Paper Talk: Liverpool line-up Mane replacement whose contract is running down

Date published: Saturday 17th April 2021 8:32 - Matthew Briggs

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Jurgen Klopp has been “disappointed” with Sadio Mane this season and has lined up a replacement this summer, while Jude Bellingham is wanted by a Premier League giant, all in the papers.

 

LIVERPOOL CHASE DEMBELE

Liverpool are lining up a move for Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele to replace Sadio Mane, claims a report in Spain.

Mane has not been at his best, like Liverpool, this season and Fichajes.net report that Jurgen Klopp has been “disappointed” with the former Southampton man’s form.

After transforming Mane into a world-class performer Klopp will be loathed to lose the forward, but the report claims the player has offers on the table. And so Liverpool’s backroom team have been looking at alternatives and 23-year-old Dembele is on the list.

The France international has just a year remaining on his Barcelona contract and has yet to sign the extension he has been offered.

Dembele is understood to have been offered a similar financial package to his existing deal for another three years.

His indecision has alerted Michael Edwards and Co and they are prepared to make a move this summer.

Dembele has scored 10 goals this season for Barca but his time at the Camp Nou has been a disappointment. He was a £135m signing from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.

Liverpool could have rival interest from Manchester United too. United have been namechecked by the Spanish source, who claim much will depend on whether Dembele commits again to Barca.


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CHELSEA CHASE BELLINGHAM

Chelsea are interested in signing England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 17, from Borussia Dortmund, who rate him as a £100m player. (Eurosport)

Arsenal are interested in Inter Milan’s 20-year-old Uruguayan forward Martin Satriano, who is also being tracked by Chelsea and Manchester City. (Mail)

Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba, 28, has a deal in place to join Real Madrid as a free agent this summer, but the Spanish side will not announce it until after this season has finished. (Marca)

Manchester City are set to offer England midfielder Phil Foden, 20, a new £100,000-a-week deal. (Mirror)

Manchester United have been linked with Leicester defender Wesley Fofana (Foot Mercato)

Tottenham are interested in 22-year-old Barcelona and Brazil defender Emerson, who is currently on loan at Real Betis. (Mundo Deportivo)

Spurs will meet the representatives of Fulham (on loan from Lyon) and Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen, 24, to discuss a potential summer transfer. (Express)

Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic Brazil forward Neymar, 29, and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, will be at the club next season. (Cadena SER)

TUCHEL LOOKING FOR ADVICE

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Thomas Tuchel says he has considered asking his players to help decide who Chelsea should buy this summer. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid want to sell 31-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale, who is on loan at Tottenham, and France centre-back Raphael Varane, 27, this summer to fund moves for Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Marca)

Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has said he wants to join Boca Juniors on loan. (Perfil Bulos)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he is convinced that Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, wants to stay at the club. (Deportes Cuatro)

West Ham are in pole position to sign Celtic’s French striker Odsonne Edouard, 23, as Leicester are having second thoughts over a rumoured approach. (Football Insider)

Eintracht Frankfurt forward Andre Silva, 25, who is a target for Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, does not have a release clause in his contract. (Goal)

Barcelona were also tracking Silva but have decided against signing the Portugal international. (Mundo Deportivo)

LIVERPOOL STAND FIRM

Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool midfielder

Liverpool are holding firm in contract talks with 30-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum, meaning the Netherlands midfielder could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

RB Leipzig’s France Under-21 centre-back Ibrahima Konate, 21, says he has not heard from Liverpool despite being repeatedly linked with the Premier League champions. (Bild)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 35, has accepted a lower salary to sign a new one-year deal with Real Madrid. (AS)

Edin Dzeko‘s future at Roma is uncertain as the Serie A side continue to be linked with Andrea Belotti and Dusan Vlahovic (Sky Sports Italia)

Paul Pogba spoke hopes that Edinson Cavani remains with Manchester United next season (ESPN)

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