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Liverpool

Premier League • England

Euro Paper Talk: Jurgen Klopp eyes £70m Juventus star next as Liverpool plan second massive signing; Son Heung-min pal a top target for Tottenham

Matthijs de Ligt, Federico Chiesa, Juventus, during Serie A game v Inter Milan at San Siro Stadium

Liverpool are pushing to sign Matthijs de Ligt amid claims he will be sold by Juventus, Manchester United have the green light to sign a Porto midfielder, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Tottenham fancy a South Korean defender.

DE LIGT WANTED BY KLOPP AS NEXT BIG LIVERPOOL SIGNING

Liverpool are reportedly turning their attention to Matthijs de Ligt as their next blockbuster signing of the summer.

The Reds were keen on De Ligt during his time at Ajax. But they ultimately stepped aside with the defender instead joining Juventus in a £65m deal in summer 2019.

That deal now has just two years left to run – and Juventus are ready to hold talks over an extension.

However, amid their financial difficulties, they are reportedly trying to convince De Ligt to accept a pay decrease.

Indeed, a report last week suggested they are hoping to reduce the Dutchman’s salary from €12m (£10.2m) to €7.5m (£6.3m) per year.

And while that still would mean a £120,000 a week deal, it would represent a significant drop in earnings for the player.

As such, Liverpool are reportedly sniffing out a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

And as per Calciomercato, the Reds are very much in the running to land him due to those issues over his contract.

If Juve fail to tie him to a new deal, they know this summer represents the best chance to maximise his sale price.

And they are reportedly seeking £70m for him this summer – money which would not dissuade Liverpool.

De Ligt arrival seen as long-term Matip replacement

The article claims Liverpool FC want to pair De Ligt with his Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk.

That would be particularly harsh on Joel Matip, who had an excellent season for Liverpool in 2021/22.

But at the age of 30 and often prone to injuries, Matip may only have a limited time left at the top.

Liverpool not out of De Ligt race yet

Liverpool aren’t ruling out a move for De Ligt as he could be the long term replacement for Virgil Van Dijk

The Reds also have Ibrahima Konate on their books, with Joe Gomez a fourth option.

However, Liverpool would want to keep both players on their books given the ages of both Matip and Van Dijk.

That could lead to the sale of Nat Phillips, however, amid uncertainty over his future.

TOTTENHAM KEEN ON KIM MIN-JAE SIGNING

Kim Min-jae, Fenerbahce, during Super Lig game v Galatasaray at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul

Tottenham are pushing hard at signing Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-jae; the South Korean who is good friends with Son Heung-min. (Takvim)

Barcelona are offering Chelsea the chance to sign Sergino Dest in a straight swap deal for Marcos Alonso. (OndaCero)

Manchester United are in the clear to sign Vitinha with Porto willing to sanction his sale in a £34m deal. (A Bola)

New Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio admits Aaron Hickey will be sold this summer, with Brentford emerging as rivals to Arsenal for his signature. (Corriere dello Sport)

Lucas Torreira is pointing the finger at “those acting in a bad way” with his permanent transfer to Fiorentina off. (Fiorentina.it)

Sporting Lisbon plan to hold out for the full £52m exit clause in Matheus Nunes’ contract – handing Wolves and Newcastle a transfer blow. (Foot Mercato)

Brighton are targeting Porto left-back Zaidu Sanusi should Marc Cucurella leave for Manchester City this summer. (various)

MAN UTD TO OFFER £34M FOR GONCALO INACIO

Goncalo Inacio playing for Sporting CP

Manchester United are leading the chase for Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio, with a £34m bid in the offing. (A Bola)

Zinedine Zidane is willing to become PSG coach – and wants Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele as his first signings. (Sport)

Milan are increasingly confident of signing Sven Botman and Charles De Ketelaere, with the pair rejecting Newcastle and Leicester, respectively. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

William Carvalho is the subject of Premier League interest amid claims he will leave Real Betis for just £6.5m this summer. (Marca)

Richarlison has rejected an offer to join Arsenal with the Brazil forward keen on either Tottenham or Chelsea. (UOL)

Leeds United lead a six-club chase for Rabbi Matondo amid claims Schalke are willing to let him leave for a bargain fee. (Bild)

PAULO DYBALA CLOSING ON INTER SWITCH

Inter vice president Javier Zanetti confirms talks with Paulo Dybala are ‘ongoing’ amid growing optimism of a deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Luis Suarez is reportedly offering his services to Juventus as he prepares to leave Atletico Madrid as a free agent. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Inter Milan are growing hopeful of re-signing Romelu Lukaku with the Belgian willing to take a huge wage cut. (Fabrizio Romano)

Napoli are targeting Chelsea striker Armando Broja as a replacement for Arsenal target Victor Osimhen. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Gavi’s release clause at Barcelona will rise to £85m from July 1 as part of the deal he signed with Barcelona in September 2020. (Marca)

David Moyes is looking to reunite with Adnan Januzaj at West Ham amid claims the east London outfit are planning to snap up the free agent. (various)