Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made contact over a £77million Real Madrid raid, while Chelsea are eyeing up a Leicester star – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
KLOPP WANTS RODRYGO AT LIVERPOOL
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reached out to the representatives of Real Madrid winger Rodrygo over a potential deal, according to a report.
The Reds have enjoyed a fantastic set of goalscorers at Anfield under Klopp, which is constantly evolving. While the futures of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane remain unclear, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have adapted quickly.
The contracts for Mane and Salah expire next summer and they could yet both leave Anfield. As a result, manager Klopp is looking out for new additions to keep freshening up his Liverpool ranks.
According to El Nacional, Brazil international Rodrygo is a serious target for the Reds.
Klopp has supposedly contacted the 21-year-old’s camp to express his interest in signing him and explain the Liverpool project to him. What’s more, the Anfield club ‘would consider’ paying Rodrygo’s €90million (£77million) release clause.
Rodrygo’s Madrid contract expires in 2025. Reports in November revealed talks over new terms including a €1billion (£856million) release clause.
However, he has yet to pen a new contract, with El Nacional adding that Rodrygo will consider leaving Madrid if his game time does not improve.
The report adds that he is ‘still not important’ to Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Liverpool to trigger Rodrygo release clause of €90m
Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Rodrygo for €90m this summer
The winger wants to play a central role for Brazil at the Qatar World Cup and realises he needs more game time.
Rodrygo has played 48 games this season, but 16 of his 34 La Liga appearances have come from the bench. He did, though, score two goals to lead Madrid’s stunning Champions League comeback win over Manchester City, which set up Saturday’s final against Liverpool.
His agent revealed earlier this year that Liverpool were the first team to offer his client a professional contract, when he was 16 and still at Santos.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Chelsea have eyes on a raid for Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu, but so too do Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester City. (AS)
Marcos Alonso will soon ask Chelsea to let him go, but the Blues will have to agree a fee with Barcelona. Nevertheless, Barca have agreed initial terms with the Spaniard. (Sport)
Xavi’s side feel confident that Raphinha’s transfer fee will not rise significantly and will subsequently advance negotiations over the Leeds United star. (Mundo Deportivo)
Arsenal had planned to push for Champions League football in the 2022/23 season – not next term. Their summer spending plans can consequently go ahead. (ESPN)
PSV Eindhoven chief John de Jong has called for clarity over the future of Arsenal target Cody Gakpo. (Eindhovens Dagblad)
CAVANI WANTED IN SERIE A
Departing Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani is wanted by Salernitana club president Danilo Iervolino. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paul Pogba is also leaving Old Trafford and Juventus have a ‘general agreement’ in place to re-sign him. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Newcastle and Tottenham will find out this week if Ivan Perisic is staying at Inter, amid interest in the Croatian. (Corriere della Sera)
Inter have in fact given Perisic an ultimatum over his contract, as they want to plan for the summer transfer window. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fenerbahce are plotting a move for Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez, who will soon become a free agent. (Mundo Deportivo)
EURO PAPER TALK – PSG PLOT PEP GUARDIOLA SWOOP
Paris Saint-Germain want to keep Mauricio Pochettino as manager for another season before swooping for Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. (L’Equipe)
Kylian Mbappe is still trying to win the Champions League, the PSG striker calling his quest an “obsession” not a “goal”. (Marca)
Meanwhile, PSG could reignite interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong after failing to sign the Man Utd target from Ajax in 2019. (Sport)
Renowned agent Pini Zahavi has claimed that Robert Lewandowski has not respected Bayern Munich chiefs for “months”, amid his desire to leave. (Bild)
Eintracht Frankfurt are closing in on the signing of Bochum striker Sebastian Polter following their Europa League triumph. (Sky Germany)