Liverpool have five options to strengthen their defence this summer, including some familiar faces, while Tottenham have firmed up their plans for one of their most experienced players – all in the latest transfer gossip.
SOYUNCU ON LIVERPOOL SHORTLIST
Liverpool have a five-man shortlist to sign a new defender this summer, including current loanee Ozan Kabak.
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who reveal that defensive reinforcements are still very much in the minds of Anfield transfer chiefs.
Liverpool were forced into action in January after injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. They decided to sign Kabak on loan from Schalke and Ben Davies from Preston.
Davies is yet to play due to injury issues of his own, but Kabak has featured fairly regularly. Now, Liverpool will have to ponder using their option to buy him.
But he is not the only name on their radar. Interest in RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has recently emerged, even if the player and his current club have played it down.
The Mirror mention him as one of four options in addition to Kabak, though.
One of the preferred options on the shortlist is Brighton’s Ben White, due to his homegrown status. Liverpool are known to have tracked the 23-year-old during his loan spell with Leeds last season and he is still being watched.
Another long-term target for Liverpool is Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car. He was an option in January, but no move eventually materialised.
But a new target in consideration is Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu. Kabak’s international teammate with Turkey has impressed since essentially replacing Harry Maguire at the King Power Stadium.
Now, Liverpool are said to be keen on a move for the 24-year-old, who has been in the Premier League since 2018.
TOTTENHAM IN LLORIS U-TURN
Tottenham will not be selling Hugo Lloris in the summer even though just one year remains on his contract. In fact, he could be offered a new deal. (Football.London)
Manchester City have no interest in signing Bayern Munich star David Alaba when his contract expires. (Manchester Evening News)
Chelsea and PSG remain in the hunt for Alaba, though. A move to La Liga is not a foregone conclusion. (Diario AS)
Timo Werner is confident he can turn his Chelsea form around and has no intention to leave. (Goal)
Liverpool and Manchester United are battling Tottenham for the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. (Bild)
Sabitzer wants to leave Leipzig this summer. (Daily Express)
AGUERO SUITORS EMERGE AFTER EXIT ANNOUNCEMENT
PSG are working on a deal to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as a free agent in the summer. (Todofichajes)
But it is Barcelona who are currently leading the race for the Argentine, after his departure from City was confirmed. (Manchester Evening News)
Inter Miami and DC United are battling to take Daniel Sturridge to the MLS. (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona have made their contract offer to Liverpool contract rebel Georginio Wijnaldum. A three-year deal is on the table. (Mundo Deportivo)
Newcastle have no plans to sack Steve Bruce after a busy day of meetings. (Daily Telegraph)
NO PLANS FOR PERMANENT EXIT FOR CHELSEA MAN
Malang Sarr will return to Chelsea at the end of the season as he does not want to make his move to Porto permanent – nor do the club. (Record)
Arsenal have joined the race for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who is also on Tottenham’s radar. (Calciomercato)
Anthony Martial may miss Man Utd’s first game back from the international break against Brighton due to injury. (Daily Mail)
Emerson Palmieri has not ruled out the prospect of leaving Chelsea in the summer. (Rai Sport)
Real Madrid could try to sign Man City academy graduate Liam Delap. (Daily Star)
Spurs have made an enquiry to Juventus about the possibility of signing former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (Daily Star)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Nicky Butt could become the next England under-21s manager if Aidy Boothroyd leaves. (The Times)
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has also emerged as a candidate for the role. (Daily Mail)
Thierry Henry has not revealed if he would be interested in the Celtic job. (The Scottish Sun)
Manchester United are ready to resume talks to try and sign Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele. (Diario Sport)
Aston Villa have entered the race for Bournemouth winger Ajani Burchall, who is also wanted by Arsenal, West Ham and Leeds. (Football Insider)