Euro Paper Talk: Firmino key as Liverpool look to offer Anfield plan to exciting Brazil teenager; new trio eye Arsenal man

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2021 12:22 - Jonny Whitfield

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Liverpool look to snap up an exciting Brazilian talent with the influence of a senior star, while three new clubs are eyeing an Arsenal star – both in the latest Euro Paper Talk.

REDS EYEING BRAZILIAN TEENAGER

Liverpool have begun discussions with the representatives of Fluminense youngster Kayky over a potential deal, according to a report.

The Reds raided the Brazilian club in October for goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga, who has joined the Anfield reserve ranks.

As such, Netflu reports that, using their solid relationship with their South American counterparts, Liverpool want to complete a deal for a second Fluminense talent in a matter of months.

This time, exciting 17-year-old attacker Kayky is on their radar and they have opened talks about a deal.

What’s more, the report outlines that, unlike the other clubs in the hunt, Liverpool want to set out a ‘career plan’ for the youngster.

Indeed, senior Liverpool Brazilian Roberto Firmino is supposedly fuelling that idea.

Netflu adds that, should the Reds’ transfer come through, they will sign Kayky to a deal contract to the one which Pitaluga is on.

But there remains fierce competition for Kayky’s signature. Earlier reports from UOL claimed that Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City have also shown firm interest in the youngster.

That report also claimed that Shakhtar are in pole position for the player after making an ‘initial offer’. As such, this latest speculation suggests that Liverpool have made up ground on their rivals.

Kayky currently plays in Fluminense’s youth ranks, however, he is already on the international development pathway. He made his debut for Brazil’s Under-16s in February 2019 and has made one further outing since.


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Everton have made a ‘timid’ offer to sign Christian Eriksen, but their proposal could yet amount to a transfer. (TuttoMercatoWeb)

The Toffees are more likely to sign Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee, who also has interest from Parma. In any case, Bayern will make a decision on his future in the coming days. (Sky Germany)

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River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo has concerns over United defender Marcos Rojo‘s professionalism. Indeed, this is proving a transfer barrier for the Argentina-based club. (TNT)

Leeds loanee Rafa Mujica could close another temporary deal with Las Palmas by the end of Wednesday. The midfielder is at currently at Real Oviedo. (La Nueva Espana)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti asked former club Napoli to sign Kieran Tripper while he was head coach there. (Radio Goal)

FC Copenhagen striker Jonas Wind has admitted surprise at transfer links with West Ham. (Bold.dk)

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Real Madrid are keen on a swoop for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount. (Don Balon)

Madrid striker Karim Benzema wants to end his career at former club Lyon. (Sport)

Sources close to Lionel Messi‘s family have denied that the Barcelona star is learning French ahead of a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Sport)

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AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic apologised after picking up a red card in Tuesday’s fiery derby with Inter. (Football Italia)

Barcelona are keen on a loan-to-buy deal for Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso. (Todofichajes)

But Frank Lampard‘s departure from Stamford Bridge means that Kepa Arrizabalaga has a chance at redemption. (Todofichajes)

Liverpool are keen on Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, but are wary of the cost of his wages. (AS)

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