Liverpool are ready to spend big and land a Real Madrid star, while Tottenham are leading the race for an incredible €80m double deal, according to Thursday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL MULL OVER CLUB RECORD BID
Liverpool have made an approach for Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio, and could seal his signature for a club-record fee if reports are to be believed.
A report earlier on Thursday suggested that Chelsea are reportedly prepared to spend €80million (£72m) to make sure that attacking midfielder Marco Asensio comes the other way if they are to sell Eden Hazard.
The 22-year-old has a €700m release clause and has been linked with Manchester United and Spurs among others.
However, Spanish outlet Diario Gol are now indicating that Real will listen to big-money offers, and that a bid of €120m would likely persuade them to sell.
The Blues could use Los Blancos’ interest in Hazard as leverage to negotiate a possible deal, but the report hints that Liverpool are in a good position to launch a bid themselves.
SPURS TARGET IMPRESSIVE DOUBLE DEAL
Tottenham are looking to end their transfer stagnation by plotting an impressive double swoop over the next two transfer windows, according to reports on Thursday.
According to il Corriere dello Sport, Mauricio Pochettino has already identified his No 1 replacement for China-bound Mousa Dembele in the form of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
The Ivory Coast international is a regular at Milan, but it’s claimed an offer of €40million would persuade the Serie A side to cash in on a midfielder, who is also emerging as a target for Chelsea.
The Italian newspaper believes Spurs have already set the wheels in motion to sign Kessie as a replacement for Dembele, who is set to move to Beijing Sinobo Guoan for a fee of around €12m.
And it seems Tottenham won’t be finished there either with Sport Bild claiming Tottenham are also emerging as strong contenders ahead of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to sign in-demand RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Werner has netted 13 goals in 21 games this season and while a deal looks unlikely to happen until the summer, the German paper claim Spurs are readying a summer bid of €40m for a player, who has already been told he will be sold at the end of the season if he does not sign a new deal.
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AND THE REST
Sampdoria have agreed a deal with Southampton to sign Manolo Gabbiadini, which will see the club pay a €500,000 loan fee before it becomes a permanent €12m deal this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has appeared to rule out a move to Real Madrid after saying his heart belongs to River Plate (ESPN FC)
Roma sporting director Monchi has confirmed their interest in Krzystzof Piatek – but is unwilling to meet the €70m asking price for the Chelsea and Barcelona target (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Manchester City, PSG and Barcelona are all interested in Valencia star Carlos Soler (AS)
Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong has agreed a €67m switch to Barcelona with an announcement expected imminently (Sport)
Adrien Rabiot’s mother and agent has opened talks with four other European teams, one of which is thought to be Liverpool, after his move to Barcelona ran into complications (Sport)
Toulouse president Olivier Sadran has blasted the ‘arrogance’ of Barcelona in their signing of defender Jean-Clair Todibo (ESPN FC)
Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has hit out at rumours suggesting he could leave for Manchester United or Inter Milan via his Instagram page (various)
PSG are preparing a €80m offer for Napoli midfielder Allan (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli will then use the money to launch a €40m bid for Liverpool and Chelsea target Nicolo Barella of Cagliari (Corriere dello Sport)
Valencia are set to cut short the season-long loan spell of striker Michy Batshuayi who is set to return to Chelsea (AS)
Chelsea’s chief-executive Marina Granovskaia remains unconvinced that Gonzalo Higuain is the answer to Chelsea’s striker problems and is ready to advise the club against the deal (Sky Italia)
Atletico Madrid have joined Sevilla in the hunt for Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata (AS)
Juventus are set to sabotage Napoli’s raid for Christian Kouame (Calciomercato)
The agent of Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi has confirmed his client will leave the club but no agreement has been signed with Sevilla (Cadena Cope)
Real Madrid are close to securing the signature of Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu (Marca)
Barcelona could sign Spurs backup striker Fernando Llorente if Munir leaves, with Alvaro Morata and Kevin Gameiro also on their radar (Don Balon)
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has agreed to join Juventus in the summer (Sky Italia)
Arsenal are watching Torino’s €15m-rated defender Nicolas Nkoulou, but face competition from Sevilla (Gazzetta Dello Sport)