Liverpool are preparing an offer for a Roma left-back, while Manchester United have been granted permission to move for two Real Madrid targets, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL MAKE MOVES TO LAND ROMA FULL-BACK
Liverpool are preparing a move for Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri next summer after receiving assurances over the player’s fitness levels.
The Reds were thought to be tracking the Brazilian last summer, but a serious knee injury put paid to their advances and Jurgen Klopp ended up pushing through a deal for Andrew Robertson instead.
But after Robertson failed to make an impression and after Alberto Moreno suffered a really poor evening at his former club Sevilla last week, the left-back issue has again been pushed to the forefront of Klopp’s thinking.
And the Reds boss has been encouraged to make a move for Palmieri, with the player returning to action for their reserve side in recent weeks.
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While the player is yet to feature for their first team, la Corriere dello Sport claims Liverpool have already spoken to Roma officials about the player and will look to follow up their interest by making a firm move for the player.
The player is contracted to Roma until 2021 and has a €25million release clause in his deal. However, after suffering a long-term knee issue, it’s reported Liverpool will try and convince the Italians to accept a lower fee.
MANCHESTER UNITED CLEARED TO BRING IN REAL MADRID TARGETS
Real Madrid have contacted Manchester United to give them permission to sign long-term targets Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane, according to reports in Spain.
Reports in Spain have once again linked Real with a swoop for PSG star Neymar, but it’s claimed the club will have to sell off a number of players to help finance what will likely be another world-record swoop.
And Don Balon claim Real have informed United they will finally sell them both Bale and Varane. The report suggests United are willing to spend €100million on Bale, with the Spanish publication claiming – more spuriously – that Varane will set Jose Mourinho’s side back just €35m – meaning the duo can move to Old Trafford for a combined £119million.
Mourinho remains keen to strengthen his forward options, while the United boss is also a long-time admirer of Varane, having worked with him during his time in charge of the Bernabeu.
AND THE REST
Senior Barcelona stars, including Lionel Messi, have told club officials they don’t want Mesut Ozil at the club in January – and only want Philippe Coutinho (Sport)
Ozil’s demands to receive a ‘golden hello’ is said to be delaying a potential move to Barcelona, who are against giving the German too sizeable a signing-on fee (Mundo Deportivo)
Liverpool will target a move for £53.5m-rated Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins if they lose Coutinho or Mohamed Salah. Juventus are also keen on the Portugal international (A Bola)
Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet is the subject of a £28m transfer tug of war between Manchester United and Manchester City
Marseille are ready to rival Arsenal and Everton for Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup. OM reportedly want the former Gunners man as a replacement for Dimitri Payet, who could be sold in January (Fotomac)
Out-of-favour Valencia midfielder Fabian Orellana has agreed a loan deal to join Eibar in January
Napoli are preparing a €20m (£17.9m) offer for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, previously a target for Manchester United
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has backed plans to try and sign Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan (Don Balon)
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has spent the past week in Brazil tracking Gremio midfielder Arthur (Diario Gol)
Real Madrid have been keeping tabs on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard for some time, but they could be about to give up their pursuit of the Belgian (Le 10 Sport)
PSG coach Unai Emery says it is “perfectly normal” to see Javier Pastore linked with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid (Le Parisian)