Paper Talk: Liverpool eye Marseille man; Kane a wanted man

Date published: Tuesday 19th April 2016 12:39

Liverpool are planning a £30million swoop for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, while Europe’s top clubs are planning a swoop on Tottenham for Harry Kane, according to Tuesday morning’s papers.



Liverpool are ready to join the summer scramble for striker Michy Batshuayi.

Jurgen Klopp is planning to do battle with Tottenham, West Ham and Juventus for Marseille’s £30million-rated Belgian, according to the Daily Mirror.

Batshuayi, 22, is a man in demand after bagging 24 goals in 52 appearances for club and country this season.

He is on Klopp’s radar as the Liverpool boss prepares to shake up his strike force this summer, even though the striker only recently signed a new deal with Marseille until 2020.

Christian Benteke, a target for West Ham and Atletico Madrid, is Liverpool’s most likely departure.

Liverpool are ready to move him on after just one season at Anfield following his struggle to make an impact since his £32.5m move from Aston Villa.

Klopp remains a huge fan of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan g, 26, who he signed from St Etienne in 2013 when he was in charge of the German side. Gabon hitman Aubameyang gave Klopp another reminder of his talents when he scored his 38th goal of the season against Liverpool in the Europa League last week.

But Liverpool accept Aubameyang – rated at £75m, and rising, by his club – is out of their price range.

Batshuayi is viewed as a more affordable target though it will still take a bid in excess of £30m to land the frontman who is set to leave Marseille at the end of this season.




European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are keeping an eye on Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, and have asked to be kept informed of his future plans, claims the London Evening Standard.

Kane is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 24 goals, after netting 31 times in all competitions last term.

Kane is the first Tottenham player to score 20 or more top-flight goals in consecutive seasons since Martin Chivers, who achieved the feat between 1971-73. Kane was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2015 and is a contender for both that award and the main prize this year.

The striker is happy at Tottenham and has no thoughts of playing elsewhere, but sources in Spain and Germany have told Standard Sport that both Real and Bayern have asked to be kept informed of his plans.

Kane is likely to be offered a new contract in the coming months as Tottenham seek to reward their top players for a fine season.

The 22-year-old signed a five-and-a-half-year deal 14 months ago, which increased his wages to about £50,000 a week.

Real and Bayern, who are both in this season’s Champions League semi-finals, have watched Kane during this campaign. Real are thought to be considering selling Karim Benzema in the summer, and their head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has praised the England forward for his work this term.

Zidane said: “Kane and [Manchester City forward] Raheem Sterling are two exciting players for England. This ­summer in France will be a real opportunity for the rest of Europe to see how good they are.”

Kane has been taken aback by the praise. The striker told Shortlist magazine: “It’s amazing to hear those sorts of compliments from some of the best players in the world and some real legends of the game. It means I’m doing something right, which is good.”

Bayern are in contract talks with forward Robert Lewandowski, whose deal expires in three years and who has also been linked with Real Madrid.

Kane first appeared on Real’s radar last season and scouts were despatched three times to watch him in action.



Manchester City are in pole position for John Stones as Everton face another battle to keep hold of the £40m defender (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are to step up their chase of Antoine Griezmann as the Blues refuse to give up on the Atletico Madrid forward (Daily Mirror)

The Blues are also targeting Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in a summer swoop as doubts continue over the Stamford Bridge future of Thibaut Courtois (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool and Arsenal have an “80% chance” of signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23 (Bild)

Arsene Wenger has been left shell-shocked with the level of abuse from Arsenal fans at games (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa club captain Gabby Agbonlahor was pictured partying in a hotel room with pals and two girl fans on the day his club were relegated from the Premier League (The Sun)

Swansea could turn to Paul Clement, the former Derby County manager and Real Madrid assistant, in their search for a new boss (South Wales Evening Post)

Juan Mata: Outlines targets for rest of season

Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 27, also faces an uncertain future at United – whoever his manager will be at Old Trafford next season (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham are no longer interested in signing teenage Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, who was invited by Chelsea to watch their home game against Manchester City at the weekend (Daily Mail)

Michael Carrick has now been told the club do want to give him a new deal – but he will still have to wait until the Manchester United manager’s position is clarified (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday have handed head coach Carlos Carvalhal an extended deal, with Swansea City and Turkish side Besiktas reportedly showing interest in the Portuguese (Sheffield Star)

Juventus’ sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has welcomed the chance to do business with Chelsea this summer – but has poured cold water on reports linking Paul Pogba with a move to Stamford Bridge (The Sun)

If Jose Mourinho gets the Man Utd job, he will sign striker PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Benfica’s Renato Sanches and Everton defender John Stones (The Sun)

Liverpool are the latest Premier League club being lined up for a Middle Eastern takeover (Daily Star)

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta may be heading to north London rivals Tottenham next season with Mauricio Pochettino keen to add the Spaniard to his coaching staff (Daily Star)

Everton are hoping to beat rivals Liverpool to Red Bull Leipzig’s winger Emil Forsberg (Daily Express)

Former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron says he should never have left Manchester United for Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2004 (Manchester Evening News)

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster is being lined up as potential replacement for Thibaut Courtois if the Chelsea star leaves for Real Madrid (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are closing in on a £23m swoop for Ilkay Gundogan with the Borussia Dortmund star being offered a five-year deal (Daily Mail)

Former football hardman Vinnie Jones is set to be approached to play the part of former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson in the upcoming Jamie Vardy biopic (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante, 25, could be an option for Serie A champions Juventus after midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury (Gazettoadello Sport)

Arsene Wenger’s tactics are baffling some of the club’s top stars who are also surprised at the number of days off the squad is being given (Daily Telegraph)

Referee Jon Moss had drinks thrown at him by Leicester fans and was subjected to verbal abuse from club officials in the players’ tunnel after the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, has been urged to complete a transfer to German champions Bayern Munich by his Chile team-mate Arturo Vidal.

