Liverpool are ready to ditch their interest in Jadon Sancho and move for a Leverkusen winger instead, while Chelsea are chasing a £40m Tottenham defensive target, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL READY TO MOVE FOR JAMAICA WINGER
Liverpool have reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey as an alternative to signing Jadon Sancho.
The winger was linked with a move to Anfield in 2017, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea, before he made the switch to the Bundesliga.
The Reds have gone on to reach successive Champions League finals, winning in 2019, and should wrap up their first Premier League title in 30 years this season.
With Jurgen Klopp’s strong squad not being hampered by too many injury issues, Liverpool are not expected to do much business in the January transfer window.
So far the club have only signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg this month to boost their attacking options.
But no matter what happens between now and the end of the season, Klopp is expected to jump back into the market in the summer.
And one option for the Reds chief could be 22-year-old Bailey, according to a report in the Daily Star (via Goal), who say the club has identified him as an option.
That is if they do not renew their reported interest in Borussia Dortmund superstar Sancho.
Sancho has been linked with several Europe’s top clubs in recent times but it is likely to cost in excess of £100m to sign him.
Bailey ended up proving a bargain for Leverkusen after joining from Genk for around £13m and he has scored 21 goals in 95 games for the Germans.
The Jamaican actually snubbed a move to Merseyside before he moved to Germany after deciding not to rush his career, but it would appear that his game is now at a level where is ready to move to the Premier League.
AND THE REST
Massimiliano Allegri has his eye on the Manchester United job should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford reign end in the coming months (Daily Mail)
Aston Villa are hopeful of agreeing terms with AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 37, on a short term contract with the option of a further year (Daily Mail)
Ajax are ‘considering’ an attempt to bring Matthijs de Ligt back to the club on loan after seeing his mixed start to life at Juventus (Daily Mail)
Jesse Lingard is facing the axe at Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeting £60m-rated Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik (The Sun)
Manchester United are desperate for Ashley Young to stay on for another year – to avoid the embarrassment of their captain agreeing a mid-season deal to walk away in the summer on a free transfer (The Sun)
Chelsea are delaying bringing Nathan Ake back to the club until they can offload on Andreas Christensen from their wage bill (The Sun)
Arsenal are reportedly ready to battle Manchester United and Tottenham to sign highly-rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare (Daily Mirror)
Shkodran Mustafi has changed agents, sparking speculation the Arsenal defender is looking to secure a move in the January transfer window (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea want to beat Tottenham to a £40m January transfer deal for West Ham defender Issa Diop (Daily Express)
Brazil midfielder Fernandinho says he is close to activating clauses in his Manchester City contract which would automatically trigger a contract extension (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are understood to be interested in signing Hellas Verona and Albania defender Marash Kumbulla (Daily Star)
Manchester City are targeting between four and six signings this year, depending on potential departures, as the Premier League champions seek to build on the serial success of recent seasons (Daily Telegraph)
Sir Alex Ferguson and Ed Woodward felt humiliated by Manchester United’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City (Daily Star)
Tottenham have no immediate plans to sign a replacement for injured midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who is out until April. The club are focusing on signing a midfielder if they sell Kenyan Victor Wanyama and Denmark international Christian Eriksen (Evening Standard)
Leeds are hoping to seal two transfer deals by the end of the month with a goalkeeper and striker their priority (Daily Star)
Chelsea defender Reece James, 20, is close to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge (Metro)