Liverpool are looking to a former Man Utd forward to spruce up their attacking options, while Paul Pogba’s suitors continue to circle – both in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
REDS EYE FORMER MAN UTD FLOP
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Lyon forward Memphis Depay as an ideal target to reinvigorate his front three, according to a report.
Klopp’s men have suffered a noticeable drop in intensity since Christmas, winning only two of nine Premier League games.
Such a run has seen the champions slip down the table, with the focus now firmly on maintaining their spot in the top four.
But while several factors have played their part in Liverpool‘s downturn, a lack of goals over recent weeks has played its part. Indeed, while Mohamed Salah has continued his good form, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have largely struggled.
Diogo Jota has yet to return from injury but, according to Don Balon, Klopp has his eyes on further reinforcements following the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
What’s more, he is targeting former Manchester United winger Depay, whose contract at Lyon runs out at the end of the season.
Barcelona have been linked with a swoop for the 26-year-old for some time, with ex-Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman a big admirer of his fellow countryman.
However, Liverpool are looking to ‘snatch’ the signing from under the Spanish giants’ noses by initiating contact in the coming weeks.
Depay would fit into the Reds’ remit for cheap signings, given that he would arrive on a free transfer. In fact, his wages would prove the only significant blockade to completing a deal after persuading the player.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Real Madrid, Juventus and PSG are ready to welcome Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba to the club with ‘open arms’. (Calciomercato)
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has an offer to become Pep Guardiola’s coaching assistant. (Todofichajes)
Sergio Ramos will travel to England next week to close an agreement to sign for Manchester United. (Todofichajes)
United talisman Bruno Fernandes says that he sees problems “everywhere” – including with himself – when he loses. (TV2)
SCHAR HOPEFUL OVER NEWCASTLE INJURY
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar is hopeful that he will return to fitness for Euro 2020. The Switzerland international damaged knee ligaments during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton. (Blick)
Lille striker Jonathan David says that watching Arsenal as a youngster made him want to move to Europe. (L’Equipe)
Cristiano Ronaldo has contacted former Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane about moving to Juventus. (Don Balon)
BARCA EYE NEW TRANSFER CHIEF
Barcelona are targeting Ajax director of football Marc Overmars to spearhead their transfer strategy from next season. (Mundo Deportivo)
Meanwhile, Barca boss Ronald Koeman hailed Lionel Messi for helping his team beat Real Betis. (Marca)
What’s more, Koeman has a detailed plan to continue to get the best form out of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong. (Marca)
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane may only have 12 fit senior players for Tuesday’s clash with Getafe. (AS)
Amid their already growing injury list, Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao have now also complained of muscle discomfort. (Marca)
DI MARIA WANTS MESSI AT PSG
Angel Di Maria will only sign a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain if fellow Argentine Messi joins him in the French capital. (Todofichajes)
Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso’s future will be decided by the next two games against Atalanta and Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Nabil Fekir is pondering his next move after Real Betis, with Germany an ideal destination. However, the midfielder’s salary demands have already put many clubs off firming up interest. (Estadio Deportivo)
Negotiations between Hakan Calhanoglu and AC Milan over a new contract are progressing well. Indeed, there is ‘growing optimism’ that the midfielder will extend his terms. (Calciomercato)