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Euro Paper Talk: Schalke inform Liverpool of defender’s massive price drop as funds crumble; Shock Wilshere bid made

Liverpool learn of a significant decrease in a January target’s valuation, while free agent Jack Wilshere receives a shock  offer from Italy – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.



Senior Schalke figures are ready to allow Liverpool target Ozan Kabak to leave for £18million after the coronavirus pandemic smashed into their finances, according to a report.

Turkey centre-back Kabak is reportedly on the Reds’ radar as they hunt cover for Virgil van Dijk’s absence.

Previous reports have revealed that the 20-year-old has a €45million (£40million) release clause in his contract that activates next summer.

However, Bild claims that due to the financial impact of the pandemic, Schalke have decided to cut that fee by over half.

Indeed, they are now reportedly willing to allow Kabak to leave for €20million (£18million).

AC Milan made a bid worth that much in the summer, but Schalke referred them to his release clause.

Now, though, they the Bundesliga side accept that €20million is still an acceptable fee for a player who remains relatively ‘inexperienced’ internationally.

As such, Schalke’s board have said that they ‘cannot turn down’ the same offer twice.

Liverpool are also reportedly monitoring Kabak’s fellow Schalke defender Mallik Thiaw.

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Serie B side Chievo have failed with an ambitious move for free agent Jack Wilshere (Serie B news)

Manchester United are willing to sell Paul Pogba for €60million (£54million), with Real Madrid keen (Don Balon)

Juventus chief Fabio Patrici, however, says his side still ‘care’ for former star Pogba (Sky Sport Italia)

United have failed with several attempts to appoint sporting director Andrea Berta from Atletico Madrid (Marca)

Moussa Diaby

What’s more, Bayer Leverkusen recently snubbed the Red Devils’  £45million approach for Moussa Diaby (Bild)

Manchester City have joined the clubs keen on a move for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram (Bild)

Meanwhile, Ajax defender Edson Alvarez says signing for City would be a “dream” move for his career (Voetbalzone)

Lionel Messi wants City striker and fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero to sign for Barcelona (Don Balon)

Diogo Jota

Benfica’s Portuguese boss Jorge Jesus has hailed the “surprise” development of compatriot Diogo Jota (O Jogo)

Arsenal and their Premier League rivals are yet to firm up their interest in Cruz Azul winger Orbelin Pineda (Canal 6 Deportes)

The agent of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is in talks with Real Madrid about a deal (AS)

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata says the belief he feels from the club is contributing to his impressive form (Sky Sport Italia)

Liverpool, Arsenal and United are keeping tabs on Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella (FC Inter News)

Meanwhile, Inter will negotiate a contract extension for striker Lautaro Martinez after the international break (Corrierre dello Sport)

However, Paris Saint-Germain eye the Argentine as a target for if Kylian Mbappe departs (Todofichajes)

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