Paper Talk: Liverpool to make Dutch defender first signing of summer

Date published: Tuesday 25th June 2019 8:17

Liverpool hope to win the race to the signing of a talented Dutch teenager, while Man Utd have turned down a huge £200m swap deal with PSG, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Ajax’s plans to sign the young star they want to fill Matthijs De Ligt’s shoes could be ruined by Liverpool, according to reports.

The towering Ajax teenager is said to be close to finalising a €70m switch to Juventus and leave the Champions League semi-finalists with a sizeable hole to fill in the centre of their defence.

Reports in Holland had suggested they were poised to land Sepp van den Berg, a 17-year-old star currently pulling up trees for Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle.

But the Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool have entered the race to sign the Holland Under-19 defender amid claims he could be available for as little as €6m (£5.3m) this summer.

The teenager was the subject of a failed €2.5m bid from Sampdoria in January and they are expected to come back in for Van Den Berg again, while Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as suitors.

But the Mirror suggests it is Liverpool who are leading the chase, with their sporting director Michael Edwards and chief scout Barry Hunter pinpointing Van den Berg as a future Liverpool first-teamer.

The potential capture of Van den Berg would fit in with Liverpool’s ethos this summer of only making minor adjustments to their squad and signing players they can develop into first-team stars in the years to come.


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Laurent Blanc wants to succeed Rafael Benitez at trouble-torn Newcastle (Daily Star)

Aston Villa want six more signings this summer (Daily Star)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz was rejected (Daily Star)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set for a Manchester United medical this week ahead of his protracted £55m switch from Crystal Palace (The Sun)

Harry Maguire could be left in Leicester limbo as the Manchester giants battle to sign him (The Sun)


Roy Keane has been backed to take over as Newcastle manager by Vinnie Jones (The Sun)

Axel Tuanzebe will hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future in the next fortnight (The Sun)

Celtic and Stoke are battling it out for Luton right-back Jack Stacey (The Sun)

Arsenal are keen on Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are monitoring £15m Denmark U21 sensation Andreas Skov Olsen (Daily Mirror)

Kieran Trippier is at the centre of a £25m tug of war between Italian sides Napoli and Juventus (Daily Mirror)

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea successor will get to decide whether to keep on club legend Gianfranco Zola (Daily Mail)

FIFA will deal strongly with Cameroon over their disgraceful behaviour during England’s 3-0 quarter-final win, with retrospective bans possible for those who spat at and stamped on Phil Neville’s players (Daily Mail)

There were growing demands on Monday night for FIFA to consider using both male and female referees at future Women’s World Cups after out-of-control Cameroon players were allowed to foul England players with impunity at the end of Sunday’s round-of-16 tie (Daily Mail)

Real Zaragoza have dismissed suggestions Mateo Mejia has joined Manchester United after it appeared the Spanish wonderkid had made the switch to Old Trafford (Daily Mail)

Celtic have joined Rangers and Aberdeen in the fight to land Max Lowe – as Arsenal lodged an improved £18m bid for Hoops star Kieran Tierney (Daily Express)

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has rubbished suggestions he has advised Scotland team-mate Tierney to join Arsenal (Daily Express)

Steven Gerrard says no amount of money will prise him away from Rangers as he remains focused on “finishing the job” at Ibrox amid reports of potential interest from Derby (The Times)

Newcastle are starting from scratch in their search for a new manager and do not even have a shortlist for a new boss after announcing Rafa Benítez will leave his role when his contract expires on Sunday (The Times)

England supporters were escorted from the stadium for their own safety after Cameroon fans reacted angrily to the controversial VAR decisions in the Lionesses’ 3-0 victory in Valenciennes (The Times)


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