Paper Talk: Van Dijk door shuts, but another opens for Liverpool; Arsenal quoted £40m

Date published: Tuesday 26th December 2017 11:22

Man City are in talks over a £60million move for Virgil van Dijk, while Liverpool have been given the green light to sign a Lazio man and Julian Draxler’s price tag is set, all in the Boxing Day papers. 

 

CITY TO GET VAN DIJK, LIVERPOOL CHASE DE VRIJ

With Man City closing in on a deal for top Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool will be forced to switch targets.

The Daily Telegraph claims City are in talks with Southampton over a £60million move for Van Dijk, meaning Liverpool will have to look elsewhere.

And Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij may well be Jurgen Klopp’s man now.

The 25-year-old has been told he can leave Rome during the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.

Lazio chiefs will sanction the sale of the Dutchman if someone meets their valuation.

The Italian outfit have done everything in their power to try and keep the Dutch centre-back, offering him a €3million-a-year contract to remain in Rome.

But according to a recent report on Tuttosport, De Vrij has his heart set on a move to England and Liverpool in particular.

The main stumbling block over a potential new Lazio contract has been that his representatives wanted a €20million release clause inserted in the deal, something that the Serie A club were not keen on.

Reports of a new three-year contract, worth just over £50,000-a-week, with a £27million release clause, have never been confirmed and his existing deal expires next summer

 

AND THE REST

Naby Keita is desperate to join Liverpool in January – and could still push through an early move. (Mirror)

Watford are after Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw and Arsenal speedster Theo Walcott in the January transfer window. (Star)

Chelsea will go head to head with Arsenal in a £30million January transfer battle for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. (Express)

Manchester City are closing in on a £60m deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26. (Telegraph)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on signing Argentina attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala, 24, in a £60m deal from Juventus. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough are in talks with Tony Pulis about becoming their new manager. (Various)

Mand Utd have made an improved offer to Marouane Fellaini, who will be out of contract in the summer, but he wants to quit. (Daily Express)

Manchester United have also opened talks with Bordeaux over 20-year-old forward Malcom, with manager Mourinho prepared to pay £33m. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has reportedly agreed a new two-year deal at the club. (Sun)

Arsenal have been told they must pay £40m to sign Germany forward Julian Draxler, 24, from Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

The Gunners are in a bidding war with Liverpool for 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward Hirving Lozano, who is valued at £42m. (Daily Star)

However, bids in excess of £35m would tempt Arsenal to sell striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, in January. (Daily Mail)

Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea’s hierarchy to sign three players in January. (Mirror)

West Ham manager David Moyes is interested in signing Steven Nzonzi if Sevilla decide to sell the 29-year-old French midfielder next month. (Guardian)

Celtic have denied reports that they have accepted an £18m bid for striker Moussa Dembele, 21, from Brighton. (Sun)

Manager Roy Hodgson fears Crystal Palace will be forced to sell Wilfried Zaha next month, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all interested in the 25-year-old winger. (Mirror)

England are set to play a warm-up game at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground, as manager Gareth Southgate looks to encourage nationwide support before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (Times)

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he helped rebuild the confidence of defenders Michael Keane and Ashley Williams with the help of television game show The Cube. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Paris St-Germain’s German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 27, in January. (Metro)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to launch a double January transfer move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, and Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw, 22, to revive his side’s bid for honours. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is back in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup plans after returning to the Gunners’ first-team. (Sun)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 24-year-old midfielder Fred as City plan to bolster their midfield options next summer. (Mail on Sunday)

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