Liverpool plan to let a star leave for free in January following past failures to sell him, while Tottenham battle Bayern Munich for a striker – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
KARIUS TO LEAVE LIVERPOOL
Liverpool will allow Loris Karius to leave for free in the January transfer window as they look to finally offload the goalkeeper, according to a report.
The 28-year-old has not played a single competitive game for the Reds since the 2018 Champions League final. Indeed, he has not been able to stamp his mark on the team again following his costly display.
Karius, who it was later revealed had concussion, came up with major errors which allowed Real Madrid to win 3-1 in Kyiv. Soon after, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spent big for Alisson Becker.
The Brazilian has not looked back since, while the changes behind him have not allowed Karius back in. He almost earned a permanent move to Basel in the summer, but the move fell through due to his wage demands.
That is not the first time Liverpool have tried and failed to move on and the Sunday Mirror subsequently reports that the Reds now want to let him move on for nothing.
Karius is out of contract at the end of the season, so he would leave as a free agent next summer anyway.
However, Liverpool want to let him resurrect his career elsewhere and will not stand in the way of his January exit.
While Alisson came in in 2018, Simon Mignolet left in 2019 and Adrian came in to replace him.
However, Liverpool now see Caoimhin Kelleher as Alisson’s long-term deputy. As such, Karius has spent the past three seasons on loan.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Tottenham and Bayern are among the teams wanting to sign Nantes striker Randal Kolo Muani. (Foot Mercato)
Spurs are also in the hunt with Leeds for Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas. (Fichajes)
For now, though, Spurs are under mounting pressure and manager Nuno Espirito Santo is battling to save his job. (Sunday Telegraph)
But Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his tactical masterstroke which helped his side beat Spurs 3-0 and ease the pressure on him. (Sky Sports)
Liverpool have shown transfer interest in Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, as Reds chiefs monitor their ageing front three. (Fichajes)
NEWCASTLE EYE DOUBLE TRANSFER SWOOP
Newcastle are keen on signing Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. (El Nacional)
They also have interest in Juventus and former Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey. (Tuttosport)
However, Magpies chiefs are facing a battle to make Ajax manager Erik ten Hag their new coach. (Sunday Mirror)
Crystal Palace will cut short their loan move for striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who does not fit into head coach Patrick Vieira’s plans. (Sun on Sunday)
AGUERO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Sergio Aguero has been taken to hospital for cardiac tests after feeling “chest discomfort” during Barcelona’s draw with Alaves on Saturday. (Sunday Telegraph)
Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen could be allowed to continue playing in England after it was ruled that he cannot play in Serie A. (Mail on Sunday)
Derby are looking to move on goalkeeper David Marshall in the upcoming January transfer window. (Sun on Sunday)
Meanwhile, Birmingham want to keep Australian midfielder Riley McGree for the rest of the season. (Sun on Sunday)
Liverpool and Man Utd are closely following Manchester City youngster James McAtee. (Sun on Sunday)