Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool have Kabak back-up target lined up

Edmond Tapsoba TEAMtalk

Liverpool have a back-up option in case their bid to sign Ozan Kabak falls through today, while Celtic are trying to negotiate a lucrative exit for Olivier Ntcham, all in the Euro papers. 



Liverpool have an alternative target in mind if they fail with a move for Ozan Kabak today.

Transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano says the Premier League champions have “another name” on the list if they fail to get a move for Kabak ratified.

Sky in Germany report that Liverpool are in talks with Schalke of a loan deal for Kabak. However, the German side want a replacement in before the 5pm deadline.

Bild claim Liverpool have ‘great interest’ in Kabak and are talking over a loan deal with a €30m option to buy.

However, Romano says they have a plan b and it’s not Sven Botman or Duje Ćaleta-Car.

That man could be Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba.

Sport 1 reporter Patrick Berger, says Tapsoba is also a target for Michael Edwards at Liverpool. However, the timeline is unclear and he says, via Sport Witness, that Liverpool pulled out of the running when they were told his asking price.

Bayer wanted €50m for the 21-year-old, according to Berger, and that saw Liverpool look elsewhere. They claim the Reds have turned to Kabak, and Edwards and Co are working hard on a deal before the 5pm cut-off in Germany.

Still, it’s not out of the question that a deal with Bayer for Tapsoba is revisited as Klopp looks for some central defensive cover.


Edin Dzeko TEAMtalk

Manchester United have been contacted by Roma and offered the signing of former Man City striker Edin Dzeko (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United will make moves for Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele in the summer (Sport)

Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin is close to completing a move to Turkish side Galatasaray. (Various)

Arsenal and Chelsea both have long-standing interest in Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi and could move this summer (The Athletic)

Barcelona must pay Lionel Messi an additional €39m loyalty bonus this summer, even if the player decides to leave. (El Mundo)

Liverpool in talks for Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak (Sky in Germany)

Dele Alli looks set to stay at Tottenham with chairman Daniel Levy continuing to block his proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain (ESPN)

Danny Rose‘s potential move to Trabzonzpor is off (ESPN)


Olivier Ntcham TEAMtalk

Marseille have sent a loan offer to Celtic for midfielder Olivier Ntcham, believed to an obligation to buy at 5.5m (RMC)

Neymar looks like he will stay with PSG: “I am very happy today,” he said in an interview (TF1.)

Marcos Rojo will undergo a medical on Monday ahead of signing a three-year contract with Boca Juniors (Ole)

Besiktas have signed Turkey striker Cenk Tosun from Everton on loan for the season. (various)


Kabak arrives at Schalke medical centre

Kabak arrives at Schalke medical centre

Liverpool target Ozan Kabak arrives at Schalke's medical centre ahead of his proposed move to the champions.


Genoa midfielder Lukas Lerager is closing in on a move to FC Copenhagen (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Sami Khedira is set to leave Juventus and move to Hertha BSC in the German Bundesliga (Sky Sport Italia)

Valencia have officially announced the arrival of Patrick Cutrone on loan from Wolves.

Uruguayan midfielder Christian Oliva is set to arrive at Valencia from Cagliari (Marca)