Euro Paper Talk: Juventus snub one Liverpool star but demand another in Adrien Rabiot swap

Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino Liverpool

Juventus are willing to offload midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Liverpool but only if they get Reds striker Roberto Firmino in return, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims that Manchester United have stepped up their chase to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile.


Juventus reportedly want Roberto Firmino in any swap deal with Liverpool for France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Reports from Calciomercato earlier in the week stated that the Reds are ready to offer Naby Keita in a straight swap for Rabiot.

However, another Italian outlet, CMW, claims that the Turin giants will ask for Firmino instead.

Rabiot has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all showing interest in the past.

But it now appears that a switch to Anfield could be on the cards, if Liverpool offer up the right player.

The 27-year-old will be out of contract in the summer of 2023, prompting Juve to try and cash in now.

In contrast, Keita is reportedly on the verge of landing a new contract on Merseyside. Firmino, meanwhile, appears unlikely to leave despite Liverpool splashing out a large sum on Darwin Nunez.

But the report adds that the resolve of the Reds could be tested by Juve’s approach for Firmino.

The Serie A giants want the Brazilian to replace Paulo Dybala in Turin, as they view him as similar in style to the Argentine.

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CMW goes on to add that a straight Rabiot, Keita swap is more viable – given both players are rated at around £17m. However, Firmino is more in the £26-30m range, which makes a swap more problematic.

But if it is Keita that is offloaded then that is some drop in price for the midfielder.

Liverpool spent £48m to land the Guinea star from RB Leipzig back in 2018.


Benoit Badiashile, Monaco defender, speaks at a press conference before Ligue 1 game v PSG

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in signing Newcastle centre-back target Benoit Badiashile from Monaco. (Nice-Matin)

Borussia Dortmund want a transfer fee of £103million (€120m) to let Jude Bellingham move clubs this summer. Liverpool, Man Utd and Real Madrid all want the midfielder. (BILD)

Barcelona have made a third bid worth more than €40m for Robert Lewandowski. However, they have received no response from Bayern Munich. (ESPN)

Juventus are ‘confident’ Manchester City will try and make a move for Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

PSG attacker Neymar is “crazy” about the idea of returning to Barcelona. (OnzeTV3)

West Ham are leading the race to sign Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma. (Diario AS)


Cheick Doucoure playing for RC Lens

Crystal Palace have all paperwork ready to sign Cheick Doucoure on a permanent deal from Lens. £18m is the guaranteed fee, plus add-ons. (Fabrizio Romano)

Fiorentina are understood to be readying a £7m offer to Leicester City for Dennis Praet. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Watford midfielder Moussa Sissoko is likely to sign a two-year deal with Ligue 1 side Nantes. (Foot Mercato)

Thiago Silva believes Brazil teammate Neymar should join him at Chelsea this summer. (ESPN)

Schalke’s proposed move for Celtic defender Christopher Jullien has collapsed, despite him already undergoing a medical. (Sport 1)

AC Milan are preparing a €15m swoop for versatile PSG player Abdou Diallo. (Calciomercato)

Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is the new Athletic Bilbao coach. (Football Espana)

Real Zaragoza will sign Diego Simeone’s son, Giuliano, on loan from Atletico Madrid the 2022/23 season. (Diario AS)

Castilla midfielder Carlos Dotor is attracting interest from across Spain and the rest of Europe. (Diario AS)