Liverpool are continuing to track an electric teenage winger, while West Ham are to make a January bid for a €20million forward – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.
REDS TRACKING BELGIAN WINGER
Liverpool are continuing to monitor closely the progress of exciting Belgian winger Jeremy Doku, according to a report.
The Reds have reportedly held interest in the 18-year-old for some time. Indeed, when he was 15, Doku and his parents visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.
The player reportedly met up with Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp and club legend Steven Gerrard. However, he remained at Anderlecht and continued to develop at an exciting pace.
After making his breakthrough with the Belgian club in the 2018/19 season, he earned an initial £23million move to Rennes in October after another strong campaign.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, however, Klopp remains an admirer of Doku and continues to track his progress.
What’s more, Liverpool’s scouting department and analysts also ‘keep a close eye on everything’.
Previous reports have indicated that the Reds eye Doku as Sadio Mane’s long-term successor at Anfield. The latest speculation claims similar – that the Merseysiders see ‘glimpses of Mane’ in the teenager’s play.
Furthermore, Doku’s ‘lightning fast’ pace and the fact that he is ‘unpredictable’ in attack are also reasons for Liverpool to monitor his development.
While the report does not mention the possibility of a future move from the Reds, it adds that, if Doku signed now, he would be caught in a difficult scenario.
Contrasting his age with his development, he would suffer in the club’s Under-23 ranks but he is not ready to play with Liverpool’s senior stars.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
West Ham are to make a January bid for €20million-rated Sporting winger Jovane Cabral (Todofichajes)
Saint Etienne are leading the race to sign Leicester forward Islam Slimani (But! Football Club)
Celtic are considering a move for Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius, who is out of contract in the summer (Bild)
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is willing to “defend low” against Manchester United next Wednesday (Paris Supporters)
United are trying to ‘exploit’ the fractured relationship between Christian Eriksen and Inter (Corrierre dello Sport)
Braga midfielder Carlos Castro wants Braga to put right the mistakes they made against Leicester last time out (Sapo)
Aston Villa remain keen on signing Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica after their summer interest (DeichStube)
Inter want to sack head coach Antonio Conte but cannot afford to because of the pandemic (Calciomercato)
Meanwhile, reaching the Champions League knockout stages will boost the Serie A side’s hopes of signing Olivier Giroud (Calciomercato)
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe says that Everton made an offer to extend his stay at the end of last season (Journal L’Est Eclair)
Barcelona are ‘optimistic’ about signing Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in the coming months (Don Balon)
Barca centre-back Gerard Pique has ignored calls to have surgery, which will reduce the time he spends on the sidelines (AS)
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has hailed his side’s character after their 2-0 win over Inter (Sky Sport Italia)