Paper Talk: Man Utd make contact for 13-goal Liverpool attacking target

Date published: Sunday 24th October 2021 8:41 - Samuel Bannister

Ricardo Pepi and Julio Cascante

There are now four Premier League clubs interested in an MLS striker recently revealed to be of interest to Liverpool, while Newcastle have opened talks with a sporting director who already knows who he would want to be their coach – all in Sunday’s Paper Talk.

MAN UTD IN FOUR-WAY BATTLE FOR PEPI

Manchester United have registered an interest in Liverpool attacking target Ricardo Pepi, according to the Mirror.

Liverpool were recently revealed to be in the running for the signing of Pepi, who is rising to prominence in the MLS with FC Dallas.

Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster his attacking options due to a couple of concerns in attack. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino remain strong, but will all be 30 before the start of next season.

Furthermore, Salah and Mane are set to miss a portion of this season due to the African Cup of Nations. It will leave Liverpool light in the final third, with the impactful Diogo Jota likely having to step up. Doubts will continue about Divock Origi, though.

Therefore, Liverpool want to add another attacker in January and their plans may fit in with those of Pepi.

The 18-year-old has 13 goals from 27 games in the MLS this season. However, his campaign is likely to be curtailed from November due to Dallas likely not making it to the play-offs.

Pepi does not want to halt his progress and could therefore seek a transfer in January. According to the Mirror, Liverpool have registered an interest – but so have Man Utd.

United have strength in depth in an attack spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo. But he won’t be around forever and nor will Edinson Cavani.

Therefore, they could inject their frontline with more youth, after bringing in the likes of Jadon Sancho and Amad Diallo, while promoting Mason Greenwood from their own ranks.

Pepi may be the next to follow United’s strategy of building for the future. However, there is a catch.

He wants to be playing regularly and neither Liverpool nor United could offer him such guarantees at present. Alternatively, Brighton and Brentford are both watching him, as are some clubs in Germany and Italy.

But the bigger boys will be keen not to miss out on someone who could become a top talent in years to come. Therefore, Pepi’s future is all to play for.


Three clubs in the running to sign Paul Pogba from Man Utd


DOUBLE APPOINTMENT PLAN FOR NEWCASTLE

Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars 2021

Newcastle are in talks with Marc Overmars about taking over as their director of football. (Sunday Mirror)

Paulo Fonseca is waiting to hear if he will become Newcastle’s next head coach and is currently back in Ukraine. (Sky Sport Italia)

But Overmars would like to take manager Erik Ten Hag with him from Ajax to be Steve Bruce’s replacement. (Sunday Express)

Man Utd are doing everything in their power to keep Paul Pogba and prevent Real Madrid signing him for free. (AS)

Wolves defender Conor Coady could be the subject of a £20m bid from Newcastle in January. (Sun on Sunday)

Ferran Torres is in line for a new contract at Manchester City worth £100,000 per week until 2027. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Pep Guardiola wants City to sign his former Bayern Munich midfield star Toni Kroos. (El Nacional)

CHELSEA HAVE KEEPER PLAN

Charlton Athletic goalkeeper James Beadle

Chelsea are hoping to lure Charlton youngster James Beadle with a view to him growing to become their number one goalkeeper in future. (Sun on Sunday)

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted everyone at Man Utd must take responsibility for their recent struggles. (Sky Sports)

David Beckham is set to earn £150m as the face of the Qatar World Cup. (Sun on Sunday)

Everton will be more capable than Brighton of meeting the asking price for Stoke City defender Harry Souttar. (Sun on Sunday)

Chris Wilder is in contention to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy at Cardiff City. (Mail on Sunday)

Brendan Rodgers has rejected reports that Youri Tielemans has turned down a new Leicester contract. (Mail on Sunday)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Sevilla have denied they have financial problems in a blow to Chelsea’s hopes of signing Jules Kounde. (AS)

Chelsea and Newcastle have both made contact for Porto winger Luis Diaz. (Nicolo Schira)

Ajax are aiming to extend the contract of midfield talent Ryan Gravenberch, who is wanted by Barcelona and Juventus. (Fichajes)

Luis Suarez is keen to stay at Atletico Madrid beyond the end of his contract in 2022. (Marca)

Inter boss Simone Inzaghi could offer an escape route to his former Lazio playmaker Luis Alberto. (Calciomercato)

Barcelona would have to pay €60m – which is beyond their means – to re-sign Dani Olmo from RB Leipzig in January. (Mundo Deportivo)

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