Liverpool have identified an experienced Real Betis defender as a potential replacement for Dejan Lovren, while a Brazilian star will choose between Manchester United and Arsenal this week, and details of a Chelsea enquiry for a Real Madrid star have emerged. It’s all in Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL LINE UP LOVREN REPLACEMENT
Liverpool are considering experienced Real Betis centre-back Zouhair Feddal as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, according to reports.
The Premier League champions recently made their first signing of the summer, bringing in left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos. And it appears they are not finished strengthening their defence there.
Dejan Lovren bid farewell to Anfield this summer, leaving Jurgen Klopp with just three senior centre-backs. Therefore, another option is needed to provide depth.
There have been links with a big-money move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. However, according to the latest reports, Liverpool may opt for someone at the opposite end of the price spectrum.
According to Don Balon, Liverpool are considering the “surprise signing” of Zouhair Feddal from Real Betis.
The 30-year-old has 20 caps for Morocco, but has never played for a Champions League club. He did, however, make 19 La Liga appearances for Betis last season.
Despite his lack of experience at the highest level, the report says Klopp “has a lot of faith” in Feddal. What’s more, the defender is now dreaming of a move to Anfield.
Klopp eyes Feddal as a direct replacement for Lovren, and is confident that Feddal would be happy to play a backup role to Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
That’s a key factor for Liverpool, as they know they need depth at the spine of their team to maintain their high levels.
Klopp reportedly admires Feddal for his confidence on the ball and lack of mistakes in defence.
Feddal seems like an even more attainable target when considering his price tag. The report says it would not be unfeasible for Liverpool to sign him for around €5m.
Furthermore, the player missed training with Betis on Monday. That’s because he “does not want to hear about anything other than wearing the Liverpool shirt”.
MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes will make a final decision on his future this week. He has interest from Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Napoli. (L’Equipe)
Manchester United will wait until the end of their Europa League campaign before deciding Tahith Chong’s future. Werder Bremen want the youngster, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the green light for him to leave on loan – but not immediately. (Weser-Kurier)
Ciro Immobile has revealed that Newcastle were interested in him before their takeover fell through. The Lazio forward also claims Newcastle wanted either Max Allegri or Luciano Spalletti as coach. (Corriere Dello Sport)
Napoli will rival Chelsea in the race for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Porto have set a €30m asking price for midfielder Danilo Pereira. However, Arsenal are only willing to pay €20m. (O Jogo)
Agent Jorge Mendes could orchestrate a deal for Wolves to sign Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam. (Tuttosport)
Tiemoue Bakayoko has agreed to take a pay-cut to return to AC Milan. However, they must first meet Chelsea’s €20m asking price. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Leeds United are “in the front row” for Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu. Several Italian teams are also in the hunt. (Calciomercato.it)
AND THE REST
Chelsea made an approach for Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior in November. Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have followed him before. (AS)
Fenerbahce want to sign Everton flop Cenk Tosun as a replacement for Vedat Muriqi. However, West Brom are also interested. (Sporx)
Besiktas are in talks to sign Mario Balotelli following his troubled spell back in Italy with Brescia. (Nicolo Schira)
Manchester City are set to send striker Marlos Moreno out on loan to Belgian second division side Lommel – who are owned by the City Football Group. (HBVL)
RB Leipzig will not be able to keep Patrik Schick after his loan from Roma. The Italian side are still looking to sell for €25m, with several Premier League suitors. (Bild)