Liverpool are pondering a January approach after learning the price needed to buy an Ajax sensation, while Manchester United have learnt a Bayern Munich regular dreams of a move to Old Trafford, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.
PERR SCHUURS TOLD HE CAN LEAVE AJAX
Liverpool have been told they will have to pay £26.7m if they want to sign in Ajax defender Perr Schuurs in January.
The 20-year-old is being monitored by the Reds as they look to bring in more defensive reinforcements.
Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury kick-started a horror run of injuries for the Reds. They then lost Fabinho to a slight hamstring issue. More seriously, Joe Gomez has also been sidelined for the season with a knee issue. Trent Alexander-Arnold is another set to miss Sunday’s game with Leicester.
The Reds have been linked with a plethora of big-name players to fill the void.
Despite that, they are won’t spend lavishly, meaning talk of a £55m deal for 29-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly looks unlikely.
Instead, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are far more likely to look at those in the early 20s. Schalke’s Ozan Kabak – rated at €35m (£31.2m) – is one player who fits that bill.
Another though is Ajax’s Schuurs. He has already been mentioned as a potential Liverpool target.
Now the Reds have been told that the young Dutchman can leave for a fee of €30m (£26.7m) in January.
That price is unlikely to scare off Liverpool.
Reports in Italy – cited by the Liverpool Echo – claim bids for the 20-year-old will be considered in the winter window.
That gives Klopp and Co plenty to think about and a bid could be forthcoming for a player who has already made Holland’s national squad.
Liverpool aren’t the only club in the market for Schuurs, however. It’s also reported AC Milan are keen on the centre-half, having also watched him closely.
SULE DREAMING OF MAN UTD TRANSFER
Paul Pogba is prepared to stay at Manchester United beyond this season – but only so he can leave of his own accord in 2022. (Daily Star)
Pep Guardiola, who signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City this week, has been assured that he will be backed in the transfer market. That has raised the renewed possibility of a summer reunion with Lionel Messi. (The Times)
Arsenal are exploring ways to structure a deal for Dominik Szoboszlai, who has a £23m release clause at RB Salzburg. (Daily Mirror)
MESSI, BARCELONA EXIT TALK LATEST
Ronald Koeman refused to answer questions over Lionel Messi’s future as he called for more respect for the Barcelona superstar. (Daily Mirror)
Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has no plans to leave Arsenal for Inter Milan in January. (Daily Mirror)
Leeds defender Luke Ayling admits he doubted he would make it to the Premier League when he was released by Arsenal a decade ago. (Daily Mirror)
Ben Chilwell faces a battle to re-establish himself as England’s left-back. Gareth Southgate was disappointed that Chilwell limped out of Sunday’s Nations League defeat by Belgium with a sore back. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Juventus are happy to take their time over exercising their right to buy Alvaro Morata for £40m next summer. (Daily Mail)
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has revealed he nearly appeared in ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’. The veteran manager is not ruling out a future stint on the ITV programme. (Daily Mail)
Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny was summonsed for emergency talks on Friday after showing his players a ‘propaganda’ video. (Daily Mail)
Fabinho was pictured in full Liverpool training and the Brazilian now looks set to return against Leicester on Sunday. (Daily Express)