Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool set sights on €65m international midfielder

Date published: Wednesday 12th September 2018 9:15

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Jurgen Klopp remains on the trail of a Poland midfielder and Neymar could be set for a return to Spain next summer, according to Wednesday’s European papers.

 

KLOPP ‘ENTHRALLED’ BY ZIELINSKI

Piotr Zielinski remains a target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to a report.

The Poland international midfielder was a firm target for Klopp in 2015, but the Udinese man made the move to Napoli for around £12million in 2016.

Calciomercato claim Klopp is still tracking the progress of the 24-year-old, who is under contract in Naples until 2021.

The Italian source even claim the German remains “enthralled” with what Zielinksi has to offer.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with summer moves for the player, with Klopp is still hoping to get Zielinksi next summer.

Napoli are apparently well aware of the interest in him and want to give him a new contract until 2022, while increasing his €65million release clause.

 

NEYMAR AGREES SHOCK SPAIN RETURN

Neymar and Real Madrid have an agreement in principle to secure a shock return to LaLiga for the PSG star, a report claims.

Real have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil international, and were forced to deny the speculation recently. Manchester United have also been credited with interest.

“In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C. F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player,” a Real Madrid statement read.

However, French outlet Le10 Sport claims that there have been talks held behind the scenes regarding Neymar’s future.

They state that the player’s father has reached an agreement with Los Blancos about a transfer that would take place next summer.

The player is yet to agree a deal with the LaLiga champions though, and PSG are expected to command a fee of £198m – the same as what they paid in 2017.

 

MOURINHO ON THE TRAIL OF JUVENTUS STAR

Manchester United are preparing to make an offer worth €90m (£80m) for Juventus winger Douglas Costa when the transfer window opens in January.

The Brazil star has been linked with United in the past, but moved to Juve in the summer of 2017 on an initial loan deal from Bayern Munich, before making the switch permanent this summer.

But the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has cast a doubt on his long-term future at the club and SportMediaSet claims he could be sacrificed in January to help balance the books.

The Italian outlet claims both United and Manchester City are ready to lock horns for his signature – but it’s believed a move to United looks more likely due to ongoing doubts over the futures of Anthony Martial, together with the fact that City already brought in wideman Riyad Mahrez this summer.

The report claims United could also use the unsettled Paul Pogba to try and swing the deal in their favour, though United have always maintained the player is not for sale.

United have also been linked with his teammate Paulo Dybala, but Juve would prefer to part with the Brazilian, who has scored six goals in his 50 appearances so far for the club.

 

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AND THE REST

Valencia’s €40m (£36m) deal to sign Goncalo Guedes from Paris Saint-Germain will take them six year to pay off (L’Equipe)

New England Revolution defender Claude Dielna is keen on a move to Real Betis (Foot Mercato)

Cristiano Ronaldo is doing his best to talk Juventus into making a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (Don Balon)

AC Milan are preparing a new four-year contract for Giacomo Bonaventura amid fresh talk he could be a January target for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has revealed he refused to sell Mario Mandzukic to Manchester United this summer because he ‘simply adores the striker’ (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan will offer Milan Skriniar a new deal following a summer of speculation that saw him linked with Barcelona, Man Utd and Man City (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Mexican youth international striker Joao Maleck will join Sevilla in January on a loan deal with an option to buy (ESPN)

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has explained why he decided to reject the chance to join Manchester United this summer (Bild)

Ivan Rakitic insists Luka Modric deserves to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or – despite saying Lionel Messi is ‘the best player ever’ (La Vanguardia)

Barcelona are considering bringing Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal to the Camp Nou on a free transfer as back-up to Jordi Alba next summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has admitted to tax fraud of €490k and accepted a suspended four-month jail sentence from the Spanish authorities (various)

Marco Asensio has come clean on €180m transfer links to Liverpool and Chelsea after starring for Spain in their 6-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday evening 

PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot will likely wait until January to make a decision over his future. The France midfielder is wanted by Barcelona, AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester City (RMC Sports)

PSG will look to sign €60m-rated Man City target Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund if they lose Rabiot either in January or next summer (L’Equipe)

Arsenal executive director Ivan Gazidis is close to joining AC Milan (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been promised a new deal at Lazio with the added bonus of a role at the club after he retires (Il Messagerro)

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed that he came close to joining Celtic Glasgow in summer 2012 (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong but the Dutchman favours a move to Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)

Jose Mourinho was promised Manchester United would spend up to £100m to try sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid this summer

 

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