Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool want 6ft 3 striker to replace costly flop amid Real Madrid links; Man Utd to scout star in Brazil v South Korea game with £39m deal on cards

Dusan Vlahovic and Brazilian Vinicius Junior fight for the ball during a soccer game between Brazil and Serbia, in Group G of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Lusail, State of Qatar Credit: Alamy
Dusan Vlahovic and Brazilian Vinicius Junior fight for the ball during a soccer game between Brazil and Serbia, in Group G of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Lusail, State of Qatar Credit: Alamy

Liverpool are ready to offload Darwin Nunez with Jurgen Klopp already identifying a World Cup striker as an upgrade, Man Utd will scout a potential January signing in Monday’s Brazil v South Korea game, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Tottenham are readying a swoop for a Lille star.

DARWIN NUNEZ OUT, DUSAN VLAHOVIC IN AT LIVERPOOL 

Liverpool are ready to offload Darwin Nunez after just one season at Anfield, according to surprise reports.

The Uruguay striker moved to Anfield over the summer in a deal that will ultimately set the Reds back £85m. However, Nunez has struggled to hit the heights on Merseyside, despite scoring eight times and adding two assists from 16 games.

His deal at Liverpool is scheduled to keep him at the club until summer 2028. However, there are growing reports that Liverpool will look to cash in should a suitor match their initial £64m investment.

It’s reported that the Reds have circulated Nunez’s name among some of Italy and Spain’s big hitters, with Real Madrid among those keen.

And with Karim Benzema turning turning 35 later this month, reports claim Carlo Ancelotti sees Nunez as the perfect successor at the Bernabeu.

With Nunez reportedly heading for the exit door, Jurgen Klopp has seemingly already decided on his replacement.

Liverpool keen on Dusan Vlahovic

And per Calciomercatoweb, the Reds manager is eyeing up a swoop for Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The 22-year-old has seven goals in 15 appearances for Juve this season and 16 in 36 overall since signing from Fiorentina. But like Liverpool with Nunez, the Bianconeri are reportedly ready to cash in after failing to be convinced by his qualities.

Any deal would likely set Liverpool back around the £60m mark – similar to the fee they hope to sell Nunez for.

And the report claims Klopp believes Vlahovic may be better suited to Premier League football than the Uruguayan.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino also falls out of contract this summer and may yet leave as a free agent.

Vlahovic, the 6ft 3in striker, was in and out of the Serbia side at the World Cup, scoring one goal as his nation crashed out at the group stages.

MAN UTD TO SCOUT KIM MIN-JAE ON MONDAY

Manchester United will have scouts watching Kim min-Jae when South Korea take on Brazil in Monday’s last-16 World Cup clash. A January move may be on the cards thanks to a £39m (€45m) clause in the Napoli star’s contract. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United are also preparing a move for Ismael Bennacer, amid claims he can leave AC Milan for around £35m in January. (Calciomercato)

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Djibril Sow is on Arsenal’s list of targets with Mikel Arteta unconvinced by Youri Tielemans. (BILD)

Tottenham’s interest in Ruslan Malinovskyi has cooled amid complications over the fee and with Antonio Conte now looking at other targets. (Il Giorno)

Adrien Rabiot’s Juventus future is again in doubt with his mother and agent admitting her surprise at the club’s secret agreements with players. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Watford are reportedly on the brink of sealing a deal to sign CF Montreal midfielder Ismael Kone. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aston Villa and Tottenham may only have to pay £8.7m (€10m) to prise Franck Kessie away from Barcelona in January. (AS)

CROATIAN DEFENDER FANCIES SWITCH TO LEEDS

NK Osijek defender Dion Drena Beljo claims he is keen on a move to Leeds amid links to the Premier League and the Bundesliga. (Sky Deutschland)

Real Madrid are planning to rival Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd for in-demand Milan forward Rafael Leao. (Sport)

Milan coach Stefano Pioli remains convinced that the Portuguese star will sign a new contract at the San Siro. (Sky Italia)

Brighton are considering a January move for Montpellier defender Maxime Esteve. (L’Equipe)

Borussia Monchengladbach are reportedly bracing themselves for a Man Utd approach for goalkeeper Yann Sommer. (BILD)

Barcelona have learned that their No 1 target to replace Sergio Busquests, Youri Tielemans, is destined to sign for another club. (Marca)

Leeds will match any Wolves offer for Matheus Cunha in an attempt to hijack their proposal to sign the Atletico Madrid forward. (Revelo)

CHELSEA SET SIGHTS ON ROMEO LAVIA RAID

Chelsea are targeting former Man City youngster Romeo Lavia as their dream successor for N’Golo Kante. (Sacha Tavolieri)

Atletico Madrid are willing to let Joao Felix leave in January but hope a good showing at the World Cup can increase his valuation. (AS)

Milan are preparing a new deal for Olivier Giroud following his World Cup heroics with France. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Aston Villa and Wolves are both looking into a possible deal for Nacho Fernandez amid claims he’s ready to leave Real Madrid. (various)

Former Argentina star  Javier Pastore says he is open to a possible return to Palermo after falling out of favour at Elche. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are looking into a possible January deal to sign Borussia Dortmund full-back Thomas Meunier. (Fabrizio Romano)

Arsenal are among the suitors for Marco Asensio, with the winger ready to decide his Real Madrid future after the World Cup. (Mundo Deportivo)

TOTTENHAM KEEN ON JONATHAN DAVID

Tottenham are chasing the signing of Jonathan David amid claims he may be allowed to leave Lille in 2023. (Fabrizio Romano)

Jonathan David, Lille, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Jonathan David, Lille, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is willing to sell Jeremie Frimpong to Real Madrid should they come calling. (Defensa Central)

Cody Gakpo is ready to leave PSV in January amid links to Man Utd and Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk. (various)

Man Utd are ready to offer cash plus Diogo Dalot to land Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan in January. (Sempre Inter)

Chelsea are preparing to fend off fresh interest in Cesar Azpilicueta with Real Madrid now on his trail. (various)

Nottingham Forest star Remo Freuler claims he rejected Roma in deciding to join the Tricky Trees over the summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United will need to dig deep to prise Dumfries from Inter Milan in January with his World Cup displays seeing his value increase. (Fabrizio Romano)

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