Liverpool are looking to three potential targets to replace Virgil van Dijk in January, while Manchester United have eyes on a Portuguese star billed as ‘the next Luis Figo’, according to Monday’s paper gossip.
KLOPP HAS THREE DEFENSIVE TARGETS
Liverpool have three potential replacements for Virgil van Dijk in mind when the transfer window opens for business on January 1.
The talismanic Reds defender has torn his ACL and now faces several months on the sidelines.
Now the Daily Mirror claims Jurgen Klopp could be in for three players when the window reopens in just 74 days time.
In their report, they suggest Liverpool could go back in for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak.
The 20-year-old was linked with the Reds over the summer, but will not come cheap. He’s rated at around the £35m mark and is already playing for Turkey.
The paper also says Liverpool could go back in for Ben White. The Brighton man impressed while on loan with Leeds last season and is a man in demand.
Leeds saw multiple efforts to sign him permanently knocked back. Liverpool too were touted with an interest. That link was reportedly shelved until summer 2021, but could now be revisited.
The Mirror also claims Liverpool could go in for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
He is well down Frank Lampard’s pecking order at Chelsea and almost left before the transfer deadline on October 5.
Tottenham were touted as contenders to sign him, while there was interest from Serie A clubs too. All that came after we revealed he refused to play for Lampard in the Carabao Cup tie at Spurs.
RUDIGER A LIVERPOOL OPTION
Rudiger still expects to leave Chelsea in January and the Mirror claims Liverpool could now move to sign him. If the Blues are in the title mix though, it’s likely they would try to prevent him signing for Klopp’s side.
The paper also claims Liverpool could offer first-team chances to both Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
Phillips spent last season on loan with Stuttgart and was involved with the Reds in pre-season. He could be used as cover to the current crop until January.
MAN UTD EYES ON LUIS GOMES
Manchester United are targeting Sporting Lisbon’s 16-year-old Luis Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder has been dubbed ‘the next Luis Figo’ in his homeland. (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool’s throw-in coach has admitted he is open to working with other Premier League clubs, including the Reds’ rivals. (Daily Mirror)
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Manchester United they “misjudged” their pursuit of Jadon Sancho. (Daily Mirror)
James Rodriguez’s flying start to life in the Premier League with Everton has reportedly ‘upset’ his former club Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)
N’Golo Kante has no intention of leaving Chelsea anytime soon despite rumoured interest from Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (Daily Star)
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a shoulder injury. (Daily Star)
ERLING HAALAND HAS DREAM NEXT CLUB
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is reportedly keen on a move to Real Madrid next summer. (Daily Star)
Gareth Bale was reportedly the only Real Madrid player who refused a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Daily Star)
Adama Traore plans to snub interest from Liverpool and Barcelona and sign a new £100,000-a-week deal at Wolves. (The Sun)
Arsene Wenger said his relationship with Joe Mourinho is ‘like Kindergarten’ as their fallout continues. (The Sun)
Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has blasted Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford reign – and revealed he would have to whinge to his wife to let off steam. (The Sun)
American investment company ALK Capital LLC remain in talks to purchase Burnley. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Southampton were ‘apoplectic’ with Manchester United and Liverpool in last week’s Premier League meeting, sources say. (Daily Mail)
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s description of Project Big Picture as a ‘disgrace’ has angered executives at big-six clubs, who they feel, privately, is guilty of hypocrisy. (Daily Mail)
Wayne Rooney’s growing influence at Derby is illustrated by the fact he is calling transfer targets to join him at Pride Park. (Daily Mail)
Sergio Aguero will face no punishment from the FA for putting his arm around the assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Manchester City’s victory over Arsenal. (The Times)
Wayne Rooney is “angry and disappointed” after he was visited by a friend who was awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test and was later found to have the virus. (The Times)