Liverpool have reignited their interest in a former strike target, while Alexis Sanchez could find sanctuary with a LaLiga giant, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL BACK IN FOR IRANIAN STRIKER
Liverpool have reportedly reignited their interest in signing Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun.
Russian publication SovSport reports that Reds scouts were in attendance for the Russian Super Cup to watch Azmoun feature for Zenit St Petersburg, with the forward scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The 24-year-old attacker, who was once dubbed as ‘The Iranian Messi’ following rumours about a move to Merseyside rivals Everton, was crucial to Zenit’s Russian Premier League title win last season – hitting 13 goals and adding another six assists.
It’s not the first time Jurgen Klopp’s men have been linked with Azmoun, with the player admitting that he had talks with the Anfield giants over a move back in 2017 but decided against it due to a worry over regular game time.
He said at the time: “There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window. However, I did not feel the time to move was right.
“I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”
The striker eventually moved to Zenit for £10.5 million and would appear to be a good fit for Liverpool – indeed his stats make for much better reading than Divock Origi and the released Daniel Sturridge.
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SEVILLA HOLD TALKS OVER DEAL FOR ALEXIS SANCHEZ
Alexis Sanchez’s agent has held talks over a move to Sevilla with the club’s director of football Monchi, according to reports in Spain.
The former Barcelona star has had a torrid time at Manchester United since joining the club from Arsenal in January 2018 – but it seemed his enormous salary would make it extremely difficult to offload him this summer.
But according to Don Balon, talks between Sanchez’s agent and Monchi have taken place as the Andalucian club look at ways in which they can finance his huge wages.
However, the Spanish outlet reports that the Chilean will have to accept a massively-reduced pay-cut to move to the LaLiga giants.
While details at this time are sketchy over what fee they would have to pay United, it’s been reported in the past that the Red Devils would allow Sanchez to move on a loan arrangement should any club show willing to take on his enormous wages.
And with talks over a deal with Sevilla ongoing, the LaLiga giants could well provide a sanctuary for the player as he looks to rebuild his career and reputation at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
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AND THE REST
West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has been offered to Fiorentina this summer (SportItalia)
Napoli are locked in talks to sign Fenerbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas, with the Macedonian also chased by Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid (Sky Italia)
Porto are in talks to bring Roma defender Ivan Marcano back to the club (Gianluca DiMarzio)
Timothy Castagne has rejected a move to Crystal Palace and will instead sign a new contract with Atalanta (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Liverpool are readying a €75m approach to Real Madrid for forward Marco Asensio (El Desmarque)
Jurgen Klopp also wants to sign Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo, with Liverpool set to offer €30m for the Spain U21 star (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester United have seen an initial €75m (£67m) offer for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fail, with Lazio determined to get €120m for the star midfielder (Gazzetta dello Sport)
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could fund a move for Serbian Milinkovic-Savic but offloading Nemanja Matic to either AC Milan or Inter Milan in a €40m deal (ESPN)
Gareth Bale will reject possible advances to join Tottenham or Manchester United after Bayern Munich opened the door on a surprise move to the Bundesliga (Don Balon)
West Ham have snuck in at the 11th hour to beat Valencia to land Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez in what is expected to be a €45m swoop (La Voz de Galicia)
William Saliba is set to travel to England later this week to finalise his €30m transfer to Arsenal (Goal)
Inter Milan have raised their offer to Cagliari for midfielder Nicolò Barella to €45m – and are expected an answer from the former Liverpool target in the next 48 hours (Sky Italia)
Juventus frontman Paulo Dybala has ruled out a summer switch to Serie A rivals Inter Milan (Corriere dello Sport)
Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan is ready to consider a move to China after being told he does not figure in Antonio Conte’s plans at Inter Milan (Calciomercato)
Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has flown to Madrid for talks with Jorge Mendes over sealing a deal for Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez (Sky Italia)
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has returned to training a week earlier than his teammates in a bid to hit the ground running this season (Cadena Ser)
Everton have launched a €35m bid to Barcelona for unwanted Brazilian winger Malcom (RMC Sport)
Juventus are close to securing the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax – but still remain €10m short of their €70m asking price (De Telegraaf)
New Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has played down comparisons to his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and says he’s arrived in Madrid to “write my own story”. (Marca)
Ajax have handed 30-year-old playmaker Dusan Tadic an incredible new seven-year deal – though the playing side is limited until 2023 (various)
Watford defender Marc Navarro is set to return to LaLiga after just one year away with Leganes closing on his signature (Marca)