Liverpool change their approach in the hunt for a new defender – with a Real Madrid star in their sights – while a prolific goalscorer snubs Manchester United – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
REDS EYE REAL MADRID MAN
Liverpool have changed their approach in the hunt for a new centre-back and have enquired about signing Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, according to a report.
The Reds have suffered harshly with key injuries at the back this season. Indeed, all three senior options in the centre of defence are currently out injured.
As such, several names are on their radar as they look to plug their gap.
Previous reports have named youngsters such as 20-year-old pair Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak as potential additions. The Lille and Schalke stars, respectively, would lack the experience of an older signing but offer hope of a longer-term impact.
Indeed, further speculation has claimed that Liverpool are not looking for a quick-fix this month. Instead, club chiefs are insistent that any addition must be able to add to the team going forward.
However, El Chiringuito claims that the Anfield club have registered serious interest in Ramos. The 34-year-old’s contract in the Spanish capital expires in June and, as such, he is now free to talk to clubs from abroad.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has expressed his desire to see the defender commit his future to the capital club. However, there has been relative silence over his situation.
El Chiringuito says that Klopp has ‘knocked on Ramos’ door’ over a potential transfer to Merseyside.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Sporting midfielder Pedro Goncalves has snubbed a January move to Manchester United. The Portugal Under-21 international has scored 11 goals in 11 league games this season. (Jornal de Noticias)
Everton will battle with Serie A side Roma to sign Lille right-back Zeki Celik this month. (Le10 Sport)
Similarly, Everton have entered the race to sign Moises Caicedo. The Ecuadorian midfielder is a target for Manchester United. (Diario Extra)
However, Spanish side Elche are also keen on the Argentine, who remains a fringe player at Old Trafford. (Informacion)
PALACE BID FOR FENERBAHCE MAN
Crystal Palace have made a €10million bid to sign Fenerbahce star Ozan Tufan. Indeed, the Eagles had targeted the 25-year-old in the last transfer window. (Sabah)
West Ham and Palace have shown interest in signing Strasbourg midfielder Jean-Ricner Bellegarde. (Foot Mercato)
AC Milan are close to an agreement to bring in Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira is not considering leaving Atletico Madrid this month, despite his lack of action. (Mundo Deportivo)
LEVERKUSEN COULD SWOOP FOR LEMAR
Bayer Leverkusen could reignite their interest in Atletico midfielder Thomas Lemar. (Todofichajes)
Meanwhile, the Spanish club are considering a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. Diego Simeone’s side want to replace former forward Diego Costa.
However, free agent Costa does not want to move to Wolves this month. (Sport Witness)
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants Real Madrid star Lucas Vasquez at Elland Road. (Don Balon)
BRIGHTON WANT BOURNEMOUTH MIDFIELDER
Brighton are weighing up a swoop for frustrated Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma. (Don Balon)
Lazio are considering a move for Manchester City‘s Oleksandr Zinchenko. (La Lazio Siamo Noi)
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says that he has devised a list of potential transfer targets. (Marca)