Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool hovering with ‘scary’ interest as Serie A giants bid for defender

Date published: Tuesday 24th December 2019 12:28

Liverpool face competition for a defensive target, Valencia want to sign a Manchester City defender and a Manchester United target has hit a stumbling block in his negotiations over a move elsewhere – according to Tuesday’s European papers.



Liverpool will compete with Juventus for the signing of Toulouse starlet Mathieu Goncalves, according to reports.

The teenage left-back has been identified by the Reds as a potential long-term successor to Andy Robertson, who currently has no recognised first team back-up.

Goncalves has played four times for Toulouse’s first team in Ligue 1 this season, and has become a France Under-19 international.

According to Calciomercato, it is not just Liverpool who are interested, as Juventus are also plotting a January move.

It is claimed that the 18-year-old can be signed for as little as £8.5m, with his contract expiring in 2021.

Liverpool are said to have already initiated contacts about the chances of signing Goncalves, who can also play as a centre-back and is ready to explore his options.

Juventus are also set to start negotiations with a €5m bid, but €10m would be preferred – meaning that from a Juventus perspective, the interest of Liverpool is described as “scary”.



Juventus are preparing an offer of €60m plus Emre Can for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba – a bid the Red Devils could accept in January (Tuttosport)

Talks between Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic and Qatari club Al Duhail have broken down over wage demands (Tuttomercatoweb)

Juventus are set to trigger Erling Braut Haaland’s €30m buyout clause (Tuttosport)

Gennaro Gattuso is set to make Verona duo Sofyan Amrabat and Amir Rrahmani his first signings at Napoli, although they would stay out on loan until the summer (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Marseille are lining up a bid for Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam in January, with Gattuso hoping to sign another option there (La Repubblica)

Inter Milan may turn to PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa after being set back by Chelsea’s €40m asking price for Marcos Alonso (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Juventus have been offered the chance to sign Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo by his agent Jorge Mendes (Mundo Deportivo)

Genoa are lining up an offer to take goalkeeper Mattia Perin back from Juventus after he slipped to third choice in the pecking order (Goal)

Ajax have identified Anderlecht’s Hendrik Van Crombrugge as a replacement for Barcelona-linked goalkeeper Andre Onana (Het Laatste Nieuws)

Inter Milan want to sign Arturo Vidal permanently from Barcelona rather than on loan, with a €12m offer being readied (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Barcelona will bid €180m to try again for the re-signing of Neymar at the end of the season – using a €100m sale of Philippe Coutinho to fund it (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City summer signing Joao Cancelo has been identified by Valencia as an ideal right-back target, although Pep Guardiola is reluctant to let him leave even on loan and Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi is another option for the Spaniards (AS)

Rumours linking Manchester United with a move for Aleksei Miranchuk have been described as “fantasies” by the player’s agent (Sport-Express)

Barcelona are looking to loan Jean-Clair Todibo out to a club playing in European competition, and there is interest from England (Mundo Deportivo)

Hertha Berlin have made Granit Xhaka their top target after their €20m bid for Lyon’s Lucas Tousart was rejected (RMC Sport)

Mauricio Pochettino turned down an offer to manage Real Betis after leaving Tottenham, in favour of taking a break from coaching (AS)

West Ham have told Athletic Bilbao they will trigger the €30m release clause of wantaway defender Unai Nunez in January (AS)

PSG have entered the race for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, but Bayern Munich are unlikely to sign him in January (

Atletico Madrid have still not agreed a fee with PSG for Edinson Cavani, despite the player reportedly agreeing personal terms (Marca)

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Lyon are interested in moves for unsettled Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar and Valencia striker Kevin Gameiro (L’Equipe)

Fenerbahce want to sign Oumar Niasse from Everton, with less than a year left on his contract (Takvim)

Alan Pardew has been named as the new manager of Dutch side ADO Den Haag, who are second from bottom in the Eredivisie (official)

Fiorentina sporting director Daniel Prade has travelled to England to try and arrange the loan signing of Patrick Cutrone from Wolves, while Torino are also interested (Tuttosport)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved closer to a return to AC Milan after they changed their contract offer to be based on his goalscoring stats rather than their ability to qualify for Europe (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Manchester City and West Ham are considering a move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, although the Eagles want to renew his contract (AS)


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