Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool to trigger £45m deal for exquisite star after Klopp adoration surfaces; Man Utd in bizarre Barcelona legend link
An attacking midfielder who considers Jurgen Klopp the best manager in the world has greenlighted a move to Liverpool, while Man Utd are being tipped to pick up a departing Barcelona icon – all in Thursday’s Euro transfer gossip.
SZOBOSZLAI SURGES UP LIVERPOOL SHORTLIST
Liverpool are looking at Dominik Szoboszlai of RB Leipzig as an alternative to Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
That’s according to Daniel Nielson, a journalist for Denmark’s TV 2 Sport. The reporter has become the latest source to suggest Szoboszlai as a Liverpool target after a few similar claims in recent days.
All of a sudden, Szoboszlai seems to have escalated up Liverpool’s wish list. It comes after the revelation that Mount – who has been a top target for the club – would prefer to join Man Utd from Chelsea.
Ready for their midfield rebuild, Liverpool need to find alternatives if they miss out on Mount. Szoboszlai is another attacking midfielder who might fit the bill.
According to Nielsen, it would cost Liverpool £45m plus bonuses to sign the Hungary captain from RB Leipzig.
Promisingly, though, Szoboszlai is said to be ‘ready to make the switch to Merseyside’, whereby he would earn his first taste of Premier League football.
However, he remains under contract with RB Leipzig until 2026. The 22-year-old is happy enough with his situation there that he wouldn’t ‘force any moves’.
It sounds like he would carefully consider a transfer to Liverpool, though, so it is up to the Reds to make an offer to RB Leipzig.
Szoboszlai is huge Klopp fan
Two years ago, Szoboszlai labelled Jurgen Klopp as the best manager in the world
“I really like Jurgen Klopp,” he told Csisztu Channel. “The kind of human being he is, the way he inspires the team, that they can come back from any situation. To me he is the best coach in the world.”
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This season, Szoboszlai has played 44 times in all competitions for the German club. He has assisted 13 goals and scored nine for himself.
Most of his appearances have come on the right wing. Obviously, Liverpool already have Mohamed Salah there; Klopp would probably plan to use Szoboszlai as more of a central attacking midfielder.
Behind him, it will also be important to invest in more robust, defensive midfielders, to put pressure on the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.
There are expected to be multiple arrivals in the Liverpool midfield this summer. Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton looks like one of the main priorities, but perhaps Szoboszlai could be in contention too.
MAN UTD LOOK AT SHOCK ALBA SIGNING
Man Utd have become surprise suitors for departing veteran Barcelona left-back, Jordi Alba. (Diario Sport)
Arsenal have made an opening offer of €17m (£14.7m) for Galatasaray right-back, Sacha Boey, but it has been rejected. (Nevzat Dindar)
Chelsea are ready to revive their pursuit of Jules Kounde after he became unsettled at Barcelona, who will demand €75m (£65m) to sell him. (Diario Sport)
Man City have been showing an interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Marco Verratti. (Le Parisien)
Liverpool and Man Utd are monitoring New England Revolution goalkeeper, Djordje Petrovic. (Nogo Mania)
ARSENAL AND SPURS SCOUT BUNDESLIGA DEFENDER
Arsenal and Tottenham have both recently been scouting Bayer Leverkusen defender, Edmond Tapsoba. (Fabrizio Romano)
West Ham would consider sending Gianluca Scamacca to Salernitana in a swap deal for Boulaye Dia, who is also wanted by Inter. (InterLive)
Man City have told Ilkay Gundogan they will offer him a long-term contract rather than a short extension, in order to fend off Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)
Unai Emery would be interested in Aston Villa signing Almeria attacker, Largie Ramazani. (Estadio Deportivo)
West Ham have joined AC Milan in the race to sign Folarin Balogun after his loan spell at Reims from Arsenal. (Get Italian Football News)
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to use a €60m (£52m) release clause to sign Manuel Ugarte from Sporting. (L’Equipe)
However, Liverpool are also serious contenders to sign Ugarte, who plays as a defensive midfielder. (Record)
LEICESTER LINKED WITH BAYERN VETERAN
Leicester have become contenders to sign Yann Sommer from Bayern Munich, but the goalkeeper is also wanted by Valencia and Villarreal. (Kicker)
Europa League finalists Roma and Sevilla both want Brighton’s Joel Veltman on a free transfer. (Estadio Deportivo)
Brighton, meanwhile, are aiming to sign Luis Semedo when his Benfica contract expires. (Tuttomercatoweb)
West Ham are set to take advantage of Watford’s failure to return to the Premier League by bidding for Ismaila Sarr. (Jeunes Footeux)
Brentford are on the verge of signing Freiburg goalkeeper, Mark Flekken. (Kicker)
Besiktas are looking at Divock Origi after he failed to make a success of his move from Liverpool to AC Milan. (Fanatik)
Alternatively, Aston Villa or West Ham could lure Origi back to the Premier League. (Tuttosport)
AND THE REST
Lucas Hernandez has received an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, prompting the defender to pause contract talks with Bayern Munich. (Sport1)
PSG have also joined Roma in the race to sign Evan Ndicka as the defender approaches the end of his Eintracht Frankfurt contract. (Calciomercato)
Alessandro Bastoni will soon sign a new contract until 2028 with Inter. (Fabrizio Romano)
Inter have also ruled out the prospect of selling their main goalkeeper, Andre Onana – unless they receive a huge offer. (Sky Sport Italia)
Genoa are eyeing a reunion with Roma winger, Stephan El Shaarawy. (Il Secolo XIX)
Napoli have made Luis Enrique their top candidate to replace Luciano Spalletti as head coach. (Corriere Dello Sport)
Meanwhile, the Serie A champions will go head to head with Lazio for the signing of Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo. (Calciomercato)
Roma have begun tracking Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder, Wendel. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)