Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool to battle Man City, Barcelona as Real Madrid step aside in Mbappe hunt

Date published: Tuesday 1st December 2020 12:25

Liverpool and Manchester City have been presented the chance to sign Kylian Mbappe, while Chelsea are growing confident of winning the race for a Bayern Munich defender – all in Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.

 

REAL MADRID BACK DOWN IN MBAPPE HUNT

Real Madrid could drop their interest in Kylian Mbappe because the total costs of the deal could eclipse €200m.

That’s according to Le Parisien – and the news could give hope to two Premier League clubs.

Mbappe is out of contract with PSG in 2022, and it appears he wants a fresh challenge. Real Madrid had been a leading candidate to sign him in 2021.

However, it is now claimed that they will not make a move for the French World Cup winner. The report claims their financial situation means they cannot afford to buy Mbappe.

The forward would want a pay-rise from his current wages at PSG, while the cost of the transfer would be one of the most expensive in history.

Madrid have been trying to cut costs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and that means they will not be able to afford Mbappe.

It could be a huge missed opportunity for them, but they have little choice. With several other clubs in the hunt and Mbappe keen to move on, it could have been a now or never situation for Madrid.

According to the latest claims, it could in fact be ‘never’. Madrid may have to turn their attention elsewhere when their finances return to normal, as Mbappe could have already moved to a different club.

There is even a chance that such a club could be in the Premier League.

 

Liverpool, Man City vying for Mbappe

Indeed, the report adds that two clubs that have not been put off in the battle for Mbappe are Liverpool and Manchester City.

Two of the richest and most successful clubs in recent times in the Premier League, Liverpool and City could go head-to-head for the former Monaco starlet.

However, they will face competition from another La Liga suitor, as Le Parisien add that Barcelona have joined the race to sign him.

That would be an even bigger blow for Madrid, as they would not want to see their top target end up wearing the colours of their rivals. However, they cannot compete with the three clubs at present.

Therefore, Liverpool and City will have one less suitor to face if they are serious about signing Mbappe in 2021.

READ MORE: Liverpool backed to beat Real Madrid to Mbappe for one major reason

 

CHELSEA CONFIDENT OF ALABA DEAL

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Chelsea are growing confident of beating Real Madrid and Liverpool to the signing of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. (AS)

Barcelona will try to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City in January. However, if they cannot, they still have Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi on their list of alternatives. (Mundo Deportivo)

Alternatively, Barcelona could recall Jean-Clair Todibo from his loan spell at Benfica. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leeds United summer target Rodrigo De Paul says he will never ask Udinese to sell him. (SportItalia)

Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa wants Leeds to sign Riqui Puig from Barcelona. However, the La Liga giants only want him to move on loan, not with a buying option. (Todofichajes)

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta could explore a swap deal to sign Matthijs De Ligt and sell Philippe Coutinho to Juventus if he is elected. (Don Balon)

INTER POSE THREAT TO ARSENAL MIDFIELDER BID

Mikel Arteta is trying to convince Isco to join Arsenal from Real Madrid when Dani Ceballos returns to the Spanish club at the end of the season. (Don Balon)

However, Madrid could use Isco as bait in a swap deal for struggling Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen. (Don Balon)

Juventus are plotting a new approach for unsettled Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. (Calciomercato)

Inter Milan are also still in the hunt for Giroud, and will offer him a six-month loan deal. (Tuttosport)

Barcelona are monitoring Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. (Diario Sport)

Zinedine Zidane is facing a battle to convince Real Madrid to bid for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Other figures are the club are less keen on signing him. (Don Balon)

CITY TARGET TWO TEENAGERS

Man City are close to agreeing a deal to bring teenage winger Dario Sarmiento to the Etihad Stadium from Estudiantes next summer. (El Dia)

Another teenager City are tracking is Melayro Bogarde. The defender is out of contract with Hoffenheim next summer, so could be sold in January – with Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan also keen. (Diario Sport)

Leicester and West Ham are “ready” to meet the €20m asking price for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are planning to pursue RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. However, the asking price is €60m. (Todofichajes)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has received a “tempting” offer from an unnamed Premier League club. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also want him. (El Chiringuito)

AC Milan will have a “summit” about the future of Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu in December. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Milan are also planning to make a bid for Liverpool-linked Schalke defender Ozan Kabak in January. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Barcelona have made Samuel Umtiti available for around €12m. Everton could make contact in the coming days. (Mundo Deportivo)

 

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