Liverpool and Man Utd target Timo Werner has decided which club he wants to join this summer, while Chelsea and Tottenham will battle for an RB Leipzig defender, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.
WERNER MAKES BIG DECISION ON NEXT MOVE
Manchester United and Barcelona have both made an approach to sign Timo Werner, but the latest reports suggest the striker has decided he wants a move to Liverpool.
The 23-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europan football, scoring 21 league goals in 23 games this season and four in RB Leipzig’s impressive run to the last 16 of the Champions League.
And Werner has a bargain £51million release clause in his contract if a deal is completed before April, as reported in The Sun.
The revelation is braced to cause a transfer scramble with the prospect of his value rocketing especially if he performs well at Euro 2020.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritised signing a new frontman after selling Romelu Lukaku last summer and then missing out on Erling Haaland in January.
Barcelona are also expected to spend big in the summer as they eye a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, but the Athletic claims that Liverpool are very much in the driving seat with Werner keen to play under fellow German Jurgen Klopp.
The Anfield chief wants a new forward to provide competition for his famed front three, while he is also braced to sell fringe stars Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana.
Indeed, Werner admitted recently how flattered he was to be linked with a club of Liverpool’s stature.
AND THE REST
Frank Lampard is plotting an overhaul of his Chelsea defence this summer – with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano having emerged as his No 1 target (Daily Mirror)
Willian is on course to leave Chelsea after new contract talks collapsed (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could be sold to raise transfer funds, with Dean Henderson impressing on loan at Sheffield United (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea are also considering a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Kepa Arrizabalaga move to Spain and Jan Oblak join the Blues (Daily Mirror)
Everton are targeting Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes as they make a centre-half their priority summer signing (Daily Mirror)
Sergio Busquets has criticised the Barcelona hierarchy over the lack of squad depth at the club (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are ready to sign defender Pablo Mari permanently (Daily Star)
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to beat former club Manchester United to the signing of RB Leipzig’s 28-year-old Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg (Daily Express)
Tottenham believe Heung-Min Son is not at risk of contracting coronavirus despite allowing him to travel to South Korea for surgery (Daily Mail)
Tammy Abraham is facing a fresh spell on the sidelines after aggravating his ankle injury (Daily Mail)
Wolves have urged fans to ‘travel with caution’ to Barcelona after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the region (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid believe they will be able to sign Liverpool’s Egypt forward Mohamed Salah for £126m once they sell Wales forward Gareth Bale (Daily Express)
Harry Kane is targeting a return in early April which would be a huge boost for Tottenham and England (The Sun)
Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton are monitoring Hoffenheim and Austria central midfielder Florian Grillitsch (Chronicle)
Newcastle United’s English central defender Jamaal Lascelles has suggested he is open to staying at the club for the rest of his career (Chronicle)
Aston Villa and Celtic are interested in signing English central defender Jack Tucker from League One side Gillingham (Birmingham Mail)
Serie A side Inter Milan have contacted Tottenham over the availability of Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, who is yet to agree a new contract (Evening Standard)
Luxembourg midfielder Danel Sinani, who plays for Dudelange in his home country, is in talks with Norwich City over a summer transfer (Eastern Daily Press)
Ron Gordon has vowed to double Jack Ross’s budget to make Hibs a major player in Scottish football once more (Scottish Sun)
Neil Lennon has tipped Tom Rogic to unlock Copenhagen and help fire Celtic into the last 16 of the Europa League (Scottish Sun)