Paper Round: Liverpool could be set to lose Jurgen Klopp to Euro giant
Liverpool could be set to face the unthinkable: the departure of Jurgen Klopp with a Euro giant desperate to take the German away from Anfield.
Liverpool could lose Klopp to Euro giant
Liverpool are set to face a fight to keep manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield with Bayern Munich poised to replace Carlo Ancelotti after a disappointing start to the season and having already targeted the German, according to the Sunday Mirror. Klopp has reportedly emerged as the number one target to replace Ancelotti as the Bavarian side's season spirals out of control. According to the paper, Klopp knows that interest from Munich only comes around every so often and he has the chance to take control of a huge club with trophies there to be won.
Paper Round's view: If Bayern were to approach Liverpool wanting to acquire the services of Klopp they would almost certainly be repelled with the boss having done such a fine job at the club since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund. Even if Bayern were to somehow convince Liverpool to let Klopp consider a move, it is unlikely he would depart at this stage having committed his immediate future to the Premier League title chasers and with the chance to finally end the Reds' 26-year wait to be crowned Premier League champions. Owner John W Henry and the club’s hierarchy thought sufficiently highly of the manager after just seven months in charge to offer him a massive six-year deal last summer, so any attempts from Bayern will likely be futile.
PSG plotting £40m bid for Lallana
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to 'break the bank' and land Adam Lallana, according to The Sun. The French club will offer Liverpool's forward a staggering £200,000-a-week to make the switch, which the paper adds is almost triple his current deal. Liverpool will receive a £40 million bid in January from PSG, according to the paper, with the French club's director of football, Patrick Kluivert, apparently believing that the 28-year-old is the best English player in the Premier League right now.
Paper Round's view: Firstly, it would hardly 'break the bank' for PSG to spend £40m given the club's vast wealth. Secondly, The Sun's reasoning for Lallana making the switch is that PSG's home is "close to the city's famous Moulin Rouge", which pretty much tells you all you need to know about the thinking behind this particular transfer link with the paper referencing a visit to a strip club while the player was on England duty. Lallana has been thriving under Klopp at Liverpool and this move seems very unlikely indeed.
Guardiola targets Van Dijk for City
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk as a replacement for captain Vincent Kompany, according to the Star on Sunday. The paper claims an 'exclusive' on the report which claims City will offer £30 million for the defender with Guardiola apparently desperate to make the move happen in January as opposed to waiting for the summer. According to the report, Guardiola has insisted that City sign a defender to replace the injured Kompany in January and Van Dijk is at the top of his list.
Paper Round's view: The 25-year-old has had a tremendous season so far for Southampton and it always seemed predictable that the top clubs would be linked with a move for him. Kompany, now 30-years-old, has been ruled out for six weeks with his latest injury, and it could be longer given that his knee ligaments have been damaged. Van Dijk has been superb for the Saints since he arrived from Celtic and the Netherlands international has also been linked by various papers with moves to Liverpool and Manchester United. A move seems very likely, although someone will have to overpay to land him as early as January.
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Conte and Mourinho both target Rodriguez
Antonio Conte is to go head-to-head with Jose Mourinho as both Chelsea and Manchester United attempt to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, according to the Sunday Express. Conte has launched a 'second huge bid' in an attempt to lure the Real forward to Stamford Bridge, the paper reports, with Mourinho also a long-time admirer of the player. The report claims that Conte attempted to sign Rodriguez in the summer, but was unsuccessful. He will apparently try again ahead of the January transfer window.
Paper Round's view: It does seem very likely that Rodriguez will move on in January or the summer given that his move to Real Madrid has clearly not worked out on any level. The 25-year-old was, of course, the sixth most expensive player of all-time when he signed, but is apparently desperate to get more first-team football which makes a lot of sense given his peripheral role at the Bernabeu. Rodriguez, who cost £63 million from French side Monaco after winning the Golden Boot at 2014 World Cup, may well head to the Premier League and Chelsea and United are predictably the lead contenders. A big summer move seems likely.