Euro Paper Talk: Competition falls away as agent talks put Liverpool on course for €50m star; Everton in striker tussle

Date published: Thursday 29th April 2021 12:31 - Jonny Whitfield

Dusan Vlahovic, Marten de Roon Fiorentina v Atalanta April 2021

Liverpool make advances towards a transfer for a Serbian goal machine, while Everton are in a Premier League tussle for a striker – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

REDS ADVANCE TOWARDS VLAHOVIC

Liverpool have an ‘advanced’ interest in Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to a report.

The upcoming transfer window will prove a crucial one for the Reds, with key areas needing reinforcements.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a new centre-back, with RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate a firm target. Meanwhile, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma could replace midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who is no closer to extending his contract.

However, reports have claimed that the Anfield club want reinforcements up top, amid Roberto Firmino’s sluggish form.

Indeed, Serbia international Vlahovic is one player who Liverpool have been linked with in recent weeks.

According to Inside Futbol, the Reds now have an ‘advanced’ interest in bringing the 21-year-old to Merseyside.

They have spoken with his representatives, who – alongside his employers – are willing to sell for a top price of €50million (£43million).

AC Milan are also in touch with Vlahovic’s camp, but have not yet made as much progress with a deal as Liverpool.

What’s more, the competition for the striker initially stood at three clubs. However, Roma have pulled the plug on their interest due to financial concerns.

Vlahovic spent his youth years in his home country, with Partizan Belgrade. However, he made the ambitious move to Italy in the summer of 2018 and has not looked back since.

Indeed, he has netted 25 goals in 79 games, including 17 in 32 Serie A outings this term.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Hwang Hee-Chan, Ozan Kabak RB Leipzig v Liverpool February 2021

Everton and West Ham have both shown interest in RB Leipzig forward Hwang Hee-Chan. (Sport1)

What’s more, the Toffees have stepped up plans to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral. (Calciomercato)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar maintains private hope of a move to Barcelona this summer. That is despite him revealing that he is close to extending his terms in France. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Arsenal defender Lauren has warned Villarreal of Arsenal’s threats ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final. (AS)

VILLARREAL STARS ON TRANSFER RADARS

Pau Torres, Villarreal defender

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde now sits ahead of Villarreal’s Pau Torres in Real Madrid’s transfer shortlist. (AS)

Meanwhile, Chelsea will look to drive down Villarreal defender Alfonso Pedraza’s €35million (£30million) release clause as they hunt his transfer. (La Razon)

Napoli will try to sign Leeds left-back Ezgjan Alioski this summer, with free agency looming for the left-back. (Tuttosport)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has sent signals to Manchester United over a massive summer transfer. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will demand a minimum of £125million. (Dagbladet)

TOMORI HOLDS FRESH AC MILAN TALKS

Chelsea’s on-loan AC Milan centre-back Fikayo Tomori has held fresh talks over his future with club directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara. (Sky Italy)

Schalke sporting director Peter Knabel has poured cold water on the prospect of his side permanently signing Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac. (WAZ)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could be willing to allow Raheem Sterling to leave in order to fund a move for Erling Haaland. As such, Real Madrid could land the Englishman. (Don Balon)

RAMOS INCHES CLOSER TO MADRID CONTRACT

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is inching closer to a new contract after agreeing to lower his salary demands. (Mundo Deportivo)

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus wants a summer to Liverpool. (Bild)

Inter and ex-Manchester United midfielder Matteo Darmian says that Antonio Conte is a better manager than Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

 

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