Reports in France have gone big on claims Liverpool will seal an astonishing deal to re-sign a former star this summer, while Chelsea will go big in their efforts to sign an AC Milan star, according to Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
L’EQUIPE BELIEVE LIVERPOOL IN TALKS TO RE-SIGN RAHEEM STERLING
It’s not quite April 1 yet, but French newspaper L’Equipe have gone big with the news that Liverpool have held talks over an extraordinary deal to re-sign Raheem Sterling this summer.
The 25-year-old turned his back on the Reds in summer 2015 to make a highly-controversial move to Manchester City in a deal that eventually cost the Blues £50million. His former manager Brendan Rodgers this week lifted the lid on that transfer by making this revelation.
Since that move, Sterling has gone from strength to strength and has emerged as one of English football’s most gifted stars, with Pep Guardiola taking his game on to another level. His record at City currently reads 89 goals in 230 appearances for the club – a strike-rate of a notch every 2.5 matches.
The forward remains contracted to the Etihad until summer 2023 and the Blues are desperately trying to negotiate an extension; not least to keep him out of the clutches of chief suitors Real Madrid.
However, there remains a big issue: the impending European ban hanging over Man City, with reports claiming the Blues are struggling to get Sterling to commit whilst the UEFA sanctions hang over them.
Speaking via the Instagram account of his representatives Colossal Sports Management, Sterling said: “Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you, I love Liverpool.
“Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart, do you know what I mean?
“It’s a team that (has) done a lot for me growing up.”
And it may be that interview which has prompted French paper L’Equipe to state that Sterling could yet prove to be the big transfer splash Jurgen Klopp’s side plan to make this summer.
Liverpool have been linked with Jadon Sancho, Leon Bailey and Samuel Chukwueze in recent times as they look to bolster their wide attacking areas.
But the report in L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) states that Liverpool are ‘thinking’ about a deal to re-sign the player with the latter’s headline even stating that his ‘entourage state anything is possible’.
The report adds that City will ‘struggle to retain their jewel’ and that efforts to get him to sign a new deal are ‘in vain’.
Furthermore, representatives of Sterling are reported to have told the French newspaper: “Even if Raheem is attached to Manchester City, he hasn’t forgotten Liverpool, because that’s where he became who he is as a man and as a player.
“Of course, there was controversy surrounding his exit, but since then, time has run its course and everything is possible.”
L’Equipe goes on to explain that Liverpool plan to bring Sterling back because there is a growing fear at Anfield that Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid will launch a huge move to bring Sadio Mane to the Bernabeu and the Reds know only a signing of the calibre of Sterling would appease fans for the loss.
As we say, it’s a day early for April 1 and maybe the French are running out of things to write about in the current climate. Time will tell….
AND MORE EURO GOSSIP
Chelsea are preparing a mammoth offer to persuade Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan with wages on the table worth £140,000 a week. The Blues are also prepared to meet the €60m asking price on his head (Tuttosport)
Manchester United are interested in Lille star Jonathan Ikone, but have been put off by the Ligue 1 side’s €65m valuation for the attacking midfielder (Le Quotidien du Foot)
Napoli defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo is being tracked by Manchester United. The right-back is valued at around €30m and can also operate at left-back if needed (CalcioNapoli24)
Manchester United are ‘willing’ to put ‘good money on the table’ for Thomas Lemar, though they have told his club Atletico Madrid there is no chance they will meet the €190m exit clause in his contract (AS)
On-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos would rather move back to Real Betis than stay at Emirates Stadium, if parent club Real Madrid do not want the Spaniard back (Estadio Deportivo)
Valencia are also reporteding to be monitoring Ceballos and have already made contact for the player (Gols Media)
AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie continues to attract attention from Wolves and West Ham, amid claims they could launch a €25m summer approach (Calciomercato)
Juventus are officially on the lookout for a new striker after deciding Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain can leave this summer for the right price (Tuttosport)
Venezuela international Yeferson Soteldo “dreams” of playing for Manchester United, despite being linked with a €35m move to Everton from current club Santos (LaTeleTuya)
Paris Saint-Germain are pursuing a deal for highly-rated Atletico de Madrid midfielder Javier Serrano (L’Equipe)
Former Uruguay international striker Diego Forlan believes Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani – linked with a move to Manchester United – could make a shock move to Boca Juniors (Marca)
AC Milan have no plans to bring Aston Villa loanee Pepe Reina back into their first-team fold next season, despite ongoing claims that Gianluigi Donnarumma will be sold for €60m (Il Milanista)
Ashley Young wants to extend his stay at Inter Milan after expressing his love with life at the club and in Italy (Corriere della Sera)
Barcelona are struggling to meet Inter Milan’s asking price for striker Lautaro Martinez, leaving the likes of Man Utd and Man City still in with a chance of landing the Argentine who has a €111m asking price (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan remain in the hunt to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens on a free transfer this summer, despite claims he is close to agreeing a new deal with the latter (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid are monitoring Sao Paulo’s Igor Gomes, while Barcelona, Sevilla and Ajax are all also interested in the Brazil Under-20 midfielder (AS)