Liverpool and Arsenal have agreed to pay the buyout clause for a controversial Hoffenheim star, while fears are mounting over David De Gea’s future after fresh claims in Spain, according to Monday’s European papers.
PREM DUO AMONG SEVEN CLUBS IN MIX TO SIGN HOFFENHEIM STAR
Liverpool and Arsenal have both agreed to meet the €32million asking price for Hoffenheim star Kerem Demirbay, according to reports in the German media.
The midfielder has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s leading midfielders over the past couple of seasons, with both Liverpool and Arsenal tipped by SportsBild as having agreed to pay the exit fee in his contract.
The German paper also cites Everton, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund to have expressed an interest in the player, who has been capped twice by Germany.
Having renewed his Hoffenheim deal last summer, the player inserted on the moderate €32m exit clause – and it seems the Reds and the Gunners are leading the chase amid claims they have told his agent the fee won’t represent a problem this summer.
The 24-year-old could emerge as a replacement for Emre Can in the Liverpool midfield, should the German, as expected, agree to join Juventus on a free transfer this summer. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, is reported to want the player to replace Granit Xhaka in the Gunners’ midfield.
A move to the Premier League for Demirbay, however, would cause some attention after the player achieved international notoriety for making a sexist comment against female referee Bibiana Steinhaus. After being sent off by Steinhaus, he told her “women have no place in men’s football”.
Despite his apologies, the Bundesliga hit Demirbay with a five-game suspension, while he was also made to referee a junior league girls’ football match as an additional punishment.
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Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for the Benfica star Andrija Zivkovic (Record)
Barcelona transfer target Arthur won’t be allowed to leave Gremio until December at the earliest, the Brazilian club have insisted (Sport)
Michy Batshuayi will definitely return to Chelsea in the summer after his Dortmund loan did not have a purchase option inserted in the deal. The Blues were apparently willing to sell the striker, but only if the deal contained a bu-back option – something the Bundesliga side weren’t willing to do (Bild)
Inter have agreed terms with Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez and are close to sealing a €23m (£20.2m) deal to see him join them in the summer (SportItalia)
Leicester want to replace Riyad Mahrez with Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan this summer (Kicker)
Clarence Seedorf is set to replace the sacked Cristobal Parralo as Deportivo La Coruna manager after moves for Martin Lasarte and Diego Alonso collapsed (AS)
RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he almost subbed off Ademola Lookman, prior to the Everton loanee’s debut goal for the club (Bild)
Roma right-back Bruno Peres escaped unharmed from a car crash in his Lamborghini shortly after 5am Monday morning in the Italian capital (Corriere dello Sport)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude after being substituted in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Levante has upset several of his team-mates who felt his actions showed a lack of respect towards them (Sport)
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Carlos Bacca says he wants to make his loan spell at Villarreal from AC Milan permanent (Superdeporte)
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