Paper Talk: Tuchel swoops in with Chelsea as five-way Liverpool star tussle begins

Date published: Thursday 1st April 2021 8:41 - Jonny Whitfield

Thomas Tuchel Chelsea boss

Chelsea make it a five-way tussle after becoming keen on a Liverpool man, while a Greek side want an Arsenal star – both in all the latest Paper Talk.

BLUES REGISTER WIJNALDUM INTEREST

Chelsea have registered interest in Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, according to a report.

The Dutchman has proved a fantastic servant to the Reds since his 2016 arrival from Newcastle.

He played more Premier League minutes than any other Liverpool midfielder last season and has remained a stoic figure this time around despite a host of injuries.

However, Wijnaldum’s time at Anfield looks to be coming to an end, with free agency looming this summer.

Reports have claimed that Barcelona are close to signing him on a pre-contract agreement and while he has denied such claims, there has conversely been little to suggest that he will pen an extension.

What’s more, while Barca have proved the frontrunners so far, Marca claims that Chelsea have registered interest.

In fact, there could be a five-way tussle for his signature, with Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Juventus keen.

Wijnaldum would prove a fantastic addition to Thomas Tuchel’s side, amid continued rumours that Jorginho could leave to return to Serie A.

Wijnaldum said of his future last week: “You will always talk about those things and about my future.

“But as I have said on other occasions, I have no news yet. When there is news, I will talk about it, but there is no news.”


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Joe Willock

Greek side Olympiacos have made Arsenal winger Joe Willock a loan target for the summer transfer window. (football.london)

Meanwhile, Boca Juniors have registered interest in a move for Gunners midfielder Lucas Torriera. (ESPN)

Sergio Aguero’s former employers Independiente will target a summer move for striker Sergio Aguero. (The Sun)

CITY TOLD HAALAND WAGES

Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund goal machine

City, meanwhile, will have to pay Erling Haaland £600,000 per week for him to replace Aguero. (The Sun)

But they will face one less club in competing for the striker, with Bayern Munich dropping their interest. Indeed, club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that his club are content with Robert Lewandowski. (Bild)

Liverpool could end up choosing between Ozan Kabak and Ibrahima Konate as a summer defensive signing. (The Athletic)

However, the Reds are working on landing Kabak for £9million, half of the to-buy option fee in his loan deal. (Football Insider)

WOODWARD RAVES OVER HARRY KANE

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has spoken ‘effusively’ in private of his desire to sign Harry Kane. (Manchester Evening News)

Talks have begun to allow England to have a squad of more than 23 players for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament. (Daily Telegraph)

Indeed, UEFA is expected to increase the number of players in squads to 25 because of the pressures on players amid the coronavirus pandemic. (The Times)

BURNLEY TARGET BORO DEFENDER

Dael Fry Millwall v Middlesbrough March 2021

Burnley are targeting a summer move for Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry for £10million. (Daily Mail)

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd put Curtis Jones’ sending off in the 2-1 win over Croatia down to a “highly emotive situation”, after a brawl between the teams. (Sky Sports News)

The Young Lions exited the group stage despite the win, meaning that Frank Lampard is the favourite to succeed Boothroyd in the job. (Evening Standard)

Tottenham will end their interest in Southampton striker Danny Ings after receiving little encouragement from the England international. (Football Insider)

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