Liverpool will have to fight off competition from Lazio as they look to sign a €20m-rated back-up addition, while Tottenham receive a boost in their efforts to sign a midfield star – all in Wednesday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL FACE COMPETITION FOR CAKIR
Liverpool will have to fend off competition from Lazio if they want to sign Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to a report.
The 23-year-old, who has been at the club since 2012, has made 18 appearances so far this season, shipping 24 goals and only keeping one clean sheet in that time.
The goalkeeper’s agent has already confirmed that Liverpool are one of four clubs keeping tabs on his client and Turkish outlet Aksam (via Calciomercato) sheds more light on the situation.
It is claimed that Lazio are set to join the race with Liverpool for Cakir’s signature, with Juventus and RB Leipzig quoted as also being interested in his services.
As for Liverpool’s interest, boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be aware that with the contract of back-up goalkeeper Adrian, 32, lasting until the summer of 2022 at the latest, the manager is looking for a long-term replacement.
Cakir, a two-cap Turkey international, has made 52 appearances for Trabzonspor, managing 10 shutouts to date.
AND THE REST
Super-agent Jorge Mendes has a document giving him the ‘exclusive’ right to sell Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, which could give Tottenham a boost given Jose Mourinho’s relationship with the agent (TVI)
Sevilla sporting director Monchi has expressed his belief that midfielder Ivan Rakitic will return to the club from Barcelona in the coming years (Canal Sur radio)
Bordeaux midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has said that he is delighted to have received comparisons with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (RMC Sport)
Former Leeds defender Hugo Diaz has named Whites boss Marelo Bielsa as the coach who has had the greatest influence on his career (Tele Madrid)
Brighton want to cut short Alexis Mac Allister’s loan spell at Boca Juniors by bringing him back from Argentina in January (TNT)
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard suffered an ankle injury in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu)
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that he will know more about the extent of the Belgian’s injury in the coming days (Football-Espana)
Juventus are the current frontrunners in the race to sign Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo (Calciomercato)
Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti has said that he would be open to returning to Lyon at some point in his career (Diario Sport)
Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella has undergone successful knee surgery that will keep him out until next year (Football-Italia)
Fiorentina midfielder Federico Chiesa has rejected the offer of a new contract from the club (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Crystal Palace and West Ham are interested in signing Inter’s Gabriel Barbosa, who is currently on loan at Flamengo and has been linked with Newcastle (Fcinternews.it)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he has become a co-owner Swedish club Hammarby (Aftonbladet)
Former midfielder Xabi Alonso has been cleared of three charges of tax fraud by a Madrid court (Marca)