Werner & Havertz are great players - Klopp
iverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, while suggesting the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected his side's ability to compete in the transfer market.
Both RB Leipzig marksman Werner and Havertz, of Bayer Leverkusen, have been winning rave reviews this season thanks to their exploits in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool have been linked with both players over the course of 2019-20, but each looks set to escape the grasp of their compatriot at Anfield.
Man City move for Telles
Manchester City have entered the race for Alex Telles, according to Le10Sport.
Chelsea have also been linked to Porto's Brazilian star, while Paris Saint-Germain are fellow competitors for his services.
Werner not bothered by talk of £54m Chelsea transfer
Timo Werner's underwhelming performance for RB Leipzig in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bundesliga strugglers Paderborn was not down to the speculation linking him with Chelsea, Julian Nagelsmann insisted.
Chelsea have agreed to meet Werner's £54 million (€60m/$68m) release clause in his contract and have tabled an offer to the Germany international.
On the back of the news, Werner was below-par against rock-bottom Paderborn as Leipzig surprisingly dropped two points.
Rangers sign Bassey from Leicester City
‘Chelsea getting a Rush-esque forward in Werner’
Chelsea will be getting an Ian Rush-esque frontman in Timo Werner, says Blues legend Alan Hudson, with the Germany international considered to be cut from the same cloth as a Liverpool icon.
‘Dembele can help Barcelona to get Neymar back’
Paris Saint-Germain’s reported interest in Ousmane Dembele could aid Barcelona’s bid to re-sign Neymar, admits Rivaldo, but it is unlikely that the Liga giants could land the Brazilian forward and Lautaro Martinez.
Rivaldo has told Betfair: "There are rumours suggesting that PSG might be interested in Ousmane Dembele and, even though I think Dembele is a great player, I believe this could be a good opportunity for Barcelona to finally bring Neymar back."
Real won't be parting with Vinicius
Real Madrid will not be allowing Vinicius Junior to leave Santiago Bernabeu in the next window, claims Diario Madridista.
Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the Brazilian forward, but he is considered to be key for the Blancos in their future plans.
Chilwell backed to make Chelsea title contenders
Chelsea must be considered serious title contenders for 2020-21 if they are able to add a big-money deal for Ben Chilwell to one already being lined up for Timo Werner, says Craig Burley.
The former Blues midfielder told ESPN FC: "If Chelsea can get Ben Chilwell that would be a huge signing as well because he’s got unbelievable pace to get up and down that wing."
Wolves want to bring Gueye back to Premier League
Wolves are looking into bringing former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye back to the Premier League from Paris Saint-Germain.
Fierce competition for places has seen the Senegal international struggle in France, with Le10Sport claiming he could be offered a route back to England at Molineux.
‘Aubameyang leaving on a free would be criminal’
Arsenal allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to run down his contract and leave as a free agent would be “criminal”, says David O’Leary.
The Gunners legend told talkSPORT: "You cannot afford to let contracts run down now, particularly a player like that. If he runs his contract down and just walks out on a free, that would be criminal in many ways."
Juve closing in on Emerson deal
Juventus are closing in on a deal which will see them bring Emerson back to Italy from Chelsea, reports Tuttosport.
The Bianconeri have been linked with the full-back for some time and believe the end of a long-running saga is now in sight.
‘De Bruyne will be weighing up Man City exit’
Kevin De Bruyne will be considering a move away from Manchester City, says Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, with a European ban for the Blues set to impact future calls for many of those at the Etihad Stadium.
Martinez told beIN Sports: "I think he will weigh up everything before his decision. He will take into consideration if there is a ban in the Champions League, if the coach that he has a fantastic relationship is going to stay at the club."
Chelsea still keen on getting Ake back
Nathan Ake remains of interest to Chelsea, according to The Guardian.
The Dutch defender severed ties with the Blues in 2017 as he completed a switch to Bournemouth, but he could be brought back as part of an elaborate spending spree from Frank Lampard.
Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer
Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to sealing a move to Glasgow giants Celtic earlier in his career.
Man Utd-linked Saul interesting ‘a lot of clubs’
Manchester United are among those to have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, and the 25-year-old’s agent admits that “a lot of clubs want him”.
Bale’s agent slams ‘joke’ exit talk
Gareth Bale’s agent has slammed the “joke” speculation which continues to surround his client, with Jonathan Barnett eager to point out that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has “never said anything bad” about the Welshman.
Exit talk continues to rage in the Spanish capital when it comes to the future of a man who was once the most expensive player on the planet.
Bale has enjoyed considerable success with the Blancos, claiming four Champions League crowns, but has also endured struggles with form and fitness, and seen questions asked of his value while working on a lucrative contract.
Man City join Everton in hunt for teen sensation
Manchester City have joined Premier League rivals Everton in the hunt for Falkenberg's teen sensation Matthew Garbett, reports Football Insider.
