Liverpool transfer news: Real Madrid eye up Joe Gomez
Liverpool fans may not remember what defender Joe Gomez looks like, but Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane certainly does and even has his eye on the 19-year-old defender, according to reports in Spain.
Brendan Rodgers signed Gomez from Charlton in June 2015, but the teenager was sidelined by a knee injury at the start of his first season at Anfield and was out of action for 15 months. Although he is now back to fitness, he has made only three appearances under current manager Jurgen Klopp, all in the FA Cup this season.
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However, somehow he has caught the attention of Los Galacticos, says the Daily Express.
Real Madrid "have been inconsistent of late", says the paper and "a new project is underway at the La Liga giants with additions being lined up throughout the team". Apparently, Zidane sees Gomez as part of his new-look defence.
However, Liverpool also rate the teenager and he signed a new five-year contract at the start of the year, meaning that Spanish side will have to work wonders to get their hands on him this summer. "But Zidane could try and lure him to the club down the line," adds the Express.
Liverpool transfer news: Juventus battle for two targets
Liverpool look set for a double tussle with Juventus this summer if the papers are to be believed.
They could first come to blows over Real Madrid right-back Danilo with Metro reporting that the Reds are "ready to rival" the Italian champions in any bidding war for the 25-year-old defender.
The Brazil international has struggled to impose himself as the Bernabeu since he moved to the Spanish capital from Porto last season, and Metro says he is desperate for regular game time. Real are apparently ready to move on the South American, provided "they receive a bid in the region of £21m".
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is preparing to loosen the purse strings but Juventus are also in the hunt as they are searching for fresh defensive blood to replace the ageing pair of Dani Alves and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Meanwhile, Talksport claims that Juventus have nipped ahead of the Reds in the race to sign
Athletic Bilbao frontman Inaki Williams.
The 22-year-old is described as one of Klopp's "key summer targets" but the Italian outfit have been on the tail of Williams for a while and have decided to offer Bilbao what they want, so highly do they rate the young sharpshooter.
According to Talksport the Turin club have already "opened up a line of communication" with the Spanish outfit and they are confident they will beat Liverpool to the prize.
Liverpool transfer news: Sturridge set for PSG or West Ham
Unsettled Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be on his way to France in the summer, says the Sunday Mirror, with the paper claiming that Paris Saint-Germain "are ready to make a move" for the England frontman.
The injury-prone striker was missing from Saturday's 3-1 defeat of Arsenal because of a virus, and has struggled to convince manager Jurgen Klopp that he is a key member of his squad. As a result Sturridge cuts a forlorn figure at Anfield these days and the Mirror says that the Reds "will listen to offers" for the 27-year-old at the end of the season.
Apparently PSG would prefer to take Sturridge on loan rather than pay Liverpool's £30m asking price, and that stance might give hope to West Ham United, who have long been linked with the sharpshooter.
They are ready to sign Sturridge permanently, as a replacement for Andy Carroll, although the question remains whether the Liverpool ace would want to move to a club with little chance of playing European football. But the Mirror confidently asserts that what is certain is that "Sturridge's days on Merseyside are numbered".
Liverpool transfer news: Lorenzo Insigne in, Sturridge out
There could be an in-out in the Liverpool dressing room this summer with Daniel Sturridge being replaced up front by Lorenzo Insigne.
According to Talksport, AC Milan are poised to make an "audacious summer swoop" for Sturridge and the Italians are confident they'll lure the England striker from Anfield with a big wage packet and the promise of regular game time.
The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order since Jurgen Klopp arrived and in January West Ham were said to be keeping tabs on his situation. Nothing happened from the Hammers but Talksport claim that Milan are now readying themselves for a bid at the end of the season. Apparently Carlos Bacca is expected to leave the San Siro and Milan see Sturridge "as the ideal man to fill his boots".
That would suit Klopp, says Caughtoffside, which claims that the Liverpool gaffer will launch a determined bid to land 25-year-old Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, who is also a target for Arsenal.
The Italy international yet to sign a new deal with the Serie A outfit and Italian news outlet Calciomercato reports that the forward is biding his time before making a decision on his future. AC Milan are also said to be be tailing Insigne but it's not expected that Napoli would sell to their domestic rival, leaving the door open for Liverpool to come calling in June.
Liverpool transfer news: Klopp keen on keeper Stephane Ruffier
Liverpool are one of three Premier League clubs chasing goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, according to the French press and Italian gossip machine Calciomercato.
The Saint-Etienne shotstopper has impressed the Reds as well as West Ham and Everton this season and the 30-year-old is now being targeted ahead of the summer transfer window.
Capped three times by France, but unable to wrest the number one jersey from Spurs keeper Huho Lloris on a full-time basis, Ruffier has caught the eye this season domestically and during his club's Europa League campaign.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is currently stuck between a rock and a hard place when choosing between Simon Mognolet and Loris Karius, is particularly keen on the Gallic gloveman.
His existing deal expires in 2021 and Ruffier has recently said he will "survey my options" before deciding on his future.
Meanwhile, long-term Reds target Christian Pulisic has dampened speculation he could still be tempted to Anfield. The 18-year-old played for Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and he obviously made an impression on the German manager as Liverpool tried to sign him in the summer. But their £11m offer failed and the US international subsequently signed a new deal in Dortmund.
Now the Liverpool Echo brings news of his latest declaration of love for the German club. "I have respect for Klopp and I know him - he was very welcoming to me here - but I was never really thinking about going to Liverpool," Pulisic said. "Dortmund have given me everything. If I work very hard here I will play and I love this club."
Liverpool transfer news: Berardi blow, doubts over Sturridge
Not much has gone right for the Reds in 2017 and it seems they've suffered another blow with Talksport claiming that Inter Milan have beaten them and Tottenham to the signature of Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi.
Italian rag Il Giornale says that the 22-year-old frontman has been scouted by the two Premier League clubs this season but they've been pipped to the post by Inter, who have "provisionally agreed terms over a move to the San Siro". All that remains to be settled between Sassuolo and Inter is a transfer fee with Talksport reporting that the news will "come as a bitter blow" to Jurgen Klopp.
With one striker having slipped through his fingers the German has must also decide what to do about another, but yet to make up his mind about Daniel Sturridge, says ESPN, even though his future is up in the air.
The injury-prone 27-year-old has started just five Premier League games this season and missed the clash with Leicester after picking up a virus, but even when fit he has failed to establish himself in Klopp's preferred line-up.
Asked if he would be moved on in June, Klopp said: "I have no idea what happens in the summer... we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season. A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time."
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