Paper Talk: Liverpool to keep close eye on potential bargain signing in Real Madrid tie

Date published: Wednesday 24th March 2021 8:32 - James Marshment

Casemiro, Nacho Real Madrid training

Liverpool will look to the possible signing of a Real Madrid star during their upcoming Champions League clashes, a main suitor has emerged for Harry Kane, while Wednesday’s transfer gossip claims David Alaba has narrowed his choice down to two clubs.

NACHO IN LIVERPOOL SIGHTS

Liverpool will keep a watchful eye on the performance of Nacho when they come up against the defender in the Champions League.

The Reds were drawn against the Spanish giants in a mouthwatering quarter-final tie. The first leg is due to take place on April 6 at the Bernabeu, with the Anfield return on April 14. And according to AS, Liverpool scouts will use the match to run the rule over prospective summer signing Nacho. The experienced defender, 31, has just over 14 months left on his deal in the Spanish capital.

Indeed, talks over a new deal for the 22-times capped Spanish star have been halted until the season’s end. But the Spanish paper claims there is a good chance Liverpool, or even Manchester United could step in if the terms offered are rejected.

And with just 12 months left on his deal, the paper suggests the Premier League pair could land Nacho for a bargain fee. The defender – whose full name is Jose Ignacio Fernandez Iglesias – is wanting to stay. Having been at the club all his career, being a one-club man is his ambition.

However, he has often been the third option only in the Real Madrid defence. Over the years, he’s often had to make do with acting as cover for Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. But the article claims Zinedine Zidane is depending on Nacho to play against the Reds.

And should he fail to agree terms, it’s thought Real may be forced to cash in on the long-serving defender.

The article also claims there is interest from Italy in the form of Juventus and Roma.

DAVID ALABA CHOICE DOWN TO TWO

David Alaba Bayern Munich exit TEAMtalk

David Alaba has reportedly ruled out a switch to the Premier League and will join either Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly eyeing a surprise move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi. (Daily Mirror)

Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season, according to Netherlands manager Frank de Boer. (Daily Mirror)

Luis Suarez believes Liverpool would be better off signing Erling Haaland than Kylian Mbappe. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are desparate to offload Philippe Coutinho before he reaches 100 appearances for the club. That landmark would trigger another instalment to Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid suffered a scare during training on Tuesday after Moussa Dembele fainted and appeared to lose consciousness. (Daily Mirror)

REAL MADRID TARGET HARRY KANE

Harry Kane, Tottenham beaten in Zagreb

Real Madrid have reportedly lined up Harry Kane as their major transfer target this summer. (The Sun)

Arsenal are reportedly looking at activating Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez’s £68m release clause. (The Sun)

Manchester City are reportedly in talks over a £21.5m move for Brazilian wonderkid Kayky. (The Sun)

Juventus are considering selling Cristiano Ronaldo for a fee of £21.5m. (The Sun)

David Beckham insists his old Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing an “incredible job” as boss. (The Sun)

David McGoldrick has revealed the Sheffield United players found out about Chris Wilder’s sacking on Twitter. (The Sun)

MAN CITY FEAR HAALAND BATTLE

Erling Haaland celebrates Dortmund goal

Manchester City believe the strongest competition in the £100m race for Erling Haaland will come from Real Madrid. (Daily Telegraph)

Nice are ready to offer Hugo Lloris a way out of Tottenham this summer with a return to the club where he started his career. (Daily Telegraph)

Burnley and Newcastle United are keeping a close eye on Kyle Bartley’s situation at West Bromwich Albion. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United could sign Hugo Lloris this summer. Meanwhile, Spurs want Lille’s Mike Maignan as a replacement. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are taking the major step of installing more than 5,000 rail seats at the Etihad Stadium this summer. (Daily Mail)


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AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Martin Odegaard Arsenal Leeds February 2021 TEAMtalk

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos appears increasingly likely to end his 16-year spell at the club and leave on a free transfer this summer. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal chiefs believe loan star Martin Odegaard could be willing to extend his time at the Emirates beyond this season. (Daily Mail)

Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard is staying cool over transfer links to Tottenham. However,  the Dane admits it is ‘nice to have a pat on the back from big clubs’. (Daily Mail)

Leeds fans have reacted furiously to reports that Ezgjan Alioski has agreed to move to Galatasaray. (Daily Mail)

RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka is being monitored by Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. (Daily Express)

Scott Brown reportedly reached a verbal agreement to join Aberdeen’s new management team as a player-coach. (Daily Express)

Rangers star Glen Kamara has revealed he is in discussions with Ibrox bosses over a new contract. (The Scottish Sun)

 

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