Liverpool are in a prime position to sign a prolific young striker, while Tottenham are chasing a £15m South American attacker, according to Thursday’s paper gossip.
LIVERPOOL CLOSING IN ON YOUNG STRIKER
Liverpool are now the “prime favourites” to sign RB Salzburg youngster Patson Daka, according to media reports on Thursday.
Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal are also keen on the striker, but it is Jurgen Klopp’s men who are leading the chase for his signature.
The 21-year-old impressed the Reds first hand when he scored twice in a recent 2-2 friendly draw in Austria.
The young forward has already notched 34 goals and 15 assists in 83 appearances for the Austrian outfit.
Daka is also no stranger to pressure, having been asked to fill Erling Haaland’s boots when he left for Borussia Dortmund back in January.
The forward’s current contract expires in 2024, which means that Liverpool will have to splash out to get their man.
However, Daka’s market value is around the €20million (£18m) mark – a figure that could turn out to be a bargain.
The Salzburg star would be an immediate understudy to Roberto Firmino in the central striking role.
TOTTENHAM MOVE FOR SOUTH AMERICAN HOTSHOT
Tottenham are ready to move for prolific South American striker Darwin Nunez, but Brighton also want the £15m-rated Almeria attacker. (The Sun)
Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Fulham are interested in West Ham’s Grady Diangana, in spite of the Hammers accepting a bid from West Brom for the forward. (The Sun)
Premier League clubs are set to drop the Black Lives Matters slogan from players’ shirts when the delayed 2020/21 season begins next week. (Daily Mail)
Rangers and Celtic have been blocked from testing the return of fans to grounds until new coronavirus restrictions covering Glasgow are lifted. (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has defended Barcelona rival Lionel Messi by claiming he has ‘earned the respect’ to decide his next career move. (Daily Mail)
CHELSEA ON BRINK OF SEALING RICE RETURN
Chelsea could be on the brink of re-signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. (Daily Star)
Reports in his native Argentina suggest Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, is considering a U-turn over his decision to leave the club. (Daily Mirror)
Dean Henderson has thrown down the gauntlet in his battle with David de Gea and is convinced he will become Manchester United’s No 1. (Daily Mirror)
PSG have snubbed the chance to sign Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, who looks set for the exit door. (Daily Mirror)
Lionel Messi’s transfer fee to leave Barcelona could be as little as €100m (£88.8m), according to sources familiar with his extraordinary attempt to quit the Nou Camp. (Daily Telegraph)
Aston Villa face competition from Newcastle for Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson. (Daily Telegraph)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Kai Havertz believes his move to Chelsea is complete with sources in Germany claiming the attacking midfielder has undertaken his medical. (Daily Telegraph)
Watford may consider allowing English striker Troy Deeney, 32, out on loan this season and recall him if they win promotion back to the Premier League. (Daily Telegraph)
Newcastle are also close to completing the signing of Scotland and former Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser on a free transfer. (BBC Gossip)
Shane Duffy sets his sight on making history at Celtic after finally completing his loan switch but Parkhead power brokers are already plotting a way to securing the centre half beyond their 10 In A Row bid. (Daily Record)
Rangers have received no bids for Borna Barisic this summer – despite reports Leeds had an offer rejected. (Daily Record)
Dundee United have been told they will have to pay a six-figure loan fee if they want to re-sign Pavol Safranko. (Daily Record)
Bologna are closing in on a £1.5m deal for Aaron Hickey as their reserve left-back. (Scottish Sun)