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Paper Talk: Liverpool make cut-price bid for LaLiga defender; West Ham closing in on £16m Barcelona striker

Liverpool have made a cut-price bid for a LaLiga defender, while West Ham are closing in on the £16m signing of a Barcelona striker, according to Friday’s paper gossip.



Liverpool have reportedly made a €10million bid for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi.

Despite the 28-year-old having a release clause of €30m, the Reds are hopeful of cutting a deal for a third of that price.

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That is because Mandi’s contract runs out next summer, as reported in the Spanish media.

Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new centre-back after Dejan Lovren parted for Zenit St. Petersburg this week.

And it would appear that the Reds will use the £10.9m they received for the Croatian on Mandi.

The Betis star, who can also play right-back, has scored five times in 141 appearances for the club and is deemed a solid replacement for Lovren.

It is not thought that he will challenge Joe Gomez or Joel Matip for a place alongside Virgil van Dijk – not initially anyway.

Mandi, would, however, be an experienced back-up who could push a place in the side if he makes a strong early impression.

At this stage, it remains to be seen if Betis will do business at €10m. If they don’t then Klopp is likely to look elsewhere for another bargain deal, as Liverpool cut their cloth accordingly this summer.



West Ham are in talks with Barcelona to sign striker Martin Braithwaite for £16m. (Hammers News)

John Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as Manchester City begin a clear-out. (The Sun)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants his team’s Champions League game against Barcelona moved to Portugal because of a coronavirus spike in Catalonia. (The Sun)

Sergio Romero wants to hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future – with Dean Henderson heading back to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Gareth Bale has told Wales boss Ryan Giggs he intends to stay at Real Madrid next term even if the forward’s lack of games leaves him rusty for the Euros. (Daily Mirror)

Thiago Alcantara has confirmed he wants to leave Bayern Munich amid Liverpool transfer links. (Daily Mirror)



Brighton are eyeing Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a summer move. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace will demand around £70m for Wilfried Zaha – which could net Manchester United a £17.5m bonus in sell-on fees. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester are eyeing Bournemouth’s David Brooks but face competition from West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are ready to revive their interest in Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly after missing out on him last summer. (Daily Express)

Arsenal, Chelsea and the FA are calling on fans to stay away from Wembley on Saturday, fearing some could go to celebrate if their team wins the FA Cup.(Daily Mail)

Leeds are plotting a double swoop to land Fabian Delph and Danny Rose. (Daily Star)

Southampton are still waiting on Tottenham to make an appropriate for 24-year-old Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. (Daily Echo)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks

Amanda Staveley, the businesswoman at the centre of the Saudi-led takeover bid of Newcastle, has blamed rival clubs for opposing the buyout and the Premier League for delaying the approval. (The Times)

Chelsea and Manchester City are among a number of leading clubs who are monitoring whether David Alaba signs a new contract at Bayern Munich. (Daily Telegraph)

Lille are set bid £17m bid for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos – with West Brom waiting in the wings and preparing a rival offer. (Daily Record)

Winger Jordan Jones has been told by manager Steven Gerrard that he can leave Rangers. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen have made a move to land Leeds striker Ryan Edmondson. (Daily Record)


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