Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool battle Spurs, Arsenal for €50m Keita replacement

Oli Fisher

Liverpool have re-joined the race for a Real Madrid midfielder, while the Man Utd are set to be offered two tempting swap deals, according to Wednesday’s European papers.



Liverpool have joined Spurs and Arsenal in the race to land Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Spain.

The playmaker was expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer, as Madrid look to balance the books, after so far splashing out almost £300m on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.

Ceballos, who has been linked with AC Milan, has just finished international duty with Spain’s Under-21s during which he helped his side lift the European Championships.

Both Arsenal and Spurs have also been linked with a move for the former Betis star, with the former apparently happy to pay his £45m (€50m) asking price.

Now, Marca claim that there are three clubs from England who are monitoring Ceballos’ situation, namely the aforementioned north London duo and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have ‘moved discreetly, but their interest has grown in recent weeks’ and instead of a loan move they would want to ‘buy him out’ entirely.

The Reds boss apparently ‘believes Ceballos he can add the dynamism that he was looking for in Naby Keita’, something he has not yet found.


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Manchester United look set to be offered the choice of two swap deals this summer as Real Madrid and Juventus up their pursuit of the midfielder, reports claims.

Pogba dropped his biggest hint yet that a summer exit is firmly on the cards by admitting he is looking for a ‘new challenge’.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this window, with Serie A giants Juventus reportedly keen on the idea of bringing Pogba back to Turin, while LaLiga giants Real Madrid have also been heavily linked.

Now, Spanish outlet Marca claim Los Blancos want to include winger Gareth Bale as part of a swap deal for Pogba, a player who has been mentioned as a possible target for United.

Reports have suggested that Bale is worth around £75million this summer, despite doubts over his long-term future at the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, journalist Nicolo Schira of Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juventus are readying their own cash-plus-player deal.

He states that Mino Raiola is insisting on the idea of taking his client back to Turin, with Juve director Fabio Paratici ready to offer €60-70m plus Paulo Dybala for the €150m-rated Pogba.

The paper goes on to add that the player’s preference is a return to the Biaconeri, something which could work in their favour in the battle against Real.

Finally in the Pogba saga, AS are reporting that Raiola is playing up the interest of Juventus in order to get Real Madrid to make a move.



Representatives of Rodrigo Hernandez have deposited €70 million at the La Liga headquarters in order to secure his release from Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

Inter Milan are set to join Juventus in their attempts to sign Matteo Darmian in order to fill a void at full back.  (Di Marzio)

Inter Milan will turn to Fernando Llorente if they fail to secure a move for AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko over the next few weeks. (Tuttosport)

Bruno Fernandes’ agent Bruno Pinho will fly to London today in order to hold talks with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United. (A Bola)

Liverpool are ready to trigger the €50m release clause for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo. (Marca)

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer. (Sport)

Neymar is planning on rejoining Paris Saint-Germain for preseason amid rumours of a potential departure. (El Transistor)

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Bournemouth’s Netherlands defender Nathan Ake is likely to sign for Manchester City this summer. (L’Equipe)

Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for 25-year-old France central defender Samuel Umtiti, who is a target for Manchester United. (Sport)

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona to determine whether Ousmane Dembele is for sale this summer. (France Football)

Manchester United are putting together a bid for Spain U21 star Dani Olmo after he put in some star performance at the recent European Championships. (Sportske Novosti)

Dani Ceballos is set to leave Real Madrid on loan this summer with Spurs and Milan two of the clubs interested in his services. (El Transistor)

Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny is wanted by Bordeaux. (L’Equipe)

Real Madrid’s hopes of landing Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe have been extinguished after the French attacker took to his Twitter account to send a message.

Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele wants to stay at Nou Camp despite interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich. (L’Equipe)

Lyon have completed the signing of Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes in a deal worth a reported €25million (£22.4m).

Southampton have already made an offer of a loan with a view to buy worth €18m + bonuses for AC Milan striker Andre Silva, but the bid was rejected. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal are going head-to-head with Galatasaray in the race for Roma midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. (Takvim)