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Today’s Gossip: Reds Table £70m For Guinean; Toffes Eye Shock Walcott Bid

Liverpool to bid £70m for Keita Liverpool will make a stunning £70 million bid for No.1 target Naby Keita, reports the Mirror. The Reds…

Liverpool to bid £70m for Keita
Liverpool will make a stunning £70 million bid for No.1 target Naby Keita, reports the Mirror.


The Reds are pursuing the RB Leipzig general and believe he could be the final piece in Jurgen Klopp’s jigsaw ahead of a return to the Champions League.

A £57m offer has been rejected by the Bundesliga side, with Ralph Hasenhüttl keen to keep the Guinean for their own assault on Europe’s top competition.


Inter Milan are also reportedly keen to enter the bidding and could trump any offer from the Reds by offering the 22-year-old back on loan for a season.


Chelsea’s monster Higuain bid rejected
It’s been a frustrating summer negotiating with Juventus for Chelsea, after a €70m offer was rejected for Alex Sandro, and it seems the Old Lady is not prepared to relinquish her stars to the Blues.

While Antonio Conte will have been angered by Manchester United pipping his side to the signing of Romelu Lukaku, it has pushed them to look at Gonzalo Higuain — with Tuttosport claiming a bid worth €100m has been rebuffed.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another target as Chelsea aim to fill the void set to be left by the outgoing Diego Costa.


The Spain international is being frozen out at Cobham, and sources have told ESPN FC that he will not join the squad on their preseason tour.


Toffees plan audacious Walcott move
Everton have outlined their ambitions with a flurry of signings to own the summer transfer window.

Theo Walcott is a shock target now for Ronald Koeman, according to the Mirror, with the Toffees aiming to table a £30m bid to tempt the Gunners into a sale.


The England international, who is seen as a replacement for Yannick Bolasie while he recovers, shone in the first half of last season, yet faded down the stretch as Arsenal fell short of a top-four finish.


Moving to Goodison would also put Walcott in the Europa League, but with a greater chance of landing a World Cup squad place due to guaranteed games.


Juventus are looking at Manchester United target Kostas Manolas as a possible signing, while Chelsea may be able to land one target for less than his release clause, all in today’s Euro Paper Talk.


Mourinho To Demand Varane In Swap Deal
Jose Mourinho won’t let David de Gea leave Manchester United without receiving a Real Madrid star in return, according to reports.

The Red Devils keeper is once again on the radar at the Santiago Bernabeu and the club are set to renew the pursuit of the Spanish international.


Don Balon claims that Mourinho will only let De Gea go to the Champions League winners if the include a top player as part of the deal with Raphael Varane being his preferred choice.


United have already strengthened at centre-back this summer with the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica but it is understood that Mourinho is still keen to improve in defence.


Chris Smalling and Phil Jones reportedly have uncertain futures at Old Trafford and, with Real still wanting De Gea, United will look to take advantage of their interest.


The report continues by saying that Leonardo Bonucci’s move to AC Milan could hamper any chance of United signing Varane with Bonucci one of Real’s key summer targets.


Others
Stoke are holding out for £22m as West Ham continue to pursue Marko Arnautovic, according to the Mail.


The Hammers’ latest offer, thought to be £20m, was knocked back as 10 percent of the fee would have been siphoned off in agent fees and bonuses.


Roma have upped their offer to €23m for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez, according to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio. Leicester reportedly rejected a €20m bid on Saturday, but the Serie A side seem intent on landing the Premier League winner.


The Algerian winger remained with the Foxes last summer amid serious interest from Premier League giants and is now set to depart, with Arsenal also in the hunt.


Liverpool aim to solve their long-term left-back problem with a move for Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi, reports the Mirror, after the French star’s troubles over a move to Sevilla.


Villa had agreed a deal with the La Liga side but then disputed the results of the 23-year-old’s medical results, which could now allow the Reds to steal in.


Juventus will up their interest in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic next week, while also aiming to get Milan back for signing their defensive talisman Leonardo Bonucci this week, reports Corriere dello Sport.


Massimiliano Allegri is lining up a double move for full-back Mattia De Sciglio and midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who have both slipped down the pecking order after the Rossoneri’s summer spending spree.