Euro Paper Talk: Klopp comes up with ingenious Liverpool ploy to sign world-class alternative to Bellingham and save £74m
Jurgen Klopp has drawn up a brilliant plan to sign a coveted European midfielder for Liverpool instead of Jude Bellingham, Patrick Vieira could head to Italy in his next managerial role and surprisingly work alongside another Arsenal legend, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Tottenham are able to capture a Serie A star for €40million.
LIVERPOOL IDENTIFY PERFECT BELLINGHAM ALTERNATIVE
Liverpool have found the ideal midfielder to sign instead of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, with the Reds tipped to sign a Real Madrid man he is about to replace.
Last month, Liverpool pulled out of the race for Bellingham due to financial reasons. Bellingham’s price tag, which is thought to be between £115-135m, will be too expensive for Liverpool as they want to sign two midfielders and a new centre-back as well.
Klopp’s side pulling out of the battle for the Englishman gave Real and Manchester City a major boost. They immediately became the two frontrunners to snap him up from Germany.
Now, it looks like Real are poised to snare Bellingham. According to the latest from Fabrizio Romano, Bellingham ‘has accepted all the details’ of his new Real contract and is ‘excited’ to join the La Liga titans.
Real will meet with Dortmund in May to discuss the final package. It will likely put Bellingham in the top five most expensive players of all time.
Liverpool have since turned their attention to Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton. They have supposedly ‘reached a verbal agreement’ with the Argentina international, and will be able to sign him for just £40m if they send backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher in the other direction.
But Mac Allister is not the only player Jurgen Klopp desires as part of his midfield revamp. The manager has told Liverpool to get back on the hunt for France star Aurelien Tchouameni.
Liverpool were desperate to sign Tchouameni last summer, only to be beaten to the deal by Real. However, according to 90Min, Liverpool have reignited their interest in him.
Reds get back in the mix for Aurelien Tchouameni
The Merseyside club were recently told Tchouameni would cost €85m (£74.1m) to sign. However, Klopp has cleverly decided that Liverpool should initially sign him on a season-long loan, in order to save that £74.1m fee.
This would ensure Liverpool have the funds to capture two new midfielders, in Mac Allister and Tchouameni, as well as a new centre-half. The Reds could then use the next campaign to save up before agreeing a permanent transfer with Real for Tchouameni.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a good first season in the Spanish capital, having played 44 times across all competitions. However, there is one crucial reason why he may just be tempted by an Anfield switch.
Bellingham’s arrival could push Tchouameni down Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order. The serial winner can also use Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga in midfield.
Due to this, Klopp could try to tempt Tchouameni into finally joining Liverpool by offering him the opportunity to become the main man in their midfield.
PATRICK VIEIRA LINKED WITH SHOCK NEW JOB
Patrick Vieira, who was sacked by Crystal Palace in March, is ‘ready’ to take over at Serie B club Como. The move would see him reunite with fellow former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas. (Serie B News)
Newcastle are in talks with Fenerbahce over the signing of Turkish wonderkid Arda Guler. And the Magpies could complete a deal for just £4.3m if Guler fails to play a certain amount of minutes this campaign. (Ajansspor)
PSV are pushing hard to sign loanee Fabio Silva on a permanent basis from Wolves. The striker struggled at Anderlecht in the first half of the season but has impressed under Ruud van Nistelrooy in the Netherlands. (Eindhovens Dagblad)
Rafael Leao has rejected Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in order to pen a new long-term contract with AC Milan. (Ignazio Genuardi)
Ajax defender Jurrien Timber says he wants to play regularly in an exciting style of football when joining his next club, while also competing for silverware. Jaap Stam recently urged Timber to reject Liverpool and instead sign for Manchester United. (Ziggo Sport)
West Ham, Nottingham Forest and Fulham are all interested in Sao Paulo midfielder Pablo Maia. (Bolavip Brasil)
TOTTENHAM WANT NAPOLI MAN TO REPLACE LLORIS
Tottenham have landed on Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret as a successor for Hugo Lloris. And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy can sign the Italian by launching a €40m (£34.7m) offer. (Napoli Calcio)
Liverpool are battling Juventus for Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners. Klopp’s side could have the advantage as Juve will struggle to meet his £34.7m price tag. (Corriere dello Sport)
Burnley have completed the signing of German centre-back Jordan Beyer on a permanent basis. Beyer has spent the current season on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach and helped Burnley secure an immediate return to the Premier League. (various)
Spurs outcast Bryan Gil admits he is ‘very happy’ at loan club Sevilla, but says it would be ‘disrespectful’ to talk about a long-term move while he still has a contract somewhere else. (Marca)
Newcastle are expected to make a bid for long-term target Moussa Diaby this summer. The Bayer Leverkusen winger is also being courted by PSG. (L’Equipe)
LA LIGA ACE DISCUSSES FAILED FOREST TRANSFER
Loic Bade, who is on loan at Sevilla from Rennes, has called his troublesome Nott’m Forest loan a ‘blessing in disguise’ as it meant he could join Sevilla. Bade was on Forest’s books during the first half of the season but did not make a single appearance. (Le Parisien)
Roma boss Jose Mourinho has denied Paris Saint-Germain have contacted him over replacing Christophe Galtier in the Parc des Princes hot seat. (Sky Sport Italia)
Aston Villa’s prospective new director of football, Mateu Alemany, will try to sign Marco Asensio as a summer priority. (Marca)
Spurs managerial candidate Oliver Glasner left Eintracht Frankfurt after falling out with sporting director Markus Krosche over transfers. The two also argued over a contract offer which was sent to the head coach but did not meet his demands. (Bild)
Watford have confirmed the appointment of former West Brom and Besiktas boss Valerian Ismael as their new manager. (various)
Spurs must act fast to land Son Heung-min’s international team-mate Lee Kang-in as the attacker has been ‘offered’ to Atletico Madrid by Mallorca. (AS)