Liverpool and Tottenham have been told they will have to cough up £94m for a strike target, while Willian looks set to play on for Chelsea, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL, SPURS TOLD TO PAY £94M FOR STRIKE TARGET
Liverpool and Tottenham have both been warned that they will have to pay through the roof to land a strike target this summer.
The Premier League duo have both been linked with moves for Lille forward Victor Osimhen, after the 21-year-old’s excellent start to life in Ligue 1.
But the French outfit are extremely reluctant to sell their prized asset, and have put a massive €100million (£94m) price tag on the striker.
Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea were all said to be tracking the player ahead of the January transfer window, but were all priced out of moves for the Nigeria international.
Lille did sell top asset Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for £72m last summer, and Le10Sport claims they want at least £20m more to part company with Osimhen.
Osimhen cost just £11million in August, when Lille signed him from Belgian side Charleroi, and has scored 13 goals and added five assists in 27 league appearances this season.
He also scored Lille’s only goal in their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Chelsea back in October.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is in the hunt for new attacking recruits to ease the burden on his famed front three, with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Leon Bailey also linked with moves to Anfield.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have finally identified the need to have back-up to injury-hit frontman Harry Kane, although the latest reports suggest that Osimhen could be a long-term replacement for the England skipper – who continues to be linked with a move to Juventus.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career is over with offers of around £100m to see United move quickly to get a deal done for a player whose contract is up next summer (The Sun)
Arsenal are ready to trigger the extension clause in David Luiz’s contract to keep him at the Emirates to 2021 (The Sun)
Willian has suggested that he is ready to play for Chelsea even after his contract has expired, should the Premier League season need to be completed in the summer (Daily Mail)
Arsenal’s priority when their self-isolation ends next week is to tie teen sensation Bukayo Saka to a new contract (The Sun)
Arsenal are becoming resigned to the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will enter the final year of his contract without agreeing a new deal (The Sun)
Manchester United are willing to break the bank with wages of £100,000 a week to land Jude Bellingham ahead of Borussia Dortmund (Daily Star)
CSKA Moscow hope to start a bidding war for Crystal Palace target Fedor Chalov (Daily Star)
Chris Smalling is still to discuss his next move and will make a decision in the summer (Daily Mail)
Houssem Aouar could be subject of a bidding war in the summer with Manchester City, Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain all keen on landing the Lyon midfielder (Daily Mail)
Arsenal have held talks over a move for Swedish youth international striker Emil Roback (Daily Mail)
West Ham plan to check on Wolves’ young defender Dion Sanderson once the season resumes (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich are said to have held a secret meeting with the agent of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane ahead of a potential summer transfer (Daily Mail)
Barcelona are plotting a move for Lazio’s Brazilian defender Luiz Felipe this summer (Daily Mail)
Leeds United have been handed a positive transfer message by Manchester City about their recently acquired new right-back, Yan Couto (Daily Express)
Arsenal will sit down and talk to Santi Cazorla about how they can offer him a return to north London to properly say goodbye to the club’s supporters (Daily Express)
Chelsea are tracking £23m rated Hellas Verona ace Marash Kumbullaace but face competition from Manchester United, Inter Milan and Lazio (Daily Express)
Arsenal are preparing to outbid Sevilla in order to sign Feyenoord’s attacking midfielder Orkun Kokcu in the summer transfer window (Daily Express)
David Luiz says Chelsea staff begged him to return just days after his transfer to Arsenal (Daily Mirror)
Steven Gerrard is not a shoo-in for the Liverpool job when Jurgen Klopp departs, according to reports (Daily Mail)
Hearts are braced for a summer clearout, starting with Uche Ikpeazu, after first-team stars were hit with a mammoth 50 per cent pay cut as the club counts the cost of the coronavirus crisis (Daily Record)
Dundee United are eyeing a move for St Johnstone winger Drey Wright (Scottish Sun)