Paper Talk: Liverpool plot to severely weaken Man City with sensational double swoop

Date published: Tuesday 18th February 2020 8:40

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Liverpool have been linked with a shock double swoop on rivals Manchester City, while Donny van de Beek is set to make a decision on his future, all in the papers.

 

LIVERPOOL CHASE MAN CITY STARS

Spanish publication Don Balon has a sensational story about Liverpool swooping for two of their rivals’ best players.

Liverpool are apparently considering a double move for Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte.

There are very few details in the report other than that Liverpool have been presented a unique opportunity in the market, due to City’s two-season Champions League ban.

Already speculation has suggested that some of City’s squad could be looking to move on this summer, although Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling are committed to the club with Sky Sports reporting Pep has told his players: “Even if they put us in League Two, I will still be here. This is a time for sticking together.”

The report also mentions Kylian Mbappe and suggests that Liverpool’s conservative spending in the last two transfer windows means they may well spend big next summer.

Overall the piece speculates that City’s bad news could be capitalised on by Liverpool who could significantly weaken their biggest rival in the Premier League by pinching two of their biggest stars.

 

AND THE REST

Inter Milan are ready to re-sign Gabriele Zappa from Pescara by activating the buy back clause in his contract (Calciomercato)

Tottenham and Everton are interested in Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling, 30, who is on loan at Roma. (Corriere dello Sport)

England forward Raheem Sterling, 25, is committed to staying at Manchester City despite the club’s ban from European football, says his agent. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona are set to sign Danish former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite, 28, from Leganes in an emergency deal. (Teesside Gazette)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains a big admirer of Timo Werner, but the Reds have not engaged with RB Leipzig about negotiating an agreement for the 23-year-old German forward. (Independent)

Thomas Partey has revealed that his agent is in talks with Atletico Madrid over a contract renewal (Marca)

Juve and Inter will have to spend big to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer after placing a £100m price tag o him (Calciomercato)

Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic is set to join Atalanta in a £12.5m deal this summer after failing to make a single appearance for the club in six years. (Daily Mail)

Lille manager Christophe Galtier says there is tension between the club and 20-year-old French midfielder Boubakary Soumare, a target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea. (Various)

French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 20, is facing a fight to save his Arsenal career after he was left out of the squad for Sunday’s match against Newcastle. (Mirror)

Guendouzi was dropped following a heated row with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and members of his coaching staff during a mid-season training camp in Dubai. (Goal)

 

 

 

Manchester City will not face reductions on their £65m-a-season kit deal with Puma even if their European competition ban is upheld. (Mail)

Manchester United target Donny van de Beek is reportedly set to make a decision on his future in the coming weeks as he looks set to follow Hakim Ziyech out of Ajax in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool’s interest in Timo Werner has reportedly reignited Bayern Munich’s hopes of getting the RB Leipzig star. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United told Bournemouth they had 15 minutes to accept a £25m deadline-day bid for Norwegian striker Joshua King, 28, or they would sign a player from China. (The Athletic)

Brazilian club Botafogo are expected to complete the signing of former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 36, on Wednesday or Thursday. (Globo Esporte)

Southampton and Burnley are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in Oxford United defender Rob Dickie, 23. (Football Insider)

Ajax could face losing up to eight players in the summer transfer window. (The Athletic)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said “the rules are there and must be enforced” when asked about Manchester City’s two-season ban from European competition, adding: “I can’t say if the punishment is too much or too little.” (Various)

Braga coach Ruben Amorim said racism is also a problem in Portuguese society, as he responded to the racist abuse of Porto striker Moussa Marega. (A Bola – in Portuguese)

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