Paper Talk: Liverpool battling major rivals for £60m playmaker

Oli Fisher

Manchester United are fearful of being priced out of a deal for a Spurs star, while Liverpool and Man City are battling for a playmaker, according to Sunday’s papers.



Manchester City and Liverpool are will battle it out for the signing of Lyon star Nabil Fekir this summer, according to a report.

The France international was on the brink of joining the Reds last year, only for a deal to fall through at the last minute due to concerns over a knee injury flagged up by his medical.

Fekir stayed with Lyon, scoring 12 goals and adding nine assists in all competitions, but Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas revealed that it is likely Fekir will leave the club this summer.

Liverpool have been linked with another move for the France international, while he has been touted as a potential target for the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus.

During the time of Liverpool’s interest, Lyon were asking for £60m for the attacker, although that price is expected to drop due to Fekir’s contract situation.

Now, a report from the Daily Express claims that the Anfield club face competition from Manchester City for Fekir’s signature.

Klopp is apparently ‘still interested in the player’ but will ‘attempt to get him for a lower fee given his knee problems’.

However, the French side are ‘hoping that interest from the Premier League champions could led to an auction’ and them receiving somewhere near the £60m they wanted last year.



Manchester United are still targeting Kieran Trippier this summer, though they fear Daniel Levy will price him out of their plans. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Belgium and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. (Express)

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United

Juventus are preparing a compensation package to prise manager Maurizio Sarri away from Chelsea. (Independent)

Manchester City have not received a bid for Leroy Sane despite multiple reports of their interest in the player. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton forward Richarlison has insisted that he is “happy” at Goodison Park and is “not thinking about a transfer” away from the Toffees in this summer’s transfer window.

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Manchester United are preparing to reignite their interest in Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak. (Mail)

Newcastle United have not spoken to former AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso as a possible replacement for current manager Rafael Benitez. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Aston Villa are willing to pay £15m for 26-year-old on-loan Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, to make his deal permanent. (Star)

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner reiterates that Fenway Sports Group has no intention of selling the Champions League-winning club. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City have targeted three midfielders to replace Fernandinho this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Rodri as the primary target. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham United have agreed to sell Lucas Perez to Spanish outfit Alaves. (Sky)