The 18-year-old is attracting interest from across the continent, with those at the Ettihad Stadium among those hoping to buy into his potential.
Menez on the move
Roma confident on keeping Smalling
Roma are confident of striking another deal for Chris Smalling, reports Il Tempo.
Having taken the defender on loan from Manchester United for the 2019-20 campaign, the Serie A side believe a similar agreement can be reached that includes the option for a £13 million ($16m) purchase.
PSG make SMS a top priority
Paris Saint-Germain have made Sergej Milinkovic-Savic a top priority for the next window, claims Le 10 Sport.
The Lazio midfielder has been linked with leading sides across Europe, but the Ligue 1 champions intend to win the race.
Brighton and Celtic vying for Andersson
Union Berlin striker Sebastian Andersson is the subject of interest from several clubs, including Brighton and Celtic, Fotboll Skanalen reports.
The attacker is set to be available for £3.5 million ($4.4m).
Juventus launch bid for Lyon's Aouar
Juventus have made a two-year loan offer for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, Corriere dello Sport reports.
Manchester City and PSG are among the other clubs closely watching the player's progress.
Liverpool have not given up Werner chase
Reds will continue pursuit of Chelsea target
Liverpool have not given up signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, The Express reports.
Although Chelsea will match the attacker's release clause, Jurgen Klopp's side will return with a bid of their own and could outmatch the Blues with regards the player's personal terms.
Dortmund eye Torres as Sancho's successor
Feran Torres is being targeted by Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho, Sky Sport reports.
Sancho is set to leave the club this summer, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid interested.
Torres' agent has already met with BVB and the player, who has also been linked with the two Premier League clubs, is reportedly keen on the move.
Kumbulla heading for Juventus
Albania international centre-back Marash Kumbulla is set to trade Hellas Verona for Juventus this summer, La Stampa reports.
Inter, Napoli, Lazio, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal had been linked with a move for him.
Mbappe tells Aouchiche to stay with PSG
Kylian Mbappe has told PSG youngster Adil Aouchiche to commit his future to the club via a message on Instagram.
The attacking midfielder will sign a professional contract this summer, but it is not known if he will do so in Paris or with another club.
Aouchiche visited Saint-Etienne's facilities last week and the exciting teenager's future appears very much in the balance.
Barcelona refused €100m for Fati
Barcelona will not consider the sale of Ansu Fati, even for €100m, Sport reports.
President Josep Bartomeu has told that the club's young star is going nowhere, despite a shortfall in the budget to be made up by offloading players.
It is claimed that he has even been offered that fee for the teenager by an unnamed club but turned it down.
Man Utd prioritise Grealish for the summer
Villa star tops Red Devils' transfer wish list
Manchester United will prioritise signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The plans of the Red Devils may change, however, should Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz become available.
United are not set to alter their transfer window, despite fears over the financial stability of the game following the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi set to open contract talks with Barcelona
Ballon d'Or winner set to open Barca talks
Lionel Messi had the opportunity to leave Barcelona for free this summer, but instead he will open talks over a new deal, COPE reports.
The Argentine is expected to enter discussions as early as next week for fresh terms at Camp Nou.
Moreover, it is reported he is fit and will be available to face Mallorca when La Liga restarts on June 13.
Balotelli's Brescia stay set to end
Brescia have sent a letter to Mario Balotelli indicating that they will terminate his contract, La Repubblica reports.
Having missed training regularly in recent days, the former Manchester City, Inter and Nice striker's adventure with the club is set to end prematurely.
Sancho aware of Liverpool interest
Reds interest alerts Dortmund star
Jadon Sancho has learned that Liverpool are interested in him, the Independent reports.
The Borussia Dortmund ace has been closely linked with a summer move to Manchester United but Real Madrid want him, too.
Liverpool, though, could be ready to make a charge for the England man, but there are fears that finances will thwart their efforts.
Porto tie full-back starlet to four-year deal
Porto's 18-year-old right-back Tomas Esteves has signed a contract that pledges his future to the club until 2024.
De Ligt: I'm going nowhere this summer
Matthijs de Ligt has told Juventus that he has no plans to leave the club this summer.
Hladky responds to Rangers links
Former St. Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky has said that he does not want to speculate that Rangers will be his next club, but spoke of his admiration for Steven Gerrard.
The Czech shot-stopper, whose contract with the Buddies recently came to an end, admits his agents are working on a transfer and his preference is to stay in the UK.
"I want to stay at a club in Britain," he told the Daily Record. "My wife and I have stayed in Scotland since the virus. My St Mirren contract is ending and my agents are working to get me a new club.
