Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool close on €25m signing of electric Belgium striker; Leeds move for €120m-rated midfielder

Liverpool are working on bringing Belgium’s hottest striker prospect to Anfield in a €25m deal, Leeds are chasing a midfielder with a €120m clause, while Arsenal have been offered a Juventus winger, according to Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.

 

JEREMY DOKU SET FOR LIVERPOOL

Liverpool are ‘devising a formula’ to bring Jeremy Doku to Anfield this summer, according to reports in Belgium.

The 18-year-old striker is earning a growing reputation in the game after his breakthrough season at Anderlecht. He scored eight goals and weighed in with three assists from 24 appearances last term. This time around, he already has a goal and an assist in four games.

The hotly-tipped frontman was also handed his senior Belgium debut this week. Doku responded with a goal in the 5-1 trouncing of Iceland.

Now, according to Het Nieuwsblad, Liverpool are ready to follow up on their interest in the player.

Doku was actually the subject of an approach from the Reds last year and before he made his debut for Anderlecht.

However, Liverpool did not at the time following up by making a concrete bid.

 

Having kept a close watch on his progress though, it’s believed an offer is immiment from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

It’s reported the German is desperate to get his hands on the talented teen and add him to his attacking options.

As such, Het Nieusblad claims the Reds will offer Anderlecht a deal worth ‘tens of millions’ to sign Doku. The deal would reportedly worth €25m to Anderlecht, with Doku being allowed to stay the season in Belgium on loan.

The Jupiler Pro League would prefer to keep him, but the article claims money talks and the offer is likely to be accepted.

 

LEEDS TO MATCH FLORENTINO LUIS BID

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Leeds are prepared to match Fulham’s €2m loan approach for Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis. The midfielder has a €120m exit clause, but he will be allowed to leave if an obligation to buy for €30m is included in the deal. (O Jogo)

Arsenal have been offered reported Man Utd target Douglas Costa as part of a Juventus approach for Alexandre Lacazette. (Tuttomercato)

Wolves, Everton and West Ham have made a €15m approach for Gremio winger Pepe. (Calciomercato)

Man Utd have slashed their €20m asking price to just €12m with Chris Smalling on the verge of securing a permanent move to Roma. (Sky Italia)

Leeds United and Brighton have launched €5m offers for Jordan Lukaku, with Lazio now considering the offer. (Il Messaggero)

Liverpool’s Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo is on the verge of joining Portuguese side CD Tondela on a season’s loan. (O Jogo)

 

LAUTARO MARTINEZ TO BARCA TALK ENDED

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Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has ruled out Lautaro Martinez joining Barcelona this summer, stating “he is our present and future”. (Marca)

Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi is on the verge of joining PSG on loan with an option to buy. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

PSG are considering offering Julian Draxler in a swap deal to bring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi back to Ligue 1. (L’Equipe)

Alexandre Lacazette wants showdown talks with Arsenal amid growing speculation they will allow to leave for €45million this summer. (ESPN)

Barcelona have yet to receive any offers for Samuel Umtiti but remain keen to sell the France defender. (Sport)

Manchester City have set an asking price of €18m on defender Eric Garcia after Barcelona saw an opening €10m bid fail. (Sport)

 

GRIEZMANN STAYING AT BARCELONA

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Antoine Griezmann has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a Barcelona exit and revealed he has the backing of Ronald Koeman. (L’Equipe)

Gonzalo Higuain is on the verge of agreeing a severance package with Juventus, which will allow him to join Inter Miami as a free agent. (Tuttosport)

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is keen to return to Juventus this summer amid interest from his old club. (AS)

Arsenal are set to make a new bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, after their initial offer of €35m failed. (Fabrizio Romano)

Lyon are stepping up their hunt to sign AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta in a €27m deal. (L’Equipe)

Manchester United could land Dayot Upamecano – but it won’t be until next season says RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann. (ESPN)

 

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Borja Valero is to make a  return to Fiorentina after three years at Inter Milan. (Sky Italia)

Real Madrid are growing concerned over the fitness issues surrounding Eden Hazard after he was unable to play for Belgium this week. (AS)

Everton striker Moise Kean wants to return to Juventus a year after leaving the Serie A giants for the Toffees. (Calciomercato)

Barcelona have contacted Arsenal over a potential move for Spain defender Hector Bellerin. PSG also remain keen. (Sport)

Luis Suarez has taken to social media to dismiss continued speculation that he’s on the verge of leaving Barcelona for Serie A giants Juventus. (various)

Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano has confirmed the French club’s “dream” is to re-sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the future. (Radio Montecarlo)

 

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