Liverpool have been given hope in their bid to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, while Ivan Rakitic has made a decision on his Barcelona future, according to Friday’s Deadline Day Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL GIVEN LIFT IN KEEPER CHASE
Liverpool have reportedly had a bid of €24m (£20.1m) rejected in their efforts to sign a back-up goalkeeper for Alisson.
Trabzonspor star Ugurcan Cakir is the player in question, with the Reds having been linked with the 23-year-old since last summer.
There have been claims that the runaway Premier League leaders have been sending scouts to Turkey to watch the player in action for some time.
And Turkish newspaper claim Karadeniz Firtinasi goes one step further by saying that a €24m bid from Liverpool has been rejected, with Trabzonspor determined to keep Cakir in their squad until the end of the season.
The Turkish outfit are well in the mix for the Super Lig title and subsequently do not want to lose any key players before Friday’s transfer deadline.
However, it is also reported that Trabzonspor are getting ready for a massive summer sale, and that Cakir, who is under contract until 2024, could be one of the players that will leave.
Liverpool did sign experienced stopper Adrian on a two-year deal last summer, but its thought that Cakir is viewed as a long-term option to act as back-up to No.1 Alisson for years to come.
AND THE REST
Lionel Messi, with his current deal due to expire in 2021, wants to work on a rolling contract at Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)
Man Utd target Ivan Rakitic has decided to stay at Barcelona for the remainder of the season and fight for his place (Diario Sport)
Olivier Giroud may well get the move he desires after Inter re-entered the race to sign the Chelsea striker on transfer deadline day
Villarreal have confirmed the signing of striker Paco Alcacer from Borussia Dortmund for a deal thought to be worth €20m (Football Espana)
Atletico Madrid are set to complete the signing of their former winger Yannick Carrasco from Chinese club Dalian Yifang (Diario AS)
AC Milan have completed the signing of 20-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers (Calciomercato)
Juventus remain keen on Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali and continue to try and put a deal in place (Tuttosport)
Former Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi will return to France to join Rennes on loan (L’Equipe)
Leganes are set to announce the signing of Sevilla forward Bryan Gil on loan until the end of the season (Marca)
Kevin-Prince Boateng will leave Fiorentina to join Besiktas (Sky Sport Italy)
Getafe have confirmed the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Chema Rodriguez in a €1.9m deal (Diario AS)
Juventus’ Croatia international Marko Pjaca has agreed to join Anderlecht on loan (Calciomercato)
Hellas Verona have officially announced that they have signed defender Federico Dimarco from Inter Milan (Calciomercato)