Liverpool are eyeing a star South American who Manchester United want to sign, while West Ham have made moves over a Serie A raid – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
REDS EYE ALMADA SIGNING
Liverpool are looking to pip Manchester United and Manchester City to the signing of Velez Sarsfield attacker Thiago Almada, according to a report.
The 19-year-old has been the subject of links with a move to the Premier League for some time.
According to Don Balon, however, Liverpool hope to beat their rivals to Almada’s signing in the coming months.
The source says that Reds boss Klopp will soon ‘start betting’ on the midfielder to fortify his side in the 2021/22 season.
The report reveals more details of Klopp’s plan for the teenager, claiming that the coach wants Almada to ‘evolve and adapt to his style of play’ to fit in at Anfield.
Indeed, Liverpool’s hierarchy have supposedly become enthralled by the prospect of signing the attacker, who would cost €18million (£16.1million).
However, Klopp faces a fight to convince Almada and his representatives over an Anfield switch. City have worked ‘tirelessly’ on a deal for months and so have built up a strong rapport with his agents.
As such, Klopp and his superiors must continue to work hard if they are to seal the transfer. In any case, the Reds will reportedly begin their advances in the January market.
Almada has followed up last season’s four goals by notching six already this campaign. Indeed, he has become a key part of Velez Sarsfield’s attack.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
West Ham have made ‘concrete moves’ in a bid to sign Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen. (FC Inter News)
Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini says that he wants Amad Diallo back on loan from Manchester United. (TuttoMercatoWeb)
Nice are exploring the idea of signing Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho this month. (Foot Mercato)
However, Nice are also close to signing Arsenal’s William Saliba on loan until the end of the season. (Evening Standard)
BARCA CANDIDATE EYES ARSENAL RAID
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta would target a move for Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette if he got elected. (Don Balon)
Schalke have registered interest in another loan deal for Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny. The Bundesliga club sit at the foot of the Bundesliga table. (Welt)
Meanwhile, Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished rumours about interest in Sami Khedira. (Radio Anch’io Sport)
Former Napoli boss Ancelotti has also praised Piotr Zielinski’s qualities. (Radio Anch’io Sport)
PIRLO MAKES GIROUD TRANSFER CLAIM
Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo says that Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud could be a good January striker signing. (Tuttosport)
The Red Devils have hit a snag over Moises Caicedo’s transfer, which has increased in price. (El Diario)
Demarai Gray is in ‘no hurry’ to decide on his future, with the winger’s Leicester contract expiring in June. Indeed, reports have claimed that Southampton and Tottenham are keen. (Record)
MIDFIELDER REVEALS LIVERPOOL DEAL
Pedro Chirivella says that he rejected a four or five-year contract from Liverpool in the summer. What’s more, the midfielder had held “full negotiations” with the Reds. (AS)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has pushed his superiors to sign Torino defender Gleison Bremer. (Tuttosport)
But some Anfield figures feel ‘stunned’ at how Georginio Wijnaldum could soon become a free agent. (Eurosport)
Barcelona had eyed a move for Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba. However, they cannot afford the Austrian after their finances took a hit. (Marca)