Paper Talk: Klopp wants Liverpool to gazump Man Utd bid for £43m star
Manchester United have lodged an opening bid for a talented Atalanta man, but could be gazumped by Liverpool, while Monday’s transfer gossip claims Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to raid former club Everton for a star man.
CRISTIAN ROMERO WANTED BY MAN UTD, LIVERPOOL
Manchester United are reported to have lodged an opening bid for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero.
Romero has risen to prominence in Serie A over the last few years. He earned a move to Juventus after a successful 2018-19 season with Genoa. He has never played for Juve since then, spending the following season on loan at his old club before a two-year loan at Atalanta.
Atalanta actually finished above Juventus in the 2020-21 edition of Serie A, with Romero a key part of their defence. Since they are likely to exercise their option to buy him, his future will soon be for them to decide.
That has led to speculation that the 23-year-old could be very quickly moved on by Atalanta for a huge profit.
Indeed, they reportedly value the Argentine in the €50m (£43m) bracket.
Now, according to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, via the Daily Express, United have made their first move for the player.
Indeed, he states United’s offer is close to what Atalanta value the three-times capped defender at.
Atalanta though could be in for a huge windfall with Jurgen Klopp reportedly wanting Liverpool to gazump United for the centre-half.
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Galetti adds that Liverpool are ready to improve the Red Devils offer and that the ‘auction is open’ for Romero.
United are desperate to sign a new centre-half this summer, with Pau Torres, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos all linked.
Liverpool’s need is less obvious. They’ve already brought in Ibrahima Konate, adding to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Nat Phillips.
REAL MADRID KEEN ON CALVERT-LEWIN
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is plotting a surprise raid on Everton for star man Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (The Sun)
Manchester United plan to make Paul Pogba the highest-paid player in the Premier League with a new five-year deal worth £104million. (The Sun)
Eden Hazard fears he will never be the same player again after an injury ravaged two seasons with Real Madrid. (The Sun)
Barcelona chief Joan Laporta claims Manchester United and Liverpool were the ‘real founders’ of the European Super League. (The Sun)
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MAN CITY SET HARRY KANE TRANSFER STANCE
Harry Kane faces heartbreak over his dream to move to a Champions League club, with Manchester City unwilling to get drawn into a prolonged transfer saga. (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are set to offer N’Golo Kante a lucrative new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2023. (Daily Mail)
Leicester want to sign Celtic and Scotland midfielder Ryan Christie this summer. (Daily Mail)
England are prioritising remaining at Wembley over a potentially easier last-16 opponent as they head into Tuesday’s crunch clash against the Czech Republic. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Arsenal have opened talks with Eintracht Frankfurt over striker Andre Silva, who will cost around £34m. (Daily Express)
Manchester City have handed fierce rivals Manchester United the advantage in the race to sign Sergio Ramos. (Daily Mirror)
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino could scupper Arsenal’s hopes of signing Brighton centre-back Ben White. (Daily Mirror)
Finland head coach Markku Kanerva wants Glen Kamara to play for a ‘bigger club’ than Rangers amid mounting transfer speculation. (Daily Record)