Liverpool are after a Manchester United target that Ralf Rangnick is ready to recommend, while Tottenham are ready to steam towards a signing – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL EYE KONRAD LAIMER SIGNING
RB Leipizig midfielder Konrad Laimer is now a target for Liverpool as well as Manchester United, according to a report.
Both clubs will soon need to address their midfields as key areas for new signings. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson recently signed a new contract, but he is 31 alongside Thiago Alcantara. Furthermore, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out of contract next summer and their futures are unclear.
United, meanwhile, reportedly want a top new midfielder in this summer. Man Utd are reportedly looking to bolster new manager Erik ten Hag’s ranks.
Previous reports indicated that Austria international midfielder Laimer is a target for the Red Devils.
What’s more, interim boss Ralf Rangnick – who is stepping into a consultancy role working with club chiefs – will reportedly give United his firm backing over the signing.
According to the latest from Kicker, though, Liverpool have joined the race for Laimer.
At this stage, though, the interest from both clubs remains in its infancy. Indeed, the 24-year-old remains fully focused on the final stages of Leipzig’s season.
Konrad Laimer could be Ten Hag's first Manchester United signing
Manchester United want Konrad Laimer - as do Liverpool - but he could be Erik Ten Hag’s first United signing.
They are firmly in the hunt for a top-four Bundesliga finish and subsequent Champions League football next season. What’s more, they face Freiburg in the German Cup final on May 21.
As such, the player and his camp have refused to open talks about his future for now.
But, with Laimer’s contract running out next summer, Leipzig will likely sell up if he does not want to renew.
Liverpool last signed a midfielder was Thiago in September 2020. Meanwhile, Donny van de Beek was United’s most recent midfield acquisition.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici is ready to accelerate plans to sign Hellas Verona attacking midfielder Antonin Barak. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Spurs and Bayern Munich are in the hunt for Inter defender Denzel Dumfries. What’s more, the Serie A side would accept a bid of up to €40million (£33million) for the Dutchman. (Tuttosport)
Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter are keeping an eye on the situation of attacker Marco Asensio at Real Madrid. He is changing his agent, which could subsequently lead to a summer exit. (Calciomercato)
Meanwhile, Madrid have placed Newcastle’s January midfield signing Bruno Guimaraes on their radar. (AS)
West Ham and Southampton are still tracking a move for Union Berlin and former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi. (Bild)
PAU TORRES OFFERS LIVERPOOL WARNING
Pau Torres has insisted that Villarreal have nothing to lose in their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. (Marca)
Real Madrid are facing injury concerns over centre-back David Alaba ahead of their semi-final with Manchester City. (AS)
Should he make it, though, Alaba has vowed to “annoy” his former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. (Bild)
Barcelona have genuine concern for impending centre-back signing Andreas Christensen following his Chelsea display against Arsenal on Wednesday. (Sport)
Meanwhile, Barcelona are considering a move for Man City forward Gabriel Jesus following a January raid on ex-City man Ferran Torres. (Lance)
EURO PAPER TALK – POCHETTINO SUGGESTS PSG TRANSFER
Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that either Keylor Navas or Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, amid the goalkeepers’ battle for game time. (Football Italia)
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has backed striker Dusan Vlahovic to better adapt to his side’s intensity following his January move from Fiorentina. (Sport Mediaset)
Newcastle still have interest in RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who has a release clause worth over €37million (£31million). (Bild)
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard went to watch Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara in action on Wednesday, amid reports of transfer interest in the Frenchman. (RMC Sport)
Man Utd midfielder Nemanja Matic has been offered to Roma, who are managed by ex-Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho. (Calciomercato)