Liverpool have been linked with a replacement for defender Joel Matip in a strange Spanish report, while Manchester United have been given the green light to add a key target to their squad – all in Wednesday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL WANT UMTITI TO REPLACE MATIP
Liverpool want to replace Joel Matip because he has not yet gained the full trust of boss Jurgen Klopp, according to fanciful reports in Spain.
Matip was handed a bumper new five-year deal last week, after months of impressive performances since he regained his place in the side in December.
The report says that Dejan Lovren does not possess the ability to fulfil that role and that Joe Gomez – who lost his place in the side to Matip through injury – is prone to spending time on the sidelines.
Therefore, the Liverpool boss reportedly has his eyes on Umtiti, who has fallen out of favour at Barcelona this season due to a combination of fitness problems and a lack of form.
Don Balon adds that France international Umtiti will be available for around €60m, with Klopp said to be of the opinion that signing him would improve his team’s defence.
AND THE REST
Manchester United have been cleared to pursue a deal for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Dayot Upamecano after the Bundesliga club put him up for sale for £52m (Don Balon)
United have rejected a players-plus-cash offer from Real Madrid for Paul Pogba, which included £69m and Vinicius Junior. The Red Devils want €150m as well as the young attacker (Diario Gol)
On-loan Everton full-back Djibril Sidibe is unhappy with his situation at Goodison Park and AS Monaco are considering ending the loan move prematurely, with AC Milan keen on the Frenchman (Calciomercato)
Tottenham must be prepared to pay the €75m release clause in Carles Aleñá if they want to sign the midfielder, who has been eyed as Christian Eriksen’s replacement (Mundo Deportivo)
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld said he wanted to “crawl underground with misery” after the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool (Knack)
Liverpool forward Divock Origi has said that Genk – the Reds’ Champions League opponents on Wednesday – are his favourite club in his homeland but said a return to the side is “far from on the agenda” (Het Nieuwsblad)
The first El Clasico meeting of the season between Barcelona and Real – scheduled for Saturday – has been rearranged for December 18 after it was postponed due to political unrest in Catalonia (Marca)
On-loan Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi has said he will “see what happens” at the end of the season, with the possibility of a €70m buy-out clause being activated that could see him leave Inter Milan permanently (Calciomercato)
There are “no negotiations” taking place between Juventus and Chelsea about a deal to take N’Golo Kante to Turin, despite the Italian giants’ sporting director Fabio Paratici being an admirer of the Frenchman (Calciomeracto)
Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt has said he is ignoring criticism after being at fault for Lokomotiv Moscow’s goal in the Champions League on Tuesday (De Telegraaf)
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has told Inter that they have a number nine in Romelu Lukaku who can “do it all” (Gazzetto Dello Sport)