Liverpool are working on a second striker deal in the shape of Randal Kolo Muani, but his arrival will spell curtains for a Jurgen Klopp favourite, Manchester United are eyeing a midfielder and a striker, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Chelsea are pushing hard to sign a Barcelona star.
RANDAL KOLO MUANI TO JOIN LUIS DIAZ AT LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are planning to add a second new attacker to Luis Diaz, with reports in Germany stating they are also working on a deal for Randal Kolo Muani.
The Reds front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino has served the Reds well for a number of years. However, with the trio now either in, or approaching, their 30s, their time at the time looks limited.
As such, Liverpool are reportedly working hard on long-term replacements for the trio. Of course the Reds are trying to pin down Salah to a new deal. His current agreement expires in summer 2023 and talks are reaching a critical point.
Regardless, Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement worth £60m to sign Luis Diaz. The FC Porto winger will sign this month as the Reds seek cover for AFCON-bound Mane and Salah.
Liverpool working on Muani transfer
Jurgen Klopp though is not stopping there. Indeed, as per Bild, Liverpool are also working on the signing of Nantes striker Muani.
They state the Frenchman very much ‘fits the profile’ for Klopp and has been under surveillance for some time.
His contract expires in just six months, so the Reds are seemingly sniffing out a bargain deal.
Both AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt are also reportedly keen.
Luis Diaz ready for £60m Liverpool move
Luis Diaz is set to move to Liverpool this January to replace Salah and Mane whilst they’re at the African cup of nations
But it is Liverpool who are pushing for the signing of the striker, whose family are also in favour of a move to Anfield.
Muani has seven goals and three assists from 18 league appearances for Nantes this season.
The arrival of Muani may well lead to the departure of Roberto Firmino.
The long-term Klopp favourite has played a reduced role this season, starting just six games so far.
However, with his deal also expiring in 2023, Liverpool will reportedly look to cash in on the Brazilian this summer.
THREE-MAN MIDFIELDER SHORTLIST FOR MAN UTD
Ralf Rangnick plans to sign one of Denis Zakaria, Franck Kessie or Boubacar Kamara this month, with Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard both departing. (various)
Rangnick also plans to bring in Julian Alvarez as soon as a deal to push Anthony Martial out the door is finalised. (various)
Van de Beek is now a leading target for Atletico Madrid with Diego Simeone wanting to rescue the Dutchman. (Todofijachés)
Dusan Vlahovic is in the clear to sign for either Arsenal or Tottenham with Fiorentina having struck a €16m deal for Hertha Berlin’s Krzysztof Piatek. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Anthony Martial is delaying on a move to Sevilla as he favours a move to Barcelona. Manchester United are responding by placing a €40m fee on his head. (Sport)
CHELSEA GOING BIG IN SERGINO DEST MOVE
Chelsea are going all out to sign Sergino Dest this month and are ready to pay Barcelona a big fee to land the full-back. (Sport)
Italian agent Giovanni Bia is adamant Romelu Lukaku wants to link-up with Antonio Conte at Tottenham, despite his public apology to Tottenham. (Tuttosport)
Jules Kounde remains desperate to sign for Chelsea as he wants to hook-up with his idol, Brazilian defender Thiago Silva. (90min)
Rennes are joining Nice in the bid to bring Hugo Lloris back to Ligue 1, with his Tottenham deal expiring this summer. (France Bleu Armorique)
Barcelona are accelerating talks for Andreas Christensen and are growing confident of striking a four-year deal. (Mundo Deportivo)
Newcastle are stepping up their pursuit for Samuel Umtiti after falling short in their bid to bring Sven Botman to St James’ Park. (Sport)
LEWANDOWSKI BATTLE ON FOR LIVERPOOL, CHELSEA
Roma are in negotiations to sign FC Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, with a deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles now agreed. (Il Tempo)
Manchester City reportedly secured a ‘first refusal’ to re-sign Ferran Torres if he ever decides to leave Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)
Steven Gerrard has personally called Philippe Coutinho as he tries to persuade the Barcelona man to sign for Aston Villa. (El Partidazo de Cope)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barcelona are ready to cash in on Neto, though the goalkeeper has been told he can only leave when a replacement is signed. (Mundo Deportivo)
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic continues to put plans in place to snare Raphinha from Leeds this summer. (Sky Deutschland)
Antonio Rudiger’s transfer options are fading fast after Juventus joined Real Madrid at baulking at his €11.5m a year wage demands. (Marca)
Bayern Munich are reportedly chasing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for France winger Kingsley Coman. (L’Equipe)
Marquinhos is closing on a new deal at PSG which will extend his stay at the club until 2026. (Todofijachés)