Jurgen Klopp will be left shocked if a big Liverpool flop returns to the Premier League after his agent confirmed one such move is on the cards, Chelsea have genuine interest in signing one of Serie A’s best players, while Friday’s Transfer Gossip reveals an Everton attacker is on the verge of leaving Goodison Park.
LIVERPOOL FAILURE EYES PREM REVIVAL
A player who failed to live up to the hype at Liverpool could now show Klopp his true talent by signing for Premier League rivals Brighton, according to his agent and various reports.
Liverpool have already dealt with Brighton once this summer, signing midfielder Alexis Mac Allister for an initial £35million. The deal could rise to £55m depending on add-ons.
Veteran Reds star James Milner, meanwhile, has gone in the opposite direction following the expiry of his contract at Anfield.
Surprisingly, Brighton could replace Mac Allister with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo, who joined Liverpool on loan last summer but went on to endure a horrific spell on Merseyside as he spent most of it battling injury.
Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport revealed recently that Arthur is of interest to Brighton. They believe they can get him on a cut-price fee following his struggles in England, while Roberto De Zerbi would also be able to get the 26-year-old back to his best.
And now Arthur’s agent, Federico Pastorello, has effectively confirmed that a move to the Amex is on the cards. During an interview with Italian source Tuttomercatoweb, the representative said: “We are working for the return to the Premier League, he would gladly return but unfortunately it is still early days.”
It seems Arthur is gunning to come back to England so he can show those at Liverpool what he is truly capable of. Arthur has played for two of the biggest clubs in the world in the form of Barcelona and Juventus, so it is a shame things did not work out for him at Liverpool. He made just one appearance under Klopp before being ruled out for several months as he had to undergo thigh surgery.
Arthur returned to the Liverpool squad in March but did not pick up any more game time and was subsequently shipped back to Juve at the end of last season.
As mentioned previously, it would not be a surprise if the Gremio academy graduate ended up impressing at Brighton as De Zerbi is a great coach. Indeed, he has helped the likes of Mac Allister, Kaoru Mitoma and Moises Caicedo develop into top players, which is why they have been courted by some major English teams.
A transfer to the south coast would also be exciting for Arthur as it would still allow him to feature in a European competition next term. Brighton finished one place behind Liverpool in sixth last season, which means they will appear in the 2023-24 Europa League. It is the first time Brighton will have ever played in a European tournament.
CHELSEA PURSUIT OF ROMA STAR CONFIRMED
Chelsea have been linked with several Serie A forwards in recent months, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Milan winger Rafael Leao and Lautaro Martinez of Inter.
But on Wednesday, Italian journalist Matteo De Santis claimed Roma attacker Paulo Dybala is the latest to appear on Chelsea’s shortlist, with new Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino spearheading the pursuit.
That comes after Dybala enjoyed a great debut season at Roma, registering 18 goals and eight assists in 38 appearances. The Argentine World Cup winner previously managed 115 goals in 293 games for Juventus too, helping the Bianconeri win five Serie A titles.
Sport Mediaset have now provided an update on Dybala’s future, as cited by Napoli Magazine and Sport Witness. They claim Chelsea have ‘real interest’ in Dybala and this has resulted in Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto scheduling talks with the player’s agent.
They will meet ‘in the coming days’ to discuss whether Dybala will continue at the Stadio Olimpico as Chelsea aim to capitalise on a release clause in his contract.
The clause is valid until July 31 and is worth just €12m (£10.2m). It is only accessible for the biggest and best clubs in Europe, and while Chelsea had a poor season in 2022-23, they have still snuck into this bracket.
The report states that Dybala is currently happy at Roma as he is adored by the fans there and is playing some great football. However, he could be tempted to join Chelsea if they send him a lucrative contract proposal, which is well within their power. While Dybala earns a reported £138,000 a week in the Italian capital, Chelsea have seven players who take home £200k per week or more.
Amid their player exodus, Chelsea could probably do with Dybala joining their squad. He would be a brilliant replacement for Kai Havertz, who has gone to English rivals Arsenal in a £65m deal.
Plus, it would be great to see the 29-year-old finally try himself out in the Premier League. He has only ever featured in his native Argentina and Italy before, so he could test himself in new surroundings by heading to Stamford Bridge.
EVERTON MAN ON VERGE OF CHAMPIONSHIP MOVE
Fabrizio Romano has revealed Coventry City are ‘set to sign’ Everton striker Ellis Simms on a permanent deal.
Everton have previously put Simms’ valuation at between £7-10m and will now be getting £8m for him from Coventry, who lost in the Championship play-off final to Luton Town last season.
Simms is on the verge of replacing Viktor Gyokeres at the Coventry Arena. Sweden international Gyokeres is preparing to join Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon, as Romano states they are in the ‘final stages’ of talks with Coventry.
Coincidentally, Gyokeres has also been linked with Everton as Toffees boss Sean Dyche looks to add more goals to his team. But Everton have lost out on the Championship ace to Sporting.
Romano, who also cites trusted Everton source The Bobble, adds that Simms will have his Coventry medical on Friday (today).
Simms spent time in the Manchester City academy before joining Everton U18s in July 2017. He has had loan spells at Blackburn, Hearts and Sunderland, while also scoring one goal in 12 appearances for the Everton first team.