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Euro Paper Talk: Top Brazilian wanted by Man Utd outlines Liverpool transfer wish as Klopp also ponders Champ star; Chelsea keen on Zaniolo swap deal

Joao Gomes Flamengo

A Brazilian starlet on Manchester United’s radar has revealed his desire to play for Liverpool, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims that Chelsea are ready to offer a top star as bait in their bid to land Tottenham target Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma.


Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes has revealed his dream is to play for Liverpool, following recent links to the Premier League and Manchester United in particular.

The 21-year-old has become a regular starter for Flamengo and his performances have been attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

And this week, taking part in a live-streaming event on Instagram, Gomes revealed his wish to join Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“Liverpool are a team I’d play for. I have the greatest desire to play,” said Gomes (via ESPN Brasil).

“Playing in the Champions League is my biggest dream and that of my family, my biggest dream in football.”

Recent reports in Brazil suggested that United are keen on striking a deal for the youngster. Indeed, after having scouts watch the midfielder they were willing to pay £32million for his services.

The report adds that Flamengo adding Arturo Vidal, Everton Cebolinha and Oscar to their team this summer could see the Brazilian side cash in on Gomes – leaving Liverpool and United monitoring the situation closely.

Sarr still an option for Liverpool

Meanwhile, a separate report claims that Klopp is still interested in signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.

Fabrizio Romano recently revealed that the Reds should not be ruled out of a move for the attacker.

And after reports of Leeds closing in on a move proved to be false, Liverpool’s links to Sarr have resurfaced again.

The Senegal star would be a like-for-like replacement for Sadio Mane. However, Liverpool already have that man in place in Luis Diaz.

To that end, it’s hard to see where Sarr fits in at Anfield, especially given that the Reds also have a true No.9 on board in Darwin Nunez.

The best Sarr could hope for on Merseyside is a rotational role in Klopp’s front three. But that may not be enough for a player who is a guaranteed starter at Vicarage Road.


Nicolo Zaniolo (22) of Roma seen in the Coppa Italia match between Inter and Roma at Giuseppe Meazza in Milano

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have joined the race to sign Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma and are ready to offer Christian Pulisic in a swap deal to get their man. (CMW)

Juventus are looking to get rid of Moise Kean and have offered the striker to OGC Nice. (Foot Mercato)

AC Milan haven’t given up hope of signing Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech. However, they still prefer a loan with the option to make the move permanent. (Calciomercato)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has offered to play for free in order to help the club meet LaLiga’s financial fair play rules and register their new signings. (AS)

West Ham target Filip Kostic has arrived in Turin to undergo a medical with Juventus ahead of his €17m transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. (ESPN)


Barcelona forward Memphis Depay

Juventus are close to reaching an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of forward Memphis Depay. (Sport)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the club will not make any further signings this summer. (ESPN)

Hector Bellerin is still working on a way to leave Arsenal for Real Betis. (AS)

Inter Milan see Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo as a replacement for Milan Skriniar if the PSG target leaves. (Foot Mercato)

Chelsea face competition to sign Inter Milan teenager Cesare Casadei from Nice and Sassuolo. (Sky Sports)


Fabian Ruiz celebrating for Napoli

PSG are working hard to agree a deal with Napoli for Fabian Ruiz and goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been included in the negotiations. (Fabrizio Romano)

Arsenal’s Spanish centre-back Pablo Mari is close to joining Italian side Monza on loan. (BBC Sport)

Rennes are on the verge of agreeing a deal for PSG youngster Arnaud Kalimuendo. (L’Equipe)

Nico Gonzalez has confirmed his loan move from Barcelona to Valencia. (Sport)