Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool up stakes in £51m midfielder swoop to derail Chelsea’s Casemiro plan; new Paul Pogba agent in transfer meeting
Liverpool are stepping up their chase of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who is also of interest to Real Madrid, while Paul Pogba’s new agent is set to meet with Juventus officials – both in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
Liverpool battling Real Madrid for Tchouameni
Liverpool and Real Madrid are both reportedly in talks with Monaco for the signing of 22-year-old France international Aurelien Tchouameni.
The midfield enforcer is bound to leave Monaco in the summer after a top campaign in Ligue 1, where he has made 34 appearances this season.
Liverpool are hot on his trail, but so too are Carlo Ancelotti’s Real. Both teams have held preliminary discussions with Monaco over the star, and those negotiations look set to continue.
According to transfer journalist Ekrem Konur, Liverpool and Real officials will meet with their Monaco counterparts again in the coming weeks to discuss the parameters for a deal.
The French outfit will demand between £47million and £51m for Tchouameni, which represents a reasonable fee for a player with such a high ceiling.
This is more than achievable for Liverpool and Los Blancos too, meaning a huge transfer to one of these clubs is bound to happen.
Chelsea are waiting to see where Tchouameni ends up as they plan to move for Real star Casemiro this summer.
Real will let Chelsea know whether the 30-year-old Brazilian will be available for transfer following the Champions League final on May 28.
The Blues will be hoping Real can beat Liverpool to Tchouameni as this would mean they are open to selling Casemiro.
But Liverpool could end Thomas Tuchel’s transfer hopes by winning the race for Tchouameni, and therefore giving him his first taste of the Premier League.
New Paul Pogba agent set for transfer meeting
Paul Pogba’s new agent, Mino Raiola successor Rafaela Pimenta, will meet with Juventus chiefs on Monday lunchtime to discuss a return to Turin for the Manchester United player. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona want to take Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves to the Nou Camp as a replacement for Sergio Busquets. (Diario Sport)
Kylian Mbappe says a decision on his future will be made public ‘very soon’, amid intense links with Real. (Fabrizio Romano)
Tottenham don’t think Lyon will match their £54m option to buy loanee Tanguy Ndombele this summer. If the player returns to Spurs, then he will have to train alone. (Football Insider)
Barcelona are ‘less likely’ to pursue Leeds United winger Raphinha if Ousmane Dembele pens a new contract with the Spanish outfit. (Marca)
Milinkovic-Savic admires Red Devils star and Liverpool ace
Lazio talisman Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a target for United, has spoken about his admiration for Pogba and Liverpool’s Thiago. (DAZN)
Liverpool will meet with Sadio Mane and his entourage in the coming days to try and solve his future following the announcement Robert Lewandowski plans to leave Bayern. The Bundesliga champions want Mane to fill the potential gap left by Lewandowski. (Fabrizio Romano)
Ancelotti has hinted Nacho, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde could all start for Real in their Champions League final against Liverpool, should the trio remain fit. (Marca)
Arsenal could end up selling Juve-linked Gabriel if a bid in excess of £50m comes in for the centre-back later this year. Gabriel joined the Gunners for £27m in September 2020. (Tuttosport)
The father of Lionel Messi, Jorge Messi, hopes his son returns to Barcelona before retiring from playing. The Argentine forward has scored 11 goals in his debut season with Paris Saint-Germain. (Gerard Romero)
Tottenham man ‘on the verge’ of transfer exit
Tottenham loanee Pierluigi Gollini is ‘on the verge’ of a return to Italy, and Torino have opened talks over his capture. (Torino Granata)
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino will meet with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi next week to discuss his future. The former Spurs manager recently became a surprise target for Athletic Bilbao. (Ouest France)
Former Manchester City player Nedum Onuoha has joked that Pep Guardiola could sign a new contract which is just one day longer than Jurgen Klopp’s at Liverpool. (Sports Mole)
Brentford are interested in signing Rennes captain Hamari Traore to bolster their options at right-back. The defender’s contract expires next year, giving Brentford hope in completing a deal. (L’Equipe)