Paper Talk: Liverpool offered Wijnaldum replacement in cut-price £18m deal

Date published: Thursday 25th March 2021 8:40 - Robert McCarthy

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Liverpool have been offered the chance to snap up Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement in a cut-price £18million deal, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims that Antonio Conte could be heading back to the Premier League.

KLOPP BOOSTED IN MIDFIELDER CHASE 

Borussia Monchengladbach are planning to cash in on Liverpool and Manchester City target Denis Zakaria this summer, with reports from Thursday’s media claiming the midfielder is available at a knock-down fee of £18 million.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has been backed into a corner, as he faces losing one of Europe’s most promising midfielders for nothing in the summer of 2022. Zakaria has so far refused to extend his contract beyond next summer.

The Bundesliga outfit had been hoping to gain in excess of the £35m Arsenal paid for Granit Xhaka in 2016.

However, those hopes have seemingly disappeared, with Zakaria now available at £18m due to contract and injury issues.

The 24-year-old missed eight months of action with a serious knee injury recently and has struggled to replicate his form this season.

However, that has not put off suitors Liverpool and City.

The Reds are already in the market for Gini Wijnaldum’s replacementm with the Dutchman certain to move on this summer.

As for City, they are monitoring Zakaria closely as veteran star Fernandinho closes in on his 36th birthday.

At this stage, it does appear that Zakaria is Premier League bound, it just remains to be seen who wins the race for his signature.

CONTE READY TO QUIT INTER

Antonio Conte could reportedly quit Inter Milan this summer with Manchester United and Tottenham a potential future destination. (Daily Star)

Barcelona are ready to sell Philippe Coutinho for a mere £35m in the summer transfer window. (Daily Star)

Manchester City misfit Eric Garcia turned down interest from Arsenal and Chelsea before agreeing to re-join Barcelona. (Daily Star)

Tottenham will hold talks over Erik Lamela’s future this summer. Serie A side Bologna are among several clubs weighing up a move. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have been linked with a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is out of contract with the Serie A club in the summer. (Daily Express)

Villarreal defender Pau Torres is open to making a summer move to the Premier League, with Man Utd linked. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid are adamant they don’t want Gareth Bale back at the club. (Daily Express)

OLE ON CALL TO HAALAND

Erling Haaland Koln v Borussia Dortmund March 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been bombarding Erling Haaland with calls in a bid to convince him to join Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are keen to make Martin Odegaard’s loan move permanent and Real Madrid’s financial problems mean they could be open to a sale, especially with Gareth Bale set to see out the final year of his bumper deal. (Daily Mirror)

Eddie Nketiah has vowed to unleash his “frustration” at being frozen out of the Arsenal first team. He’s told boss Mikel Arteta he’s good enough to be in the Gunners team. (Daily Mirror)

Nicky Butt could join Wayne Rooney at Derby after quitting as Manchester United’s head of first-team development. (The Sun)

Chelsea have suffered another injury blow after Italy manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Jorginho is out with a knee problem. (The Sun)

Liverpool star Adrian is reportedly keen on a return to Real Betis at the end of the season. (The Sun)

Jerry Yates is attracting interest from Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Bristol City ahead of a summer swoop. (The Sun)

MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are looking for a cheaper alternative to Nick Pope with Burnley wanting in excess of £30m for England goalkeeper. Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels and Lille’s Mike Maignan are both options to replace Hugo Lloris. (Daily Mail)

Premier League clubs are being hit with a £5,000 fine every time a player swaps shirts after a game. One side has already been penalised twice. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland have begun talks with Wolves to sign English on-loan defender Dion Sanderson for £2m. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Southgate has told Harry Kane he will not risk his fitness despite the captain’s desire to play a full part in England’s World Cup Qualifiers. (Daily Mail)

A sensational Anfield return for Luis Suarez could reportedly be on the cards if Mo Salah leaves this summer. (Daily Mail)

Rafa Benitez has ruled himself out of contention for the Celtic job. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen have offered Scott Brown a two-year player-coach deal. (Scottish Sun)

Florian Kamberi is longing to end a 16-month wait for his Albania debut on Thursday and wants a crack at England as a result. (Daily Record)

 

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