Liverpool are ready to offload as many as six stars to seal a double deal this summer, while Everton are chasing a South Korean defender dubbed ‘The Monster’, according to Thursday’s paper gossip.
RUTHLESS KLOPP READY TO WIELD LIVERPOOL AXE
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to offload six first-team players this summer, as he looks to raise funds to bring his top transfer targets to Anfield.
The Reds are known to be chasing Wolves duo Ruben Neves and Adama Traore, who could cost in the region of £110million.
Portugal international Neves will not leave Molineux for a fee less than £50m, while Spaain winger Traore is rated at £60m by Molineux chief Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Klopp is keen to bolster his midfield, with Gini Wijnaldum having just one year left to run on his deal – although a new offer is on the table.
And it is understood that the Reds boss is running out of patience with Guinea star Naby Keita.
The former RB Leipzig ace, who arrived at a cost of around £52m, has featured in just nine Premier League games this season.
It is understood that Keita will be given one more season by Klopp to prove his worth, otherwise he faces being sold.
One player who looks set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season is Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Swiss failingto earn a regular starting spot at Anfield.
Newcastle have been linked with a move for the former Stoke man, should their proposed takeover be completed, as reported in The Sun.
Meanwhile, Divock Origi could leave after failing to break up Klopp’s attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio mane and Mo Salah.
Defender Dejan Lovren is another player that could quit Merseyside, along with Marko Grujic and Bournemouth loanee Harry Wilson.
And Adam Lallana looks almost certain to depart Anfield when his contract expires, with the England midfielder to potentially be reunited with Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham with Borussia Dortmund said to be struggling to afford him (The Sun)
Thomas Partey is available for a summer exit from Atletico Madrid, according to reports (The Sun)
Wolves star Raul Jimenez says rumours linking him with Manchester United and Liverpool are inspiring him to keep getting better as he targets a move to a top club (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are interested in signing Roma star Cengiz Under (Daily Express)
Erling Haaland’s prodigious cousin has taken another step towards emulating the Dortmund forward’s emergence as one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe. He has signed for Norwegian champions Molde (Daily Mail)
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser is hoping to land a summer move to Everton after becoming the first Premier League star to reject a short-term contract extension (Daily Mail)
Lionel Messi is set to sign a new contract with Barcelona that will keep the Argentine superstar at the club until 2023, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mail)
Cristiano Ronaldo has plans for a move to MLS late in his career, the icon’s former Manchester United team-mate, Nani, has revealed (Daily Mail)
Chelsea must wait to find out whether or not Bayer Leverkusen stick to their £90m-plus valuation of Kai Havertz as the German club battle for Champions League qualification (Daily Telegraph)
Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs are signing new contracts with Leicester in a significant boost for Brendan Rodgers (Daily Telegraph)
Foxes midfielder Nampalys Mendy has signed a short-term contract to play until the end of the truncated season and remains in negotiations over possibly staying longer (Daily Telegraph)
Everton are among several clubs chasing ‘Monster’ South Korea defender Kim Min-jae (The Guardian)
Leicester are also extending the loan agreement for Wolves defender Ryan Bennett, who joined from Wolves in January (Daily Telegraph)
A lawyer’s report has urged the Premier League to block Saudi Arabia’s potential takeover of Newcastle (the Times)
Mohamed Elyounoussi has returned to Celtic training despite the fact he may never play for the club again (Scottish Sun)
Hibernian players have been asked to take a wage cut for up to a year (Scottish Sun)
Neil McCann is high on Hearts’ list of managerial targets, but their search for a sporting director is set to take priority (Daily Record)
Hearts and Partick Thistle provoked a furious backlash after demanding a £10m relegation pay-off from the rest of Scotland’s clubs. Or they’ll legally block the start of next season (Daily Record)
Dundee United are considering a second bid for Kevin Nisbet – after Dunfermline Athletic threw out their opening £250,000 bid (Daily Record)