Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool react to fresh setback by adding Argentine playmaker to midfield shortlist; Chelsea star keen on Serie A switch

Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti with Paris Saint-Germain

Liverpool have identified Leandro Paredes as the latest midfielder worthy of a place on their wish list, while a Chelsea defender is open to leaving for an Italian giant – all in Tuesday’s Euro transfer gossip.


Liverpool are considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes, according to reports.

Midfield is an area Liverpool need to have serious thoughts about before the transfer window closes. Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are currently nursing injuries.

Against Manchester United on Monday, Liverpool started with two midfielders in their 30s, Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Although they are the two main leaders of the group, they will not be around forever.

Joining them was Harvey Elliott, who is at the opposite end of his career at the age of 19. Like fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho, he still has some developing to do despite his exciting potential.

With that in mind, Liverpool could do with cover in midfield. Ideally, they need someone at a similar age bracket to 28-year-old Fabinho, who has the right balance of experience.

Indeed, they are now being linked with a potential target of the same age. According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, one of the names under consideration is Leandro Paredes.

The Argentina international could be on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain shortly. He is under contract there until 2024, but has attracted a few suitors.

In Italy, for example, he is on the radar of Juventus and Roma. He actually used to play for the latter, who are now considering him again after an injury to ex-Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum.

But Liverpool – who have Paredes’ former teammates Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah in their squad – could have their own plans.

Liverpool could plug midfield gap with Leandro Paredes

Calciomercato claim a move is more likely now Keita has picked up an injury. There are not many details about how much he would cost, but there is a feeling he would be comfortable playing for Liverpool.

Paredes has never experienced the Premier League before. But across his career so far, he has played in Argentina, Italy, Russia and France.

Only time will tell if a new challenge in England awaits, or a return to Serie A could be more likely for the former Chievo and Empoli man.

Liverpool are interested in Leandro Paredes

Liverpool have been linked with a move for PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Paredes has made 117 appearances for PSG but has only scored three goals and provided 10 assists for them since joining in January 2019.

Naturally a deep-lying playmaker, there would also be the question of how he would compete with Fabinho, or if they could play in tandem. It seems to be just a theory, rather than a concrete objective, at present.

But Liverpool will need to think quickly if they are to sign a midfielder of any description this week.


Trevoh Chalobah, Chelsea, May 2022.

Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah has made it known he would be willing to join Inter on loan. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are ready to allow young defender Di’Shon Bernard leave and Inter Milan are keen. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Ajax winger Antony has not hidden his desire to join Manchester United during a meeting with his manager. (UOL)

Fellow target Cody Gakpo wants to join Manchester United from PSV. (Foot Mercato)

Juventus could allow Arthur Melo to join Liverpool, but would like to take Kostas Tsimikas in a swap deal. (Calciomercatoweb)

AC Milan are trying to reach an agreement with Japhet Tanganga before pushing for a loan deal with Tottenham. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

However, Tottenham aren’t supportive of the loan formula. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Everton are ready to resume negotiations to bring back Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain. (L’Equipe)

Ruslan Malinovskyi has told Atalanta he would like to join Tottenham if he is to leave the club. (SportItalia)

Bayern Munich are ready to compete for Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong. (Mundo Deportivo)

Kevin Trapp is keen to sign for Man Utd, who are preparing an offer to Eintracht Frankfurt. (Kicker)


Abdou Diallo playing for PSG

Leicester could swoop for PSG’s Abdou Diallo if they sell Wesley Fofana to Chelsea. (Media Foot)

AC Milan want to scare Chelsea away from Rafael Leao by demanding the payment of his €150m release clause. (

Newcastle have agreed the £25m transfer of Joao Pedro from Watford. (UOL)

The Magpies have also turned their attention back to Lucas Paqueta, despite James Maddison being a priority before. (Foot Mercato)

Eric Bailly is bidding farewell to Manchester United colleagues today before flying out to join Marseille tonight or tomorrow. (La Provence)

Sergio Reguilon is open to joining Lazio from Tottenham and his agent has spoken with the Serie A side. (Corriere Dello Sport)

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is also an option for Lazio to strengthen at left-back. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has agreed to join Valencia on a free transfer. (RMC Sport)

Nottingham Forest are in contention for AC Milan left-back Fode Ballo-Toure, who wants to leave his current club. (Calciomercato)

Nice are also interested in Ballo-Toure, along with Forest. (Foot Mercato)

Fulham are set for further talks with Roma about signing Justin Kluivert today. (Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona could make a late swoop for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, while also considering Juan Foyth and Thomas Meunier. (Sport)

PSG may be willing to let Layvin Kurzawa leave on loan towards the end of the transfer window, with Fulham keen. (L’Equipe)


Brighton have made an offer for Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame, but so have Augsburg. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Spezia have reached an agreement in principle to take Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea. (Il Secolo XIX)

Norwich City are in pole position to sign Alberth Elis from Bordeaux despite competition from Nantes. (L’Equipe)

Real Mallorca are willing to sign Martin Braithwaite from Barcelona, but his wages are problematic. (Mundo Deportivo)

Mariano Diaz is looking for a way out of Real Madrid but wants to stay in La Liga. (AS)

Atletico Madrid are reducing their use of Antoine Griezmann since they cannot afford their obligatory purchase if he plays a certain number of games. (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus have reached an agreement to sign striker Arkadiusz Milik from Marseille. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Barcelona should be able to register Jules Kounde if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sale to Chelsea goes through. (Mundo Deportivo)

Samuel Umtiti is close to joining Lecce from Barcelona, who will still have to cover his wages. (Fabrizio Romano)