Tottenham look set to beat Liverpool to a €60m Portugal star, while Jurgen Klopp could also hit a roadblock in attempts to lure a PSG star, according to Monday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL LOOK SET TO MISS OUT ON MAJOR TARGET
Liverpool hopes of signing Gelson Martins this summer appear to have suffered a serious blow, according to reports in Portugal.
The Portugal winger was chased by Jurgen Klopp last summer, but was instead convinced by Liverpool scouts to sign Mohamed Salah.
While the move for the Egyptian has paid rich dividends, Klopp’s interest in Martins has not waned and it’s reported in A Bola that the Reds could be ready to make a fresh move for the winger.
But Martins, who has a €60million buy-out in his Sporting Lisbon contract, is said to be against the idea of moving to Anfield – and it’s Salah who has been cited.
According to the claims, Martins believes the form of Salah would prevent him seeing too much first-team action at Anfield.
As a result, it’s suggested Tottenham are ahead of the Reds in the race to land Martins, with Spurs looking for a headline signing ahead of their return to their rebuilt White Hart Lane home.
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CHELSEA LINK TO NABIL FEKIR
Chelsea are the latest club to show an interest in signing Lyon forward Nabil Fekir this summer, according to L’Equipe.
The £60million-rated 23-year-old has this weekend become Liverpool’s No.1 target after various reports from France suggested he was Anfield bound.
RMC Sport, L’Equipe and Canal+ all carried reports of Gerard Houllier brokering a deal to take the attacking midfielder to Liverpool.
Now though Fekir apparently is wanted by Chelsea after 22 goals for the Ligue 1 side this season.
AND THE REST
PSG want to tie Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Adrien Rabiot down to a long-term contract, with his current one expiring in 2019 (L’Equipe)
Everton have been linked with a surprise swoop for Ajax star Justin Kluivert this summer. The Holland forward is also being chased by Manchester United (Transfer Market Web)
Marek Hamsik’s representatives have denied the Napoli man could be heading to Chelsea (CalcioNapoli24)
RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says he has rejected the advances of Bayern Munich (ZDF)
Paris Saint-Germain wanted to bring Ryan Sessegnon to the French capital, but the Fulham wonderkid is going to Tottenham Hotspur (Paris United)
Rafinha wants to make his loan spell at Inter Milan permanent and Luciano Spalletti, the Nerazzurri’s manager, wants the Barcelona midfielder to be his first summer signing (Calciomercato)
James Rodriguez says he wants to stay at Bayern Munich on a permanent basis (various)
Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed talk of Ousmane Dembele leaving Barcelona this summer (various)
Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed he will leave Juventus when his contract expires in the summer and he’s heading for Dortmund (Bild)
Franck Ribery has extended his Bayern Munich contract until 2019 (Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich are ready to transfer-list Manchester United and Chelsea targets Robert Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal (Calciomercato)
Villarreal have emerged as favourites to re-sign Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla this summer after their president made a personal call to the Spaniard (AS)
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that he met with the agent of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann over a summer transfer (RAC1)
RB Leipzig are hoping to sign Ademola Lookman in a permanent deal from Everton this summer (Kicker)
Valencia are leading Juventus and Real Madrid in the race to sign Barcelona starlet Abel Ruiz (Superdeporte)
Villarreal have lodged a €16m bid for in-demand Angers striker and Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi, who is also wanted by Newcastle (L’Equipe)
Borussia Dortmund have ended their interest in Tiemoue Bakayoko after Chelsea quoted them a £53m fee (Sport 1)
Everton are interested in Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin (AS)
AC Milan are eyeing a summer move for former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko (Tuttosport)
The news comes after Torino once again insisted they have no wish to sell €100m striker Andrea Belotti this summer (Radio Rai)
Meanwhile, Carlos Bacca could move to Roma in a swap deal for Dzeko this summer (Tuttosport)
Juventus are wrong to target Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and should go for Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic instead, according to Gianluca Vialli (Sky Italia)
Legendary former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has announced he will shelve plans to retire this summer and will play on for at least one more year (AFP)
Chicago Fire are stepping up their interest in former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres (Cadena Cope)