Liverpool find two Alonso alternatives to replace Klopp – Paper Round

Liverpool identify Klopp replacements

Liverpool have two alternatives in mind if they cannot secure the signature of Xabi Alonso, claims a report.

Alonso is their first choice but there is no guarantee he will not remain at Bayer Leverkusen or move to Bayern Munich.

The Telegraph explains: “Liverpool have identified Ruben Amorim and Julian Nagelsmann as potential alternatives should the club be unable to persuade their chief target, Xabi Alonso, to take the job in the summer.

“Liverpool are in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday against Chelsea with time ticking down on Jurgen Klopp’s era in charge. His decision in November to step down at the end of the season, with two years remaining on his contract, has meant that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the owners of Liverpool since 2010, are now deep into the research for a new manager.

“Alonso, 42, is the standout candidate with his Bayer Leverkusen team, who lead the Bundesliga, winning again on Friday night and setting a new record in Germany with 33 games unbeaten. Liverpool are by no means assured of persuading Alonso, who has other options including staying at Leverkusen or jumping to Bayern when Thomas Tuchel leaves in the summer.

“Ruben Amorim is contracted for another two seasons after this summer at Sporting of Lisbon, and Liverpool would have to pay compensation. The 39-year-old has Sporting back in the title race this season where they are challenging Benfica at the top having won the title in 2021. He has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches and has been considered before for jobs in the Premier League. He performs well in data that measures the value added by a manager to a squad in terms of fees and wages spent.

“Nagelsmann, 36, is out of contract with the German football association after this summer’s European championships, although he would only be available following Germany’s elimination.”

United set to miss out on keeper

The Mirror reports that Manchester United may have lost their chance to sign Ivan Provedel.

The Lazio goalkeeper has signed a new contract to stay with the Serie A club and United may have to look elsewhere.

The paper writes: “Manchester United transfer target Ivan Provedel has signed a new deal with Lazio, committing his long-term future to the club.

“Reports from Italy claimed in November that the goalkeeper was on United’s radar after talks over a contract extension had stalled. However, Provedel has now put an end to those rumours by putting pen to paper on a new contract with Lazio.

“’I am very happy and I want to thank the President for this certificate of appreciation towards me,” he wrote on social media. “I am proud to be a part of this great family and I hope strongly that we will achieve important sporting achievements together. Always Go Lazio’”.

Forest set to sign former United teen

The Sun believes that Nottingham Forest have won the race for 18-year-old Adam Berry, who recently left Manchester United.

Both Burnley and Rangers were said to be keen on the player, but he looks set for a switch to the City Ground.

“Former Manchester United academy star Adam Berry is set to join Nottingham Forest,” the paper claims.

“Berry had been unemployed after announcing his departure from Carrington on social media earlier this month.

“However, having turned 18 in January, Berry has now been offered a contract by Nottingham Forest following a successful trial.

“Berry is understood to have also courted interest from a number of other top-flight outfits.

“These include Premier League side Burnley and Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.”

Chelsea consider Sanchez sale

Chelsea are already reportedly willing to consider the sale of goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

The Daily Express thinks that his injury-enforced absence means his future is now uncertain, and Aaron Ramsdale could replace him.

The paper states: “The Blues are believed to be eyeing up Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as the Spaniard’s replacement ahead of what could be a busy summer transfer window.

“Sanchez, who has not played since mid-December due to a knee injury, set Chelsea back a whopping £25million despite having fallen out of favour with the Seagulls. He started the season as the undisputed No 1 under Mauricio Pochettino.

“But his recent injury absence opened the door to the impressive Djordje Petrovic, and it is unclear whether there will be any way back into the side for Sanchez.

“Chelsea would be willing to cash in on the Spaniard if the right offer arrives this summer.”

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Saudi Pro League consider move for Man City midfielder De Bruyne – Paper Round

Saudis target De Bruyne

The Saudi Pro League are lurking as they prepare a bid for Manchester City playmaker Kvin De Bruyne.

Contract talks have not begun between City and the Belgian international, who has a little over a year on his current deal.

The Daily Mail writes: “Manchester City are set to field bids for Kevin De Bruyne as the top Saudi Pro League clubs step up interest in landing the world’s best creator.

“The 32-year-old is seen as the player to further lift the division’s appeal and Mail Sport has learned that officials are intensifying their efforts to tempt him away from the Premier League.

“De Bruyne’s contract expires at the end of next season and he is yet to offer an indication on his future plans. Talks over fresh terms with the Treble winners have not started.

“Sports director of the Pro League, Michael Emenalo, attended one of City’s training sessions during the Club World Cup before Christmas as De Bruyne worked on his comeback from five months out.”

