Euro Paper Talk: Klopp wants £31m Juventus man to begin Liverpool midfield revolution; Bayern Munich star rejects summer Man Utd switch
Liverpool are ready to make a move on Serie A for an Italy midfielder who could be available for as little as £31million this summer, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a top Bayern Munich star is ready to snub a proposed switch to Manchester United.
KLOPP TARGETS CLASSY ITALY MIDFIELDER
Liverpool are reportedly ready to make a summer move on Juventus for a midfielder as Jurgen Klopp looks to completely revamp his ageing engine room.
The Reds have struggled in the middle of the park all season, with Klopp constantly tinkering to try and find a balance that works.
The Reds boss does appear to have found a gem in Stefan Bajcetic who could be around for some time. However, the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Fabinho and James Milner are no longer the forces they once were.
And with that in mind, Klopp is expected to be given the funds to rebuild his squad – with defence and midfield the main priorities, as pointed out in our recent chat with transfer insider Ben Jacobs.
One player who could potentially make the move to Merseyside is Juve star Manuel Locatelli.
A report from Calciomercatoweb states that the 25-year-old is firmly on Liverpool’s radar ahead of the summer.
And despite being an essential player for Max Allegri, it’s reported that Locatelli could be available for as little as £31million.
Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingan still remains Klopp’s top target. But concerns over a bidding war driving the price too high for the England midfielder leaves the Reds also pursuing other targets.
Locatelli has quality to be Premier League hit
Italy international Locatelli certainly has the experience to cope with swapping Serie A for the Premier League.
Indeed, the Reds were known to be looking at the player prior to his move from Sassuolo to Juventus in 2021.
Locatelli is currently only on loan to Juventus from Sassuolo, after arriving in an initial two-year deal in August 2021.
The Bianconeri did not pay the Neroverdi a loan fee but must pay £21m through an obligation to buy this year. The deal also includes up to £11m in add-ons.
Locatelli has scored three goals in 72 games for Alllegri’s men.
BAYERN STAR TO SNUB UNITED SWITCH
Manchester United target Benjamin Pavard has ruled out a move away from Bayern Munich in the summer. The France international’s contract runs out next summer. (RMC Sport)
Real Madrid will evaluate the long-term futures of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos before committing to a move for England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has been urged to reject a switch to Liverpool. (Diario AS)
Real are also keeping tabs on Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes for the remainder of the season as a potential alternative option to Bellingham. (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham Hotspur are in the picture to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt in the summer. (Bild)
Chelsea ‘no longer want’ Romelu Lukaku at the club as he is nothing to do with the Todd Boehly project. (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s agent has revealed the winger’s preferred transfer if he were to leave the club would be to Real Madrid. (Various)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Barcelona are still in contact with Sofyan Amrabat over a potential summer switch. The Catalan giants chased the Fiorentina midfielder in the January window. (TMW)
Leicester and Everton are monitoring Bologna and Scotland midfielder Lewis Ferguson. (Nicolo Schira)
Lille star Jonathan David reckons Chelsea’s recent poor form would not stop stars like him from joining the Stamford Bridge “project”. (Various)
Juventus are not expected to proceed with €22m buy option clause to sign Leandro Paredes on permanent deal from PSG. (Fabrizio Romano)
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Rafael Leao’s situation at AC Milan. (Sport)
Premier League target Hakan Calhanoglu is not leaving Inter despite speculation regarding a possible move to the Premier League. (Fabrizio Romano)
Atletico Madrid and Abde Raihani have signed an agreement on a new long-term contract for the young top talent. (Fabrizio Romano)