Paper Talk: Liverpool worry as heavyweight lurks for inspirational leader

Date published: Monday 12th April 2021 8:33 - James Marshment

Liverpool could face a new battle to retain the services of arguably their biggest asset, West Ham are in the market for a Championship goalkeeper, while Monday’s transfer gossip provides more details of a Jose Mourinho approach for one of his former Manchester United favourites.

BAYERN PLAN NEW KLOPP APPROACH

Bayern Munich are willing to make a huge, new assault to appoint Jurgen Klopp as manager if they lose Hansi Flick this summer.

Flick has proved an outstanding appointment for Bayern since taking over in a caretaker capacity in November 2019. He led them to the Champions League, while successive Bundesliga titles under his leadership also look assured.

Bayern remain very much happy with him as their head coach. However, according to 90min, sources have revealed there is a growing feeling that Flick will depart this summer. The website states though that he is the leading candidate to replace Joachim Low as Germany coach when he steps down after the European Championships.

As such, they claim, amid the uncertainty, Bayern are drawing up a list of would-be replacements. And Klopp is at the top of their wanted list.

They state Klopp is the outstanding choice among Bayern’s hierarchy to succeed Flick were the latter to depart.

Klopp has been mentioned as a target for Bayern before. At that time, Klopp was happy to dismiss the speculation and commit to the Reds. But they have since undergone something of a dramatic fall off their perch. Barring a big turnaround against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, they also look likely to finish without silverware this season.

And while links to Bayern aren’t unusual, a firm approach from Bayern could give Klopp something to think about.

WEST HAM KEEN ON QPR KEEPER

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West Ham aim to swoop for QPR’s giant Senegalese goalkeeper Seny Dieng. (The Sun)

Four Leicester City stars at a Covid-flouting house party were busted by their Brendan Rodgers – they then hid before cops arrived. (The Sun)

Arsenal have been dealt major blow after Mikel Arteta confirmed Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli also picked up injuries on Sunday. (The Sun)

PSG have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah over a summer transfer. (The Sun)

Konstantinos Mavropanos has refused to commit his future to Arsenal – despite only signing a new contract last year. (The Sun)

Hartlepool goalkeeper Brad Young could be on his way to Leicester in a bargain deal. (The Sun)

MOURINHO TARGETS FELLAINI SWOOP

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Marouane Fellaini could make a shock return to the Premier League this summer with Jose Mourinho reportedly planning a reunion at Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Football League clubs are pushing for next Saturday’s 3pm fixtures to be played on Friday night so not to clash with Prince Philip’s funeral. (Daily Mail)

Mikel Arteta admits the relief of a much-needed Arsenal victory was spoiled by yet another injury headache. (Daily Mail)

Sam Allardyce has warned his West Brom players relegation is likely to mean club staff losing their jobs. (Daily Mail)

Carlo Ancelotti wants his squad to embrace the pressure of needing to deliver and show they remain in the hunt for European football. (Daily Mail)


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AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United have been in contact with Pau Torres’ representatives ahead of a potential move. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City lead Manchester United and Tottenham in the race to sign French midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille. (Daily Star)

Liverpool must act quickly to sign Pedri in the summer transfer window as Barcelona have their own plan in place. (Daily Star)

Daniel Levy has already decided he will have to stick by Jose Mourinho next season as it will cost too much to sack him. (Daily Express)

Jesse Lingard’s previous views on Arsenal and playing at the Emirates Stadium could dash any hopes they have of signing him. (Daily Express)

AC Milan are ready to offer Celtic loan defender Diego Laxalt as part of their bid to land Odsonne Edouard. (The Scottish Sun)

 

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