Paper Talk: Klopp asked for Real Madrid star after enquiry for star man

Date published: Wednesday 17th April 2019 8:25

Liverpool asked for a young Real Madrid star as part of the Spaniards’ efforts to prise a Liverpool gem, while Wolves are looking to raid Anfield themselves for a star youngster, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.



Jurgen Klopp told Real Madrid that he wanted €200m (£173m) plus Vinicius Junior as part of their attempts to lure Sadio Mane from Liverpool last summer.

Senegal star Mane is back on Real Madrid’s radar after a stellar campaign at Anfield and following the re-appointment of his suitor-in-chief Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

The deposed European champions are expected to come back in for Mane this summer, but it has now emerged in a report in El Chiringuito, via Metro, that the two clubs actually got around to discussing a potential deal – before Liverpool’s demands put them off.

According to the Spanish outlet, Klopp told Liverpool chiefs that he valued Mane at €200m – and on top of that wanted Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior to move in the opposite direction.

Liverpool’s valuation, coupled with Zidane’s decision to step down, saw their interest fade, but the fact Liverpool were willing to name their price has, reportedly, given Real the conviction that a deal could be resurrected this summer.

Real bought Vinicius from Flamengo in a £38.7million deal last summer and the 18-year-old impressed with three goals and 12 assist this season before he suffered an ankle ligament injury in March.


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