Euro Paper Talk: Reds lead race for 13-goal ace, but Italian has preferred PL club

Date published: Wednesday 24th April 2019 8:42

Lorenzo Insigne TEAMtalk

Liverpool are at the head of the queue for a Napoli striker, while Barcelona are prepared to offload Malcom this summer, all in the Euro papers.



Liverpool lead the race for Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne, according to a report in Italy.

Corriere dello Sport claim the Reds are keen on the Italy forward – a player who is understood to have been on Liverpool’s radar for some time.

The 27-year-old, who is under contract until 2022, has scored 13 goals and contributed seven assists for Napoli this season.

A deal for the player would be expensive and the same report claims Insigne has set his heart on being reunited with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Last month Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis declared that Insigne was not for sale.

Man City and Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing the Italian marksman according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, which claimed that the pair were prepared to battle with Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.

Speaking to Calciomercato however, De Laurentiis – who allegedly values the player at around €100m – reiterated that the absence of a release clause in the forward’s contract will make negotiations over a deal extremely difficult.

“He is not on the market, I have not registered interest in Insigne,” the club’s president said. “He is an extraordinary, attractive player, there are few like him.

“When someone is good, the interest of 7, 8, 9 or 10 teams is normal. However, one thing is to desire it, one thing is to give the money. Pay coin, see the camel.

“Insigne does not have a price, otherwise, we would have put a release clause in his contract,” he said.



Tottenham have launched a bid to take Gareth Bale back from Real Madrid – but have warned the LaLiga giants it is a one-time offer and won’t be raised.

The dethroned European champions are planning wholesale changes this summer and Welshman Bale is one of the big names they want to move on. However, with a number of clubs unwilling to meet the reported €100m asking price for the 29-year-old, Marca claimed earlier this week they could allow the player to leave instead on loan with a view to a permanent deal in summer 2020.

And with suitors seemingly few and far between, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has, according to Don Balon, seen the opportunity to launch a cheeky one-time bid for their former star.

According to the Spanish outlet, Levy has contacted Real to offer them €70m (£60.7m) for the winger – some €30m short of their valuation. And the deal, apparently, comes with a caveat: Levy has told Real they won’t hang around for Real to see if they will get a better offer from elsewhere, also warning the Spaniards that they won’t be raising their bid.

Tottenham are notoriously careful when it comes to money and have not signed a new player since Lucas Moura arrived in January 2018 – some 18 months ago by the time the summer window opens.

The €70m approach for Bale, however, would still represent a club-record outlay for Spurs, who believe the player will be welcomed back by supporters as they look to make a marquee signing to bring in the first full season at their impressive new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.



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Manchester City have joined a growing list of suitors, including Man Utd, for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes (Correio da Manha)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has rejected reports that he was in line to take over from Rafa Benitez at Newcastle (various)

Malcom wants to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, with the club prepared to sell if they can recoup the £36.5million they spent on him last summer (ESPN)

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing playmaker Takefusa Kubo, 17, from FC Tokyo (Mundo Deportivo)

Dani Ceballos TEAMtalk

Real Madrid are ready to put Liverpool target Dani Ceballos up for sale with Marcos Llorente and Sergio Reguilon also tipped to depart (Marca)

Arsenal are vying with Monaco and Marseille for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who has been told he can leave this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Madrid are prepared to sell Martin Odegaard this summer and Ajax are considering a move for the Norwegian midfielder (De Telegraaf)

Torino president Urbano Cairo has warned Roma not to waste their time trying to appoint Gianluca Petrachi as their new sporting director (RMC Sport)

Cristiano Ronaldo has submitted a six-man €500m transfer wish-list to Juventus, with Joao Felix, Raphael Varane, Kostas Manolas, Tanguy Ndombele, Federico Chiesa and Isco all featuring (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United will spend the €120m to buy Jan Oblak out of his Atletico Madrid contract if David De Gea refuses to sign a new deal and leaves Old Trafford this summer (various)

Manchester City want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente and are prepared to pay €65m to sign him as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan this summer (El Chiringuito)

Atletico Madrid defenders Diego Godin and Filipe Luis look set to leave the club this summer when their contracts expire (Marca)

Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic admits the club would be powerless to keep Luka Jovic should Real Madrid move for the striker (Maca)

Luka Jovic TEAMtalk

Roma will revive their interest in Marseille star Florian Thauvin this summer and will not be put off by his €40m asking price (Telefoot)

Paul Pogba has told Manchester United teammates he is leaving this summer – and wants to join Real Madrid and link up with idol Zinedine Zidane (L’Equipe)

RB Leipzig want to extend Emile Smith Rowe’s loan deal from Arsenal until the end of the 2019/20 season (Kicker)

Barcelona are set to extend the contract of midfielder Arturo Vidal by a further year after being impressed by his contribution (Sport)

Arsenal want Dennis Praet as a midfield replacement for Aaron Ramsey, and will have no issue meeting the €20m fee (Corriere dello Sport)

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has not rule out a move to MLS should he leave the Camp Nou in the future (AS)

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez is called a potential call-up to the Spain national team as a “dream come true” (Radio Marca)

Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar has vowed to improve next season but insists he has ‘no thoughts’ about leaving the club despite fresh links to Arsenal (Marca)

Manchester United are warming to the idea of bidding on Joao Felix after making yet another check on the €120m Benfica youngster

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has admitted he wants to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer (Bild)

Napoli are interested in signing Empoli’s Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer for next season (Calcionews.24)




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