Liverpool are looking to swoop on Juventus in January and clear the way for an experienced star to leave, while Man Utd’s transfer kitty could be boosted amid talk an approach is incoming for a loaned out defender, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
KLOPP WANTS RUGANI TO STRENGTHEN LIVERPOOL’S DEFENSIVE RESOLVE
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is casting his eyes towards Juventus in his hunt for a long-term replacement for Dejan Loven, according to reports in Italy.
The Croatian is a popular figure with Klopp, but had asked to leave Merseyside over the summer after becoming something of a periphery figure at Anfield.
However, it is understood Klopp was unwilling to sell the player then given he felt youngsters Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg were not yet ready to be thrust into the first-team limelight on a regular basis.
And with doubts now also emerging over Joe Gomez’s long-term future at Liverpool, it seems the Reds boss is casting his eyes around the globe for suitable reinforcements – and out-of-favour Juve defender Rugani is believed to be a player he is considering.
The Italy star has been pushed down the pecking order at the Allianz Stadium this season but Calciomercato claims Liverpool want to beat AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester United to his signature.
As per the report, Rugani could be allowed to leave for a fee of around €23m – an amount not beyond Liverpool’s means – and with the 25-year-old yet to feature in Europe this season – the player could be brought in by Liverpool as early as January and clearing Lovren to make his Anfield exit.
AND THE REST
Roma are ready to ask Manchester United if they can make Chris Smalling’s loan arrangement a permanent deal as they’ve been that impressed by him and plan to offer an initial €15m (Goal Italy)
N’Golo Kante has told Chelsea he wants to quit the club and join either Real Madrid or Juventus next summer as he seeks a fresh challenge (El Desmarque)
Man City saw a huge summer approach to sign Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur rejected by Juventus (Corriere dello Sport)
AC Milan want to land Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena in January but the player’s preference is to join a Spanish club. Tottenham have also been mentioned as suitors (Estadio Deportivo)
Isco will choose from Man City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Napoli and Juventus in January after Real Madrid told him he can leave if any side matches their €70m valuation (Mundo Deportivo)
Arturo Vidal has hinted that he would love to work under Antonio Conte again amid rumours he will join Inter Milan this January (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona officials were recently in Brazil to watch young Sao Paulo stars midfielder Igor Liziero, attacking midfielder Igor Gomes and striker Antony (Globo Esporte)
Inter Milan will hold talks with Thomas Meunier, Layvin Kurzawa of PSG and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham in the new year in a bid to entice them to the San Siro on free transfers next summer (Fijaches)
AC Milan are tracking €15m-rated PSV right-back Danzel Dumfries with a view to a possible January swoop (Tuttosport)
Milan could finance the deal by offloading Davide Calabria in January, with the Italian expected to fetch as much as €20m in the January window (Tuttosport)
Yamato Wakatsuki, a 17-year-old Japanese striker who currently plays in Kiryu Daiichi, is catching Juventus’ eye (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s agent says the Wales international is “ecstatic to play” for the Spanish club, following reports linking the 30-year-old with a move to China (Deportes Cuatro)
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been in contact with representatives Borussia Monchengladbach’s 22-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria (Sky Deutschland)