Euro Paper Talk: Klopp finds Van Dijk’s perfect partner

Liverpool are expected to move for a Bayern Munich star after he was cleared for a summer departure, while Real Madrid and Barcelona will do battle over a €100m-rated Tottenham star, according to Thursday’s European papers.



Liverpool have been linked with a fresh move to sign Jerome Boateng amid reports in the German press that Bayern Munich are prepared to let him leave.

According to Bild, the 29-year-old former Man City man is one of four players who have been told they are free to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer as the club prepares for a summer shake-up.

According to the German paper, Juan Bernat, Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal and Boateng have all had it confirmed they will be free to move on this summer should the right offer come in for their services.

And it’s suggested that Jurgen Klopp will look to match Bayern’s asking price for Boateng by launching a bid to bring the player to Anfield. It’s believed it would take an offer of around €45m (£40m) to convince the club to sell, with the Germany international seen as an ideal partner for Virgil van Dijk in the centre of Liverpool’s defence.

Meanwhile, Bernat has been linked with a return to LaLiga, Alcantara has been mentioned as a possible target for Manchester City, while Vidal is said to be interesting Manchester United and Napoli.


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Real Madrid have targeted Christian Eriksen as their preferred No 1 target to replace Luka Modric – but Barcelona are also readying a €100m move as they look to replace Andres Iniesta (Marca)

Barcelona are prepared to launch a summer bid to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with both Man Utd and Man City (Calciomercato)

Napoli have held talks with Arsenal, Spurs and Juventus target Adrien Rabiot (NapoliNews24)

Inter Milan and Tottenham are in talks over a surprise swap deal which would see Ivan Perisic move to London and Mousa Dembele head to the San Siro (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester City are closing on the signing of Jorginho from Napoli, with the two clubs close to agreeing a package of around £42million (Sky Italia)

Forgotten Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard admits his future lies in the balance but he is open to a loan move to another Spanish club (AS)

Sevilla have identified Getafe defender Djene Dakonam as their number one transfer target should Clement Lenglet leave for Barcelona (Marca)

Chelsea are ready to officially enter into the £80m chase for Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski (Bild)

Joe Hart is likely to reject the opportunity to resurrect his career in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon in order to hold out for a possible Premier League move (A Bola)

West Ham are trying to sign Lazio star and former Manchester United target Felipe Anderson this summer (Sky Italia)

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Neymar has denied that his father is the behind his decision to move to Paris Saint-Germain or any other future transfer decision (VIP Magazine)

Arsene Wenger says he rejected the chance to manage Real Madrid on multiple occasions throughout his career (BeIn Sports)

Spanish second division club Real Valladolid will reportedly be purchased by former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo (O Globo)

Lyon star Nabil Fekir’s reported €60m move to Liverpool is close to being finalised (L’Equipe)

PSG would be prepared to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid with an annual salary of €45m (£39m). However, the Parisians would not be able to offer any more a £131m transfer fee to Real Madrid (Sport)

Former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres looks set to join Japanese club Sagan Tosu, according to a leaked report (AS)

Fiorentina want Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan next season (LaNazione)

Memphis Depay could be on his way to Italy, with both Milan clubs looking to snap up the Lyon forward for a proposed price of just €30m (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal are reportedly set to sign highly-rated France youth international midfielder Yacine Adli from Paris Saint-Germain (Paris United)

Inter Milan transfer target Alan Franco is on Villareal’s radar and could be the subject of a €10m (£8.75m) offer from the Spanish club within the next week (Marca)

Juventus expect to announce the signing of Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool this week (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Jose Mourinho will enlist Jorge Mendes’ help to sign Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer (Gianlucadimarzio)