Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool close on signing of midfield genius as deal structure is revealed; Spurs set Roma fee for Mourinho favourite
Liverpool are nearing the signing of the £34m star they want to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, Daniel Levy will allow a Tottenham man to link up with Jose Mourinho at Roma, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk names the club Hector Bellerin will sign for this summer.
DE PAUL TO LIVERPOOL TALK PROGRESSES
Liverpool are reported to be edging increasingly closer to the signing of Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese this summer.
The Udinese star was strongly linked with Leeds last summer as they prepared for their return to the Premier League. His asking price of €35m was too steep for Leeds, meaning a bid never materialised. However, they continue to be linked and he remains a player of interest to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
However, there is a strong interest in the player from Serie A, with AC Milan joining Inter and Juventus in the hunt.
Were Udinese to sell to a Serie A rival, they would demand €40m for a player at the peak of his powers. And that asking price appears to have scared the trio off, meaning a move to the Premier League now looks likely.
Indeed, as per Il Milanista, it is Liverpool who lead the charge. They are in the market for a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield. And while far more attack-minded, it seems Liverpool look set to get their man.
As per the article, Liverpool have already set the wheels in motion over a deal. And it’s claimed they have had ‘repeated contact’ over a swoop.
It’s believed Liverpool will pay Udinese four instalments for De Paul, totally £34m and depending on success. That will likely include a downpayment of £15m.
De Paul to change Liverpool system
And De Paul will be expected to add a fresh dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s side. They have struggled badly during their title defence this season and face a fight to the finish for the top four.
The Argentina star reportedly favours a move to Anfield, despite Calciomercato claiming new interest from Atletico Madrid.
De Paul has nine goals and 10 assists in 34 Serie A matches this season and is viewed as one of Serie A’s top performers.
ROMA TOLD FEE FOR DIER, MOURINHO REUNION
Jose Mourinho will make Eric Dier his first signing for Roma – and Tottenham are willing to sell for a fee of €25m. (Forza Roma)
Leicester will close out a €25m deal to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare in the coming days. (Todofijaches)
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi has attracted the interest of Leicester City and Tottenham this summer. (Corriere dello Sport)
Antonio Conte has made Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso a top target for Inter Milan this summer. (Todofijaches)
HECTOR BELLERIN CHOOSES TO JOIN MILAN
Hector Bellerin has decided he wants to sign for AC Milan when he departs Arsenal this summer. (Todofijaches)
Barcelona plan to offer Gianluigi Buffon a one-year deal amid claims he is to leave Juventus. (Footmercato)
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk is backing himself to shine if he receives a call-up by Holland this summer. (De Telegraaf)
Spartak Moscow will secure the permanent €5m signing of Victor Moses from Chelsea following their Champions League qualification. (Goal)
Bayern Munich have ruled out a swoop for Erling Haaland this summer, with Oliver Khan claiming a €100m+ package is unfeasible. (BILD)
ZIDANE WANTED BY JUVENTUS
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has emerged as a contender to replace Andrea Pirlo as Juventus boss this summer. (Marca)
Everton and Leeds are plotting a move for Josip Brekalo this summer, with the Croatian winger having impressed with Wolfsburg. (various)
Mauricio Pochettino is staying silent on claims that Sergio Ramos is signing for PSG on a free transfer from Real Madrid. (Fabrizio Romano)
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AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
AC Milan are interested in Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, while Real Madrid are also watching him too. (Foot Mercato)
Barcelona have sounded Chelsea out over a swap deal that could see Miralem Pjanic trade places with Jorginho. (Sport)
Inter Milan and Lazio are leading the chase for Olivier Giroud, who looks poised to leave Chelsea this summer. (Calciomercato)
Barcelona have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with Manchester City to sign defender Eric Garcia on a free transfer. (Goal)
Newcastle and Crystal Palace are chasing former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta, who has enjoyed an impressive season with Lens. (various)
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