Liverpool put a January target back on their radar, while Real Madrid look to beat Manchester United to a star forward – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL CENTRE-BACK TARGET RE-EMERGES
Real Betis centre-back Aissa Mandi is back on Liverpool’s radar ahead of a summer swoop for a new defender, according to a report.
Liverpool entered the January transfer window with no senior centre-halves following Joel Matip’s groin injury.
But despite the Cameroonian returning, he then suffered long-term ankle ligament damage which forced the Reds to bring in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies on deadline day.
Nevertheless, other names including Algeria international Mandi emerged as supposed targets throughout the month.
Speculation suggests that the Reds are keen to bring in a more long-term defensive signing in the summer, having started the season with three centre-back options after Dejan Lovren’s departure.
Mandi’s contract runs out at the end of the season, meaning he is free to talk to overseas clubs about a transfer.
However, his situation still remains a ‘mystery’. While all the signs point to the centre-back leaving, he could yet decide to make a late move to stay in Andalusia.
What’s more, Liverpool could yet be beaten to the signing by AC Milan, who could offer the player a better project. Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Matip to return from injury, which would restrict Mandi’s game time.
Milan, though, could promise the Algerian a greater role as they look to seal a return to the Champions League.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Real Madrid held talks with Borussia Dortmund over a deal for Manchester United-linked winger Jadon Sancho in January. (Todofichajes)
But Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland is more likely to choose an English team for his next career move. (Don Balon)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has identified Atalanta’s Robin Gosens as his new left-back target. As such, the Etihad club want to offload Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer. (TuttoMercatoWeb)
Juventus will make a move to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler in the next transfer window. (Calciomercato)
BARCELONA OFFICES RAIDED IN INVESTIGATION
Catalonian police have raided Barcelona’s offices to investigate alleged crimes of ‘unfair administration and corruption’. (Cadena Ser)
Liverpool are the main club keen on a swoop for Madrid defender Raphael Varane. Los Blancos want to collect €100million (£86million) if he decides not to renew his contract. (Mundo Deportivo)
However, Madrid could in fact let the France international leave for €50million (£43million). (OkDiario)
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that the LaLiga giants want to sign Mohamed Salah. However, club chiefs are aware that the Reds forward would prove too costly at the moment. (ON Time Sports)
ARSENAL SET ASKING PRICE FOR STAR
Arsenal have set a €35million (£30million) asking price for Alexandre Lacazette this summer. (Todofichajes)
Leeds star Pascal Struijk is preparing to make a big decision over his international allegiance. The 21-year-old is eligible to play for the Netherlands or Belgium. (Voetbal International)
Napoli must beat Benevento on Sunday if manager Gennaro Gattuso is to remain in the job. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid have joined Man City in the race for Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli. (Calciomercato)
FARKE HAPPY AT GUARDIOLA PRAISE
Meanwhile, Norwich boss Daniel Farke says he feels grateful to have support from ‘world-class’ coach Guardiola. Indeed, Farke revealed that the pair have a strong relationship off the field. (Sport 1)
Southampton made a firm approach for Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg, but the Serie A club rejected their interest. (Calciomercato)
Maarten Steklenburg’s former team-mate Urby Emanuelson has praised the goalkeeper for taking the plunge by leaving Everton and justifying his move back to Ajax. (Het Parool)