Liverpool eye move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Stefan De Vrij rules out Manchester United transfer and Villa to offer Jack Grealish a new deal.
KLOPP TARGETS FORMER HITMAN
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to raid his former club Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang – reportedly an Arsenal target during the summer – is under contract in Germany until 2020, but has a release clause of £35million, according to The Sun.
A source has told the paper: “An offer of joining Liverpool now Jurgen is there would be an attractive proposition.”
Klopp signed the Gabon international from St Etienne for £10million in 2013, and the 26-year-old has gone on to score 49 goals in 76 starts for the club.
DE VRIJ DENIES UNITED TALK
Holland international Stefan de Vrij insists he is not leaving Lazio, despite reports linking the defender with a move to Manchester United.
De Vrij played under current United boss Louis van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup, and was tipped to join compatriots Daley Blind and Memphis Depay at Old Trafford, but The Daily Mail report the move will not take place.
Instead the 23-year-old is focusing solely on helping the Italian giants to success, saying: “A lot of Dutch players are being linked with Manchester United, but there was never anything in it. All I want at this stage is to win things with Lazio.”
VILLA TO SECURE STARLET’S FUTURE
Aston Villa are set to offer youngster Jack Grealish a new deal, despite the 20-year-old being only 12 months into a four-year contract.
Grealish only signed a new deal at the club last October, but is now attracting interest from a host of Premier League rivals, according to The Sun.
The midfielder is one of the few success stories under the management of Tim Sherwood, having thrived when given the opportunity of first-team football.
Last month Sherwood said he would not even sell the England hopeful for £60million.
AND THE REST
– Everton are interested in signing 19-year-old Auxerre midfielder Brahim Konate, who is also being watched by Lyon and Brighton (Daily Mail)
– Tottenham are tracking Gent duo Moses Simon and Laurent Depoitre. Forward Depoitre scored in Belgium’s 4-1 victory over Andorra while winger Simon has four caps for Nigeria (Daily Mirror)
– New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wants Southend manager Phil Brown as his assistant at the Stadium of Light. The pair previously worked together for six years at Bolton (Newcastle Chronicle)
– Jurgen Klopp has not only taken Brendan Rodgers job at Liverpool, but the German is now even renting Rodgers’ former apartment (Daily Mail)