Euro Paper Talk: De Gea fears mount; Liverpool, Arsenal meet €32m fee

Date published: Monday 5th February 2018 12:23

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.



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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