Liverpool are to hold talks over the signing of a €50m-rated Uruguayan hitman, while Arsenal are willing to sell a star man to Real Madrid in a surprise €85m transfer, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
KLOPP WANTS TO BRING MAXI GOMEZ TO LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are closing in on the signature of Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to reports in Spain.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new centre forward this summer and has been tipped to make moves for Timo Werner, while a new name was mentioned on Monday in Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi.
However, Spanish outlet Ovacion Digital claims Uruguayan forward Gomez is the man that Klopp has settled on – with the player’s exit fee currently set at €50m.
Liverpool are looking to negotiate a lower fee with the LaLiga side for the 22-year-old, however, with a clause in his deal meaning he can leave Celta for just €25m in the event of relegation.
And while Celta look as good as safe (they have a three-point and six-goal cushion on fellow battlers Girona with just a game left), it’s claimed they are willing to cash in on the striker in order to help with their rebuilding process and ensure their struggles are not repeated next season.
The player has been watched extensively by Liverpool scouts this season and his form has not gone unnoticed, having contributed 13 goals and five assists in 34 league appearances.
Talks with Gomez are expected to be held just as soon as Liverpool agree a fee, with the report claiming that Gomez would be tempted by the move to Anfield, where he would slot into their squad as a replacement for the departing Daniel Sturridge.
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Real Madrid want to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal and are preparing an €85m bid to the Gunners for the Gabon striker. And the Gunners could be tempted to cash in on the former Dortmund star with Unai Emery needing to generate cash for team strengthening and being happy to pin his striker options on Alexandre Lacazette (Diario Gol)
Manchester United have held talks with Real Madrid over a stunning €148m raid for winger Marco Asensio (Don Balon)
Manchester City have had a bid – believed to be around €60m – rejected by Lyon for their 22-year-old France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (Le 10 Sport)
Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to battle for the €50m signature of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have held talks over a swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann this summer – with both players giving the deal the thumbs up (Don Balon)
Atletico Madrid will hold a meeting with France striker Griezmann this week, with the club fearing the 28-year-old has already agreed to join Barcelona (Cadena Ser)
Napoli have cooled their interest in Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier after learning of the costs involved and will instead try to sign SPAL right-back Manuel Lazzari (Corriere della Sport)
Juventus are reported to be offering €50m plus Riccardo Orsolini in a package deal for Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa (Tuttosport)
France boss Didier Deschamps has emerged as the new favourite to succeed Max Allegri at Juventus (Tuttosport)
AC Milan have been impressed by the performances of Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne and are pondering a €20m offer (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid are ready to meet the €32m asking price on the head of Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who is also being tracked by Manchester United (Sport MediaSet)
Real Madrid have told Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas he is not in their plans for next season (Marca)
Real Madrid playmaker Brahim Diaz wants to be at the club “for many years” and hailed their fans as “the best in the world” (Marca)
Roma president James Pallotta has paid tribute to the departing Daniele De Rossi, describing the midfielder as ‘the beating heart of Roma’s team’ (official Roma website)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will complete a €100m move to Real Madrid after the Europa League final (L’Equipe)
Benfica are very close to agreeing the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Manchester City will sacrifice Gabriel Jesus in order to snatch Benfica teenager Joao Felix from under Juventus’ noses (A Bola)
Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is committed to staying at the club – despite widespread reports linking him with a summer exit (Marca)