Napoli are closing on a deal for an unwanted Liverpool star, while West Ham are making ambitious plans to snare a long-term £38m Jurgen Klopp target, according to Thursday’s European papers.
NAPOLI TO END MIGNOLET’S LIVERPOOL MISERY
Napoli are ready to push through a move to sign Liverpool outcast Simon Mignolet before the end of the month.
The Serie A side are in the market for a new keeper, having seen Pepe Reina move to Milan over the summer and have been linked with a host of names. Guillermo Ochoa and David Ospina were thought to be on their radar, but reports in Italy now claim Mignolet has emerged as their No 1 target.
According to Gianluca Di Marzi, Liverpool have informed Napoli they won’t stand in the player’s way if they make a suitable bid and it’s suggested the player could move on a loan-to-buy deal before the month is out.
Mignolet cost Liverpool £9m when he signed in 2013 and it’s thought the Reds are seeking a similar fee. However, after Klopp settled on Loris Karius as his No 2 to expensive summer recruit Alisson Becker, the club are willing to let Mignolet leave on loan in order to get the former Sunderland man off the books.
The report adds that the Partenopei could even sign two keepers this summer after Alex Meret was sidelined with a broken arm, with talks over a similar loan-to-buy deal also taking place with Standard Liege for Ochoa.
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AND THE REST
West Ham have launched a £38m bid to sign long-term Liverpool target and Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt – and will try to secure a deal to sign him next summer if the Bundesliga side won’t sell him today (Kicker)
Real Madrid left-back Marcelo is once again being linked with a reunion with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus (Tuttosport)
Keylor Navas says he is ready to fight for the No 1 jersey at Real Madrid despite the confirmation of Thibaut Courtois’ signing (Onda Cero)
AC Milan are the new favourites to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and will wrap up a €120m move before the end of the month (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Brazil star Rivaldo claims compatriot Neymar will still end up playing for Real Madrid – even though he expects him to stay at PSG for this season (Marca)
Real Madrid will target Tottenham star Christian Eriksen if they lose Luka Modric this summer (Marca)
Tottenham have made a €40m offer to Inter Milan for Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (Sportske Novosti)
Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will join AC Milan on loan with option to buy for between €30-35million (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will make Jordi Alba his No 1 left-back target – though a deal looks unlikely this month (Don Balon)
Real Madrid have offered Luka Modric a new contract in a bid to ward off interest from Inter (Marca)
Atalanta are interested in signing Roberto Soriano from Villarreal (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Memphis Depay says he wants to move away from Lyon by expressing his desire to join “a bigger club” (various)
Leeds are making renewed efforts to bring Alvaro Negredo to the club on loan and still hope to convince the player to accept a wage cut to move to Elland Road (Fanatik)
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer – and the man they want to replace the departing Mateo Kovacic (AS)
Manchester United have offered Juan Mata to Inter Milan as the Serie A side’s hopes of signing Luka Modric face (Sky Italia)
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has named his price for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – but insists he is in no rush to sell the Manchester United (Corriere della Sera)
Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal is close to a move to Sampdoria, with a fee of €2.5million being mooted (Corriere dello Sport)
Brighton are set to see off competition from both West Ham and Burnley to sign Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi (ESPN)
Galatasaray have made Liverpool a loan offer with a buyout clause for Marko Grujic (Aksam)
Leeds United are favorites to sign Manchester City defender Jason Denayer after making a permanent offer for the defender, but Galatasaray remain in talks (Fanatik)
West Ham are hoping to lure Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo this summer (Marca)