Liverpool are close to signing a hot Real Mallorca striker prospect and also wants a new goalkeeper, while Athletic Bilbao have agreed a January swoop on Tottenham, according to Thursday’s European papers.
KLOPP BACKS LIVERPOOL MOVE FOR MALLORCA PROSPECT
Liverpool are plotting a January swoop for upcoming Real Mallorca striker Victor de Baunbag, according to reports in Spain.
De Baunbag has excelled in Mallorca’s academy, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer in every season he has been with the Spanish side.
And now, according to Sport, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been watching the 18-year-old for some time, with the Reds boss now sanctioning an approach for the teenage striker following a series of glowing reports from his scouts.
And the Spanish outlet claims Liverpool have now made contact with the player’s entourage to see if he would have an interest in switching to Liverpool when the transfer window opens in January.
And with Klopp keen to add the frontman to his forward options, Sport have described the striker as player already “ideal for the Premier League”.
There’s no mention of the fee involved for De Baunbag, but it’s not likely to be much given the player is yet to feature for in the first team for the Segunda Liga side.
Meanwhile, Don Balon claims Liverpool are ready to push for a surprise swoop on Real Madrid for long-term Klopp target Keylor Navas, who has lost his place at Real Madrid.
Navas was linked with Liverpool prior to their signing of Alisson Becker, but it’s claimed Klopp wants a second top quality shot-stopper to provide strong competition for the Brazilian, with the report adding that the deal will mean the Reds will finally grant Simon Mignolet his wish to move on.
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AND THE REST
Fulham have asked Chelsea to be given first refusal to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan should AC Milan opt to end their arrangement with the Chelsea midfielder (Calciomercato)
Athletic Bilbao have agreed a January deal to sign Fernando Llorente from Tottenham – though the move could hinge on Spurs signing a replacement first (AS)
Man Utd have been urged to sign Ajax duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong by former midfielder Arnold Muhren (De Telegraaf)
Man City have won the race to sign Lille star Nicolas Pepe after agreeing a €50m deal to sign him from Lille next summer (Don Balon)
Roma, Juventus and Napoli have joined the hunt for in-demand Lille frontman Pepe, who is also wanted by Arsenal (Calciomercato)
Newcastle are leading the January chase to sign Bologna striker Mattia Destro (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are ready to match any offer from Manchester United and Tottenham for in-demand Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen (Tuttosport)
Chelsea are ready to challenge Bayern Munich for the signing of Nabil Fekir at the end of the season (L’Equipe)
Everton are willing to sanction a return for striker Cenk Tosun to former club Besiktas during the January transfer window (Fotomac)
AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has labelled Suso as one of the world’s best stars right now (Gazzetta dello Sport)