Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for £140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL LOOKING TO MAKE TRANSFER STATEMENT
Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.
The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.
Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the £75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.
As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to £70million to land the young Italian.
A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.
Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.
The duo are rated at around £35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.
Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool £140m.
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Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)
Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)
Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)
Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)
Barcelona are planning a summer move for Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)
Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are ready to spend as much as £100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Chelsea manager’s job (Daily Express)
Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)
West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to £7m per year (Daily Telegraph)
Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)
Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)
Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)
James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)