Liverpool are looking to further their bid to land Jurgen Klopp’s dream signing after holding another round of talks, Leeds have been dealt a blow in the chase for Rodrigo de Paul, while Arsenal are looking towards a Real Madrid striker, according to Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MBAPPE TALKS FOR KLOPP
Jurgen Klopp is looking to take advantage of the upheaval at PSG by boosting Liverpool efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe.
The 22-year-old France striker has just 18 months left on his deal with PSG and talks have been held over an extension.
But big-name suitors continue to hover, with Real Madrid looking to bring the player to the Spanish capital.
However, Tuesday’s edition of Sport claims Klopp has once again been in touch with the player. They state Klopp ‘maintains contact’ with Mbappe and is looking to have the forward ‘at his command at Liverpool’.
That would come as a huge blow to new PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino. As per Sport, they claim Pochettino has made securing Mbappe to a new deal his first major objective at the Parc des Princes.
And while Mbappe appears open to playing for Pochettino, it’s claimed Liverpool remain strong rivals for his signature.
Quite what the fee for Mbappe would be is anyone’s guess. By the time the summer rolls around, he will have just 12 months left on his deal, should an extention fail to be agreed.
That would leave PSG particularly vulnerable to his sale. That said, Liverpool would still likely need to smash their transfer record to sign him.
Last summer, Mbappe was extremely complimentary of the Anfield side: “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing.
“They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like we play again, we play again. They’ve lost zero games. When you watch you think everything is easy but that’s not easy.
“The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.”
ARSENAL SEEK FIRST REFUSAL ON VINICIUS JUNIOR
Arsenal have asked for first refusal from Real Madrid if they decide to sell striker Vinicius Junior this month. (Defensa Central)
Tottenham and Atletico Madrid have learned Napoli want €15m for striker Arkadiusz Milik this month. (RMC Sport)
Ajax and Wolves have joined the long list of clubs keen to sign Inter Milan’s out-of-favour midfielder Christian Eriksen. (Sky Italia)
Liverpool are willing to pay up to €45m to sign Merih Demiral after Juventus put the defender up for sale. (Fanatik)
Manchester City are closely monitoring Sergio Ramos’ situation at Real Madrid with an eye to signing the Spain captain as a free agent this summer. (ESPN)
City are also looking at signing his Los Blancos teammate Isco in a blockbuster double deal. (Mundo Deportivo)
DE PAUL WON’T BE SOLD BY UDINESE
Udinese’s sporting director Pierpaolo Marino has confirmed they will not sell Rodrigo de Paul in the January window. However, the Serie A side will be open to the sale of the Leeds, Inter and Juventus target during the summer. (Todofijaches)
Besiktas are very close to closing to an €7m deal with Arsenal to buy Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny. (Todofijaches)
Marseille have joined the hunt for Demarai Gray and will rival Southampton, Tottenham and Everton for the Leicester winger. (Le Phocéen)
ATLETICO MADRID WANT WILLIAN JOSE
Atletico Madrid have stuck Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose at the top of their wish-list to replace Diego Costa. (AS)
AC Milan are in advanced negotiations with Strasbourg over an initial €15m deal to sign defender Mohamed Simakan. (Sempre Milan)
Sevilla could sell striker Carlos Fernandez this month, with Eibar, Celta Vigo and Real Valladolid tracking him. (Marca)
Inter are considering the chance to sign former striker Eder on a free transfer from Jiangsu Suning. (Sky Italia)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Toulouse are reportedly asking for €15m to part ways with AC Milan target Kouadio Kone this month. (Tuttosport)
Everton goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is keen to leave the club this month and has interest from Marseille and Inter Miami. (Tipsbladet)
David Alaba’s wage demands are proving a stumbling block over his prospective move to Real Madrid. (Goal)
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena will join Getafe on loan for the remainder of the season. (Cadena Cope)
Genoa’s Nicolo Rovella is reportedly close to joining Juventus in a swap deal for fellow midfielder Manolo Portanova. (Sky Italia)
Roma and Everton are in talks with Lille right-back Mehmet Zeki Celik as they hope to secure a January deal. (Fabrizio Romano)