United suffer Tel blow

Manchester United have been tracking Mathys Tel of Bayern Munich but they may have hit a bump in the chase for the teenager.

The 18-year-old may now be kept on by any new manager who replaces the outgoing Thomas Tuchel.

The Sun writes: “Manchester United may have had their transfer plans scuppered by a decision entirely out of their hands.

“Bayern Munich have announced that they will be parting ways with manager Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season.

“And the German’s exit from the Bavarians could mean that Man Utd fail to land one of their top transfer targets.

“Mathys Tel has been on the radar of the Red Devils with the 18-year-old forward impressing for Bayern Munich.

“But a potential exit from the Allianz Arena will now be [dependent] on who comes in to replace Tuchel.”

Arsenal may see striker leave

Arsenal striker Mika Biereth is impressing on loan at Sturm Graz and the Evening Standard reports the player is wanted permanently.

The 21-year-old could leave in the summer though there is no clause to make the deal permanent.

The Evening Standard explains: “Arsenal striker Mika Biereth has impressed Sturm Graz so much that the Austrian club want to make his loan move permanent this summer.

“Biereth joined Sturm Graz in January after having his previous loan spell at Motherwell cut short.

“The 21-year-old has hit the ground running in Austria by scoring twice in his first four games.

“Sturm Graz are now hoping they can keep hold of the striker, although their loan deal has no option-to-buy clause in it.”

Ten Hag wants to keep Antony

Erik ten Hag hopes to keep hold of winger Antony this summer despite suggestions Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to sell the player.

The Dutchman hopes the Brazilian wideman improves in the coming season after struggling so far.

The Express writes: “Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will resist plans to sell Antony in the summer despite the winger being placed in the ‘firing line’ by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

“Antony has failed to impress since joining United two years ago, with the 23-year-old yet to score or provide an assist in the Premier League this season.

“It has been reported that Antony is one of several players who could be sold by Ratcliffe in the summer, with the INEOS chief having assumed control of football operations at Old Trafford. However, it seems Ten Hag is determined to keep Antony in the hope that he will eventually live up to his potential.

“Ten Hag previously worked with Antony at Ajax, where he excelled before following his manager to Old Trafford in the summer of 2022. He remains tied down to United until 2027, having signed a long-term deal upon his arrival for a transfer fee of around £81million.”

Man Utd plan huge clearout to raise summer warchest – Paper Round

United plan clearout

Manchester United could see 11 players leave the club this summer as Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks to make room for investment in the club.

The Sun lists the players who could be sent on their way when the transfer window re-opens.

The paper writes: “Man Utd are set to have money to spend on revitalising their squad this summer.

“But with concerns over complying with FFP rules in mind, Ratcliffe is set to sanction a huge number of player sales this summer.

“The Red Devils will make 11 first-team players available for transfer.

“While Anthony Martial will not be offered a new deal and will be allowed to leave on a free.

“Former captain Harry Maguire and ex-Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Casemiro are among those who could be sold.

“While United will consider bids for the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof and Christian Eriksen.

“Meanwhile – Donny van de Beek, Jadon Sancho, Facundo Pellistri and Brandon Williams are currently out on loan.”

Tuchel may return to Premier League

The Daily Mail believes that Premier League clubs will be interested in Thomas Tuchel despite his disappointing time at Bayern Munich.

The German will leave the current champions at the end of the season, and Manchester United and others may all be taking a look.

The paper writes: “Tuchel is open to a Premier League return after Bayern confirmed on Wednesday that he will leave at the end of the season, effectively a sacking.

“Manchester United, West Ham, Brighton and even Chelsea are among the clubs who could also be in the market for a new head coach at the end of the season. The Hammers, in particular, have a long-standing interest.

“Indirectly, Tuchel’s departure will have implications for Liverpool’s interest in Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, who is a leading candidate to fill the forthcoming vacancy at Bayern.

“Alonso’s emotional ties to Anfield will give the Merseysiders encouragement that he will return to the club instead of staying in Germany.

“But with Bayern preparing to accelerate their interest, Liverpool might need to act fast if they have decided Alonso is their man to replace Klopp.

“Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi, whose future at the Amex beyond this season is unclear, is also admired by Liverpool.”

Liverpool find Alonso alternative

Liverpool are keen on Xabi Alonso of Bayer Leverkusen but they are looking for other candidates to take over from Jurgen Klopp.

Ruben Amorim of Sporting Lisbon is one potential alternative, according to the Independent.

“Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim are emerging as the main contenders in Liverpool’s search to replace Jurgen Klopp as manager,” the paper explains.

