Michael Edwards is considering the sale of three big-name Liverpool stars this summer, Tottenham are in for a talented young Juventus defender and details of a failed €150m Manchester United bid have emerged, according to Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL CONSIDER MERITS OF SELLING MIDFIELD TRIO
Thiago Alcantara could find himself leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after struggling to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, claims a report.
Thiago arrived at Anfield in September from Bayern Munich to much fanfare. The champions paid £20m up front, plus £5m in add-ons, with the 29-year-old signing a four-year contract.
So far though his move has not gone according to plan. Indeed, Jamie Carragher, writing in his Daily Telegraph column, says the midfielder “has seemed like the luxury Liverpool cannot afford”.
Now reports in Spain claim Reds transfer guru Michael Edwards is considering the merits of allowing Thiago to leave. As per Todofijaches, Edwards could let Thiago return to Bayern Munich on a season’s loan if his form doesn’t improve.
The article states that Edwards and Jurgen Klopp will give Thiago until the season’s end before coming to a firm decision. Bayern boss Hansi Flick is said to be open to the idea of welcoming the player back, even on a temporary basis.
While his exit would still come as a surprise, it’s claimed a temporary stint back at Bayern would be in all parties best interests.
He won’t be the only departure from their midfield either.
Grujic up for sale
As per Sportske, Liverpool will seek a minimum €20m for Marko Grujic this summer. The midfielder was allowed to join FC Porto on loan this season and he’s firmly put himself in the shop window with some solid displays.
The Serbian newspaper claims Edwards has already circulated Grujic’s name, having fallen out of Liverpool’s thinking.
Speculation also surrounds the future of Naby Keita. The Guinean has struggled to capture his best form at Anfield, with a string of injuries curtailing his progress.
The Athletic claims Klopp and Edwards aren’t ready to close the door on Keita just yet. However, he needs a serious upturn in fortunes and a decision will also be made on his future at the end of the season. He is said to be rated at around £30m by Liverpool, with a return to the Bundesliga mooted.
TOTTENHAM LINKED WITH RADU DRAGUSIN
Tottenham hope to begin talks with defender Radu Dragusin, who falls out of contract at Juventus this summer. (Tuttosport)
Manchester United ‘presented an offer’ for 18-year-old Barcelona winger Ansu Fati worth around €150m last summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Inter Milan now value Milan Skriniar at €60m – just months after almost letting him leave for Tottenham for €35m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sergio Aguero admits he “does not know what to do” with his contract at Manchester City due to expire in June. (Marca)
Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett claims the winger still loves Real Madrid and a return to Spain cannot be ruled out. (Goal)
TOMORI LOVING LIFE WITH AC MILAN
Fikayo Tomori admits he’s loving life at AC Milan and has suggested he’s willing to make the loan from Chelsea permanent. (Sky Italia)
Southampton are planning to pay the €15m exit clause in the contract of Angers star Angelo Fulgini. (Todofijaches)
Real Madrid plan to hold on to Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard in order to lure his fellow Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid are putting together plans that would allow them to move for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe this summer. (AS)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Everton playmaker James Rodriguez is considering leaving the club despite only moving to Goodison Park last summer. (Defensa Central)
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reckons Memphis Depay will snub a move to Barcelona in favour of signing a new contract. (Le 10 Sport)