"I'm hoping that will be fixed up as soon as possible and we talk on a daily basis. From the day I arrived at St Mirren, I have been extremely satisfied with life here. The club is next to Glasgow and we live in the city.
"It is a very pleasant place to live. I like the friendly lifestyle of the local people and I can't praise it enough here.
"It was a great experience for me to shake hands with Steven Gerrard and the praise I get motivates me.
"I don't want to speculate about Rangers being my next team. My transfer is being worked out at the moment - it could be to a club in Scotland or the English Championship."
Rabiot's future remains up in the air
Everton are still leading the chase for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to Tuttosport.
Arsenal and Wolves are also interested in the former PSG man, who has lacked game time since moving to Italy last summer.
There is still much work to be done before the Frenchman moves anywhere, though.
'PSG don't sell stars, we buy them'
Ander Herrera has insisted that Paris Saint-Germain are not in the business of selling star players, but buying them instead.
Forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have both been linked with moves away from Parc des Princes, but Herrera says both players are happy in the French capital.
Liverpool eye Sancho but finances make deal difficult
Liverpool want to sign Dortmund prodigy Jadon Sancho but their financial situation will make any move difficult.
Manchester United are believed to lead the transfer race for Sancho but the Reds also want the 20-year-old ace.
According the The Mirror, Liverpool have to pay for a new stand and training ground which will impact their spending in the player movement market.
Osimhen's move to Napoli
Victor Osimhen's agent has denied his client will be moving to Napoli in the summer.
The Nigerian striker - who has scored 13 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 this season - has been linked with a move to Naples and Tottenham.
But the player's agent said any news of a move to the San Paolo was was not true.
"The news relating to my agreement with Napoli is false. I am surprised by these journalists who claim to be professionals," he told Omnasports.
"Ignore this fake news on my account, when there is an agreement for my transfer you will know it directly from me."
Villa linked with Brentford hotshot
Aston Villa are one of five Premier League clubs on the trail of Brentford attacker Said Benrahma.
Villa, Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and West Ham have all shown an interest in the 24-year-old Algerian, Foot Mercato reports as per Birmingham Mail.
Benrahma has hit 10 goals in each of the last two Championship campaigns and will be likely to add to that total with Brentford still having nine games to play.
Leicester not worried about Chelsea's pursuit of Chilwell
Leicester City are relaxed about the future of Ben Chilwell despite rumours Chelsea are closing in on the left back.
According to the Leciester Mercury, the Foxes aren't putting a price tag on the 23-year-old as he is contracted until 2024 and they have no intention of selling.
MLS, Australia & Spain options for Javi Martinez after Bayern contract runs out
Javi Martinez says he would be open to joining clubs in the United States or Australia if he were to leave Bayern Munich this year.
The Spain international joined the German giants from Athletic Club in 2012 and has a year left on his contract.
He has been limited to just 19 appearances in all competitions this season, however, and there has been speculation surrounding his future.
Juventus keen on Koke
Atletico Madrid star Koke is in the sights of Italian champions Juventus after starring in La Liga this season.
The 28-year-old's versatility through different midfield roles is the appeal for the Old Lady, who will look to sign the Spanish international in the summer, according to Fichajes.
I'm happy I didn't join Barcelona, says PSG star Di Maria
Angel Di Maria says he is happy he did not join Barcelona when they tried to buy him from Paris Saint-Germain three years ago.
The Argentine winger joined PSG from Manchester United in 2015 but was linked to the Spanish outfit after Neymar moved in the opposite direction in a world record deal in 2017.
The Catalan side ended up signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund after their efforts to sign Di Maria collapsed and the former Real Madrid attacker is glad the club decided not to sell him.
Andersson catching the eye of Premier League and La Liga clubs
Union Berlin striker Sebastian Andersson is being chased by Valencia and Brighton after a successful season in the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old has scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga to catch the eye of the Spanish and English clubs, according to Sport Expressen.
Real Madrid submit offer for Havertz
The German talent has piqued the interest of Los Blancos
Real Madrid have put in a €80 million (£71m/$90m) offer for Bayer Leverkusen talent Kai Havertz.
German publication Bild reports Los Blancos submitted the amount for the 20-year-old, but the Bundesliga club are hoping to get at least €100m (£89m/$113m) for their player.
Havertz - who is also subject to interest from Bayern - has scored 15 goals and created eight assists so far this season.
Pedro likely to leave Chelsea with Roma emerging as favourites for his services
Pedro is set to depart Chelsea in the summer with Roma most likely to sign the winger on a free transfer.
Discussions between the 32-year-old and the Serie A side began in April with the dialogue getting close to a conclusion in the last 48 hours.
The Spain international's contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of the season, forcing him to consider his future.
Serie A giants Juventus have also shown interest in Pedro, while La Liga trio Sevilla, Valencia and Real Betis have been in the race, according to the Spanish press.