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Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool, Man Utd dealt £62m wonderkid blow; Koeman lays down law over Barcelona signing

Liverpool and Man Utd look set to be beaten by Real Madrid in the race to sign a £62m Sporting wonderkid, while Ronald Koeman insists Barcelona must buy his top target in January – all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.

REAL CLOSING IN ON SPORTING WONDERKID 

Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly face losing out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Portuguese wonderkid Nuno Mendes.

The Spanish giants have stepped up their interest in the Sporting Lisbon left-back, who is regarded as one of the top young defenders in Europe.

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AC Milan and Juventus are also among the host of top clubs on the trail of the 18-year-old, who made his professional debut only six months ago.

Recent reports claimed that Sporting had increased the teenager’s release clause from £41m to £62m in a bid to ward off potential suitors. However, those terms are yet to have been agreed.

And that has opened the door for Real to make their move, ahead of a host of English clubs.

Leicester and Arsenal have also been linked with Mendes, but it has been Liverpool and United who have led the way.

The Portugal Under-21 international is represented by Miguel Pinho, who oversaw Bruno Fernandes move to United from Sporting last January.

Former Red Devils winger Nani is also believed to have alerted his old club to Mendes’ qualities.

However, that advice looks set to come to nothing if Real win the race for his signature.


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KOEMAN INSISTS ON DEPAY DEAL

Barcelona will attempt to push through a move for Memphis Depay at Ronald Koeman’s insistence in the new year. (Mundo Deportivo)

Bayern Munich are eyeing a summer move for Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara. (Sky Germany)

Inter  Milan’s Christian Eriksen will have to take a pay cut if he hopes to reignite his career in the Premier League.

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has said he can persuade Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona, with the help of Xavi. (ESPN)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the German champions do not need to sign Erling Braut Haaland because they have Robert Lewandowski. (Tuttosport)

JUVE OFFERED OZIL FIVE TIMES

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Juventus have been offered Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil five times in recent years. (Calciomercato)

Barcelona insist that the club will not take Jean-Clair Todibo back from Benfica. (Mundo Deportivo)

Wolves are interested signing in German midfielder Marlon Roos-Trujillo from Mainz at the end of the season. (Bild)

Sandro Tonali’s agent Beppe Bozzo has confirmed the Italian midfielder ‘wanted to join Milan at all costs’ despite offers from Inter and Juventus. (Tuttosport)

Robin van Persie has revealed he once called on Arsene Wenger to bring defender Giorgio Chiellini to Arsenal as he felt the club “lacked a winning mentality.”

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

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Juventus rejected a swap deal from Everton last summer involving Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Digne. (Calciomercato)

A court has ruled that Santos must pay Barcelona €2.9million for violating an agreement the two clubs had relating to Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa. (ESPN)

Former Barcelona and Tottenham winger Giovani dos Santos is bound for Mexican side Toluca. (TodoFichajes)

Atalanta might be set to let striker Josip Ilicic depart as soon as January. (Sky Sports Italia)

Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen has said intends to return to Lyon once his spell with the Cottagers comes to an end. (Foot Mercato)

Luis Suarez’s Italian language examiner insists he has ‘never spoken with any representative of Juventus’ as investigations over the striker’s citizenship exam continue. (La Repubblica)

 

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