Liverpool and Hertha Berlin are in talks over the future of one of Europe’s most-improved midfielders, while Tottenham have a strong chance of bringing a Brazil winger to north London, according to Monday’s European newspapers.
HERTHA BERLIN LOOKING TO EXTEND GRUJIC STAY
Hertha Berlin have held talks over another season-long loan deal for Marko Grujic, according to reports in the German media.
The Serbian midfielder has enjoyed a stellar season in the Bundesliga with Hertha and there were rumours he would be the subject of a €40m offer from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
But with Liverpool in no hurry to sell, Jurgen Klopp is happy for the midfielder to continue his development in the Bundesliga and Kicker claims the two clubs have held talks over an extension to his loan stint in the German capital.
And Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz has admitted talks are ongoing between the two clubs and he was quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo: “I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the loan by one year.
“We have a permanent exchange with Liverpool FC and have had some personal talks with Jurgen Klopp over the past week about Marko.
“Liverpool will sit down after the Champions League final to discuss the squad for the next season. We think Marko would do well for another season in Berlin to reach the level that Liverpool play.
“Marko himself would like to stay. I cannot promise anything – only that I will try everything that the boy plays next year in Berlin.”
It’s believed Liverpool’s plan would be to make a long-term decision on Grujic’s future in a year’s time. The former Red Star Belgrade man is contracted to Liverpool until 2023 so time is on the Reds’ side, but if the player continues to improve the way he has done this season, Grujic could yet carve himself out a future on Merseyside.
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MAN UTD STEP UP INTEREST IN GRIEZMANN, DYBALA
Manchester United are being tipped to make firm approaches for two of European football’s star attackers in Paulo Dybala and Antoine Griezmann, according to various reports.
Griezmann has played his final match for Atletico Madrid and has confirmed he leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer when his exit clause reduces to €104m.
A move for Barcelona is widely expected, but reports in Spain over the weekend claim a number of the Catalan club’s senior stars are opposed to his signing this summer and have already voiced that opinion to the club’s hierarchy.
And according to Sport, that will let Manchester United in through the back door with the Red Devils ready to activate his release clause and finally bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford, having come so close to signing him two summers ago. As such, it’s claimed United are readying an approach to the France forward’s agent.
The 2018 World Cup winner, who scored 21 times for Atletico during the 2018-19 season and he is seen as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dream replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Meanwhile, United continue to be linked with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, with reports again suggesting an approach is imminent from the Old Trafford outfit.
Dybala’s brother and agent confirmed last week the Argentinian forward would leave Turin this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo touted as the main reason.
And his brother has been speaking again, this time telling Futbolemico: “I can’t say where he’ll go, but there is a strong chance Paulo will leave.
“Of course he’s not happy there. Paulo’s not the only one, there are many players who are uncomfortable at Juve.
“He won’t be the one who will leave Juve this summer.”
Dybala is rated at around €95m by Juventus and is seen as a long-term successor to Alexis Sanchez.
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AND THE REST
Malcom will join one of Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan or Inter Milan this summer after Barcelona told the Brazil winger he could leave after just one season (AS)
Barcelona have turned down the chance to bring Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Isco to the club this summer (Don Balon)
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ‘complete control’ over the future of the player this summer (ESPN)
Former Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is ready to become Sevilla’s new head coach and link up with Monchi again (Tuttosport)
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has cooled any talk of a bid for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the next week and insists the club won’t do any transfer business until after the Copa del Rey has been played (Mundo Deportivo)
Wanda Nara has denied speculation that Inter striker Mauro Icardi wants to join Juventus, saying: “That’s not what he thinks” (Tiki Taka)
Juventus and Real Madrid are in talks to sign Adrien Rabiot after the midfielder failed to attend PSG’s title party over the weekend (L’Equipe)
Carlo Ancelotti insists he is ready to honour the remaining two years on his Napoli contract after distancing himself from claims he could replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus (Corriere dello Sport)
Celta Vigo have told Maxi Gomez’s suitors he is free to leave this summer, with a move to one of West Ham, Tottenham or Liverpool looking most likely. However, the LaLiga side will demand close to the full €50m exit fee for the Uruguayan striker (Estadio Deportivo)
Juventus have seen efforts to name Jurgen Klopp their new manager fail after making a tentative approach to the Liverpool manager over replacing Massimilano Allegri (Tuttosport)
Leicester are reportedly closing on the transfer of AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu for a fee of around €30m (Sport Witness, via Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan are closing on the signing of Sassuolo and Italy midfielder Stefano Sensi for €13m (Tuttosport)
Simone Inzaghi, Maurizio Sarri and Sinisa Mihajlovic are the three frontrunners to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Nelson Semedo, Philippe Coutinho, Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Ousmane Dembele are all doubtful for Barcelona’s clash with Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, while Luis Suarez is definitely out. It all means Lionel Messi will be joined by Malcom and La Masia graduate Abel Ruiz in attack (Sport)
Roma will reportedly offer Francesco Totti the role of technical director, which would see him command more power at the club (Corriere dello Sport)
PSG forward Edinson Cavani admits he would consider a return to previous club Napoli if they approached him this summer (Canal+)
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has moved to end rumours linking him with Real Madrid, by pledging his loyalty to the Serie A side (Corriere dello Sport)
Departing Roma legend Daniele De Rossi could join Sampdoria as a player-coach in an unexpected move (Sky Calcio)