Euro Paper Talk: Edwards plots Barcelona steal with classy Dutchman Liverpool bound

Date published: Wednesday 17th November 2021 12:32 - James Marshment

Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay of warming up before the Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Dinamo Kiev at Camp Nou

Liverpool are considering a swoop for a major Barcelona star who is now up for sale, Marina Granovskaia is in ‘powerplay’ talks with Mino Raiola over a big-money Chelsea signing, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Manchester United are planning an upgrade on Fred.

BARCELONA PUT DE JONG UP FOR SALE WITH LIVERPOOL KEEN

Barcelona are willing to listen to offers for star midfielder Frenkie De Jong – and it’s reported that his next move will be the Premier League.

The 24-year-old Dutchman is not having a vintage season in a Barca side that is struggling to find its best form. Indeed, their poor form saw Ronald Koeman axed and Xavi brought in as his successor.

Finding a winning formula is a difficult task for Xavi given the financial restraints in play.

Now, according to Jose Alvarez of El Chiringuito and carried by Diario AS, Barca have decided to listen to offers for De Jong.

Indeed, Xavi rates upcoming youngsters Pedri and Gavi highly. And he reportedly thinks they can fill any gap created by De Jong’s departure.

As per Transfermarkt, De Jong values at €90m – the most costly player, according to their ratings system, for any player in LaLiga.

However, it’s widely reported that Barcelona are willing to accept offers from £58m (€70m) for the midfielder.

That has predictably led to suggestions that both Liverpool and Manchester City are looking to swoop.

And it’s the Reds whose need is the greater with there remaining a gap in their midfield. Indeed, that is something the didn’t address during the summer as Georginio Wijnaldum departed on a free transfer.

Michael Edwards is reportedly keen on a swoop for the Dutchman, who would be an excellent parting gift as his 10-year stint at the club draws to a close.

For Barcelona’s part, Xavi wants to use the cash generated from De Jong’s sale to sign one of Dani Olmo or Raheem Sterling. However, it does seem they are set to miss out on Olmo with Manchester United now seemingly in the driving seat.

DE LIGT TALKS GATHER PACE FOR CHELSEA

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus F.C.); Dusan Vlahovic (ACF Fiorentina) Serie A clash

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt with Mino Raiola in powerplay talks with Marina Granovskaia over a deal. (Tuttosport)

Manchester United are planning an approach to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, with the Swiss star seen as an upgrade on Fred. (SportItalia)

Real Madrid are planning a lowball offer to sign Donny van de Beek on loan in January – and are convinced Manchester United will allow him to depart. (Fijaches)

Newcastle are planning a ‘very important offer’ for Lorenzo Insigne and their chances of signing him cannot be dismissed. (Napoli Pui)

Philippe Coutinho plans to reject all approaches from Newcastle in January in the hope of kickstarting his Barcelona career. (Sport)

RUDIGER UPSET BY CHELSEA OFFER

Antonio Rudiger feels annoyed with Chelsea over their latest contract proposal to him. Reports claim he feels the ‘lowball’ offer is something of “a slap in the face”. (SportBILD)

Mino Raiola has dropped a cryptic hint when asked on Paul Pogba’s chances of returning to Juventus. The super-agent claims December and the new year are for ‘dreaming’. (Tuttosport)

Divock Origi must leave Liverpool in order to prevent his career going backwards, according to Gert Verheyen. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Manchester City are competing with Barcelona to sign departing PSG youngster Xavi Simons. (Fijaches)

Manchester United are leading the chase for Dani Olmo with the winger feeling upset by Barcelona’s Raheem Sterling links. (El Nacional)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Real Madrid are not planning to sign Kylian Mbappe in January and will instead look to land him on a free next summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Roma chief Tiago Pinto claims his side will strive to find the “right solutions” when asked about their pursuit of Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Iago Aspas is hoping to sign new contract with Celta Vigo with his current deal expiring in summer 2023. (Marca)

Barcelona are planning a £33.8m (€40m) offer for Karim Adeyemi – but Dortmund remain favourites to sign the Salzburg forward. (Sport 1)

Axel Witsel is likely to leave Borussia Dortmund in January with Italian club Juventus looking to pounce. (Sky Deutschland)

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