“Should Alonso decide to go elsewhere, Amorim is currently seen as the most desirable candidate. The Portuguese coach has looked similarly impressive in restoring Sporting to glory after decades dominated by Benfica and Porto. He is currently seen as a likelier option than Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi. Amirom is also attracting the interest of major clubs, although not to the degree of Alonso.

“Liverpool are also looking for a sporting director, and the structure is expected to be altered in the wake of Klopp’s departure. The authority of the manager will likely be diluted, with more power returning to the technical staff.

“The situation at other major clubs has suddenly accelerated the race, although Liverpool are determined to be decisive when necessary but also make the decision that is right for them.”

Dier in Bayern limbo

The Daily Express details the problems with Eric Dier’s transfer to Bayern Munich, with the Tottenham player far from settled.

One problem is that there could be a permanent deal for Dier if he meets certain contractual clauses, but many at the club are unconvinced.

“He joined on loan from Tottenham in January but is out of contract at the end of the season and can earn a permanent deal in the Bundesliga if certain clauses are met,” the paper writes.

“Bayern would also owe Spurs a fee of £2.5 million if such conditions are completed and he remains at the club, but with Thomas Tuchel to depart at the end of the season the recruitment department are re-evaluating their recent signings. That includes Dier, who has made five appearances since arriving.

“Dier’s suitability for the long-term project, based on his age, is said to have been a factor in club chiefs doubting the loanee. His perceived lack of pace for a defender and match sharpness is also currently counting against him.”

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Liverpool to battle Man Utd for Palace defender Guehi – Paper Round

Liverpool want Palace defender Guehi

Liverpool will face competition from Manchester United for Crystal Palace’s central defender Marc Guehi.

The Telegraph claims that United’s prospective sporting director Dan Ashworth is a long-time fan of the player.

The paper writes: “Liverpool are interested in signing central defender Marc Guehi, with new Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner already facing a battle to hold on to the club’s star players this summer.

“But Liverpool could face a fight with fierce rivals Manchester United over Guehi should the club’s proposed sporting director Dan Ashworth revive his interest in the England international.

“Liverpool, like United, will appoint a new sporting director and need to replace head coach Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, but the Anfield club have already placed Guehi on a list of proposed summer targets.

“It will now be up to the new appointments whether or not Liverpool follow through with the interest in Guehi, while the possibility of United entering the bidding may rest on whether or not Ashworth can be appointed in time for the summer window.

“Ashworth was interested in signing Guehi for Newcastle and is known to be a fan of the player.”

Mbappe takes huge pay cut to join Real

The Daily Mail reports that Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe will take a significant pay cut when he leaves the club this summer.

Mbappe will earn €15 million net (£12.8m) at Real Madrid, down from 25m euros net (£21.4m) at PSG.

“Kylian Mbappe has agreed to take a massive pay cut to join Real Madrid this summer,” the paper reports.

“The 25-year-old, who earns 25m euros net (£21.4m) in Paris, will clear 15m euros net (£12.8m) a season at Madrid, still making him the club’s top earner despite the huge salary cut.

“Mbappe has agreed terms with the Spanish club although neither Paris Saint-Germain nor Madrid will make any formal statement while both could still meet in the Champions League.

“Despite losing out in terms of basic wage Mbappe will be paid a sizeable signing-on fee understood to be over 100m euros (£85.6m) and will keep an 80 per cent share of image rights on any new commercial deals he signs after becoming a Madrid player. This breaks from the normal 50-50 split the club usually imposes on new players.”

Liverpool start Klopp replacement plan

The Mirror reports on Liverpool’s attempts to rebuild as Jurgen Klopp closes in on his exit.

The club also needs a sporting director and Inter Milan’s former director Federic Massara is one option, as is Nice’s Florent Ghisolfi.

“Liverpool have added Federic Massara and Florent Ghisolfi to their shortlist for their vacant sporting director position,” the paper believes.

“The Reds are looking for a new backroom chief after placeholder Jorg Schmadtke departed Anfield at the end of the January transfer window. Schmadtke arrived after Julian Ward, who took over from Michael Edwards, left last summer.

“The first is Federic Massara, who was most recently director of football at AC Milan. He helped to build the team that won the Serie A title in 2022 and was named Sporting Director of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards the same year.

“Massara is currently on gardening leave after leaving Milan last summer, so would be able to start immediately. His job situation is attractive to Liverpool, while Milan are owned by RedBird Capital, who have a stake in FSG.

“The second name on the list is Florent Ghisolfi, who is currently sporting director at Nice. He has experience of dealing with managerial appointments, though his current club are likely to block a move.”

