Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool have big rivals for bold Serie A raid, as enticing contract prepared; Man Utd rejected by Arsenal target

Marcelo Brozovic, Skov Olsen, September 2022

Liverpool are preparing a contract offer for a Serie A star, while claims of Manchester United summer rejection by an Arsenal target emerge – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

LIVERPOOL KEEN ON MARCELO BROZOVIC

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is a transfer target for Liverpool for next summer, according to a report.

All eyes were on the Reds’ midfield this summer, with pleas for a new signing getting louder and louder – with criticism still ongoing. In the end, manager Jurgen Klopp backtracked on his original plan and signed Arthur Melo on deadline day.

However, the loan arrival of the Juventus star feels like a precursor to a bigger, bolder signing in 2023. Indeed, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is Klopp’s reported top target.

Liverpool have also had links with Inter star Nicolo Barella. According to reports from Spain, though, his team-mate Brozovic is another Anfield target.

The 29-year-old’s future in Milan looked uncertain at the start of 2022, but he then signed a new contract in March. Despite having until 2026 on his new terms, though, he could reportedly spend only one more season at the San Siro.

That is because Liverpool – who had links with him in the summer – are supposedly preparing a two-year contract for Brozovic with the option of an extra year.

However, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United also fancy their chances of signing the Croatia international.

Inter are reportedly not against letting Brozovic go because his new contract – and status in the team – has protected his value. The Serie A side could yet make a decent sale on the 76-cap international.

Brozovic turns 30 in November, so selling him while he has three years left on his deal may be able to net them a profit on their 2016 investment from Dinamo Zagreb.

Brozovic has started every game for Inter this season, while captaining them in their Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen.

He will hit the 300-appearance mark for Inter if he plays in Tuesday’s clash with Barcelona.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Manchester United tried to sign Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer, but the Italian ‘politely declined’ the Red Devils. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal have made initial contact with Locatelli’s camp following previous interest in the 24-year-old. (Calciomercato)

West Ham are still keen on Spezia defender Jakub Kiwior alongside AC Milan. However, Inter, Juventus and Roma now also want the Poland international. (Calciomercato)

Super-agent Jorge Mendes could try to seal Julen Lopetegui’s move from Sevilla to Wolves after Bruno Lage’s sacking as manager. (Diario de Sevilla)

Fabrizio Romano claims that “nothing has changed” for Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Man Utd. But, there will be more clarity by November during the World Cup, with Mendes set to get involved. (Caught Offside)

RAFAEL LEAO DEBATE EMERGES

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has insisted that AC Milan striker Rafael Leao is “still not among the top five strikers in the world”, after his goal and assist against Empoli. (Sky Italy)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says “everybody involved” at Anfield still feels fully committed after his new four-year deal. (Sky Germany)

Carlo Ancelotti says his Real Madrid team looked “weak” for large parts as they limped to a 1-1 La Liga draw with Osasuna on Sunday. (Sport)

Ansu Fati, who assisted Robert Lewandowski for Barcelona’s winner over Mallorca on Saturday, has vowed to “everything in my hands” to feature for Spain at the World Cup. (Mundo Deportivo)

Milan have transfer interest in Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi after Saturday’s clash between the sides. (Calciomercato)

EURO PAPER TALK – ARSENAL, CHELSEA BATTLE FOR VLAHOVIC

Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are keen on Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic after previous Gunners interest. (Il Bianconero)

Nicolo Zaniolo is closing in on a new Roma contract following Tottenham advances this summer. (Calciomercato)

Lens sporting director Florent Ghisolfi has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain looked at midfielder Seko Fofana this summer. Although, the Ivory Coast star recently signed a new contract. (Foot Mercato)

Monaco manager Philippe Clement has admitted that Man Utd-linked right-back Vanderson is of interest to “big clubs”. (Get French Football News)

Inter manager Simone Inzaghi caused a summer transfer for now-Roma star Paulo Dybala to fall through by vetoing the deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport)