Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool have bid accepted for Van Dijk partner

Oli Fisher

Liverpool have seen a fresh bid for a Croatian World Cup star accepted, while Chelsea are preparing a sensational swap deal with AC Milan, according to Thursday’s European papers.



After sealing a reported £66m deal for Roma star Alisson Becker, Liverpool have reportedly had yet another bid accepted, this time for a central defender.

According to reports from Turkish outlet Aksam, Besiktas have decided to accept Liverpool’s improved bid of £20million for Croatian star Domagoj Vida.

The 29-year-old was hugely impressive for his country at the World Cup in Russia, helping Zlatko Dalic’s side reach an unlikely final berth where they eventually lost 4-2 to France.

Vida would join Croatia team-mate Dejan Lovren at Anfield and would compete with his countryman to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

A report last week from Turkish outlet Fanatik claimed that the asking price for defender Domagoj Vida’s price tag has risen dramatically to £31m.

The same publication claim Liverpool and Everton have already submitted offers for Vida.

Turkish journalist Turgay Demir told A Spor last week: “Everton and Liverpool have made an offer for Vida.

“€15m (£13m) has been proposed but Besiktas will not consider a bid below €20m (£18m).”

Fulham and West Ham have also been linked with Vida, though it seems Liverpool may win yet another transfer battle.



Chelsea are hoping to use Alvaro Morata to sign keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer, according to a report.

Tuttosport claim Thibaut Courtois is set to join Real Madrid and new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will turn to Donnarumma with No.1 target Alisson heading to Liverpool for £67million.

Milan apparently wanted Morata last season when the Spain striker left Real Madrid for Stamford Bridge. And the report claims Milan need to meet FFP requirements to meet and would be happy to sell Donnarumma having already signed Pepe Reina on a free tramsfer to replace him.

The Gazzetta dello Sport say Milan directors Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli were in London this week and had dinner with Morata.



Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

The 30-year-old, who is also a target for Chelsea and AC Milan, joined Juve from Napoli in the summer of 2016 for £75.3 million and has gone on to score 55 goals in 105 appearances for the Old Lady.

The Argentina international is widely considered to be one of the best strikers in world football, but he will be 31 in December and at that age it would an unlikely move from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

However, Corriere dell Sera claims that Mauricio Pochettino is considering Higuain as he looks to strengthen his attacking options this summer.

The link is a strange one, however, as Higuain is very similar in style to prolific Spurs hitman Harry Kane and it is thought that Pochettino is chasing a more mobile, pacy attacker to compliment the England star.


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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has arrived in Milan to seal a €100m double deal for Gonazlo Higuain and Daniele Rugani (Corriere dello Sport)

Fenerbahce are a step closer to re-signing Tottenham’s out-of-favour striker Vincent Janssen this summer (Aksam)

Tottenham remain in the race for Trabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur after the club rejected a £15.4m bid for the attacking midfielder (Turkish-Football)

Juventus star Miralem Pjanic has a new agent Fali Ramadani, who wants him to move to Barcelona or Chelsea (Calciomercato)

AC Milan are ready to receive a €40m offer from PSG for Leonardo Bonucci (Calciomercato)

Monchi says signing Bordeaux star Malcom is a possibility for Roma (Calciomercato)

Porto are still keen on signing Chancel Mbemba from Newcastle United (A Bola)

Borussia Dortmund are willing to offer Andre Schurrle plus money to Crystal Palace in an effort to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer (Bild)

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is expected to complete his loan move to Fenerbahce (Milliyet)

Petr Cech’s agent has said the goalkeeper remains fully focused on playing for Arsenal this season (ESPN)

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is interesting Lazio as well as a number of clubs in both France and England (La Derniere Heure)

Fiorentina are on the verge of signing Gerson from Roma on a loan deal with an obligation to buy (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Madrid target Neymar is no longer considered “untransferrable” by PSG (El Transistor)

Real Madrid have reportedly scrapped their interest in landing a Galactico signing this summer, with Eden Hazard set to stay at Chelsea (Libertad Digital)

Barcelona have made a €30m offer for CSKA Moscow midfielder and Russia international Aleksandr Golovin (Diario Sport)

Valencia are the only club to have made a formal offer for Bordeaux’s in-demand winger Malcom, who is also wanted by Tottenham (Plaza Deportiva)

Malcom’s agent, however, confirms “I’ll have contact” with Roma later today, and reveals the Bordeaux winger “would like to come to Italy” (TeleRadioStereo)

Barcelona have made a cash plus Ousmane Dembele to land Chelsea star Eden Hazard this summer (Onda Cero)

Manchester United are continuing to monitor West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic after reports emerged he could be put up for sale by West Ham, following the arrival of Felipe Anderson (Calciomercato)

Manchester United’s Italy full-back Matteo Darmian is close to a move to Juventus after three years at Old Trafford (Football Italia)

Roma are interested in signing Arsenal and Tottenham midfield target Steven N’Zonzi, who is set to be available for €35m (Calciomercato)

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal, 32, will stay at Arsenal this summer after Real Sociedad ended their interest in the left-back (Mundo Deportivo)

Luigi De Laurentiis, son of Napoli President Aurelio, would like to see PSG’s Edinson Cavani return – “he was a great hero for us” (Corriere dello Sport)

Leicester City have lodged a €28m bid for Getafe’s in-demand defender Djene Dakonam (Diario AS)

Fiorentina are closing in on Liverpool target Marko Pjaca following a productive meeting held by super agent Fali Ramadani on Wednesday evening (Tuttosport)

Valencia are keen on a loan arrangement with Manchester United for defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Super Deporte)

Barcelona look set to battle it out with PSG for the right to sign Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong (SPORT)

Robin Olsen’s agent has reportedly been spotted in Rome, as Roma look to replace Liverpool bound Alisson (Il Tempo)

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior could be loaned to Getafe, Leganes or Rayo Vallecano this season (OK Diario)

Arsenal have allowed youngster Kelechi Nwakali to sign a season-long loan deal with Porto

Atletico Madrid are seeking permission from FIFA before completing their move for Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins (Diario AS)

Everton’s Shani Tarashaj has joined Swiss side Grasshoppers on a season-long loan

Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has extended his contract at Valencia by one further year into 2020 after guiding the club into the Champions League (Football Espana)

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