Euro Paper Talk: Klopp rejects chance to sign €40m Real Madrid man

Date published: Wednesday 26th June 2019 12:21

Marcos Llorente: Linked with Newcastle loan

Arsenal could replace one of their key men with a €50m Real Madrid star, while Liverpool turned down the chance to sign a new holding midfielder, according to Wednesday’s European papers.



Liverpool rejected the chance to sign Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid before he made the move to their city rivals Atletico, a report claims.

The 24-year-old midfielder made just seven appearances in LaLiga last season, having been behind Casemiro in the pecking order under both Santiago Solari and Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane subsequently told Llorente that finding a new club would be his best option this summer, as he could not offer increased playing time next season.

Now, the player’s uncle and agent – Julio Llorente – has lifted the lid on negotiations this summer and how his client ended up at Atleti, even mentioning interest from Liverpool.

“All this started when Zidane told Marcos that he was going to have few minutes, that the best thing was to go, and at that moment I started to work, to communicate with the clubs that I think have the profile that Marcos can do well,” he told Cadena SER.

“One was Atlético. Obviously it ‘s hard because no player likes it when his boss tells him he does not want him, and for Marcos it has been hard. But he is a mature boy and he has accepted it with optimism.

“I contacted several clubs to let them know what had happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had had, one of which was Liverpool, but Marcos was not a priority.

“Atlético is the one who took the strongest step and convinced us. I think we have done the right thing, I hope it’s like that, I hope Marcos will do very well.”

Jurgen Klopp is understandably happy with his options in the holding midfield role, with Fabinho filling that role nicely last season following his £40m arrival from Monaco.

The Reds played Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in the deepest of three midfield roles last season, while Marko Grujic could yet feature next season despite links with a €40m exit.



AC Milan could offer either Franck Kessie – valued at €40m – or Ricardo Rodriguez in part-exchange to sweeten a deal for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira. (Goal)

Milan are increasingly confident they will be able to sign Torreira, and are readying a €5m loan offer with €30m obligation to buy. (Di Marzio)

Arsenal could turn to Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos – valued at €50m – as a direct replacement for Torreira. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester City have held talks with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici about a £44m deal to sign Portugal defender Joao Cancelo. (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Real Madrid may make a move for Ajax’s Donny van de Beek should they fail to land Paul Pogba. (Marca)

Bayern Munich will turn to Ousmane Dembele if they fail in their pursuit of Leroy Sane. (Bild)

Real Madrid have enquired about the possibility of a right to first refusal on Benfica defender Ruben Dias, who has been linked with Manchester United. (AS)

Liverpool do not intend to sell Simon Mignolet, and will only consider letting the keeper leave if the fee is acceptable. (ESPN)

Valencia are interested in signing wantaway Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez. (Goal)

Liverpool forward Divock Origi – who scored in the Champions League final win over Tottenham in June – is wanted by Real Betis, with the Spanish club preparing a bid of about £10m for the 24-year-old Belgium international. (Bein Sports)

Manchester United want Sevilla and France forward Wissam Ben Yedder and will trigger his £35.8m release clause. (ABC de Sevilla)

Stade de Reims goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has emerged as a transfer target for newly promoted Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Norwich City. (L’Equipe)

Celtic are moving closer to confirming the signing of French defender Christopher Jullien from Toulouse. (Le Depeche)

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has confirmed Inter’s interest in taking the Manchester United forward to Serie A.

Samir Nasri has been offered a contract of around €4 million (£3.6m) per year by UAE Pro-League side Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC. (Foot Mercato)

AC Milan are exploring the possibility of signing Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir. (France Football)

Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is in advanced negotiations for a return to Juventus from PSG on a one-year contract, with a future as a director. (Sky Italia)

Borussia Monchengladbach are poised to complete the signing of forward Breel Embolo from Schalke on Wednesday. (WAZ)

Roma winger Stephan El Shaarawy has agreed to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a £16.11m deal. (Il Tempo)

Torino are targeting AZ Alkmaar’s 22-year-old left-back Thomas Ouwejan. (Voetbal International)

Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes has agreed a move to Lyon. (RMC Sport)



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