Liverpool are ready to barge Crystal Palace out of the way in their effort to sign a Torino centre-back this summer, while Carlo Ancelotti has given a strong indication over whether Real Madrid will actively pursue a big-money deal for PSG outcast Kylian Mbappe – all in Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.
KLOPP PUSHES PAST PALACE FOR TORINO STAR
Liverpool are reportedly ready to push Premier League rivals Crystal Palace to one side in their chase for Torino centre-back Perr Schuurs this summer.
The Dutchman emerged as a major target for the Reds earlier in the window, only for Palace to then launch a surprise bid of their own for the Serie A defender.
Indeed, Tuttopsort reported on July 13 that Eagles boss Roy Hodgson ‘expressly indicated’ the Selhurst Park outfit to sign Schuurs, with an offer put on the table.
But now Toto.it states that Liverpool have not given up on signing the Torino star and are ready to muscle their way ahead of Palace to get a deal done.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Schuurs to play alongside his compatriot, Virgil van Dijk, on Merseyside.
However, the 23-year-old’s contract runs until 2026 with the option to extend for a further year and he will not come cheap.
Torino not backing down on Schuurs asking price
Indeed, the report adds that Torino chairman Urbano Cairo has set a €40million (£34.3m) asking price, which is why the negotiations with both Liverpool and Palace have stalled.
For his part, Schuurs is aware of the interest he has from the two English clubs and is ‘not sure’ if he’ll stay at Torino beyond this window.
It’s now just a matter of whether either Premier League is willing to get near to Torino’s valuation, although the fact that the Reds will be playing in Europe this season gives them the edge if a fee is agreed.
The Netherlands Under-21 international is also a threat from set-pieces, having scored 19 goals in 222 club career appearances so far.
ANCELOTTI DROPS MBAPPE HINT
Carlo Ancelotti hinted that Real Madrid do not need to sign Kylian Mbappe after their pre-season win over Manchester United in Houston. (Relevo)
There’s been no breakthrough in talks between Bayern Munich and Manchester City over a proposed deal for Kyle Walker but discussions remain ongoing. (Florian Plettenberg)
Juventus sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is set to travel to England to negotiate a loan deal with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona winger Ferran Torres has issued a statement of intent, claiming he will remain at the club no matter what this summer. (Relevo)
Luis Suarez will not be linking up with former Barcelona teammates Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi at Inter Miami after his move fell through. (Fabrizio Romano)
Gianluca Scamacca has removed West Ham from his Instagram bio, with Inter tipped to outbid Roma for the Italy international. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Chelsea look set to lose out on Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, with the 29-year-old reportedly signing a new contract at Roma. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah has admitted “anything can happen” this summer as he continues to be linked with a move to West Ham. (Kicker)
PSG and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches is close to signing a season-long loan agreement with Roma. (L’Equipe_
Milan are expected to announce the signing of Samuel Chukwueze after the Nigeria international completed his medical on Wednesday. (Football Italia)
Real Betis have agreed a deal with Barcelona to bring in 20-year-old defender Chadi Riad. (Football Espana)
Milan left-back Fode Ballo-Toure has rejected Fulham’s offer and is in talks with Bologna. (Football Italia)