Liverpool and Everton are both ready to bid on an exciting LaLiga winger, while West Ham got a Real Madrid forward in January – all in Tuesday’s Paper Talk.
LIVERPOOL, EVERTON TARGET VILLARREAL WINGER
Everton and Liverpool are reportedly willing to bid for Villarreal’s winger Samuel Chukwueze.
Press reports on Tuesday claim that the Red and the Fudge are just two of seven parties following the attacker, who reportedly has a £ 71m exit clause.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Leicester, Chelsea and Wolves would also be in the mix.
The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of LaLiga’s most promising young players, although he is still considered relatively raw for his age.
Chukwueze has only scored once this season and added three assists in 12 appearances.
But that doesn’t seem to have deterred his suitors as the Merseyside duo both wanted to bolster their attack options in 2021.
Chukwueze’s game is all about beating players with his pace and directness. In that respect, he is compared to former Chelsea attacker Arjen Robben.
The youngster has been with Villarreal since November 2018 and is still contracted until 2023.
That puts the LaLiga side in a strong bargaining position when bids come in for the player.
The report adds that interested suitors are immediately referred to his grand release clause if they want to try their luck.
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HAMMERS OFFERED REAL STAR
Real Madrid star Mariano Diaz was offered a loan to West Ham with a purchase option in January. (The sun)
The Barcelona president’s favorite Victor Font has told Manchester City that he should forget the contract with Lionel Messi in the new year. (The sun)
Arsenal target Yusuf Yazici and his club Lille want a lucrative transfer for the midfielder who Mesut Ozil has labeled “great”, his agent claims. (The sun)
Arsenal have reportedly resumed talks on a new contract for young gunner Folarin Balogun. (The sun)
Wayne Rooney admits that he almost left Manchester United for Chelsea during his stay at Old Trafford. (The sun)
Southampton is set to go back for Brandon Williams in January. (The sun)
DEENEY JUMPS TO OZIL DEFENSE
Troy Deeney has devastated Arsenal over their treatment of Mesut Ozil, insisting that the midfielder has “done nothing wrong”. (Daily mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Dean Henderson he must earn the right to oust Manchester United No 1 David de Gea. (Daily mirror)
Pep Guardiola is reportedly targeting Jack Grealish as Man City’s next tent to spur their resurgence. (Daily mirror)
Substitutes for concussion can be tried in the third round of the FA Cup. (Daily mirror)
Only two Premier League clubs – Brighton and Southampton, who remain under Tier 1 covid restrictions after the lockdown ends on December 2 – are allowed to let in the maximum 4,000 fans. (Daily mirror)
Manchester United’s preparations for their Champions League game with Istanbul Basaksehir have been stepped up after Paul Pogba took part in the training of the first team on Monday. (Daily mirror)
AND THE REST OF PAPER TALK
Manchester City has come up with a ten-year plan to maximize the potential benefits of contracting Lionel Messi. (The times)
Birmingham City has signed former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic via a free transfer. (Daily mail)
Premier League clubs could decline the chance to welcome fans back on their grounds next week over concerns about costs and the lack of a roadmap to full capacity. (Daily mail)
West Bromwich Albion has been in talks with a US consortium about a possible £ 150 million acquisition. (Daily telegram)
Steven Gerrard wants Rangers to put their foot down and beat Benfica – insisting that early Europa League qualification could spur their pursuit of glory in the Premiership. (Daily record)
Christopher Jullien aims for a Celtic comeback in Prague on Thursday evening. (Scottish sun)