIAZ
Leeds United are putting a sizeable contract offer on the table to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz this summer. The 29-year-old is a free agent this summer and the Whites want him at Elland Road – if they avoid the drop. (Defensa Central)
Tottenham are considering a surprise move for Maurizio Sarri with the Lazio boss now a serious contender for the vacancy. (Il Messaggero)
Manchester United are plotting a surprise move for Benjamin Sesko having watched the teenager’s in action this week. Any deal remains complicated with the RB Salzburg striker already sealing a move to RB Leipzig this summer. (90min)
Chelsea hope to raise around £60m by selling Kepa to Inter, Kalidou Koulibaly to Juventus and Hakim Ziyech to Roma or AC Milan this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Newcastle are exploring a possible £31m deal to snare Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan this summer. (Calciomercato)
The Magpies are also pushing to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Joao Muniz, 17, this summer. (A Bola)
Rafael Leao will reject fresh interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid after making it clear he only wants to stay at AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
SPURS TOLD THEY CAN LAND NAGELSMANN BY FORMER MAN UTD BOSS
Ralf Rangnick claims Tottenham have a good chance to name Julian Nagelsmann as their next manager – but may need to appoint a new sporting director first. (Sky Deutschland)
Tottenham are positioning themselves at the front of the queue to sign Raphinha this summer amid claims Barcelona are looking to sell. (AS)
Spurs are also considering an approach for defender Andreas Christensen with the Dane another name who could leave. (Mundo Deportivo)
AC Milan are considering a surprise move for former Manchester United target and Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
The Rossoneri are also looking at a surprise deal to sign Sheffield United centre forward Iliman Ndiaye. (Foot Mercato)
Atletico Madrid will release Matt Doherty this summer and will instead pursue a deal to sign Arnau Martinez of Girona. (Relevo)
Liverpool will reportedly look to sign Benfica defender Antonio Silva this summer, having been watching him for several weeks. (various)
NAPOLI FEAR MAN CITY WILL PRISE KIM MIN-JAE AWAY THIS SUMMER
Napoli have serious concerns that Manchester City will try and prise away Kim Min-jae by meeting his exit clause and offering him a huge wages increase. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AZ Alkmaar defender Mexx Meerdink has made clear his interest in moving to Barcelona, amid claims the LaLiga giants are watching him. (Sport)
Villarreal are to offer a new deal to Dani Parejo amid claims he is wanted by other clubs in Spain and with his current contract due to expire next summer. (Relevo)
The Brazil FA have set Carlo Ancelotti a deadline of May 25 to decide if he wants to quit Real Madrid and become their new coach. (Marca)
Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu will depart the King Power this summer having agreed a free-transfer switch to Atletico Madrid. (Fabrizio Romano)
Luka Modric is meeting with Florentino Perez to discuss a contract extension at Real Madrid and following claims he has interest in him from Saudi Arabia. (AS)
Newcastle are ramping up their interest in highly-rated midfielder Piotr Zielinski following claims he could be sold by Napoli. (Il Mattino)
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