Euro Paper Talk: Spurs eye Barca striker; Liverpool chase Van Dijk partner

Date published: Monday 16th April 2018 12:23

Barcelona are inching ahead of Liverpool for a top defensive target, while Spurs, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham have been linked with a Spain striker, according to Monday’s European papers.

 

BARCELONA MAKE FIRST MOVE FOR LIVERPOOL DEFENSIVE TARGET

Liverpool face a battle to sign Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet after reports in Spain suggested Barcelona were planning to make a formal approach.

The 22-year-old French defender has seen his stock rise this season on the back of Sevilla’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals, with their progress eventually halted by Bayern Munich.

Liverpool have been credited with an interest in the star and it’s claimed Jurgen Klopp is weighing up an approach to partner the 6ft 2in star with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds’ defence next season.

But according to Diario AS, Barcelona are hoping to trump Liverpool by planning to meet the player’s €45million (£38.9million) exit clause. It’s suggested talks could take place as soon as this weekend for a player who will line up against Barca in the Copa del Rey final.

There has been some speculation over Samuel Umtiti’s future at the Nou Camp and it is not know if Lenglet is seen as a potential replacement by Barca.

Lenglet joined Sevilla in a bargain €5million deal from Nancy in January 2017, and has also been mentioned as a possible target for Real Madrid.

 

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AND THE REST

Everton, Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham are all thought to be tracking £30million-rated Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, who has been little more than a bit-part player since signing from Valencia (Sport)

Manchester United are so desperate to sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco that they are willing to offer David De Gea in exchange (Don Balon)

AC Milan could be forced into selling two Liverpool targets this summer, with Suso and Gianluigi Donnarumma both susceptible to being poached away in cut-price deals as part of their contracts (Corriere Della Sera)

Suso could trade places with Napoli forward Jose Callejon this summer (Tuttosport)

PSG star Neymar is ready to make a move to Manchester United his No 1 priority after Real Madrid cooled their interest in the Brazilian (Don Balon)

Bayern Munich will rival Juventus, PSG, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea if Manchester United decide to cash in on Anthony Martial this summer (Calciomercato)

Gianluigi Buffon could be offered the chance to play on with Boca Juniors after Carlos Tevez reportedly called his old teammate to sound him out about a surprise move (Radio Continental)

Real Madrid will trigger their €4m return clause to re-sign Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Omar Mascarell before selling him to Bayern Munich (Diario AS)

Barcelona have made contact with Samuel Umtiti’s agent as they attempt to tie the Manchester United target down to a new deal at the Nou Camp (Mundo Deportivo)

Roma president James Pallotta has poured cold water on rumours that goalkeeper Alisson could join Liverpool in the summer (Sky Italia)

PSG are pushing forward with plans to sign a new goalkeeper this summer. Sporting director Antero Henrique has twice met with Thibaut Courtois in London, but Roma’s Alisson is thought to be their top target (L’Equipe)

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he has made a decision over his future and will make public his decision by April 30. The veteran midfielder has been linked with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian (Sport)

Ousmane Dembele has pledged his future to Barcelona amid talk he could move to the Premier League with Arsenal this summer (Telefoot)

Atletico Madrid’s former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis has emerged as a target for Juventus (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Matteo Darmain has signalled he is ready to leave Manchester United this summer and join Juventus (Tuttosport)

AC Milan and Inter Milan are locked in a €30m battle to sign Ajax star David Neres (Calciomercato)

Gareth Bale has no interest in a move to Liverpool – with Manchester United or a return to Tottenham only in the Wales star’s thinking if he is forced out at Real Madrid (Don Balon)

Juventus are tracking SPAL’s youngster Alex Meret as a back-up goalkeeper option to Wojciech Szczesny next season (RAI Sport)

Bordeaux winger and long-term Tottenham and Arsenal target Malcom has revealed Paris Saint-Germain are his ‘dream’ club and there have already been conversations between the two parties (Le10 Sport)

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has admitted for the first time he will consider offers for in-demand Monaco star Thomas Lemar this summer (Telefoot)

 

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