Liverpool and Newcastle look set to be rivals in January as they look to get a deal done for an unwanted Barcelona man, while Newcastle also have a Chelsea striker in their sights, all in the Euro papers.
PREM RETURN TALK FOR COUTINHO
It’s been a while since Liverpool were linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho, but the story is back.
Apparently Joan Laporta “wants to get rid” of the Barcelona flop in January.
The £142m man has been a huge disappointment for the Catalan giants and Laporta thinks it’s time to sever ties with the midfielder.
Coutinho left Anfield for Barca in January 2018 and is understood to be keen on a return.
And now El Chiringuito TV claim that Liverpool also want the player back.
Jurgen Klopp is always believed to have vetoed the idea of the 29-year-old returning. However, per the report, his stance has changed and still without a playmaker, Klopp is now open to a deal.
Klopp never replaced Coutinho when he left, instead he opted to use a three-man attack with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum the insurance behind them.
But, still without a real No.10 Klopp is believed to be keen to discuss a return for the Brazilian, who scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for the Reds.
They could have competition though, with Newcastle, now backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), also keen.
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Newcastle have held serious discussions about signing Coutinho.
Fabrizio Romano though says that the Magpies have yet to make an offer for Coutinho.
He said: “Coutinho – a lot of rumours, but Coutinho’s camp have not received any proposal or approach from Newcastle yet. Let’s see what is going to happen like in December, in January, when the transfer market will be in the key period.
“But for sure, Newcastle are starting something incredible for the future of the club.”
NEWCASTLE WANT WERNER
Newcastle United, backed by their new mega-rich owners, want to sign Chelsea striker Timo Werner (Bild)
Fenerbahce want to sign Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac (Yeni Asir)
Inter Milan are ready to enter contract talks with Marcelo Brozovic after coming to an agreement with Lautaro Martinez (Calciomercato)
Monaco and Nice are interested in signing Jonathan Clauss from Lens (Foot Mercato)
INTER FACE BARELLA FIGHT
Inter Milan could face a fight to keep hold of midfielder Nicolo Barella, with the player’s representatives struggling to find a middle ground on wage demands in a new deal (Corriere dello Sport)
Real Madrid are back on the trail of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (AS)
Paris Saint-Germain could join the race for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic (Le10 Sport)
AC Milan are trying to sign free-agent goalkeeper Antonio Mirante (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Centre-back Alessio Romagnoli wants to stay at AC Milan despite new contract talks stalling (Tuttomercato)
Manchester United will go head-to-head with Inter Milan for the signing of Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne (Gazzetta dello Sport)
BARCA CHASE KESSIE
Barcelona will sell Sergio Busquets to make room for Franck Kessie (El Nacional)
Dusan Vlahovic the Fiorentina striker is in the sights of Spurs, despite Fabio Paratici’s denials (Tuttomercatoweb)
Nahitan Nandez is an ‘object of desire’ of several clubs in Italy and across Europe. Spurs were linked with the midfielder in the summer (Calcio Casteddu)
Ralf Rangnick would be interested in a move to Newcastle United, should they offer him the chance to replace Steve Bruce (SportBild)
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD OFFERED ATTACKER
The agent of Ousmane Dembele has approached Liverpool and Man Utd over a transfer (Cuatro)
Newcastle United are ‘a possibility’ for Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule (Bild)
Christopher Nkunku has batted off talk of a move to Chelsea after an explosive start to the season with RB Leipzig (Bild)