Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool breakthrough over De Paul signing as Udinese dig heels in

Date published: Thursday 11th March 2021 12:25 - James Marshment

Rodrigo De Paul, Udinese captain

Liverpool have new belief they can land Rodrigo de Paul this summer, a crazy bid is being planned to prise Bruno Fernandes from Man Utd, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Man City will sign a AC Milan man for €40m.

DE PAUL WARNING FOR DETERMINED LIVERPOOL

Udinese have sent Liverpool a warning over Rodrigo de Paul amid claims they were inching closer to his signing this summer.

The Reds are in the market for a top-class midfielder to replace reliable cog Georginho Wijnaldum. The Dutchman admitted this week he’d be “devastated” to leave Anfield. But with now just over three months left on his deal, a free-transfer exit looks increasingly likely.

Jurgen Klopp and Co are scouring Europe to find a replacement capable of taking the Reds further. The likes of Yves Bissouma and Florian Neuhaus have both been strongly linked.

Both players would offer Liverpool a potential like-for-like replacement. However, it’s believed Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards fancy De Paul, with two from Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho, as part of a midfield three.

Indeed, reports in Italy claim Liverpool have made De Paul their top target. Furthermore, the Argentinian is said to warming to the idea of a move to Anfield and to play for Klopp.

Aware of Liverpool’s growing interest, general director Pierpaolo Marino has sent a warning to the Reds. He says Udinese will seek a “considerable sum of money” for their star man, as well as keeper Juan Musso – another wanted man.

“It takes a lot of money to get them, but it’s not like we went looking for potential buyers.

“I don’t have the problem of needing to advertise them,” he told Radio Marte. “If someone doesn’t realise how strong they are, selfishly, it’s better for me.”

It’s reported that bidding for the Leeds-linked Argentine is likely to start at €35m, with Udine seeking nearer €40m.

The likes of Leeds, Inter and Juventus have also been linked with De Paul. But it now seems that the Reds are in the driving seat for the 26-year-old.

REAL PLOT HUGE FERNANDES OFFER

Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United celeb v Man City

Real Madrid are willing to pay up to €90m to prise Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United this summer. (Todofijaches)

Manchester City are ready to pay €40m to sign AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer  – but PSG and Real Madrid are also keen. (Competition)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s number one target is Erling Haaland. The likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann also face uncertain futures. (AS)

Liverpool are keeping an eye on Santos’ 16-year-old Brazilian winger Angelo Gabriel. (Sport Witness)

Juventus want to offload Cristiano Ronaldo this summer – and replace him with Atletico’s Joao Felix. (Todofijaches)


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WEST HAM KEEN ON KALAJDZIC

Sasa Kalajdzic (c) TEAMtalk

West Ham are upping efforts to sign Stuttgart forward Sasa Kalajdzic, who has 12 goals in 23 games this season. (Todofijaches)

Napoli are in talks to bring Maurizio Sarri back as coach – with Jorginho also ready to discuss a possible return to the club. (Radio Kiss Kiss)

Bruno Fernandes is in ‘daily contact’ with Leeds winger Raphinha, amid claims the Brazilian is wanted by Man Utd. (UOL)

AC Milan, Inter, Roma and Napoli are all tracking Andrea Belotti amid claims he could be sold by Torino this summer. (Tuttosport)

David Alaba’s agent has denied the defender has agreed a deal to join Barcelona on a free this summer. (Goal)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Romain Faivre, Brest midfielder

Leeds are hot the trail of Brest midfielder Romain Faivre – but he will cost around €20m, according to a report. (L’Equipe)

Mattia Zaccagni’s agent insists Napoli are just one of several sides looking at the Hellas Verona talent. (Radio Kiss Kiss)

Brighton are keen on Portuguese forward Eder, with the 33-year-old likely to leave Lokomotiv Moscow this summer. (A Bola)

Barcelona have offered a contract to Sergio Aguero, who is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the season. (TyC Sports)

Manchester United rebuffed the opportunity to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus last summer. (La Repubblica)

 

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