Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool ready stunning free-transfer signing to weaken Chelsea; Arsenal eye Barcelona raid; Man Utd consider Spain midfielder
Liverpool are pushing to sign a Chelsea midfielder in a shock free transfer, Arsenal have been given hope of a deal for a Barcelona attacker, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Manchester United are considering a 30-year-old former Spain midfielder.
KLOPP KEEN ON LIVERPOOL DEAL FOR N’GOLO KANTE
Liverpool are ready to make a firm push to sign N’Golo Kante as he nears the end of his Chelsea contract.
The France star has been one of the best midfielders in world football over the last eight years, ever since a 2015 move to Leicester.
He played just one season at Leicester, winning the Premier League title in the process.
And since signing for Chelsea in a £32m deal in summer 2016, Kante has won a collection of other titles, including another Premier League and the Champions League.
However, the five-year deal he signed in 2018 is due to expire this summer. Talks over an extension have yet to see Kante agree on a new deal.
Now reports in Spain claim Liverpool are looking to take advantage and lure him to Anfield.
Klopp’s wish to rebuild Liverpool’s midfield is well documented, with Jude Bellingham a top target. However, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and possibly James Milner leaving this summer, the Reds will need at least two new arrivals.
Per reports, Klopp sees Kante as a great addition for the Reds on a free.
Kante a man in demand
And despite being 31, he still has the legs and energy to add an extra dimension to the Liverpool engine room. Indeed, demand for Kante is high with the midfielder also reportedly having two other offers on the table.
However, the article claims Klopp would also love to weaken a direct rival in Chelsea by pinching Kante from them.
And they want to sign him as a free agent this summer, believing one last Premier League challenge will tempt him. As a result, they plan to put a sizeable offer on the table to him as well as an initial two-year deal with the option of a third year.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, though. is determined to ensure Kante does not leave. As such, he is reportedly scheduling in more talks with the player aimed at agreeing an extension with him at Stamford Bridge.
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RAPHINHA PLAYING FOR BARCELONA FUTURE AS ARSENAL LURK
Arsenal target Raphinha is playing for his Barcelona future in the second half of the season and could be sold back in the summer if he does not impress. (Joaquim Piera)
Manchester United are telling Inter Milan that Victor Lindelof will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan – but a permanent bid will be considered. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Inter are also keen on West Ham’s Thilo Kehrer as they seek a replacement for PSG-bound Milan Skriniar. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus are considering a surprise move to prise Kieran Tierney away from Arsenal before the window closes. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Weston McKennie will complete his £1.05m loan move to Leeds on Monday, having passed his medical. The USA midfielder moves to Leeds with an option to make the move permanent for £38m in the summer. (Fabrizio Romano)
Aston Villa are hoping to sign Matteo Guendouzi before the window closes having made a ‘very good financial offer’ to Marseille. (L’Equipe)
A Chelsea delegation will fly to Lisbon on Monday for talks over a deal for Enzo Fernandez – with a Liverpool fear driving Todd Boehly into action. (various)
BRYAN GIL TO LEAVE, BUT SANCHEZ LOOKING TO STAY AT TOTTENHAM
Davinson Sanchez is hoping to stay at Tottenham this month amid claims that Nice are looking to sign him on loan. (various)
Sevilla will on Monday finalise the signing of Bryan Gil from Tottenham on loan for the rest of the season. (Marca)
Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic is closing on a move to Fulham with the Cottagers paying the Turin side a £8.7m (€10m) fee. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Nottingham Forest will sign PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas on Monday with the Costa Rican keen to play in the Premier League. (L’Equipe)
Bournemouth are switching their focus to Sassuolo’s Hamed Junior Traore after failing to agree a deal with Nicolo Zaniolo. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Sevilla are plotting to hijack Valencia’s loan move to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. (various)
Tottenham are facing competition from Newcastle to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie, rated at £34m. (various)
MAN UTD PLOTTING SURPRISE MOVE TO SIGN ISCO
Manchester United are considering a surprise move for Isco, who is a free agent after leaving Sevilla. (various)
Manchester City are battling Barcelona for the signing of Girona and Spain Under-21 defender Arnau Martinez. (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Joao Felix’s situation at Chelsea and may launch a summer bid to sign him. (Sport)
Galatasaray are hoping to secure the signing of Nat Phillips from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £10m. (Fanatik)
Denis Suarez insists he’s staying at Celta Vigo amid claims he is due to sign for Espanyol on loan. (Football Espana)
PSV will try again to sign Jarrad Branthwaite from Everton on a permanent deal after their initial approach fell short. (Dagblad)
Leeds defender Diego Llorente is closing on a move to Roma on loan with an option to make the move permanent. The Spaniard only signed a new deal at Elland Road on December 23. (Corriere dello Sport)