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Euro Paper Talk: Klopp crucial as Liverpool gazump Madrid to ‘bargain’ defender

Liverpool are closing in on the addition of an exciting centre-back to their ranks, while an Arsenal star is keen to sign for Atletico Madrid – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Reds beating Madrid to Schalke defender

Liverpool are close to beating Real Madrid to the signing of Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, according to a report.

The Reds have filled two important gaps in their side this transfer window; Kostas Tsimikas has arrived as left-back cover, with Diogo Jota providing support for their famed front three.

Although, Jurgen Kopp remains a man light in defence after selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.

Fabinho filled in for the injured Joel Matip and Joe Gomez against Chelsea on Sunday, putting in a fantastic performance to keep Timo Werner at bay.

According to Don Balon, however, Liverpool do not feel “entirely satisfied” with their situation.

As such, Klopp has reportedly put Kabak “on the table” to his seniors and the 20-year-old is “very popular” at Anfield.

What’s more, Liverpool have reportedly made contact with the player. The Reds feel confident that they can win the race for Kabak, with Madrid also keen.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez reportedly wants to sign the Turkey international. However, it is Liverpool who currently lead the race.

Don Balon adds that Kabak will prove a “bargain” for whoever signs him. Indeed, he is reportedly available for less than €30million (£27.4million).


And the rest from Euro Paper Talk

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is pining for a move to Atletico Madrid, with the Gunners keen on Thomas Partey (Mundo Deportivo)

Atletico Madrid’s sporting director says he is in talks with Everton about selling Santiago Arias (Kicker)

Tottenham want to sign Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius but do not want to pay his asking price (TVI24)

Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham have all shown interest in signing Inter Milan winger Joao Mario (O Jogo)

Marcos Rojo TEAMtalk

Argentine side Estudiantes are confident of signing Marcos Rojo on a free transfer next summer (El Dia)

Talks between Leicester and Rennes about a deal to sell Islam Slimani collapsed at the final hour (France Football)

Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has made his desire to fight for game time clear to Ronald Koeman (Sport)

Luis Suarez allegedly cheated on the exam he took last week to gain Italian citizenship (Deportes Cuatro)

Luis Suarez Barcelona

Suarez’s move to Atletico is in doubt, with Barcelona keen to recoup a fee for the Uruguayan (Onda Cero)

Atletico striker Alvaro Morata is close to sealing a move to Juventus (Sky Sport Italia)

Barca youngster Emerson Royal will stay at Real Betis this season instead of returning to Camp Nou (Diario de Sevilla)

Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain

Liverpool and Real Madrid could battle to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe (L’Equipe)

The Reds will have to submit a tempting transfer formula if they are to sign Anderlecht’s Jeremy Doku (Het Belang van Limburg)

Los Blancos striker Luka Jovic wants to return to Eintracht Frankfurt on loan to rediscover his form (Mundo Deportivo)

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