Liverpool are ready to move for a £54m Lyon midfielder to replace contract rebel Gini Wijnaldum, while Erling Haaland has a list of six clubs he is considering joining – both in Thursday’s Paper Talk.
KLOPP TURNS MIDFIELD FOCUS TO LYON STAR
Aouar has caught the eye with the French giants, with strong speculation over the past year that he could move to Arsenal.
The France international is currently valued at £54million, according to L’Equipe, and Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close eye on his progress.
With the Gunners and Juventus missing out last summer, a report states that Klopp wants Aouar to replace Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman is expected to leave on a free this summer, with Inter Milan confident of striking a deal. Barcelona and PSG are also keen, but it seems likely that Inter will win the race.
Aouar is being viewed as the perfect player to fill Wijnaldum’s Reds’ role. At 22 he also represents the future, given that is eight years younger than the Klopp favourite.
The talented playmaker is well known for his technical ability and was once labelled ‘incredible’ by Man City boss Pep Guardiola.
Aouar also has a knack of chipping in with goals and is regarded as a more creative option than Wijnaldum.
SIX CLUBS ON HAALAND LIST
Erling Haaland is only considering six clubs as ponders his next move – and they include Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Star)
Manchester United’s pursuit of Raphael Varane could end up derailing Liverpool’s hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe. (Daily Star)
Arsenal are reportedly targeting Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva to replace star Alexandre Lacazette this summer. (Daily Star)
Rangers chiefs are reportedly concerned about the future of manager Steven Gerrard. The 40-year-old has been tipped as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool successor. (Daily Express)
AC Milan director Frederic Massara has revealed the club are yet to decide whether they will activate Fikayo Tomori’s release clause. But the Italian giants are adamant the £26m figure is too steep. (Daily Express)
Donny van de Beek was reportedly offered the chance to leave Manchester United on loan in January. However, the Red Devils blocked the move in hope that things would work out for their £34m signing. (Daily Express)
ARSENAL WANT BRIGHTON STAR TO REPLACE BELLERIN
Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer swoop for Brighton sensation Tariq Lamptey. (The Sun)
David de Gea is a doubt for Manchester United’s clash with Man City after missing the Palace draw for ‘personal reasons’. (The Sun)
Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs keeping tabs on Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy. (The Sun)
Chelsea were snubbed by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier when they tried to sign him in 2018, according to his agent. (The Sun)
Mikel Arteta is keeping a “very close eye” on Arsenal’s loaned-out centre-backs Dinos Mavropanos and William Saliba. (The Sun)
Ex-Barcelona and Stoke star Bojan Krkic is in talks with a number of Indian Super League clubs. (The Sun)
Everton forward Richarlison will stay at Goodison even if the Toffees miss out on Champions League qualification, says manager Carlo Ancelotti. (Liverpool Echo)
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has earmarked Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as a potential statement signing. (Daily Mail)
Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie have been involved in a sensational training ground showdown. The Newcastle boss physically confronted the winger and barged into him after being called a ‘coward’ by the player. (Daily Mail)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he’s ready to block Bruno Fernandes from going on international duty with Portugal next month.(Daily Mail)
Premier League bosses have held crunch talks to resolve the chaos set to be caused by this month’s controversial international break. (Daily Mail)
Paul Scholes has challenged Jack Grealish to prove himself at the highest level and seal an exit from Aston Villa. (Daily Mail)
Jamaica are plotting an audacious move to call-up 10 English stars to their senior squad, including Michail Antonio, Demarai Gray, Max Aarons and Nathan Redmond, ahead of next year’s World Cup in Qatar. (Daily Mail)
Dortmund striker Erling Haaland would prefer to join Real Madrid over Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Express)
Borussia Dortmund “assume” that Erling Haaland will remain at the club beyond this summer. That is according to head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl. (Daily Mirror)
Ashley Young hopes to lift the Serie A title with Inter Milan before making a return to first club Watford this summer. (Daily Mirror)
Celtic want to sign 20-year-old Dutch right back Milan van Ewijk. (Scottish Sun)
John Hartson has revealed Rangers tried to sign him after he left Celtic. (Scottish Sun)
James Keating will likely sign a pre-contract with Raith. (Scottish Sun)