Paper Talk: Klopp looking to bring Real Madrid icon to Liverpool

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 8:43 - Rob McCarthy

Toni Kroos, Isco Real Madrid midfielders

Jurgen Klopp wants to bring a Real Madrid icon to Liverpool next summer, while Friday’s gossip claims that Arsenal transfer chief Edu has identified Mikel Arteta’s top transfer target.

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Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Toni Kroos, with Jurgen Klopp eager for the Reds to snap up the Real Madrid star.

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Kroos is the subject of major Liverpool interest but it will not happen until next summer.

Kroos, 31, is currently valued at around €25million and has won 13 trophies since moving to the Bernabeu in 2014.

But the report suggests that with the midfielder approaching the final period of his career, the Reds are looking to try and lure him to the Premier League.

Indeed, Klopp holds a long-standing interest in the Germany star, having previously tried to sign the player.

The Anfield chief wants to freshen up his midfield next summer, with James Milner used more as a reserve full-back now and talk that both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could move on.

Kroos would certainly give Liverpool an experienced hand in Klopp’s engine room. However, there are fears he could stunt the growth of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

Next summer will probably be Real’s last chance to recoup a significant transfer fee for the player. Kroos will be out of contract in 2023, meaning he could then leave on a free.

The box-to-box midfielder has scored 22 goals and added 80 assists in 322 appearances for the Spanish giants.


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EDU IDENTIFIES TOP ARSENAL TARGET

Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates against Leeds, August 2021

Edu already knows his number one summer transfer target to complete Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad. The Gunners transfer chief is ready to move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (Football.London)

Man Utd flop Donny van de Beek could finally be on his way out of Old Trafford. The midfielder wants to leave the club during the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Jesse Lingard is ready to leave Man Utd in January – to rescue his hopes of going to next year’s World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Karim Benzema says he hopes to play alongside France team-mate and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe “some day”. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are discussing appointing an experienced interim manager to replace Bruce until a more permanent appointment can be made. (Daily Telegraph)

Rafa Benitez does not want to walk out on Everton to return as Newcastle manager, even though he was the new owners’ ideal candidate for the role. (Daily Telegraph)


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NEWCASTLE TARGET BIG-NAME DUO

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Newcastle are reportedly tracking Niklas Sule and Philippe Coutinho as they look to spend big. (The Sun)

Fenerbahce are looking to make a move for Tottenham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon in January. (The Sun)

Man Utd’s latest big-money contract offer to Paul Pogba is a ‘sign of desperation’, says Paul Ince. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle players are confused about Steve Bruce’s future and want clarity. Many of them want a change of manager. (Daily Mail)

Bruce wIll reportedly not get sacked before the weekend. However, Newcastle’s new Saudi owners are still looking for a replacement. (The Sun)

MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has reportedly distanced himself from a potential job at Newcastle. He still has ambitions to become manager of France. (Daily Star)

Uefa will investigate an incident of alleged racist abuse aimed at Man Utd’s Anthony Elanga. (The Sun)

Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian ownership are reportedly clashing over whether to make Frank Lampard their next manager. (Daily Express)

Mohammed bin Salman bought Newcastle just a week ago – and reports say that he wants Inter Milan next for a huge £850m. (Daily Express)

 

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