Liverpool are only willing to pay £40m for an £80m-rated midfield target, while a Man Utd target is poised to sign a new deal at Leicester, according to Tuesday’s Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL GOING COOL ON £80M-RATED TARGET
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is only reportedly prepared to pay £40million to land top midfield target Kai Havertz this summer, despite the player being rated at double that.
A report in Tuesday’s press claims that the Reds are very keen on striking a deal for the Bayern Leverkusen youngster, but that the German club’s £80m valuation is way too much.
Havertz is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, having established himself in the Leverkusen first-team squad and forced his way into Joachim Low’s senior Germany squad ahead of Euro 2020.
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all been touted as potential destinations if the 20-year-old leaves Leverkusen, with Liverpool at the top of that list to land the player.
However, The Independent have now reported that Klopp’s men are unwilling to meet Leverkusen’s demands, with BayArena chiefs eager for the bidding to start at £80m.
The report adds that Klopp, sporting director Michael Edwards and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon want to ensure Liverpool stay on the right track after years of steady progress.
But they’re unwilling to spend mega-money on ‘anyone who’s not seen as having the potential to have a transformative impact on Klopp’s team’.
Klopp would sooner pay around £40m for Havertz, but that stance might mean the Reds miss out should another club be willing to match his asking price.
AND THE REST
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Everton want to reward England centre-half Mason Holgate, 23, with a new deal (Daily Telegragh)
West Ham players will have their wages halved if they suffer relegation, leaving the club facing a mass exodus if they lost their top-flight status (Daily Mail)
Atletico Madrid and Roma are interested in making a summer move for Jesse Lingard, according to reports (Daily Mail)
Manchester City players asked manager Pep Guardiola to stop fiddling with his starting line-up after Sunday’s defeat at Tottenham (daily Mail)
Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman puts Premier League clubs on alert as he joins same British-based agency as Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal and Everton failed in their bids to sign Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel in January
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is looking to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer and has identified Burnley’s Nick Pope as his top transfer target (Daily Star)
Wales manager and former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs says the club’s new Portuguese midfield signing Bruno Fernandes, 25, could be a defensive “liability” (The Sun)
Bournemouth are planning a move for Peterborough’s English striker Ivan Toney (The Sun)
Neil Warnock has emerged as one of the favourites to take over from sacked Gary Bowyer as Blackpool manager (The Sun)
Pep Guardiola wants to sign two centre-backs this summer in a move that could cast fresh doubt over John Stones’ future at Manchester City (The Times)
Leigh Griffiths is facing a suspension sweat as he awaits the SFA’s response to his alleged stamp on Sam Woods (Daily Record)
Former Ibrox midfielder Barry Ferguson says Rangers only have two “game-changers” in their squad as he questioned their title mentality (Daily Record)