Euro Paper Talk: Spurs eye Malaga striker; Liverpool want Costa

Date published: Monday 24th April 2017 7:32

Tottenham are chasing a young Spanish striker, Liverpool are battling Juventus to sign a Brazilian star, while a contender to replace David De Gea at Manchester United is emerging as a target for Lazio, according to Monday’s European press.

 

JUVENTUS BATTLE LIVERPOOL FOR BAYERN STAR

Juventus are reportedly emerging as Liverpool’s main rivals in the race to sign £35m-rated Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa.

The Brazilian winger is reportedly at loggerheads with Bayern over what he deems a ‘lack of respect’ over their refusal to open new contract talks with him. As such, the player has emerged as a reported target for Tottenham.

However, Tuttosport, via Calciomercato claim it is Liverpool who are leading the chase for the 26-year-old, with Juventus are also ready to make a move.

Costa has been in and out of the Bayern side this season and president Uli Hoeness recently hinted the player could be allowed to leave by suggesting every player has their price in reference to the Brazilian’s future.

Hoeness has also warned Costa that the Bavarian giants will not be bullied into offering new deals to players, making the chances of him leaving the club this summer all the more probable.

MANCHESTER UNITED LINKED KEEPER EMERGES AS LAZIO TARGET

Manchester United’s plans to bring in Genoa keeper Mattia Perin have suffered a blow after Lazio emerged as favourites to sign him.

The 24-year-old, who been out since January with a serious knee injury, has been heavily tipped to replace David De Gea as Old Trafford No 1 next season with De Dea tipped to return to La Liga and (finally) sign for Real Madrid.

And with United looking unlikely to persuade Milan to sell 18-year-old sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jose Mourinho was thought to be keen on a deal for once-capped Italy international Perin.

Despite suffering an ACL injury in January ruling him out for the rest, the Italian media believes the player will still be in demand come the summer and reckon Lazio have the edge over Manchester United in the £20m race to sign him.

 

TOTTENHAM CHASE MALAGA STAR WITH BARGAIN RELEASE CLAUSE

Tottenham are looking to sign Sandro Ramirez from Malaga this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The striker, a target for Mauricio Pochettino last summer, has impressed since leaving Barcelona and moving to Malaga, where he has scored 10 goals in 23 appearances this season.

The forward, still only 21, left Barcelona after failing to win a regular place in the side past Luis Suarez, Neymar and the ‘best player ever’ Lionel Messi.

But his reputation has soared since switching to Malaga and it’s reported the striker has a bargain release clause of just €6m (£5.1m) in his contract.

Spanish publication Sport claims Spurs are ready to exploit that exit fee and bring the player to North London this summer as cover and competition for Harry Kane.

 

AND THE REST

Bayern Munich are interested in signing both Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker . Bayern’s technical director Michael Reschke was at Wembley for both FA Cup semi-final matches over the weekend (Kicker)

Chelsea have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Franck Kessie from Atalanta and prevent the player joining Roma (Corriere della Sera)

Sampdoria are looking to up the release clause in the contract of Czech striker Patrik Schick. His current escape fee is set at €25m but Samp are keen to raise it amid interest from Chelsea and Tottenham (Corriere dello Sport)

Antoine Griezmann’s adviser says Manchester United have shown the most concrete interest in Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old forward (TF1)

Juventus will make a summer move for Fiorentina striker Federico Bernardeschi, who has also been heavily linked with Chelsea (Gazetta dello Sport)

Former Chelsea assistant manager Henk ten Cate is the Dutch FA’s favoured candidate for the Netherlands job (De Telegraaf)

Juventus and AC Milan are trying to prize Senegalese striker Keita Balde. The Lazio star has also been linked with Manchester United (Il Tempo)

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi has stated that he wants to keep hold of Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij amid reported interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan have emerged as favourites to sign reported Manchester United target James Rodriguez (TransferMarketWeb)

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