Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool close to major deal as Klopp bites Thiago bullet

Date published: Wednesday 26th August 2020 12:22 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool will ramp up their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara this week with a bid, while Barcelona want a Man City star to replace Luis Suarez – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.

 

REDS DECIDE TO RAMP UP THIAGO HUNT

Liverpool have decided to step up their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara and will begin formal negotiations over his move to Anfield, according to a report.

Previous suggestions were that Liverpool are unwilling to match Bayern Munich’s asking price for the Spaniard. Indeed, the German champions reportedly want around £27million.

As such, Liverpool were holding off on a move, given they are scaling back their spending due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aside from the transfer fee, Thiago has allegedly wanted a move to Liverpool for some time and The Athletic (via UOL) claims the two parties have agreed personal terms.

However, in his latest update, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he has received no word from Anfield chiefs about a move.

Now, though, SportBILD (via Sport Witness) claims the Reds will ramp up their efforts to agree a fee with Bayern over the midfielder’s exit, with a first bid likely to arrive this week.

What’s more, Liverpool and Thiago also scheduling further formal negotiations.

Thiago is likely to leave Bayern this summer, with Rummenigge confirming as much in his latest comments.

 

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Ronald Koeman wants Gabriel Jesus in as Luis Suarez‘s successor at Barcelona (Globo Esporte)

Everton are edging closer to completing the signing of Napoli midfielder Allan (Corrierre dello Sport)

Meanwhile, Manchester City could offer Eric Garcia in a bid to land Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Gianluca di Marzio)

However, Inter Milan have an advantage over City in the race to sign Lionel Messi (Mundo Deportivo)

 

 

Koeman’s phone call with Messi proved decisive in his announcement about wanting to leave Barca (Ole)

Real Madrid are considering a move for former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani (Diario Sport)

Atletico Madrid are willing to offer one of three players in their pursuit of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette (Marca)

Leeds forward Rafa Mujica is on the verge of joining LaLiga 2 side Real Oviedo on loan (AS)

West Ham and Aston Villa have taken initial interest in signing Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain (La Repubblica)

Crystal Palace have had a bid rejected for Mainz striker Jean Philippe Mateta (RMC Sport)

Brighton and Southampton are battling to sign Almeria striker Darwin Nunez (Diario de Almeria)

AC Milan have reached an agreement with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to keep the striker at San Siro (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Meanwhile, Milan are to hold talks about making Ante Rebic’s loan move permanent (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Barcelona are considering a move for PSG full-back Juan Bernat (Soccer Link)

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