Paper Talk: Liverpool make shock move for Chelsea centre-back

Antonio Rudiger TEAMtalk

Jurgen Klopp’s search for a new Liverpool centre-back has taken him to Chelsea, while Manchester United have a 70m bid on the table for a centre-back, all in the papers.



Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, according to a report from Spain.

Mundo Deportivo’s live transfer rumours section, claims Jurgen Klopp has taken an interest in the unwanted centre-back.

The Reds apparently are one of the teams that have “shown more interest” in recruiting the 27-year-old.

Klopp is of course looking for a new defender after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.

Klopp has already added left-back Kostas Tsimikas to his squad, but he also wants another centre-back.

There is a huge question mark over Rudiger’s future at Chelsea with no new contract in site for the defender.

The Daily Mail claim there is “little movement in terms of a new deal for the Germany international”.

The centre-back has made 19 Premier League starts this season under Frank Lampard with the Blues boss rotating his centre-backs.

But Lampard is believed to be ready to make Rudiger available for transfer and Klopp is keen.


Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham’s English left-back Ryan Sessegnon, 20, is at the top of Newcastle’s transfer target list. (Sun)

Lautaro Martinez, Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester United remain keen on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and have a 70m bid on the table (Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Arsenal will demand £40m for Matteo Guendouzi after Paris Saint-Germain reportedly entered the race for the midfielder. (The Sun)

Aaron Ramsey is not wanted by new manager Andrea Pirlo at Juventus and the 29-year-old Wales midfielder is free to find another club. (Mirror)

Arsenal have made defender Gabriel Magalhaes a transfer priority – and are willing to clear out others to make room for the Brazilian. (Daily Star)



Brighton boss Graham Potter is prepared to let central defender Shane Duffy leave (The Sun)

Mikel Arteta could replace French midfield Matteo Guendouzi with another recruit from Ligue 1 in Morgan Sanson. (Daily Star)

Diego Carlos TEAMtalk

Liverpool have been told they must meet Diego Carlos’ £68m release clause if they want to purchase him from Sevilla. (Daily Star)

Manchester United will continue their pursuit of England winger Jadon Sancho despite Borussia Dortmund’s claim the 20-year-old will remain at the club next season. (Mail)

Inter Milan have identified Manchester United’s 30-year-old defender Chris Smalling, on loan at Serie A side Roma this season, as a transfer target. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 33, will join MLS side Inter Miami pending the successful completion of a medical. (Goal)

Barcelona are unlikely to pay more than £13.4m for Manchester City’s wantaway Spanish defender Eric Garcia, 19. (ESPN)

Kai Havertz

Chelsea have agreed a five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen and Germany forward Kai Havertz but have been told the 21-year-old will cost £90m. (RMC Sport)

Chelsea are interested in signing Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 27. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are on the brink of completing the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Willian after the 32-year-old Brazilian had a medical. (Standard)

Liverpool FC have cut ties with their “official” coconut milk following allegations that monkeys were used as slave labour to pick fruit for the product. (The Times)

England’s Manchester-based players face having only a week’s break after their European endeavours, with Gareth Southgate keen to select them for the return of international football. (The Times)

The FA has narrowed down its search for Phil Neville’s successor as manager of the England women’s team to the two coaches who contested last year’s World Cup final – Sarina Wiegman and Jill Ellis. (The Times)

Spurs and England Under-21 right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, 23, is in advanced talks with Southampton. (Football Insider)

Sergio Reguilon Sevilla

Chelsea are facing competition from Lazio in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Reguilon, 23. (DiMarzio)

Chelsea are prepared to lower their asking price for unwanted France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 25. The club are hoping to strike a £20m deal with AC Milan. (Sun)

Liverpool have put a £20m valuation on midfielder Harry Wilson amid interest from Leeds, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton. (Mirror)

Bertrand Traore TEAMtalk

Lyon are prepared to sell former Chelsea winger Bertrand Traore this summer with Newcastle, Leicester, Everton and Crystal Palace all keen on the 24-year-old Burkina Faso international. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City will take a fee of £8m to offload 32-year-old Argentina central defender Nicolas Otamendi this summer. (Sun)

Newcastle are set to beat AC Milan and Roma to sign Burnley’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick, 28. (Guardian)

Wolves are confident manager Nuno Espirito Santo will sign a new contract before the new Premier League season. (90Min)

Leicester City are keen on Barcelona’s Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao, 20. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are linked with a move for Norwich’s Argentine playmaker Emiliano Buendia, 23. (HITC)

Lille will finalise the big-money capture of Jonathan David on Tuesday and all but kill off their interest in Alfredo Morelos. (Daily Record)