Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool to replace key forward with €135m La Liga star

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 12:26 - Samuel Bannister

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a La Liga star to replace one of their front three, while Chelsea have been linked with another record-breaking bid for a goalkeeper, according to Tuesday’s Euro transfer gossip.

INAKI WILLIAMS TO REPLACE SADIO MANE?

Liverpool will try to lure Inaki Williams away from Athletic Bilbao if they sell Sadio Mane, according to reports.

For several years, Liverpool have had one of the most prolific attacking tridents in the world. Mane has formed part of a lethal frontline alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

However, those players are never far away from the gossip columns. Due to their status as some of the best attackers in the world, they are regularly linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Mane in particular has established himself as one of the best players in the world. And it appears Liverpool are preparing for his eventual departure.

According to Todofichajes, Mane is the most likely of Liverpool’s front three to leave. If he does, they already know who they will pursue.

The report claims Athletic forward Williams is high on their wishlist. The Spain international has spent the majority of his career with the Basque club, but has always looked capable of making a step up.

A deal for Williams to move to Anfield could be complicated, though. The 26-year-old is under contract until 2028, which could commit the rest of his career to his current club.

The only way for Liverpool to lure him away, then, would be to present a huge offer. Williams has a €135m release clause but Athletic may be tempted by a bid of €100m.


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CHELSEA PREPARE RECORD KEEPER BID

Chelsea are willing to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper again by bidding €90m for Jan Oblak. The Slovenian has been tipped to leave Atletico Madrid if they do not win the Champions League. (Todofichajes)

Manchester United have doubts about Sergio Ramos’ fitness and will delay a decision about an offer until he is back in action for Real Madrid. (Bernabeu Digital)

Liverpool will make a serious attempt to sign Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid, who want €50m for the winger. (Todofichajes)

Man Utd have begun talks with the entourage of Celtic goalkeeper Vincent Angelini, who is also wanted by Milan. (Il Milanista)

Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is a serious target for Manchester City. (Don Balon)

TOTTENHAM ‘CRAZY’ ABOUT SERIE A WINGER

Tottenham and Juventus are both “crazy” about the idea of signing Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria. (La Repubblica)

Former Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is in talks over a contract extension with Real Sociedad. (Marca)

Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has opened the door to a move to the Bundesliga. (Sky Germany)

Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir is also eyeing up a move to the German top flight. (Estadio Deportivo)

Torino wanted to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth before he moved to Everton. (CalcioStyle)

MAN UTD MISSED OUT ON RUBEN DIAS

Man Utd scouted Ruben Dias – then at Benfica, now with Man City – before signing Harry Maguire instead in 2019. (O Jogo)

Juventus are monitoring Roma attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Calciomercatoweb)

Mino Raiola is pushing Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba towards a return to Juventus. (Todofichajes)

Barcelona considered bidding for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villarreal’s Pau Torres as they encountered delays in their pursuit of Man City’s Eric Garcia in January. (Mundo Deportivo)

Milan want a discount on the €28m option to buy they have for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori. (MilanNews)

Man City could bid €50m for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon. (Todofichajes)

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