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    Liverpool are planning a £30m swoop for a Marseille striker, while Europe’s top clubs are planning a swoop on Tottenham for Harry Kane.

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    Dont know why Liverpool dont put in for Vardy. Maybe 40mil. Hes a definate winner ! Save gambling on a Frenchman



    Anything which happened to John Moss was completely of his own making after such an incredibly inept display. If normal people turned up to work and performed so badly then there would be consequences (probation, written warning, sacking etc) so why dont the refs get similar punishments when they fail so spectacularly?



    Olly22 £40m for Vardy? Are you serious? We’ve spent money like that on overpriced players before,no thanks. The lad has had one good season in the Prem,and you think we should pay £40m? His team just avoided relegation last year,where was he then? And who’s to say he’d perform for us the same way he’s performed for Leicester?



    always happens, over priced english players due to one half decent season, good shout on the previous year ST. you lot dont need another Carrol, Benteke,Lambert…and so on so forth!

    Kane would be the exception to this rule but even then because he has shown the same consistency and ability over 2 season and looks to be getting better, the other thing i like about Kane and the spuds must love is he is def not a sick note!



    Stevo Kane is a great player,reminds me a bit of Teddy Sheringham. I’d definitely take Kane,but not Vardy. Vardy would be a massive risk,Kane has,as you say, done it for over 2 seasons,and he looks the real deal. In any case,I don’t think we’d have a chance of getting either tbh



    Got no chance of getting Kane, that’s for sure! You’d have better odd’s on getting Rooney or me getting Belinda Carlisle (from 25 years ago)! 🙂



    no i would say he is fairly untouchable just at the minute, that said if a truly massive offer came in from Real, like silly Bale money, be interesting to see how Levy the board deal with that…..season past they would have booked the jet for Knae and rolled in the dosh, now? maybe less so…..



    @olly22 you high or something?



    Steve… I think they had no choice to take the Bale money after Bale requested a transfer, then it was all about screwing them for the biggest check possible. As for Kane, there seems to be a unity amongst the players that I’ve never recalled in a Spud shirt, I think he would stay just to see how far this team could go…or maybe that’s just wishful thinking! 🙂



    i know but your forgetting LEVY!! hows his “unity” when a £70m+ offer comes in? 😉



    I think even Levy know’s he would be lynched, literally, right in the middle of the pitch at the Lane, if he forced the move right now…not even he’s that dumb!



    Fact is,that if you’re gonna spend £40m on a striker,you wouldn’t pick Vardy. You’d pick the likes of


    The Vardy story is similar to Lukaku. Everton apparently value him at £65m. Nonsense,absolute nonsense. Why would you spend that on him,when you could go for the strikers mentioned above,for a similar price?



    none on that lsit other than MAYBE Benzema cos of his pending court troubles would be anywhere near £40m thats why, i rate Lukaku now as good as Aubameyang and in a top team would be even better scores plenty in a poor everton team

    there is also availability and willingness to sign, even IF we had the cash and we WANTED to spend it, would neymar leave Barca for us? no Suarez? No….

    pretty much everyone else is Bale money and above so if you £40-£60

    Lukaku? Yes

    not vardy for me and £40m is still well over priced but english players always are..

    what does £40m really buy you these days?!!!!!



    Stevo,I think Fenway would sell Sturridge for that (I personally wouldn’t, but they’re only interested in the money). If I were a top club,would I take a gamble (because of his injury record) and bid for Sturridge for £40m? Yes,without a doubt,because he’s a goalscorer, and a matchwinner


    steveo – you have to be careful (not you personally) with players like lukaku. seen it so many times before when a striker bangs them in for fun at mid / lower table club, get their move and then fail. being a big fish in a small pond is often better than being a small fish in a big pond. i think he is very good and would love to see what he is capable of at a bigger team.



    i totally get you and agree mate, i just dont personally see Lukaku in this bracket, he was a top top youth wanted all over Europe when Chelsea bought him and of he had more patience and didnt have to get past the Drog! and Maureen used more younger players he would still be there worth £100m, but he wanted regular football not just cash, thats another plus for me and lets be honest yes he is a big fish at everton but he plays with poorer players low on confidence and still bangs them in, he is consistent over a season in the PL, i think he would fit for any top club in the mold of the others on STs list



    It would take an extremely juicy carrot topped with doner meat and chilli sauce for Spurs to sell Kane, if we don’t do it this year there will be other years. The squad is fantastic and unmatched in every position I feel. With the new stadium, world class training facility and all tha filthy lucre from tv deals who would want to leave white hart lane at the moment? MoPo still has to see how far this squad can go. Bit like fergies Manu in the 90’s


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