Liverpool have ordered a scouting mission ahead of a potential €120m double raid, while Arsenal’s interest in a La Liga star is revealed – all in Wednesday’s European papers.
KLOPP’S DOUBLE RAID HITS BARRIERS
Liverpool are keen on a swoop for Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and have sent scouts to watch Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic, according to various reports.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for Chukwueze in recent days, with one report claiming that a €35m bid was rejected by the La Liga side for the Nigeria international.
According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has “fallen in love” with Chukwueze and believes his pace and strength are key assets that could see him flourish at Anfield.
However, it is also claimed that Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has identified the winger as his top target, with the Catalan giants seeking an emergency attacker after losing Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele to injury.
Either way, it is said that it would take around €60m for any interested party to force Villarreal to part ways with Chukwueze.
Meanwhile, FCInterNews have claimed that a Liverpool scout was in attendance to watch Inter midfielder Brozovic in Sunday’s Serie A derby with AC Milan.
Brozovic, who netted the first of Inter’s four goals on Sunday, has a €60m release clause in his contract at San Siro, which can only be activated by clubs outside of Italy.
However, the source claims that with Liverpool now interested, Inter are aiming to tie the Croatian international down to a new deal until 2024, working hard to ward off the interest from other clubs.
AND THE REST
Arsenal and Chelsea both submitted proposals to Real Madrid to try to sign midfielder Isco, but their offers fell below Madrid’s asking price (Don Balon)
The Gunners had been watching former Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki for “a long time”, according to the Polish club’s goalkeeping coach (Przegląd Sportowy)
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he is relieved to be back in the Premier League after his spell with Napoli (Corriere della Sera)
Newcastle United loanee Valentino Lazaro has been told that he can improve his game while on a temporary spell from Inter Milan (TuttoMercatoWeb)
Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all submitted offers for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who has become an important figure under Zinedine Zidane (Don Balon)
Barcelona and Juventus are working hard to try and secure a deal to sign Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong, who looks set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season (Corrierre dello Sport)
Former Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic has given his backing to Blues boss Frank Lampard and opened up on his gratitude for owner Roman Abramovich (Marca)
Inter Milan will take time to scout Napoli forward Dries Mertens during the Coppa Italia semi-final between the sides on Wednesday evening (TuttoMercatoWeb)
Mertens is tempted by a move to Inter because of the prospect of meeting up with international teammate Romelu Lukaku (Corrierre dello Sport)
Real Madrid have put Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz on their wish list ahead of the summer transfer window (TuttomMercatoWeb)
Real midfielder Eden Hazard is set to return to action this weekend after almost three months out through injury (Football-Espana)
Roma are considering extending Chris Smalling’s loan deal from Manchester United as an alternative to paying a permanent transfer fee for the defender (Corrierre dello Sport)
RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo has said that the Bundesliga side are the “best place” for him, following his move from Dinamo Zagreb (Diario Sport)
Barcelona have all but ruled out the prospect of signing Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose as an emergency attacker (Sport)
Barca sporting director Eric Abidal is to meet with head coach Quique Setien to discuss the plans to bring a forward in (Sport)