Euro Paper Talk: Avenues open up as Liverpool learn €110m duo could leave

Stefan de Vrij Inter v Napoli December 2020

Liverpool could look towards two Serie A names in their defender transfer hunt, while three English clubs contact Olivier Giroud – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

REDS LINKED WITH INTER DUO

Liverpool could look towards Inter duo Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni as potential defensive signings, according to a report.

The Reds are reportedly in the market for a new centre-back this summer, wanting to avoid losing all their senior options to injury again as they have done this season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip may be nearing returns, but Liverpool have been taught a cruel lesson this term.

As such, RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate has led the way as regards additions at the back. Leipzig’s CEO has admitted that his club are not in the “driving seat” over the 21-year-old’s future.

However, Liverpool have reportedly hit a stumbling block over paying his release clause and so doubt remains over the deal.

As a result, Italian publication Leggo reports that De Vrij and Bastoni could become transfer options for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Both players are ‘important’ to Inter boss Antonio Conte, but – crucially – are not ‘indispensable’.

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The Serie A club will accept €60million (£51million) for Dutchman De Vrij and, at the least, €50million (£43million) for Bastoni.

The pair have proved crucial in Inter’s Serie A title triumph this season, each playing 32 top-flight games.

Both are international stars too, De Vrij having made 43 Netherlands appearances and Bastoni playing four times for Italy.

Inter are in dire financial straits and realise the need to make at least one big sale this summer if they are to ease their worries. While it could be either defender, strikers Lautaro Martinez or Romelu Lukaku could yet leave. 


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Departing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has transfer offers from three English clubs. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City and Atletico Madrid both have Benfica left-back Grimaldo on their radars, but the player has yet to make a decision over his future. (La Razon)

Meanwhile, City pose an imminent threat to Barcelona if they plan on landing Erling Haaland for his €75million (£64million) release clause next summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin has set the record straight over his admiration for the Reds. (Goal)

ARSENAL, EVERTON LURKING FOR STAR

Emerson Royal has begun to look for a house in Barcelona ahead of his return to the Catalan club. Nevertheless, Arsenal and Everton are watching his situation. (Sport)

Arsenal also still have hope of a permanent deal for Martin Odegaard, who is putting ‘pressure’ on Madrid to sort out his situation. (AS)

The final week of the season could be the ‘week of goodbye’ for some Real Madrid players, including Raphael Varane. The defender has one year left on his contract, but his future remains unclear. (Marca)

Legia Warsaw manager Czeslaw Michniewicz says that he is in contact with Leeds loanee Mateusz Bogusz over a potential deal. Talks are still at an initial stage. (TVP Sport)

MBAPPE CAN FORSEE BIG TRANSFER

Kylian Mbappe white PSG shirt

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe can see himself playing for Liverpool or Real Madrid. (Le Parisien)

Wolves are working with Valencia on a deal to let Rafa Mir move to Spain, with Goncalo Guedes and Lee Kang-in moving to Molineux. (Super Deporte)

RB Leipzig are anticipating a big windfall by selling Liverpool defender target Ibrahima Konate. Indeed, they could get up to €46million (£40million), more than previous estimates. (Bild)

Brazilian wonderkid Kaiky is ready to snub United and Arsenal to win “many titles” with Santos. (ESPN)

ATLETICO PRESIDENT’S AMBITIOUS GRIEZMANN PLOY

Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona away shirt

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says that he wants Antoine Griezmann back at the club, but admits that Barcelona could be reluctant to sell. (El Larguero)

Meanwhile, Barcelona counterpart Joan Laporta has given notice about a “series of decisions that have to be made”, which the club will communicate from next week. (Marca)

Chelsea are keen on Wolfsburg centre-back Maxence Lacroix and have contacted his agent. (Sky Germany)

Manchester United will submit a bid for Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri in the coming days. (Traspasos)

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne could follow head coach Gennaro Gattuso out of the club at the end of the season. (Corrierre dello Sport)