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Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool in race against time to sign top Prem talent, with Man Utd involved; Arsenal learn Bellingham fate

Youri Tielemans, June 2022

Liverpool are eyeing up a top Premier League midfielder but could run out of time for a deal, while a reporter reveals Arsenal’s Jude Bellingham chances – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool, but Barcelona are more advanced in the race for the Belgian.

The Reds faced calls to significantly bolster their midfield this summer. In the end, they brought in Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus. Although, the Brazilian is out for up to four months with a muscle problem.

And with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only just returning from long-term injuries, the focus has swiftly turned to what Liverpool will do to finally resolve their midfield issues.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham has proved one of the most-talked-about solutions. One pundit believes Liverpool could submit a £120million bid for the England star to snap him up ahead of their rivals.

According to Sport, though, the Anfield club are chasing a cheaper solution with Leicester star Tielemans. The 25-year-old is into the final year of his contract. That means he can speak to overseas clubs in January and will become a free agent in the summer if he does not decide his future in the winter window.

Although, the report adds that Barcelona have already ‘sounded out’ Tielemans’ camp. His representatives have told the La Liga giants that their client is not discussing his future until after the World Cup.

Nevertheless, Barcelona chief Mateu Alemany is supposedly putting in the groundwork for November and December, when he will try to secure Tielemans’ signature.

And the situation could also affect Manchester United. Barca see Tielemans as a natural successor to Frenkie de Jong, who United are still keen on after failing to sign him in the summer.

Tielemans was the driving force in Leicester’s successive fifth-placed Premier League finishes in recent seasons.

He has scored one goal and assisted another for the Foxes this season. However, Sport concludes new terms are unlikely.


Arsenal would be unable to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham because of his salary demands. (Fabrizio Romano)

Dortmund are keen on signing Crystal Palace starlet Junior Dixon, 17, to continue their recent trend of acquiring rising English stars. (Bild)

Roma are keen on signing Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, who Arsenal also looked at in the summer. And Roma could yet pay a fee for the Brazilian in January. (Roma Giallorossa)

Josko Gvardiol is increasingly likely to become a Chelsea player following the agreement between the Blues and RB Leipzig for his team-mate, Christopher Nkunku. (Bild)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has taken responsibility for Joao Felix’s sluggish start to the season. (Mundo Deportivo)


Kylian Mbappe is indeed not happy at Paris Saint-Germain and wants out. PSG, though, are standing firm after he signed a new contract earlier this year. (Fabrizio Romano)

PSG sporting director Luis Campos says Mbappe has “plenty of desire” and the chief “categorically denies” the reports. (RMC Sport)

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hit back at a reporter when asked if Los Blancos could once again go after Mbappe, questioning the reporter’s “courage” and insisting he would not answer the probe. (Canal+)

Everton’s recent transfer interest in Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao is causing the Serie A side’s fears about the player’s future to grow. (Messaggero Veneto)

Wolves will know more about Raul Jimenez’s injury timeline at the end of October, when the Mexican has more tests. (Mundo Deportivo)


West Ham failed to sign Piotr Zielinski this summer because they only offered half of Napoli’s demands. (Ciro Venerato)

Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka was a transfer target for Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer. Napoli now want to extend his contract, but his camp want better terms. (Ciro Venerato)

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has confirmed that Chelsea have not made an approach for Rafael Leao since the summer. (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, Milan admire Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek after his recent resurgence. But, there are no negotiations over the Englishman as it stands. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool have been warned against sacking Jurgen Klopp, with German journalist Marcel Reif insisting his fellow countryman can turn it around. (Bild)