Transfer Talk: Liverpool eye Ajax's David Neres; PSG, Dortmund, Everton also keenApril 11, 2019
The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.
TOP STORY: Merseyside set to slug it out for Brazilian
Things are about to get even more heated on Merseyside with Liverpool and Everton set to battle for Brazilian David Neres, with several UK newspapers including the Mail and the Mirror picking up on Mercato’s report that that the striker is wanted on both sides of Stanley Park.
He’s currently in a rich vein of form with Ajax — a run of seven goals in his last eight club games began with his strike in the Dutch club’s sensational 4-1 Champions League round-of-16 win at Real Madrid and culminated with his equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in their quarterfinal against Juventus. He also made his full Brazil debut during the last international break.
The 22-year-old has long been a target for Everton boss Marco Silva, but now the Toffees find themselves in a four-way race for the player, with Borussia Dortmund also tempted to bring him to Germany should Jadon Sancho do one back home in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in his signature.
It’s not hard to see the attraction of a young forward who has been sensational for the Dutch giants. Rated at £40m, a figure that is unlikely to cause any of the sides involved too many sleepless nights, Neres has contributed 11 assists for the Champions League’s surprise package.
Silva will hope that Everton’s guarantee of first-team football will be enough to swing the odds in his direction. But he will be well aware that he’s swimming in a tank populated by European football’s most sizeable fish. With budgets to match.
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09.40 BST: Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin is “90 percent” sure to take up on offer from Inter Milan this summer, a source close to the player has told ESPN.
Atletico captain Godin, 33, is out of contract in June, having won eight trophies including a La Liga title since joining from Villarreal back in 2010, and has also been linked recently with other clubs including Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus.
However Inter’s offer of a three year contract means the 126 times capped Uruguay international is almost certain to move to San Siro at the end of the current campaign, ESPN has been told.
The source maintained that it was still possible for Atletico to retain a player who has been key to all their successes under current coach Diego Simeone. However a Rojiblanco club policy of not giving extensions of more than 12 months to players aged over 30 counts against that happening.
United made an attempt to sign Godin last summer — but he cited “personal reasons” for staying in Spain when he spoke upon replacing former teammate Gabi Fernandez as club captain in August. It was claimed at that time that Atletico had offered him a deal which ran up until June 2021, although no such agreement was ever signed.
08.30 BST: Fear not, Arsenal fans — promising young forward Reiss Nelson may be impressing in the Bundesliga, but he insists his ultimate aim is to break into their first-team with the Gunners.
Nelson, 19, has impressed on his season-long loan spell at Hoffenheim, scoring six goals to keep the smalltown club in with an outside chance of European qualification.
However, the Londoner told the Daily Telegraph that he wants to make a success of his career in the Premier League at the club he has been with since 2007.
“If I wasn’t aiming to break into the Arsenal first team, that wouldn’t be the correct mindset,” he said. “I am just at the beginning. I want to get to the very top.”
Golden future for Wolves’ Marseille target?
These are heady times to be a Wolves fan. Despite fans of the Black Country side now frantically looking for something to do on FA Cup final day, the club’s recent spending spree shows no sign of slowing.
Last week they lavished some £30 million on Mexican goal-scoring machine Raul Jimenez, and now they look set to smash that club transfer record by bringing Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson to Molineux this summer.
French outlet Le10 Sport have their ear to the ground in Ligue 1 and, after crunching the numbers, they reckon Wolves are poised to offer Marseille £36m for the player. A verbal offer is already in apparently, and if Sanson has spent any time watching highlights this season then it’s doubtful he’ll need much convincing to pack his bags and head to the Midlands.
Wolves fans, meanwhile, continue to pinch themselves. Hardly surprising. This week five years ago, they were preparing to travel to Gresty Road to take on Crewe in League One.
Clubs on alert after Camacho snubs Liverpool
Europe’s top clubs are readying themselves to take Rafael Camacho off Liverpool’s hands after the Portuguese wunderkind turned down the offer a new deal at Anfield.
The Sun reports that Camacho is refusing to put pen to paper at Liverpool after finding his first-team opportunities limited this season.
He still has a year to run on his contract at Anfield but he could sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club in January if Liverpool don’t flog him elsewhere this summer. Sporting are reportedly leading the chase for the Portugal under-20 winger, with the club ready to offer him first-team football in his home country, something that Liverpool are unlikely to be able to promise in the meantime.
– Danny Drinkwater has zero future at Chelsea. Zilch. Nada. Nought. That’s according to the Guardian, which reports that the former Leicester hero will be off as soon as Chelsea can offload him. His chances of breaking into the Chelsea first team looked remote in August, and his drink-driving charge hasn’t helped him in Maurizio Sarri’s mind.
– Premier League dreaming West Brom are up for handing Alex Neil the keys to the manager’s office at the Hawthorns. So says the Telegraph, which adds that the Baggies are ready to the Preston gaffer an offer that’s too good to turn down.
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