Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool storm into race for forward with unfinished business

Date published: Thursday 1st April 2021 12:28 - Samuel Bannister

A former Manchester United forward has emerged as an option for Liverpool in the summer transfer window, while United themselves are battling Chelsea for a Serie A star – all in the latest Euro transfer gossip.

LIVERPOOL WANT FORMER MAN UTD FLOP

Liverpool are set to rival Barcelona for the signing of Lyon forward Memphis Depay, according to reports in Spain.

Depay is out of contract this summer and will be one of the most in-demand free agents on the market. Having failed to make the grade at Manchester United, he has rebuilt his career in France.

The 27-year-old has scored 69 goals from 152 appearances for Lyon, also providing 52 assists. Moving to a more central attacking role has paid off for him, but the Dutchman remains a versatile player.

That ability to play as a centre-forward or winger could add to his appeal for Liverpool. The champions have fallen short in their title defence and a misfiring front line has been one of the many factors behind that slump.

Rumours continue to swirl about Mohamed Salah potentially moving to La Liga. There are also doubts about the future of Roberto Firmino, who is similarly wanted in Spain.

Diogo Jota has proven that Liverpool’s front three is not unbreakable. Depay could be the next player to try and force his way into it.

According to Marca, Liverpool are interested in signing the Netherlands international on a free transfer. Barcelona are the main contenders, but the Reds will rival them.

Lyon are also keen to have the player next season and are trying to get him to sign a contract extension. But he seems ready for a bigger challenge and Liverpool could come calling.

His thoughts on the move are not yet clear. But perhaps he would be willing to prove his old critics at Man Utd wrong by signing for their rivals.

The report adds that Juventus are another contender for his signature.


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CHELSEA, MAN UTD WANT SERIE A WINGER

Man Utd and Chelsea are interested in a cut-price deal of around €30m for Italy winger Nicolo Zaniolo. But current club Roma intend to reject all offers. (Il Messaggero)

Liverpool are willing to meet Napoli’s £42.5m asking price for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Kylian Mbappe says he is yet to make a decision about a new contract on offer at Paris Saint-Germain. (RTL)

Arsenal have joined the race for Leeds United target and Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos. (Todofichajes)

Lucas Vazquez has rejected Real Madrid’s final contract offer and will become a free agent in June. (ABC)

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are still considering a move for Vazquez, who can play as a winger or right-back. (Sport)

Everton have already made an offer for the 29-year-old, though. (Mundo Deportivo)

Mino Raiola is in talks with Barcelona over their chances of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. (AS)

MAN CITY EYE FERNANDINHO REPLACEMENTS

Fernandinho TEAMtalk

Manchester City have a three-man shortlist of midfield targets to replace Fernandinho this summer. Under consideration are Sheffield United’s Sander Berge, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria and Sporting CP’s Joao Palhinha. (A Bola)

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. However, his asking price is at least €60m. (ABC)

Sergio Aguero has no interest in joining Man Utd from Man City. Instead, the favourites to sign the soon-to-be free agent are Chelsea or PSG. (Todofichajes)

West Brom will sell Matheus Pereira in the summer if they can get at least €20m. (UOL)

Real Madrid want to sign Pedro Porro from Man City after his successful loan spell at Sporting CP. (O Jogo)

Gianluigi Donnarumma has put contract talks with AC Milan on hold until they are certain of Champions League football. Chelsea and Manchester United are keeping tabs on the goalkeeper.(Gazzetta Dello Sport)

ARSENAL QUOTED €100M FOR WINGER

Bryan Gil TEAMtalk

Arsenal are following Sevilla star Bryan Gil as he impresses on loan at Eibar. However, the winger could cost €100m. (AS)

Milan want to sign Fikayo Tomori permanently after his loan from Chelsea but are less sure about Man Utd’s Diogo Dalot. (Tuttosport)

Lionel Messi has not yet received a specific proposal for a new contract from Barcelona, but is keen to listen to their offer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea have entered the running for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as his contract winds down. (Marca)

The agent of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed that the Italy international will soon discuss a new contract with the club. (Tuttomercatoweb)

The chances of Carlos Vinicius making his loan move to Tottenham permanent will increase if Jose Mourinho stays as manager. (Fichajes)

Man Utd are interested in Lille centre-back Sven Botman, months after he was linked with Liverpool. (Fabrizio Romano)

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