Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool put plans in place to twice shatter transfer record with Uruguayan star first amid Julian Ward belief; Potter eyes £200m striker swap at Chelsea

Nahitan Nandez, Federico Valverde, Uruguay during Copa America 2021 - Group A - Uruguay v Paraguay - Estadio Nilton Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Liverpool are looking to sign two mega stars, with a club-record bid for Federico Valverde lined up in January, Chelsea are to offer Romelu Lukaku as bait for Graham Potter’s dream striker signing, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Leeds are back in for a Club Brugge star.


Liverpool are ready to launch a fresh assault to bring Federico Valverde to Anfield in January, according to a report.

The Reds reportedly launched an enquiry for Valverde in the summer only to see their efforts swatted away. At the time, Real were locked in talks to sell Casemiro to Manchester United and were unwilling to sanction two sales at once.

However, Liverpool remain keen on the Uruguayan midfielder and believe Real Madrid are open to his sale.

As such, reports in Spain claim their sporting director Julian Ward is readying a fresh January approach for the 24-year-old.

They were willing to go as high as £80.4m (€93m) in the summer, and will have to dig even deeper now.

Those reports state Los Blancos prefer to keep Valverde but are open to his sale if a £87.4m (€100m) bid lands on the table.

They state that Carlo Ancelotti’s side ‘already know’ the Reds are willing to meet that amount. And they state Ward has a new belief that a deal to take Valverde to Anfield can be agreed.

That will cost Liverpool a new club-record fee, surpassing the £85.3m that countryman Darwin Nunez will ultimately cost.

Liverpool set ball rolling with Federico Valverde

And despite that signing, it will not spell the end of Liverpool’s hunt for Jude Bellingham either. He remains on the Reds’ radar ahead of a possible summer 2023 swoop. And any deal for the Borussia Dortmund man will likely see their transfer record broken again. A fee of around £103m is reportedly required.

Liverpool need serious reinforcements in midfield going forwards. James Milner, 37 in January, will likely depart next summer. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also leave Anfield on free transfers.

Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, meanwhile, are both on the wrong side of 30. The duo look increasingly vulnerable to injury lay-offs and cannot be relied on as regulars for much longer.

As such, Ward knows serious surgery on their midfield is necessary with the double deal setting them back a combined £190.4m.


Graham Potter wants to use Romelu Lukaku as part of a £200m striker swap deal for his No 1 target of 2023, Harry Kane. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool’s interest in signing £9m-rated Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes are very genuine ahead of the January transfer window. (Fabrizio Romano)

Red Bull Salzburg managing director Stephan Reiter insists he is not concerned by reports linking Christoph Freund with the Chelsea sporting director role. (LAOLA1)

Leeds United may reportedly revive interest in Club Brugge star Noa Lang ahead of the January window. (Fabrizio Romano)

Mohammed Kudus has confirmed Everton tried to sign him this summer and presented him with a great opportunity. (NOS)


Barcelona are sizing up a swoop on Chelsea for Jorginho next summer when the player becomes a free agent. (various)


Antoine Griezmann remains focused on Atletico Madrid amid transfer rumours linking him with a January move to Man Utd. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City youngster Issa Kabore admits he would love to stay at loan club Marseille beyond next summer. (Foot Mercato)

Leicester City were interested in Benfica defender Morato during the summer transfer window. (Andre Hernan)

Napoli are keen to hand impressive youngster Alessio Zerbin a new deal to ward off potential Premier League suitors. (Calciomercato)

LaLiga officials are compiling a long list of evidence ahead of charging Atletico Madrid for their fans’ racist chanting aimed at Vinicius. (Cadena Cope)


Ronald Araujo Barcelona April 2022

Ronald Araujo rejected concrete options to move to the Premier League this summer before signing a new deal at Barcelona to 2026. (Sport)

Real Madrid are cooling their interest in Kylian Mbappe amid talk the striker is having second thoughts about leaving PSG. (Marca)

PSG football advisor Luis Campos claims his side did not pursue a deal for Ousmane Dembele following claims he did not fit their profile. (RMC Sport)

Man Utd and Leeds target Cody Gakpo has struggled with a difficult start to the season following the breakdown of a summer transfer, claims Marcel Brands. (ED)

Liverpool DO want to terminate Arthur’s loan spell in January and plan to replace him with Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz. (TuttoJuve)