Fulham may let Palhinha leave

Fulham could be preparing to let Joao Palhinha leave in the summer.

The player signed a new contract recently, but vice-chairman Tony Khan might let him leave for the right offer, he said.

The Evening Standard reports: “Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has confirmed the club “have to consider” sensible offers for Joao Palhinha but hopes the midfielder will stay at Craven Cottage.

“The Portugal international was on the verge of joining Bayern Munich last summer but has since signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2028, with the option of an extra 12 months.

“However, the 28-year-old has remained the source of transfer speculation and has attracted the interest of rival Premier League clubs.

“The defensive midfielder led the Premier League in tackles last campaign and is on course to repeat that feat this season, and Khan is well aware top clubs are increasingly attuned to the 28-year-old’s talent.”

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Real Madrid prepare offer to tempt Mbappe from PSG – Paper Round

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Chelsea want Toney or Ferguson, PSG target Osimhen as Mbappe replacement – Paper Round

Chelsea look for Osimhen alternatives

The Evening Standard believes that Chelsea are keen to look at alternatives to Victor Osimhen, now wanted by Paris Saint-Germain to replace Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe looks set to depart for Real Madrid, while Chelsea may instead go for Ivan Toney of Brentford or Brighton’s Evan Ferguson.

“Chelsea are sounding out alternatives to Victor Osimhen, with the striker now firmly in Paris Saint-Germain’s sights to replace Kylian Mbappe,” the paper writes.

“Mbappe, 25, stunned PSG on Thursday night by signalling his intent to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.

“Real Madrid have lined up a move for the forward, who is widely regarded as being among the best players in the world.

“PSG attempted to keep Mbappe but will reinvest the money saved by letting him go into improving the squad.

“Chelsea are also interested in Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Brighton’s Evan Ferguson but will continue to sound out further options before the summer.”

Mejbri future at Sevilla already uncertain

Hannibal Mejbri was anticipated to be an important presence for Sevilla in the second half of the La Liga season, but it appears that he is very unlikely to stay beyond his current loan period.

Concerns over his attitude have led to reports in the Mirror that he could be sent back to Manchester United once his loan is up, rather than any permanent transfer taking place.

The Mirror writes: “Hannibal Mejbri’s behaviour is in the spotlight again and looks set to prevent him from earning a summer transfer away from Manchester United.

“Hannibal left United to join Sevilla on loan in the January transfer window after struggling for game time under Erik ten Hag. He was one of 13 players to leave United in the middle of the season and was hoping to impress in La Liga.

“But things have not gone to plan for the Tunisia international so far. The 21-year-old has played just 36 minutes in all competitions with his latest appearance coming off the bench for the final eight minutes against Rayo Vallecano on February 5.

“It is not the first time that Hannibal’s fiery nature has held back his career. Back in May 2022, he was involved in a training ground bust-up with United defender Alex Telles. It was alleged that the two had a heated scrap in the final weeks of Ralf Rangnick’s time in charge, before Ten Hag arrived.

“Hannibal’s talent has rarely been questioned – evidenced by his stunning goal against Brighton this season – but his behaviour appears to be an issue.”

Warnock set to move for Hoilett

New Aberdeen manager Neil Warnock could make it a Junior Hoilett hat-trick having worked with him at QPR and Cardiff City.

The winger is a free agent after coming to the end of this deal at Vancouver Whitecaps, and could now make the switch to Scotland.

The Sun reports: “Aberdeen are eyeing a deal for free agent Junior Hoilett.

“The Canada winger is available after leaving MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.

“Hoilett, 33, previously worked with Dons boss Neil Warnock at QPR and Cardiff City. And the experienced wideman could now pen a Pittodrie deal until the end of the season.

“Aberdeen were keen to add more depth in that area even before Warnock’s arrival.”

Bolasie on course for Brazil move

Yannick Bolasie ended his recent deal with Swansea City in January, and now the Daily Mail claims that he is closing in on a move to Brazil.

The 34-year-old is set to agree a deal with Criciuma, recently promoted to the Brazilian top flight.

“A former Premier League star with 162 appearances in the English top-flight is set to move to Brazil for the next stage of his career,” the paper writes.

“Criciuma, who have just earned promotion to the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, have reportedly agreed a pre-contract with the 34-year-old French born winger, who was out of contract after the end of a short-term deal in the Championship.

“In 2015, he was part of the DR Congo side that finished in third place at that year’s AFCON tournament, scoring against Zambia in the competition.

“In November, he signed a short-term deal with Championship side Swansea City as a free agent after leaving Turkish side Caykur Rizespor at the end of last season.”

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