Euro Paper Talk: Real Madrid plot huge £222m swap to snatch Liverpool star

Liverpool are braced for a sensational swap deal offer from Real Madrid, while Arsenal have asked Real Betis if they can loan their star defender ahead of a €30m summer move, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

REAL MADRID READY MEGA FIRMINO SWAP

Liverpool are braced for a huge swap deal offer from Real Madrid involving two forwards, according to a shock report.

The Spanish giants allowed club legend Cristiano Ronaldo to join Juventus in the summer, without truly replacing his goals output, and are looking to put that right over the next two transfer windows.

Spanish outlet Don Balon claimed earlier in the month that Firmino is one of Real Madrid’s main targets to upgrade their forward department.

Firmino is a crucial part of Liverpool’s fearsome attack, however the report did state that the Merseyside giants would apparently consider selling for €80million (£72m).

However, Don Balon have offered a fresh update, stating that Real could be ready to offer £43million plus Marco Asensio to in order to tempt them to sell Firmino.

Firmino turns 28 next season, and recent reports seem to hint that Klopp is looking for an upgrade amid €40m links with Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

Asensio meanwhile has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool.

Don Balon even claimed Chelsea and PSG had been offered Marco Asensio, with the former not willing to pay his £107million price tag.

 

ARSENAL MAKE ANOTHER CHEEKY LOAN APPROACH FOR BETIS STAR

Arsenal have reportedly asked Real Betis defender if they can sign defender Aissa Mandi on loan this month ahead of a €30million summer transfer.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperately scouring the market for defensive reinforcements during the January window, with Hector Bellerin this week joining Rob Holding in suffering a season-ending injury.

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But with finances tight in north London, Emery has admitted his side can only look to the loan market this month – leading the club to launch one or two sneaky enquiries.

And having failed to convince Manchester United to let Eric Bailly move to Emirates Stadium on loan, as revealed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it seems Arsenal have already turned their attentions elsewhere.

According to El Desmarque, Emery has now made Mandi one of his top priorities having been impressed by his performances this season.

The Algerian is valued at €30m (£26m) by his side – a fee Arsenal are willing to meet  – but only in the summer. Therefore, the Gunners have reportedly tentatively asked Betis if they’d consider loaning him out now, with a view to a permanent summer transfer.

Like United with Bailly, however, Betis are likely to reject the approach from Arsenal.

The 27-year-old has made 27 appearances across all competitions this season, including 20 in LaLiga as Betis push for European football for the second successive season.

 

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AND THE REST

AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic is thought to be close to signing for Besiktas after talks with Bologna failed to result in a deal (Fotomac)

Atletico Madrid are once again trying to renew the contract of Diego Godin – and stop the experienced Uruguayan defender moving to Inter Milan (AS)

Juventus have contacted the agent of young Genoa goalkeeper Alessandro Russo – a teenager goalkeeper branded by the Italian media as ‘the next Gigi Buffon’ (Calciomercato)

Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a deal to bring FC Porto captain Hector Herrera to the club on a free transfer this summer. The Mexican is also wanted by Roma and Tottenham (AS)

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West Ham have made a surprise move for Torino forward Andrea Belotti, in case Marko Arnautovic departs during the transfer window. The Italian has a €100m exit fee in his contract, but after losing his way, the Hammers hope to negotiate a lower fee for the former Real Madrid and Manchester United target (Tuttosport)

Inter Milan are casting their eye on a swoop for Southampton’s Cedric Soares as an alternative to Matteo Darmian. Inter have been put off by United’s demands of a €6m loan fee for their full-back (Sky Italia)

Barcelona have set Frenkie De Jong’s release clause at €400m (£348.5m) (Mundo Deportivo)

Wolves have  entered the race to sign Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka this month. PSG are also keen on a deal for the Slovakian (Paris United)

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Inter Milan are leading Tottenham in the chase to sign Udinese’s Argentine winger Rodrigo de Paul and are willing to fork out around €30m – €35m to sign him (Sky Italia)

RB Leipzig are hoping Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner signs a new contract with an inventive clause. The striker’s current deal ends in 2020 but to avoid losing him on the cheap in the summer, they will offer him a new deal which contains a €70m (£61m) release clause which the ‘top ten’ teams in Europe can activate (Bild)

 

Inter Milan have joined AC Milan, Liverpool and Man Utd in the race to sign PSV starlet Steven Bergwijn (Corriere dello Sport)

Ernesto Valverde has decided Barcelona will keep Philippe Coutinho at all costs this summer, amid reports the Brazilian will be allowed to return to the Premier League (Mundo Deportivo)

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PSG are in negotiations for Napoli midfielder Allan. The Serie A club have set a price of €120m (£105m) for their 28-year-old star, but PSG think they can get a move through for €50-60m (£44-52m), plus bonuses (Sky Italia)

James Rodriguez has reportedly been absent from Bayern Munich training as transfer speculation mounts over his future, with Arsenal and Liverpool among his admirers (Don Balon)

Juventus could offer want-away defender Medhi Benatia to Arsenal in a bid to wrap up a January deal for Aaron Ramsey (Tuttosport)

Roma have made an offer for Colombia defender Wilmar Barrios (TYC Sports)

Callum Hudson-Odoi prefers a move to Bayern Munich over Liverpool after it was revealed he has decided to leave Chelsea this month

 

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