Liverpool are ready to make a move for a Schalke defensive sensation, while Tottenham are plotting a double raid on LaLiga – all in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL READY TO MOVE FOR SCHALKE DEFENSIVE ACE
Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Schalke centre-back Malick Thiaw this summer.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut for the Bundesliga outfit earlier this month and has already been described as the ‘next Joel Matip’ by the German media.
According to the latest reports, the Reds have been extensively scouting Thiaw and are now planning to make their move for the youngster.
The report claims that there is a £7million release clause in Thiaw’s current contract with Schalke, which expires next year, but that the German side are keen for the defender to sign a new deal to try and raise that figure.
However, negotiations between Thiaw and Schalke are currently on hold, which gives Liverpool the chance to swoop.
The Merseysiders are expected to be in the market for a new centre-back this summer, with Dejan Lovren expected to move on after becoming frustrated with a lack of first-team chances under Klopp.
And a move for a developmental player to work under the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Matip could be a good route for the Reds to follow as they keep one eye on the future.
MORE EURO GOSSIP
Inter have reportedly rejected Barcelona’s first bid of €70m plus Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo for the Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Injury-plagued Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is the subject of interest from Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)
Sporting are interested in signing Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who is currently on loan at Besiktas (Fanatik)
Chelsea target Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been offered a lucrative new deal by Barcelona (Sport)
Lazio have joined the list of clubs chasing Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s signature (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Barcelona are ready to invoke a little-known clause in FIFA’s transfer regulations in order to seal a move for Neymar this summer (ESPN)
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to sign striker Raul Jimenez from Wolves (Don Balon)
Chelsea will rival Barcelona for the signing of Porto full-back Alex Telles (Sport)
On-loan Patrik Schick is eyeing up a move to the Premier League after impressing for RB Leipzig this season (iSport.cz)
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is determined to extend his stay at Roma beyond the end of the season (Sky Italia)
Real Madrid defender Eder Militao and Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia are both on Tottenham’s summer transfer shortlist (Diario AS)
Barcelona will afford Ousmane Dembele next season to prove his worth to the club and overcome his injury problems (Diario Sport)
Juventus have reportedly reached agreements with Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Blaise Matuidi to extend their contracts
Barcelona have joined Chelsea and Napoli in pursuit of winger Jeremie Boga (Sport)
AC Milan have reportedly decided against renewing Lucas Biglia’s deal at San Siro and the Argentine will allegedly be moving on after the current campaign (Tuttosport)
Juventus are allegedly prepared to fight Inter for the signature of Fiorentina starlet Gaetano Castrovilli (Calciomercato)