A top Liverpool and Chelsea target has issued a come and get me plea, while a Serie A giant has opened talks with a Chelsea star, according to Monday’s papers.
GENOA STAR KEEN ON LIVERPOOL, CHELSEA SWITCH
Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek has issued a come and get me plea to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
The report in Metro claims that the Poland international is hoping his remarkable goalscoring form this season will be enough to secure a big-money transfer in the new year.
The prolific frontman has grabbed 13 goals in 13 appearances and has been a revelation since signing for the Serie A outfit last summer.
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Chelsea and Liverpool are among a host of clubs keeping tabs on Piatek, with Barcelona, Juventus, Roma, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also said to be showing an interest.
Genoa are likely to have a big battle on their hands to keep hold of the player in January, especially after Piatek made his intentions clear on where his future lies.
“The dream of those who come to Genoa is that they use it as a stepping stone towards a big club,” Piatek told Corriere della Sera.
“If I continue this way, I could sign for a big club. My objective is to play in the Champions League.”
At this stage it would appear that Chelsea have baulked at Genoa’s £40m asking price for the forward, who is under contract until 2022, but that is unlikely to deter big spending Liverpool – as Jurgen Klopp looks to add an out and out striker to his ranks.
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AND THE REST
Manchester United are ready to activate a £27m release clause in the contract of Roma starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini and, according to reports in Italy, have met with his agent in London (The Sun)
Real Madrid are ready to sign a striker in January after losing faith in Wales international Gareth Bale and France’s Karim Benzema (Daily Express)
Sunderland boss Jack Ross fears clubs in higher divisions will come calling for exciting striker Josh Maja in January (Daily Express)
Marcus Rashford may have provided the latest injury setback for Jose Mourinho after limping off during England’s win over Croatia on Sunday (Daily Star)
West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic would not be drawn on rumours linking him with a move after coming off the bench for Austria in their 2-1 win over Northern Ireland (Metro)
Daniel Sturridge will be available to play for Liverpool while the case over alleged betting breaches of betting rules is heard (The Times)
AC Milan have begun talks about signing Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea
West Ham and their London Stadium landlords will be in court on Monday over a bitter dispute about increasing capacity for football matches – the case is believed to have already cost both sides £2m in legal fees (The Times)
Premier League clubs agreed to pay the outgoing Richard Scudamore £5m to prevent him from taking a similar job with a rival organisation, such as La Liga or the NFL (Daily Telegraph)
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sanctioned funds for the Magpies’ January transfer-window activity (Chronicle)
Germany coach Joachim Low is ready to turn to youth after a nightmare few months for the senior international side, most recently seeing them relegated in the Nations League (The Guardian)
Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham, 33, is close to extending his contract for another year (Lancashire Telegraph)