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Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool looking to upset Mourinho by signing €60m centre-back target; Inter want three Chelsea stars

Liverpool have joined the hunt for a €60m centre-back who is a major target for Tottenham, while Inter Milan are keen on signing three Chelsea stars – all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.



Liverpool are reportedly looking to beat Jose Mourinho and Tottenham to the signing of Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.

Spurs chased the Slovakian international for final weeks leading up to the summer deadline, but were unable to get a deal over the line.

Inter were demanding that their €60million valuation of the player be met. That figure was too high for Tottenham transfer chief Daniel Levy, who was looking to pay around half of that figure.

Mourinho’s men landed Swansea prospect Joe Rodon instead, but they are expected to try their luck again for Skriniar in the new year.

However, ESPN claims they will now have to battle with the Reds for the player’s signature.

Liverpool failed to replace Dejan Lovren over the summer and have been hit by the hammer blow of potentially losing Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season.

Midfielder Fabinho has stepped in and looked comfortable in the role, but he is also on the sidelines – leaving Jurgen Klopp to blood youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.



Both players are tremendous prospects, but Klopp is expected to try and find a more experienced defender to fill the Van Dijk void.

Skriniar has made over 150 appearances in Serie A for Sampdoria and Inter and also appeared more than 30 times for his country.

He is most comfortable playing in a back four, despite Inter boss Antonio Conte often using him in a three.

The 25-year-old is a commanding presence who is comfortable in possession, and despite not quite being on Van Dijk’s level, he would be an potentially impressive addition for the reigning Premier League champions.


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Chelsea trio Olivier Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso remain on Inter’s radars as the Nerazzurri are reportedly willing to sign a new striker and a full-back in January. (Tuttosport)

Real Madrid are best-placed to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-forward, and Liverpool target, Erling Haaland in 2022. (AS)

Lionel Messi and the Barcelona management are at odds regarding the prospect of a salary reduction. (Deportes Cuatro)

Real Madrid are ready to break their own contract policy by handing Sergio Ramos a new two-year contract. (AS)

Barcelona are among the clubs tracking Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram. (Bild)



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Manchester United are already plotting January reinforcements and will renew their efforts to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)

Denmark legend Michael Laudrup hints at Christian Eriksen’s Inter exit and adds: ‘I don’t believe he is not adapting to Italian football.’ (TV3, via Football Italia)

Arsenal face strong competition from AC Milan for Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

West Ham are keeping a close eye on Luka Jovic’s situation at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will commit his long term future until 2024. (Football Espana)



Real Madrid are ready to join the race for Bayern Munich star David Alaba. (AS)

Juventus are pushing hard to try and sign Genoa youngster Nicolo Rovella but Inter Milan could still be the favourites. (Calciomercato)

Milan want to sign Luka Susic and Barcelona’s loanee Emerson in January. (Calciomercato & Mundo Deportivo)

Former Man City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is currently training with Serie D side Franciacorta. (Corriere della Sera)

Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas is eager for the club to sign Bayern Munich loanee Michael Cuisance on a permanent basis.

Giuseppe Iachini could be sacked by Fiorentina regardless of the result against Parma. Cesare Prandelli would then be appointed as interim coach. (La Nazione)


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