Paper Talk: Lallana eyed by Juve & Barca; United pair wanted

Date published: Thursday 12th January 2017 1:55

Adam Lallana: Reds need to man up

Three European giants chase one of Liverpool’s star performers while John Terry’s Chelsea future continues to dominate the back pages – according to Thursday’s papers.

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EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHTS TARGET LIVERPOOL ACE

Adam Lallana: Enjoying playing for Jurgen Klopp

Barcelona and Juventus have joined PSG in the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, according to The Times.

The England international has caught the eye with some fantastic performances for the Reds this season and has now been linked with a £40million exit from Anfield.

Lallana has previously stated he is enjoying football under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but with the interest increasing he may be tempted to re-assess his future.

Speaking in December, Lallana said: “I love it here at the minute, especially since the manager has come in.

“We have each other’s trust and you don’t always get that at clubs. The thought of leaving Liverpool has never entered my mind.

“It’s a great compliment to be spoken of in the same breath as a club like PSG with those sorts of numbers.

“But I’m absolutely loving my football at the minute under this boss and I can only see myself being here for the long term.”

CHELSEA IDENTIFY TERRY REPLACEMENT

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Chelsea have made Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson their number one target as they prepare to say goodbye to captain John Terry, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues have reportedly already had one approach for Gibson turned down and it is believed that will take a bid in excess for £30million for Boro to even consider selling one of their prize assets.

Terry is going to find more Premier League appearances between now and the end of the season hard to come by, especially after Chelsea recalled Nathan Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth.

The Cherries have been linked with signing Terry on a short-term basis as a replacement, but there are conflicting reports as to whether he will move this month or in the summer.

Various media outlets believe Terry has declined the chance to move to the Vitality Stadium and will instead move to China at the end of the season. However, the Daily Mail are of the understanding that the centre-back will meet with Cherries boss Eddie Howe before coming to a final decision.

AND THE REST

Manchester United have quite a few expensive transfer mistakes to shift this month….

Posted by TEAMtalk.com on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Manchester United have triggered a clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018 (Various)

West Ham are close to wrapping up the transfer of Brentford striker Scott Hogan in a deal worth £15m, having had three earlier bids for the 24-year-old rejected (The Sun)

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, 23, has been told he has no chance of leaving Chelsea this month amid reported interest from Swansea and West Ham (Daily Star)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is ready to make a new move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, 26, and could finance the deal by selling 23-year-old striker Saido Berahino to Stoke (Sun)

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 28, is set to stay at the Nou Camp for at least the rest of the season despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester City (Guardian)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is closing in on the £3m signing of 24-year-old Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, while Sunderland left-back Patrick Van Aanholt, 26, is also a £7m target for the Eagles (The Sun)

Arsenal will not let club captain Per Mertesacker, 32, leave on loan this month despite him not playing a single minute for the Gunners this term after suffering a serious knee injury in pre-season. (Daily Mirror)

Hull City boss Marco Silva has confirmed his interest in 30-year-old FC Porto midfielder Evandro, who worked under Silva at Estoril (Hull Daily Mail)

French side Lyon are interested in signing out-of-favour Manchester United forwards Memphis Depay, 22, and Adnan Januzaj, 21, who is on loan at Sunderland (Daily Mail)

Everton are eyeing a move for 17-year-old Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst – the the son of former Owls striker David (Liverpool Echo)

Stourbridge defender Dan Scarr, 22, who scored his side’s goal in their 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat by Wycombe last weekend, has been taken on trial at Premier League West Brom (Express and Star)

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