Euro Paper Talk: Klopp green lights €80m Liverpool swoop for Italy star as double deal takes off; Pochettino demands Chelsea sign Serie A trio

Nicolo Barella of FC Internazionale Milano seen during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg match between SL Benfica and FC Internazionale Milano at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Liverpool are ready to spend big to sign their top two midfield targets this summer, Mauricio Pochettino is demanding Chelsea sign three Serie A stars, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Brighton are plotting to sign a Leeds midfielder for €25m.


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly making Nicolo Barella his No 1 target this summer.

The Reds boss is busy sifting through a range of targets as part of a midfield rebuild. Indeed, four midfielders are leaving Anfield this summer with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner exiting as free agents. And the club are also sending Arthur Melo back to Juventus following a disastrous loan.

However, it now seems Klopp has decided on his No 1 target in the form of Champions League finalist Barella.

The Italy maestro has been in sparkling form this season, scoring eight goals and weighing in with six assists. And according to, he is a player Klopp has had under constant surveillance.

Now Klopp is reportedly urging Liverpool owners FSG to strike a deal to sign Barella.

Aware of the growing interest in the 26-year-old, Inter chiefs are responding by raising their valuation of the player.

And while that reportedly now stands at €80m (£69.7m), Klopp is imploring FSG to finance his signing.

Inter are reportedly desperate to keep the player but know an offer of that size would be impossible to resist.

And with sales needed this summer, his exit will reportedly help them keep othe key assets like Andre Onana, Lautaro Martinez and Denzel Dumfries.

Liverpool want to pair Barella with Alexis Mac Allister

Per multiple reports, Klopp is also hunting a deal for Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister too. And if Klopp manages to get his hands on the £70m-rated Argentine, he could soon have a dynamic new £140m midfield duo on his hands.

Like Barella, Mac Allister has also been in the goals this season; the latter netting a prolific 12 times for the Seagulls so far.

Liverpool’s interest in landing the star is very well documented amid claims a deal could be signed off quickly after the season ends.

Now according to The Athletic, Mac Allister is making it clear he only wants to for a club who can offer Champions League football. A late season surge has Liverpool up to fifth in the Premier League, though their run could come too late to gatecrash the top four.

And whether a fifth-placed finish will damage those chances remains to be seen.

As it stands, Mac Allister is yet to reach agreement to sign for any Premier League side.

However, a mechanism in his deal means it will be relatively straightforward for Liverpool to negotiate his transfer. And ultimately it will come down to the player’s personal choice in deciding his next move.

That said, Klopp is reportedly optimistic he can persuade Mac Allister to sign. And the chance to partner Barella in the Reds midfield next season is certainly an enticing one for Liverpool.

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is making Serie A trio Victor Osimhen, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Onana his top targets this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Cristiano Giuntoli’s former collaborator Giandomenico Costi claims the Napoli director locked Victor Osimhen in a hotel room until he signed on the dotted line following a late approach from Liverpool to hijack the deal. (Tuttosport)

Hugo Lloris’ agent claims the keeper will assess all options this summer following claims he will receive a big-money offer from Al Hilal. (Foot Mercato)

Granit Xhaka’s move from Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen is at an ‘advanced stage’ with the interest from Serie A arriving too late to scupper the deal. (Calciomercato)

Juventus will lose €150m with Liverpool, Tottenham, Leeds and Chelsea sending loanees Arthur Melo, Dejan Kulusevski, Weston McKennie and Denis Zakaria back to the club. (Corriere dello Sport)

Atletico Madrid are considering a move to sign Raphael Guerreiro, with Leeds previously linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund full-back. (AS)

Manchester United’s chances of securing the signing of Kim Min-jae have suffered a blow following a firm ‘no need’ rebuttal from his agent. (Star News)


Feyenoord manager Arne Slot is likely to accept the Tottenham job, if they make an approach for him this summer. That’s according to the Dutch club’s former midfielder Ibrahim Afellay. (Feyenoord Pings)

Barcelona are looking to move quickly amid reports that Bayern Munich have made versatile star Joshua Kimmich available. (Mundo Deportivo)

Ansu Fati, Jordi Alba, Franck Kessie and Ferran Torres will all be put up for sale by Barcelona this summer. (Sport)

Real Betis, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Benfica are all considering summer approaches for Getafe’s Turkish striker Enes Unal. (AS)

Eden Hazard is to reject an approach from  Canadian MLS side Montreal Impact amid claims he plans to stay at Real Madrid next season. (Marca)

PSG advisor Luis Campos has met with the representatives of Harry Kane over a possible move to the French capital. (Foot Mercato)

Barcelona remain ‘absolutely confident’ of signing of Ilkay Gundogan following claims Man City will offer him a double-his-money offer to stay. (Sport)


Brighton are emerging as favourites to sign Weston McKennie in a cut-price €25m deal from Juventus with Leeds unwilling to sign him regardless of survival or otherwise. (Calciomercatoweb)

Leeds United midfielder Weston McKennie

Atletico Madrid are closing on the signing of Uruguayan central defender Santiago Mourino from Los Colchoneros. (Marca)

Tammy Abraham claims Reece James is trying to persuade him to return to Chelsea this summer. Newcastle and Manchester United are also keen on the England striker. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Matteo Darmian has sent Manchester United a thank you message after qualifying for the Champions League final with Inter. (Sky Italia)

Newcastle are considering a shock approach to sign Joao Felix following claims he will be sent back by Chelsea. (various)

Real Madrid want to sign Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies and Jude Bellingham this summer. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are preparing a move to bring Matteo Guendouzi back to the Premier League with Daniel Levy tempted by his €32m valuation. (Mohamed Toubache-Ter)