Premier League • England

Paper Talk: Klopp ready to sacrifice £25m star to land dream Liverpool signing

Maximilian Arnold battles Karim Adeyemi Wolfsburg v RB Salzburg, Champions League

Liverpool look ready to sell a big-name midfielder to help fund a move for an in-demand striker, there is Real Madrid interest in a £52m Leicester man, while Saturday’s transfer gossip claims a new major offer is imminent for Harry Kane.


Jurgen Klopp is ready to cash in on midfielder Thiago Alcantara in January – if it helps him in his efforts to bring a top young star to Liverpool.

The Spain midfielder is being linked with a return to first club Barcelona. Their new manager Xavi knows Thiago well and wants him to become the heartbeat of their side. As such, he’s reportedly planning a £25m approach to the Reds in January.

And while Klopp would ideally like to keep Thiago, he knows he may need to sacrifice him given their priorities elsewhere.

Indeed, the Reds are keen to bring in a new striker in January with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both away on African Cup of Nations duty.

And Klopp knows the absence of his star pair could seriously destabilise their efforts to win the Premier League title. With the pair combining a large majority of Liverpool’s goals, there’s a strong realisation that another body must come in.

As such, the man Klopp desperately wants to sign is RB Salzburg sensation Karim Adeyemi.

Liverpool reportedly expected any deal for Adeyemi to cost around £25m. But with his agent hawking the player to a number of clubs in Spain as well as Germany, they face a much higher price.

Real Madrid hold talks with Karim Adeyemi's representatives

Real Madrid hold talks with Karim Adeyemi's representatives

Real Madrid have held initial talks with the representatives of RB Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi in a blow to Liverpool's chances of signing the German, with more news on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marco Asensio.

To that end, Real Madrid and Sevilla are both reportedly in talks with his representatives.

Furthermore, Salzburg are unwilling to sell mid-season and are demanding a huge offer to sell in January.

As such, the Daily Express claims Thiago could be sold to boost Liverpool’s transfer kitty and their hopes of landing Adeyemi.

The 19-year-old striker has 15 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions so far this season.


Tottenham striker Harry Kane celebrating his second goal versus NS Mura 2021

Manchester City are likely to test Tottenham’s resolve to keep Harry Kane with a fresh January bid for the England striker. (ESPN)

Barcelona are planning an approach for Saul Niguez if he returns to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in January. (The Sun)

Paulo Fonseca is refusing to give up on his dream of managing in the Premier League despite missing out on roles at Tottenham and Newcastle. (The Sun)

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly spending an eye-popping £256m a year on wages. (The Sun)

Valencia are considering an approach to Wolves for Adama Traore, according to reports in Spain. (The Sun)


Ndidi, Fofana, Evans, Iheanacho, Leicester, 2021

Real Madrid are likely to move for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in January and are willing to meet his £52m asking price. (The Sun)

Wesley Sneijder’s 15-year-old son Jessey has signed his first professional contract with Dutch side FC Utrecht. (The Sun)

Rangers are planning to open talks with Giovanni van Bronckhorst over their managerial vacancy on Saturday. (The Scottish Sun)

David Moyes’ hopes of signing a new striker for West Ham in January are proving difficult with a number of targets unwilling to play second fiddle to the in-form Michail Antonio. (Daily Mail)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers currently leads a four-man shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Southgate will likely earn close to the £6m wages that Fabio Capello earned as England manager if he’s able to guide the country to World Cup glory. (Daily Mail)


Amanda Staveley will reportedly hand Eddie Howe a £200m transfer war chest to spend over the next three years at Newcastle without breaching FFP regulations. (Daily Mail)

Marcus Rashford is training with Manchester United’s U18 players during the international break to increase his fitness levels. The striker isn’t part of the latest England squad due to fitness concerns. (Daily Mail)

Hakim Ziyech wants to quit Chelsea in January, with reports claiming Borussia Dortmund are readying an approach. (Daily Express)

Teden Mengi looks likely to leave Manchester United on loan in January, with Derby reportedly among those keen on the defender. (Daily Mirror)

Ousmane Dembele’s failure to arrive on time for a pre-training get together with Barcelona did not go down well with boss Xavi. The winger now face a fine after arriving three minutes late. (Daily Mirror)


Arsenal are readying another swoop on Bologna for Mattias Svanberg – and hope Takehiro Tomiyasu’s positive start to life at the Emirates will help them secure the Sweden midfielder. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are forcing goalkeeper Dean Henderson to stay at the club in January because of injury and performance fears about current No 1 David de Gea. (Daily Star)

Raheem Sterling is open to a loan move to Barcelona if he continues being a bit-part player for Manchester City. (The Times)

The FA is bracing themselves for a 20% reduction in income from overseas TV rights for FA Cup games. That’s due to the pandemic and the collapse of the rights market in China. (The Times)

Gennaro Gattuso claims he has unfinished business at Ibrox amid links with replacing Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager. (The Times)

Celtic and Rangers are reportedly eyeing Newcastle United’s teenage midfielder Joe White, who becomes a free agent next summer. (Daily Record)