Euro Paper Talk: Lampard makes contact with free agent

Frank Lampard has told Dries Mertens of his intention to sign the player this summer, while Lazio have made a derisory offer for one of Chelsea’s injured stars, all in the Euro papers.



Lazio have reportedly identified Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a potential transfer target, according to Il Messaggero.

The England man has not kicked a ball all season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, but he is closing in on fitness and he could get a taste of action at Chelsea if the season resumes.

However, the Italian outlet suggest Lazio are keen to sign the playmaker during the next window and willing to offer £17.5m for the 24-year-old.

It’s a price that looks rather light, especially for a player who still has over four years left on his contract, regardless of his injury problems.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly been in direct contact with Dries Mertens, who could replace Loftus-Cheek in the Chelsea squad.

Apparently Lampard has followed the 33-year-old Napoli forward on Instagram and now initiated contact with the Belgium star, according to Il Matino.

The Blues boss is thought to have discussed a switch to Chelsea with Mertens, who has 12 goals in 29 appearances for Napoli this season who will be out of contract in the summer.



Reported Liverpool transfer target Houssem Aouar is up for the sale (L’Equipe)

There’s a ‘lot of interest’ in Nelson Semedo and ‘everything indicates’ his next destination will be Manchester City (Sport)


The wealthy consortium looking to take over Newcastle have earmarked Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale as top target (Marca)

Timo Werner would be a better fit at Liverpool than at Real Madrid, says his former coach Ralf Rangnick (Bild)

Manchester United and Everton are both in the running to try to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot (Calciomercato)

Hirving Lozano TEAMtalk

Napoli will demand at least €50m if they are to sell Hirving Lozano to Everton (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Celtic have set their sights on Rennes defender Brandon Soppy but face competition for his signature from a host of European clubs (FootMercato)

Wolves have reportedly identified Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha as a potential transfer target (O Jogo)

Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is the subject of interest from Barcelona (AS)

Barcelona want to bring Marc Cucurella back to Camp Nou from Getafe this summer (Marca)

Barcelona are likely to trigger their option to sign Sao Paulo teenager Gustavo Maia but must pay an additional €3.5m to secure the deal (Marca)

Dayot Upamecano TEAMtalk

Dayot Upamecano’s agent Volker Struth believes it is highly unlikely the defender will move to Arsenal this summer (Sport 1)

Lille forward Victor Osimhen is reportedly keen to join a Premier League club this summer. (The Nation)




Rayo Vallecano central defender Martin Pascual is said to be on the radar of Barcelona (Marca)

Luka Jovic is desperate to fight for a second chance at Real Madrid after a nightmare debut campaign at the club (Diario AS)

Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is wanted by Leipzig, as well as his loan club Schalke (Diario Sport)

PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa is reportedly being touted by his entourage to Juventus, Inter, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United, but the Italian clubs aren’t interested (

Sporting director Jesper Jansson has claimed ‘there’s a chance’ Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move back to Allsvenskan and play for Hammarby (Expressen)