Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool jump to front of queue for €30m stopper

Liverpool have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue to sign a new keeper, while Barcelona are ready to offer Lionel Messi a deal for life, according to Sunday’s European press.



Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to sign Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, who is also wanted by Juventus.

Recent reports suggested that Juve were looking to beat Jurgen Klopp’s men to the €30m-rated stopper, but it is now claimed that the reigning Serie A champions are instead ready to open talks with Manchester United’s David de Gea in January.

The 23-year-old Cakir was watched by Liverpool scouts last weekend as the Reds look for a long-term back-up option for No. 1 Alisson.

Former West Ham stopper Adrian was signed over the summer and was forced into the side after Alisson suffered an injury in the season-opening win over Norwich.


However, it would appear that Liverpool rate Cakir very highly and could be ready to splash the cash to get their man in January – as reported by Turkish newspaper Gunes.


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Barcelona are ready to offer legendary playmaker Lionel Messi a lifelong contract offer (Mundo Deportivo)

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Real Madrid are set to return to the negotiating table next summer for Dutchman Donny Van de Beek (AS)

Pep Guardiola has instructed Manchester City scouts to monitor the form of Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis (Record)

Juventus are likely to make another attempt to sign league rivals AS Roma’s midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo (Calciomercato)

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Some Barcelona players offered their own money to help fund a move for PSG’s Brazil forward Neymar this summer (Marca)

Italian Serie A giants Napoli star striker Lorenzo Insigne is eager to extend his contract with the club (Corriere dello Sport)

Dries Mertens is widely expected to leave Napoli at the end of the season, with his future at Anderlecht, in China or MLS (Football Italia)

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AC Milan are likely to make a move for Udinese highly-rated winger Rodrigo De Paul in the January transfer window (Calciomercato)

Roma tried to offer Steven Nzonzi to Galatasaray with €10m in exchange for Marcao, but the Turkish club turned them down (

Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado is set to hold contract talks with the Italian champions

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Italian Serie A giants AS Roma have offered a contract extension to veteran defender Aleksandar Kolarov in order to keep him at the Stadio Olimpico (Calciomercato)

AC Milan are likely to make another attempt to sign FC Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison in the January transfer window (Calciomercato)

Napoli plan to extend Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz’s contract. The 23-year-old is a target for Real, who had a £40.7m offer rejected in the summer (Football Italia)

Inter Milan are unlikely to table an increase offer for Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic (Calciomercato)

Torino are ready to offer Coach Walter Mazzarri a new contract holding him to the club until June 2023 (Tuttosport)

Lazio veteran striker Felipe Caicedo is edging closer to signing a contract extension (Corriere dello Sport)

Former France midfielder and Lyon women manager Reynald Pedros is in discussions to become the head coach of South Korea (L’Equipe)