Liverpool and Newcastle are looking to move a star winger across the Premier League, while Arsenal have made an offer for a Real Madrid man – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL EYE ISMAILA SARR TRANSFER
Ismaila Sarr is a transfer target for Liverpool as well as Newcastle and AC Milan, according to a report.
The Watford winger arrived at Vicarage Road in the summer of 2019 for a reported club-record £40million. He has impressed in both the Premier League and Championship and is back making his name in the top flight this term.
In fact, his performances have again seen him be linked with a move away from Watford.
Sarr made the headlines in February 2020 when his brace ended Liverpool’s long unbeaten run in emphatic style. The Reds, as revealed by the player’s agent, almost signed Sarr that summer but ultimately signed Diogo Jota instead.
Nevertheless, the suitors for the 24-year-old have not gone away. Reports in March claimed that Newcastle are planning a move.
AC Milan are also in the hunt, as they look to nail down a new winger signing. Junior Messias, who is on loan from Crotone and will return there this summer, has been battling with Alexis Saelemaekers for a spot in Stefano Pioli’s team.
Newcastle to make move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr
Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr but face competition for AC Milan
However, Pioli and the Milan directors want to sign Sarr in the hope that he can nail down the role.
The Senegal international has scored five Premier League goals this season for Watford, who are fighting against relegation. Regardless of the threat of the drop, Sarr’s agent recently revealed that his client could leave in the summer.
Thierno Seydi said: “We have a good exit plan. In Watford’s strategy, if the offer is attractive, nothing will prevent him from leaving but where he will go, only the future will tell us.
“At this precise moment, there are rumours, interest, but really nothing concrete.”
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Arsenal have made an offer for Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, but AC Milan are in the hunt too. (Sport Mediaset)
The Gunners are also keen on a deal for Madrid’s Serbian striker Luka Jovic. (Blic)
Juventus have opened initial talks over a move for Sassuolo striker Giacamo Raspadori. The Turin side see him as an ideal addition but have yet to make a firm approach. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
FC Koln’s desire to reduce their wage bill could hand Leeds United an opportunity to sing centre-back Timo Hubers. (Bild)
New Manchester City striker signing Julian Alvarez is a “complete player” and has all the characteristics to succeed, according to River Plate icon Fernando Cavenaghi. (TyC Sports)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL REACTION
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has labelled Karim Benzema a “god” following his Champions League hat-trick against Chelsea. (Goal)
However, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Benzema could have missed the game as he struggled to find his pass to enter Stamford Bridge for the quarter-final. (Fabrizio Romano)
Villarreal manager Unai Emery hailed his side’s “almost perfect” 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in their quarter-final first leg – but rued the wasted chances to increase their advantage. (Marca)
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted that his side “deserved to lose”. However, he insisted that the scoreline could have been “a lot worse” heading back to Munich. (Bulinews)
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is in negotiations over a move to Paris Saint-Germain. What’s more, he could reunite there with Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. (Fabio Santini)
EURO PAPER TALK – OUSMANE DEMBELE CONTRACT PLEAS
Barcelona boss Xavi has said that he would sign Ousmane Dembele’s new contract “immediately” because the winger can be “the best in the world in his position”. (Goal)
Ferran Torres has also urged Dembele and Barca to agree terms, with his current contract expiring in the summer. (Goal)
Bayern have agreed terms with Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, following Manchester United interest in the Dutchman. (Bild)
Meanwhile, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is a target for Barca and the Poland international would want a three-year contract at Camp Nou. (Sport)
Napoli striker Victor Osimen has revealed that the thigh injury he sustained in training on Wednesday is not serious. (Football Italia)