Paper Talk: Fred bid imminent; Liverpool definitely in for £40m Mahrez

Date published: Friday 12th January 2018 8:57

Liverpool are talking to Riyad Mahrez over a January transfer, while an England U21 attacking midfielder is on the radar of Tottenham and Liverpool, all in today’s papers.


Sources close to Riyad Mahrez have told the Daily Express that the Leicester man is in talks with Liverpool.

“Terms of a transfer” are being discussed, according to the exclusive, despite denials by several sources over the weekend.

beIN Sports France claimed over the weekend that Mahrez, 26, was having a medical at Anfield, but that talk was shot down by Sky Sports and several other English outlets, who are understood to have been told by Liverpool the deal was not happening.

The Algerian winger is though on the Reds’ wish-list of signings to replace Philippe Coutinho, although bringing forward a deal to sign Naby Keita is a priority.

Mahrez appeared certain to leave Leicester in the summer, but the Foxes’ desire to hold out for a £40million asking price scared off the likes of Roma and Arsenal, who were both sniffing round the player.

To his credit, Mahrez simply got in with the business of playing football and kept his nose clean as far as his wishes to leave the King Power Stadium was concerned.

And that attitude – as well as the Algerian’s dazzling abilities – are thought to have caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye.



Manchester United have made an ambiguous response to their £25m bid to sign Arsenal’s 28-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez. (Guardian)

Sanchez would prefer to join Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s side have only bid £20m. (Independent)

Manchester United have also made initial inquiries about two other forwards – Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and West Ham’s Javier Hernandez, who was at Old Trafford from 2010-2015. (Telegraph)

New MLS side Los Angeles FC are also interested in signing Hernandez. (TalkSPORT)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is likely to leave the club at the end of the season. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique are the leading contenders to replace him. (Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing Brazilian playmaker Arthur Melo, 21, from Gremio. (Star)

Liverpool are in official contact with RB Leipzig as they attempt to bring forward Naby Keïta’s arrival as Philippe Coutinho’s replacement. A deal has already been agreed for the 22-year-old midfielder to join in July. (Times)

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur has signed a new three-year deal. (Daily Star)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is eyeing Danish left-back Mads Pedersen.  (Daily Star)

Sunderland are in talks to sign Burnley striker Jon Walters.  (Daily Star)

Reading boss Jaap Stam is targeting a double-swoop for Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw and Southampton defender Sam McQueen.  (Daily Star)

QPR and Bolton have made loan approaches for Cardiff winger Anthony Pilkington.  (Daily Star)

Liverpool are willing to sell their 28-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge, but they will demand £30m for the England international. (Liverpool Echo)

However, no club in the Premier League is prepared to meet Sturridge’s valuation, and his £150,000-a-week wages are another obstacle. (Mail)

Italian Carlo Ancelotti is the preferred candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss at the end of the season. The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain manager has agreed a four-year deal worth 40 million euros (£35.5m). (Corriere dello Sport)

Crystal Palace are closing in on a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. (Daily Express)

Everton are set to make a £20m bid for Arsenal’s 28-year-old England forward Theo Walcott. (Telegraph)

Espanyol are not aware of any interest from Stoke City in their Spanish manager Quique Sanchez Flores. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are targeting two new strikers. They have agreed a £12m fee for West Ham’s 28-year-old Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho and will bid £13m for Everton’s 27-year-old Senegalese forward Oumar Niasse. (Evening Standard)

Claude Puel has confirmed striker Kelechi Iheanacho will not be leaving Leicester City in the January transfer window. The Foxes manager has urged the 20-year-old to improve in all areas. (Leicester Mercury)

West Ham have been dealt a blow by Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal who has stressed he is determined to keep defender Alfie Mawson, 23, suggesting the club would only consider selling him if they received an offer in the region of £50m. (Star)

Manchester United will match Liverpool’s interest in 19-year-old United States and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic if their Premier League rivals make a bid. (Independent)

Manchester United are considering making a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Fred, 24, who is also a target for Manchester City. (Record)

Everton are considering recalling their 21-year-old England U21 left-back Brendan Galloway from his loan at Sunderland. (Liverpool Echo)

James Maddison: Youngster becomes Norwich's eighth signing

Liverpool and Tottenham want to sign Norwich’s England U21 attacking midfielder James Maddison. (Mirror)

Wolves are also interested in signing the 21-year-old from their Championship rivals. (Express and Star)

Inter Milan have made a loan offer for Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Rafinha, 24, with an option to buy him for £17.7m. (Sky Sport Italia)

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires hopes to join Inter Milan this month. The 30-year-old Brazilian plays in China for Jiangsu Suning. (Sky Sport Italia)

Manchester City are set to send England U20 winger Isaac Buckley-Ricketts, 19, on loan to Oxford United after recalling him from FC Twente. (HITC)

Nottingham Forest’s new manager Aitor Karanka wants to sign Chelsea’s Belgian forward Charly Musonda, 21, on loan. (Telegraph)

Arsenal fans are convinced PSG forward Julian Draxler is joining the club after he attended an NBA game in London alongside several Gunners stars. (Mirror)

Two Premier League clubs want to sign Changchun Yatai, Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo and the 28-year-old former Watford player says he is open to a Premier League return. (Sky Sports)

Manager Rafa Benitez is becoming increasingly frustrated at Newcastle United’s inaction in the transfer window. (Shields Gazette)

Newcastle are set to open talks with 17-year-old Young Boys striker Yannick Toure, who plays for Switzerland Under-17s, in the next 24 hours. (Mail)

A second Middle East investor is looking to make an offer for Newcastle United. (Mail)

Cardiff will pay £2m for Bolton striker Gary Madine. (Sun)

Reading are in talks for a loan-deal to sign Derby forward Chris Martin. (Sun)

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino wants permanent January deals rather than loan signings. (Daily Echo)

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