Paper Talk: Hammer blow for Liverpool, Tottenham over winger target

Jurgen Klopp with head in hands during Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool and Tottenham look set for a major blow to their hopes of landing a top attacking target, while Friday’s transfer gossip claims that an Arsenal star will be offered to AC Milan on a free transfer.


Adama Traore is reportedly close to signing a new contract with Wolves, despite sustained interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham.

The 25-year-old was wanted by Spurs during the summer transfer window, and has long been identified as a possible option for Jurgen Klopp to strengthen his attack following his impressive performances over the past 18 months in particular.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was keen on a reunion with the powerful winger. However, Wolves are said to have turned down two offers from the north London club.

As for Liverpool’s interest, Klopp is known to be a huge admirer of Traore’s attacking talents. He is also aware that the Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane triumvirate is bound to break up at some point in the future and wants Traore on board alongside Diogo Jota to soften that blow.

Traore will enter the final year of his contract at Molineux after the end of this season. That means Wolves could lose him for nothing next summer, but they are determined that will not happen.

Indeed, the attacker is now closing on a new deal as the Midlands club bid to keep him out of the clutches of their top-flight rivals.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, which claims Traore will be offered terms that take him close to top earner Joao Moutinho, who is on £100,000 per week.

Traore is currently on around £55,000 per week, according to Spotrac.

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Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette warming up before the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been “offered to AC Milan” on a free transfer if they can give him £150,000-a-week in wages when his contract expires. (The Sun)

Tottenham have reignited their interest in bringing in West Brom ‘keeper Sam Johnstone as successor to Hugo Lloris. (The Sun)

Arsenal and Inter Milan are set to go head to head for the signature of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo spent so long on the training ground Sir Alex Ferguson ordered him to leave because it was too close to a game, according to Nicky Butt. (The Sun)

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is firmly in the sights of England boss Gareth Southgate. (The Sun)

Timo Werner will re-assess his future at Chelsea if he cannot force his way back into Thomas Tuchel’s starting plans. (Daily Telegraph)


Antonio Rudiger in action for Chelsea

Chelsea are still negotiating with the agents of German centre-back Antonio Rudiger over a new contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United scouts were reported to be looking at Benfica’s Darwin Nunez when he played a starring role in their 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday. (Daily Star)

Tottenham players are said to think new boss Nuno Espirito Santo is “distant” and are struggling to get their heads around his tactical approach. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are showing interest in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Moussa Diaby. (Daily Express)

Tottenham and Arsenal have been urged to sign Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken by the player’s father. (Daily Express)

Donny van de Beek is ready to make another attempt to leave Manchester United in January after his Old Trafford career hit a new low in the Champions League win over Villarreal. (Daily Mail)

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Loris Karius hopes to finally get a permanent move away from Liverpool in January. A shoulder injury denied him the chance to join FC Basel over the summer. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal will reportedly consider using Alexandre Lacazette as a makeweight in a deal for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri in January.  (Daily Mail)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool exit plan has the German ‘included’ on Barcelona’s shortlist. (Daily Mirror)

Inter Milan’s motives for wanting to be in the European Super League have been shown by record-breaking losses of £211m. (Daily Mirror)

Mino Raiola is upset with Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke after recent comments rejecting talk of a verbal agreement to allow Erling Haaland to leave next summer.  (Daily Mirror)

Jewellery and cash have been stolen by masked raiders from suites at the same Paris hotel where Lionel Messi has been staying since he signed for PSG.  (Daily Mirror)