Liverpool are considering splashing out on a European star amid Jurgen Klopp exit fear, while Juventus receive a bid from Everton – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
KLOPP EXIT FEAR SPREADING AT LIVERPOOL
Liverpool transfer chiefs are ‘studying’ a €110million (£96million) bid for Erling Haaland to keep fears about Jurgen Klopp’s premature exit at bay, according to a report.
The Reds are in a deep slump and face a fight to stay in the Premier League’s top four after sitting top on Christmas Day.
They have only managed two wins from their past 10 Premier League games and their 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield has been dashed by two quickfire defeats.
As such, Don Balon claims that there is a ‘fear’ spreading around the club that manager Klopp is considering leaving. Indeed, the German has supposedly come to the realisation that Liverpool’s winning cycle has ended.
In addition, taking over his country’s national team remains a temptation.
Transfer frustration over a lack of spending has irked Klopp in recent weeks. The Reds signed Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies for less than £5million after losing all three senior centre-halves to injury.
However, Don Balon claims that Liverpool chiefs are considering splashing out on Haaland to appease the manager.
Haaland is arguably the most coveted centre-forward in European football amid his meteoric rise since last season. The 20-year-old only moved to Borussia Dortmund last December, but has already been linked with his next step up.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all keen, as are Real Madrid on the near continent. As such, landing the Norwegian would prove a huge coup for Liverpool and would freshen up their attack.
Haaland has scored 39 goals in 41 games for Dortmund and a release clause worth £65million in his contract (via Fabrizio Romano) becomes active in 2022.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Juventus are considering an offer from Everton over a summer deal to sign Adrien Rabiot. (Stadio Sport)
Manchester United believe that landing Jack Grealish’s signature could convince Paul Pogba to stay. (Don Balon)
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits that Champions League-chasing midfielder Sander Berge has only used the Blades as a “springboard”. (TV2)
West Brom winger Kamil Grosicki is considering a late move out of the Hawthorns. Indeed, the transfer window in Poland remains open unlike across much of Europe. (Meczyki)
MBAPPE, MESSI FUTURES INTERTWINED
Paris Saint-Germain bosses are well aware that Lionel Messi’s arrival could come at the cost of Kylian Mbappe leaving. As such, Liverpool continue to monitor the France striker’s situation closely. (L’Equipe)
But Manchester City remain one of the favourites to land Messi amid fresh talk that he could leave Barcelona. (L’Equipe)
Real Betis are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos when his loan at Arsenal expires. However, Betis are financially reliant on qualifying for next season’s Champions League to do so. (La Razon)
France Under-21 manager Sylvain Ripoll has backed his compatriot Odsonne Edouard to flourish after moving from Celtic to Marseille on loan. (Telefoot)
MOURINHO AGENDA ON BALE EMERGES
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is happy to push all the blame for Gareth Bale‘s poor run onto the Welshman. In fact, the manager ‘does not want to sink’ alongside the 31-year-old’s loan spell. (AS)
West Ham have made initial forays into a deal for Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard. Spurs are also keen on the Dane. (La Repubblica)
AC MILAN FACING CONTRACT BATTLE
AC Milan are finding it tough to agree terms over a contract extension for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Todofichajes)
Jorginho‘s agent has again refused to rule out the prospect of his Chelsea client moving back to Italy. However, Jorge Santos has stressed that it would take a “good project” to see that happen. (Napoli Calcio)
Meanwhile, Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has performed a U-turn on his future and now wants a Premier League move. United, as well as City, have entertained links with the Argentine in the past. (Don Balon)