Liverpool are preparing to replace Naby Keita with a classy Napoli midfielder who is shining at the World Cup, while Saturday’s Transfer Gossip claims Tottenham still want a winger but face a battle with Leeds for his signature.
KLOPP TURNS TO QUALITY NAPOLI STAR
Liverpool are expected to try and cash in on Naby Keita and replace the Reds midfielder with Napoli star Piotr Zielinski.
The 28-year-old has been one of Poland’s best performers at the World Cup in Qatar, where they will face France in the last 16.
But it’s his club form in Italy where Zielinski has really made his mark.
The £107k-per-week sensation has led his side to the top of the Serie A table by registering eight goal contributions. He’s also created a further nine big chances and has an impressive 2.3 key passes per match.
According to journalist Rudy Galetti, Zielinski has emerged as a transfer target for the Anfield side.
And by bringing in the Pole, the Reds could finally part company with Keita.
The injury-plagued midfielder has been a major disappointment since joining the Reds for £48million in 2018.
Zielinski available for bargain price
As for Zielinski, the playmaker is currently valued by Napoli at around £34m, which appears to be a bargain.
The Serie A man could be the first player arrive through the door in Klopp’s midfield revamp.
With Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both tipped to move on and loan signing Arthur Melo almost certainly heading back to Juventus, the Reds are expected to transform Klopp’s engine room for next season.
ADAMA TRAORE BATTLE HOTS UP – AGAIN
Tottenham remain interested in signing long-term target Adama Traore but are by no means alone in their chase for the Wolves attacker.
Traore has been an enigmatic figure ever since he moved to Molineux in 2018. Indeed, he has scored just 13 goals in 168 games for the Molineux outfit.
Despite his blistering pace and power, the 26-year-old has not lived up to his early potential.
Traore’s struggles in a poor Wolves team this season also saw him miss out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.
But with the player set to enter the final six months of his contract, talk has ramped up over where Traore will be playing next.
Tottenham’s interest stems back from Nuno Espirito Santo’s time in charge of the club. However, Conte is also said to be an admirer if the winger’s inconsistent talents.
Indeed, Traore came close to joining Spurs last January before heading back to Barcelona on loan.
90mins claims that the north London club are reluctant to spend big on the player in January. That would mean waiting until he can leave for nothing in the summer.
However, that approach could cost them as Traore can sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs in the new year.
Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Inter Milan are all being tipped to land the winger. However, Leeds United are also in the running, with transfer chief Victor Orta reportedly keen on striking a deal.
The Elland Road outfit are also more likely to be able to offer more guaranteed game time under Jesse Marsch than he would get at Tottenham.
NEWCASTLE STAR UP FOR SALE
Ryan Fraser has been put up for sale by Newcastle United, according to a Daily Telegraph exclusive.
The Telegraph reports that the winger has made clear his unhappiness at only three Premier League starts this season. Indeed, the last time he actually started a game came 11 weeks ago in the 1-1 draw against his former club Bournemouth.
Fraser played a major role for Eddie Howe last campaign. He actually featured in 20 of the 27 Premier League matches under Howe, starting 16.
This season has been a real struggle for the Scotland international though.
Fraser has seen Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock fill the wider roles at St James’, while the latter has moved into midfield when Allan Saint-Maximin has been fit.
The Telegraph adds that both Southampton and Brentford are interested in signing Fraser. And the report claims that Newcastle are willing to cash in if they receive an acceptable offer.
Fraser turns 29 in February and still has two-and-a-half years left on his Newcastle contract.