Paper Talk: Liverpool, Tottenham to fight for £50m Leeds star

Date published: Sunday 18th October 2020 9:36 - Robert McCarthy

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Liverpool and Tottenham are ready to do battle for a £50m Leeds star next summer, while Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign two Premier League stars, all in Sunday’s papers.



Kalvin Phillips is set to spark a £50m transfer scramble next summer, with both Liverpool and Tottenham monitoring the Leeds midfielder.

The defensive midfielder has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League and has not looked out of place in an England shirt either.

To that end, the Sunday Mirror claims that the 24-year-old star is already stirring interest at Anfield and in north London.

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Leeds-born Phillips only signed a new five-year contract in 2019, tying himself to the club until 2024. That was before Bielsa’s men had reached the promised land again.

It is reported that the midfielder agreed a £30,000-a-week wage package, although Spurs and Liverpool would more than double that if they can convince Leeds to sell their midfield anchorman.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been impressed by the Leeds enforcer for some time and is currently looking to reshape his Spurs side for the future.

Moussa Sissoko will be 32 before the start of next season, while Eric Dier has now been permanently switched to centre-back.


Liverpool, meanwhile, have a doubt over the long-term future of Holland midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, who is into the last year of his contract at Anfield.

The experienced star is wanted by Barcelona and is more than open to moving to the Nou Camp to team-up with Ronald Koeman.

That would leave Klopp short of a driving force in midfield to share the load with Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Fabinho and Naby Keita – with Phillips also being watched by Liverpool’s scouting team.

However, prising Phillips away from his boyhood club will be a incredibly tough task – even for the £50m Leeds now rate the midfielder.

Aston Villa failed with a £25m bid for the player last summer. With the report adding that they did not even get past first base in negotiations with  the Leeds hierarchy.


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Ronald Koeman has urged his Barcelona bosses to seal a double Premier League swoop for Gini Wijnaldum and Eric Garcia in January. (Sunday Mirror)

Koeman is also resigned to losing Lionel Messi to Manchester City next year. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to do battle to sign Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes, according to a sensational new report. (Mail on Sunday)

Virgil van Djk could be out for the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament, according to reports. (Mail on Sunday)

Juventus elected to sign Italy winger Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina, instead of Arsenal target Houssem Aouar during the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham boss David Moyes says he had a helicopter ready to hijack Gareth Bale’s move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 when managing Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)


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Manchester United have put Real Madrid’s Uruguay superstar Federico Valverde on their hit-list. (Sun on Sunday)

EFL clubs are threatening to refuse to pay their taxes this week – unless the Government bails them out. (Sun on Sunday)

Gareth Bale signing means Tottenham’s front three are as good as anybody – even Liverpool, according to Harry Redknapp. (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley are keen on signing French defender Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg and could make a move for the 20-year-old in January. (Sun on Sunday)

A saliva test being developed by the Government to detect Covid-19 in 15 minutes has provided a glimmer of hope that fans may get back into stadiums before March. (Sunday Telegraph)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg relishing playing behind a Spurs attack featuring Gareth Bale. (Sunday Telegraph)

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock says Yannick Bolasie, 31, was partly to blame for his failed move to the club. The winger was set to join Boro from Everton on deadline day. (Teesside Gazette)



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