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Euro Paper Talk: Defender ‘one step away’ from Liverpool as Madrid star eyed in double deal; Injury blow worries Everton

Liverpool are close to signing one defender and want to sign another from Real Madrid in January, while an injury blow is causing concern at Everton – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.

 

REDS EYE DOUBLE DEFENDER DEAL

Liverpool are close to completing a deal to sign former Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay, according to a report.

The Reds are searching for defensive cover in the January transfer market after long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Indeed, despite Fabinho offering a commanding presence by filling in from midfield, doubts remain about the likes of Joel Matip and Nathaniel Phillips.

As such, previous reports have named several potential signings Liverpool could make next month. Garay, who is a free agent after leaving Valencia at the end of last season, is among them.

The Argentine’s agent has reportedly been in touch with Anfield chiefs and Todofichajes now claims that he is ‘one step away’ from completing his move to Merseyside.

But the source also says that Liverpool are ‘willing’ to try to sign Real Madrid defender Eder Militao.

The 22-year-old signed from Porto in a big-money deal last summer but has failed to spark into life. Indeed, he has mostly had a role on the bench during his spell.

Todofichajes adds that Liverpool chiefs continue to notice his situation and are keen on making a move. What’s more, David Alaba’s move to the Spanish capital could boost the Reds’ hopes of a deal.

Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has asked his club not to sell Militao, the source says. However, Los Blancos officials could appease him by bringing in Alaba from Bayern Munich.

In that case, Madrid would be willing to listen to Liverpool’s offer for Militao.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

James Rodriguez

Everton are beginning to have concerns about James Rodriguez’s injury absence. Indeed, the Colombian has missed the Toffees’ last three games (Marca)

Shkodran Mustafi’s agent has confirmed negotiations with Barcelona about a move for the Arsenal defender (Goal)

Georginio Wijnaldum has an idea over the length of a contract if he decides to move to Inter (FCInterNews)

Tomas Soucek says that he feels fully focused on West Ham amid links with Bayern Munich (Gol)

PREM DUO EYE SIMAKAN

Mohamed Simakan

Everton and Wolves are looking to hijack AC Milan’s move for Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan (Tuttomercatoweb)

Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farré wants to bring Marcus Rashford to the club if he gets elected (90min)

Manchester United chiefs have met with Moises Caicedo to discuss the midfielder’s Old Trafford contract (El Diario Expreso)

Indeed, the Red Devils will soon decide whether to go ahead with the deal for the Ecuadorian (Fabrizio Romano)

Moises Caicedo TEAMtalk

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is looking into a possible loan deal for Everton’s Cenk Tosun. Allardyce brought the striker to Goodison Park during his time at the helm (Algemeen Dagblad)

Liverpool do not have an agreement in place with Schalke to swap Divock Origi for Ozan Kabak (Tuttomercatoweb)

Wolves could recall Ruben Vinagre from his loan at Olympiacos and send him to Braga for the rest of the season (A Bola)

CHELSEA STAR’S JANUARY EXIT UNLIKELY

Emerson Palmieri Chelsea TEAMtalk

It is unlikely that Emerson Palmieri could return to Serie A from Chelsea in January (FC Inter 1908)

Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo says that his players were thinking about their holiday during Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina (Football Italia)

AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis insists that the club are trying to implement a new model of spending (Football Italia)

Ronald Koeman Barcelona

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has hailed the blossoming relationship between Pedri and Lionel Messi (Sport)

Meanwhile, Barca and Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Rennes youngster Brandon Soppy (Don Balon)

Brighton want to activate a clause in Percy Tau’s loan deal with Anderlecht to bring him back to England (La Dernière Heure)

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