Liverpool have a cunning plan in place to finally seal a deal for Thiago Alcantara, while Tottenham have turned their attention towards a Bundesliga star in the hunt for a new striker, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.
REDS LEAVING IT LATE FOR THIAGO
Liverpool will reportedly wait until the final week of the transfer window to make an official move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds are still understood to be favourites to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder, despite reports on Monday that they had decided against a move for the Spain star after promoting Marko Grujic to their senior squad instead.
That appeared to leave the door open for Manchester United to make their move for the 29-year-old.
However, talkSPORT claims that the Red Devils are not on the market for another midfielder after landing Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
That has left Liverpool on their own at the head of the chasing pack, but the Reds are planning to delay making their move until the eleventh hour of the summer window as they try to get the best deal for Thiago.
That’s according to talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook, who said: “We’ve spoken a lot about this one, and it’s going to go right to the wire, I think.
“If Wijnaldum goes I think Liverpool will accelerate their interest.
“I know Manchester United have spoken to Thiago’s agent but midfield is not a priority for them at the moment.
“Liverpool are still the front-runners, but they’re trying to force Bayern Munich to lower that €30m asking price.
“I’m not expecting a bid to come in probably until the final week of the window.”
The Reds have also been linked with an alternative midfielder move, with another report on Monday claiming that Jurgen Klopp had reignited his interest in Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria. Read more…
TOTTENHAM TURN TO FRANKFURT FRONTMAN
Tottenham are lining up a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost following Jose Mourinho’s complaints about the laziness of his squad. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are considering a move for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez as Pep Guardiola looks to sign another centre-back before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona have agreed a £28m deal to bring Lyon winger Memphis Depay to the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has become football’s second billionaire after Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Mail)
Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul confirmed he wants to join Leeds United this summer in a tweet he has now deleted. (Daily Express)
MAN UTD READY TO BALE OUT REAL STAR
Manchester United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho. (The Sun)
West Ham are ready to offer Arsenal a stunning £5m rental deal for centre-back Rob Holding. (The Sun)
Manchester United are weighing up a move for Valencia’s Uros Racic and are set to add Spanish wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho to their ranks. (The Sun)
Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac has become a transfer target for West Ham as David Moyes attempts to land a new left-back. (The Sun)
Aston Villa are poised to take their summer spending to £75m with the captures of Emiliano Martinez and Bertrand Traore. (Daily Telegraph)
Slaven Bilic is set to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher for West Brom on a season-long loan. (Daily Telegraph)
TURKISH GIANTS IN ORIGI TALKS
Turkish side Fenerbahce are in talks with Liverpool over signing Belgium striker Divock Origi. Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham are also interested in the 25-year-old. (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho is facing a dressing room backlash after branding Tottenham players as “lazy”. (Daily Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to hold talks with Mason Greenwood after a difficult couple of weeks for the teenager. (Daily Mirror)
An American consortium proposing a takeover of West Ham is preparing an improved offer for the club. That was after its opening bid of £350m was rejected last month. (The Guardian)
Manchester United are preparing an opening offer for Sergio Reguilon but are unwilling to match Real Madrid’s £27.2m valuation. (The Guardian)
Arsenal could allow Lucas Torreira to leave on loan before the end of the transfer window, with Fiorentina and Torino both interested in signing the Uruguay midfielder. (The Guardian)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Napoli have set a strict deadline for clubs who are interested in signing Kalidou Koulibaly. It means Manchester United and Manchester City will have to act fast to land the defender. (Daily Star)
Former Chelsea star Oscar has revealed old team-mates Willian and David Luiz are trying to convince him to join Arsenal – but he would prefer a return to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)
Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be set to head back to Argentina this summer. (Daily Star)
Tottenham defender Danny Rose only discovered he would not be part of Jose Mourinho’s squad this season when he was left out of the club’s squad-number announcement on Friday. (Daily Star)
Anthony Stokes is set to leave Livingston without kicking a ball, as the striker expresses concern over training on an artificial pitch. (Daily Record)
Celtic are poised to launch a third bid of around £800,000 to try to land Charlton kid Alfie Doughty. (Scottish Sun)
St Mirren ‘keeper Peter Urminsky has been given the all-clear from coronavirus. (Scottish Sun)
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