Real Madrid could axe 14 players as part of a huge summer clearout, while Liverpool are apparently eyeing a £146m Lyon trio, according to Thursday’s European papers.
KLOPP EYES LIGUE 1 TRIO
Liverpool have sent scouts to watch three Olympique Lyonnais stars ahead of a possible huge summer raid, according to a report.
Having missed out by the narrowest of margins in a thrilling title race, Jurgen Klopp still has a chance to win his first trophy with the Reds in the Champions League final.
The German is nonetheless expected to try and strengthen his squad in the summer window, with cover needed for a variety of positions.
One of those is a creative midfielder, with Liverpool having arguably not signed a direct replacement for Philippe Coutinho who left for Barcelona in a £142m move.
Transfer outlet Mercato365 claims that the Reds are after a Lyon trio – namely Houssem Aouar, Tanguy Ndombele and former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.
The report states that Aouar in particular is the one who has been heavily scouted by the Merseysiders and has caught the eye with his performances.
The 20-year-old has been impressive for the Ligue 1 side, notching seven goals and seven assists in 35 league appearances this term.
It was claimed last month that Klopp was ready to step up Liverpool’s interest in signing Lyon’s Aouar this summer in what could be a £36m deal.
Depay meanwhile has also been heavily linked with an exit having amassed eight goals and nine assists in Ligue 1, and a £40m price tag has been touted for him in the past.
Ndombele continues to be tipped to leave this summer – with Manchester United and Manchester City linked – and he apparently carries a £70m valuation.
The report goes on to add that Arsenal and United scouts were present at the game, with Moussa Dembele the subject of interest from both.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid will release up to 14 players this summer, with Welsh forward Gareth Bale, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, and Colombia forward James Rodriguez likely to be among them. (Marca)
Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a sensational triple swoop for Bale, Isco and Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. (Le Parisien)
Manchester United and PSG are interested in signing Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan, who could be sold for €50m if the club fails to finish in the top four. (La Repubblica)
Liverpool are reportedly ready to pay Tottenham’s asking price to clinch the transfer of defender Davinson Sanchez this summer. (Don Balon)
Paris Saint-Germain have met with Antoine Griezmann’s representatives as they look to battle Barcelona for the signature of the Atletico Madrid striker. (L’Equipe)
AC Milan will not consider selling Krzysztof Piatek this summer for any price. (Calciomercato.com)
Benfica B’s English former Arsenal forward Chris Willock, 21, has been linked with a summer move to West Brom. (A Bola)
Chelsea risk being left in limbo this summer as the Blues are yet to make a decision on whether to sack manager Maurizio Sarri at the end of the season. (Goal)
Juventus have identified Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy as a summer transfer target. (Calciomercato.com)
Derby County manager Frank Lampard, whose side have reached the Championship play-off final, has been chosen to return to former club Chelsea to replace Sarri. (SportMediaset)
Inter are planning to extend Sebastiano Esposito’s contract by another year so that he remains at San Siro until 2022. (Calciomercato.com)
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said he was “disappointed” by Antoine Griezmann’s decision to leave the La Liga club.
Only Chelsea – who are under a transfer ban – are interested in signing Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho. (Cadena SER)
Atletico Madrid have reportedly opened talks with Paulo Dybala’s agent over a transfer for the Juventus forward. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus have reportedly been offered the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier. (Calciomercato.com)
Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo is considering a summer exit from the club amid interest from England and Italy. (Marca)
Atletico Madrid are considering a deal for Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi but must pay €25m. (Diario AS)
Milan are in the race to sign Sevilla full-back Guilherme Arana but face competition from clubs in Italy and France. (Marca)
Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, 32, is closing in on a return to the Premier League and is reportedly considering multiple offers. The Nigerian spent the second half of last season with Middlesbrough. (ESPN)