Paper Talk: Liverpool reach agreement to sign £18m midfielder

Date published: Tuesday 22nd December 2020 8:35

Renato Sanches TEAMtalk

Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign a Ligue 1 midfielder in an £18m deal, while two Premier League clubs are battling for a Manchester United centre-back, according to Tuesday’s papers.

LILLE STAR HEADING TO LIVERPOOL

Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement with French club Lille to sign Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches for £18m.

The Reds have been on the lookout for new midfield recruits since doubts emerged over Gini Wijnaldum’s long-term future at the club.

The Holland star has been continually tipped to make a free transfer switch to Barcelona next summer.

And with that in mind, TuttoMercatoWeb (as cited by the Daily Mirror) claims that Sanches could be on his way to Anfield.

The 23-year-old had a spell at Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich in the 2017-18 season, but failed to make much of an impression.

However, he has rediscovered his best form at Lille and may now be set for a move to Merseyside.

Depending on how much truth there is in these reports, it would appear that Wijnaldum’s days at Liverpool are numbered.

That will come as a bitter blow to Jurgen Klopp, who made the midfielder a mainstay of his title-winning side.

The Reds, meanwhile, continue to be on the hunt for a new centre-back, with reports on Monday claiming that Schalke are expecting an offer for their defensive star Ozan Kabak.


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PREM PAIR TARGET MARCOS ROJO

Newcastle United and Sheffield United want to sign Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo. (The Athletic)

Manchester United have reportedly identified Ecuadorian wonderkid Moises Caicedo as a January transfer target. (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus thinks Erling Haaland could already be “ready” to leave Borussia Dortmund after less than a year at the club. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have made formal contact with David Alaba’s agent over signing the Bayern Munich star when his contract expires. (Daily Express)

Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Rob Holding over a new deal. (Daily Express)

Arsenal stars face having their salaries slashed by 25 per cent if they are relegated from the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

UNITED CONFIDENT OVER DIALLO DEAL

Amad Diallo

Manchester United are confident of completing the £37m signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta next month. United announced on deadline day in October that they had reached an agreement with Atalanta to sign the 18-year-old winger in January provided that he obtained a work permit. (The Times)

Everton are preparing a new contract for Lucas Digne with the club keen to reward the left back and ward off suitors, including Manchester City. (The Times)

West Brom have axed some of their backroom staff after senior players believed they had saved their colleagues’ jobs by winning promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona reportedly face competition from Juventus to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay. (Daily Mail)

Portuguese defender Jorge Fernandes is attracting attention from Premier league sides Fulham, Southampton and Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that the Spanish giants have ‘repeatedly lied’ to club legend Lionel Messi. (Daily Mail)

AND MORE GOSSIP

John Stones

Manchester City’s England centre-back John Stones will sign a new contract after winning over manager Pep Guardiola this season. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are yet to give Dele Alli any indication over their plans for him with the transfer window due to open next week. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool have no plans to sell Egypt striker Mo Salah despite claims he is “unhappy” at the club. (The Sun)

Chelsea face a battle to hang on to rising star Ike Ugbo after rejecting a £3m offer for their emerging striker. (The Sun)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is having to deal with a split dressing room while attempting to turn around the side’s dire run of form. (The Sun)

Real Madrid players will follow in the footsteps of their Barcelona counterparts by agreeing another pay-cut. (The Sun)

Inter Miami’s Scottish winger Lewis Morgan is wanted by Premier League strugglers Sheffield United and Championship side Reading. (Daily Mail)

Celtic’s winter break plans up in the air due to Scottish government’s latest lockdown restrictions. (Scottish Sun)

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