Liverpool have won the race to sign a €60m striker with an announcement imminent, while Man Utd’s rivals have outbid them for Bruno Fernandes, according to Monday’s European Paper Talk.
WERNER WANTS LIVERPOOL MOVE; ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT?
Liverpool’s hopes of winning the race to sign Timo Werner have been given a significant double lift, according to a report.
The Germany striker finds himself a man in demand and has been linked with a plethora of clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Man Utd among his suitors.
However, it is Liverpool who are in the driving seat and Bild on Monday cites two major reasons why a move to Anfield looks the most likely outcome.
As per the German publication, they claim Werner has set his sights on playing in the Premier League and believes the football Jurgen Klopp’s side play would most suit his style with Anfield listed as the striker’s “preferred goal”.
Furthermore – and perhaps just as significantly – it’s claimed Liverpool’s relationship with Leipzig would see the Bundesliga club prefer to do business with the Reds. That’s due to, what’s reported as, ‘good relations’ between the sides following Naby Keita’s transfer back in summer 2018.
Werner’s exit clause stands at €60m, but interestingly, Bild claims this will reduce with each passing summer his contract elapses. And with the player determined to move on in summer 2020, it’s reported Leipzig now they can only get their maximum asking price for Werner this summer.
Other reports take the story a step further by suggesting a deal to take Werner to Anfield may already have been struck and an announcement over a summer deal – the striker has made it clear he won’t leave in January with his side well placed to win the Bundesliga – could be announced before January is out.
Interesting times ahead, but surely Liverpool won’t announce anything at this stage given confirmation of a deal for the striker would lead to increased speculation that one of their famed front three – and most likely Sadio Mane – may be on the move elsewhere. And given Liverpool’s quest for Premier League and Champions League glory, that’s one distraction they could do without!
AND THE REST
Man City are set to pip Man Utd to the signature of Bruno Fernandes after it was claimed they were ready to pay Sporting Lisbon €90m for the midfielder (Correio de Manha)
Leicester City are interested in signing Fenerbahce’s German striker Max Kruse, with Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis also in the running (Haber Global)
Boubakary Soumare has told suitors Man Utd and Chelsea he has no desire to leave Lille during the January window (L’Equipe)
Barcelona are considering a surprise swoop for their former winger Pedro with the player out of favour at Chelsea and set to leave as a free agent at the end of the season (Mundo Deportivo)
Federico Bernardeschi’s representatives are in talks with Barcelona over a possible deal to take the Juventus forward to the Nou Camp in a deal that would see Ivan Rakitic move the other way (Corriere Dello Sport)
Struggling West Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez is set to join La Liga side Alaves this month after suffering a nightmare in the Premier League (Mundo Deportivo)
AC Milan will sign Wigan and USA international left-back Antonee Robinson just as soon as Ricardo Rodriguez leaves the club for Fenerbahce (Sky Italia)
Sevilla have joined Everton in the hunt to sign Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino (Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan’s bid to sign Dani Olmo remains in doubt with Dinamo Zagreb insisting on a huge sell-on clause as part of the move to Italy, but the Italians not so keen (Tuttosport)
Milan are also keeping tabs on Roma winger Cengiz Under and will move for the Turk if a deal for Olmo falls through (Calciomercato)
Drama like you've never seen it in the Turkish second tier! 😅
Usakspor keeper Ersin Aydin is sent off for stepping off his line twice after saving an original penalty and then the re-take…
Defender Levent Aktug goes in goal and… saves the third! 👏pic.twitter.com/6HXAwuRzD0
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 20, 2020
Roma will make a January move for Real Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj as a replacement for Under if he departs (Mundo Deportivo)
Max Allegri’s agent insists the former Juventus manager is in no hurry to return and insists a summer move will all depend on whether linked clubs reach the Champions League or not (Radio Anch’io Sport)
Inter Milan are ready to re-open talks over a deal for Christian Eriksen and hope to announce his signing before the end of the week,(Gazzetta dello Sport)
AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has emerged as a possible transfer target for Barcelona as they look to fill the gap left in their side by Luis Suarez’s injury (Mundo Deportivo)
Alaves have confirmed that their former Man City striker John Guidetti has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on loan with a view to a permanent deal (AS)
Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 27, will join Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract ends in June and has agreed a five-year deal with the Gunners (France Football)
Inter Milan remain keen on signing Croatia midfielder Luka Modric from Real Madrid – and could even strike a surprise deal this month (Sport)
Lyon are interested in Athletico Paranaense’s Brazilian defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 22, who is also a reported target for Arsenal (L’Equipe)
Getafe defender Leandro Cabrera is on the verge of joining Espanyol after they met his his €9m release clause (Mundo Deportivo)
Napoli have reportedly joined the race for Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong (Tuttosport)
Atalanta are close to signing left-back Lennart Czyborra from Dutch side Heracles for a fee of around €3.5m (Sky Italia)
Real Madrid are set to confirm the signing of highly-rated youngster Reinier from Flamengo in a €30m deal (AS)