14 Feb Liverpool need Bremer as resolution to defensive woes
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TOP STORY: Reds make Bremer prime summer season goal
Liverpool have recognized Torino centre-back Bremer because the long-term resolution to their defensive woes, the Sunday Mirror studies.
Jurgen Klopp was moved to concede that the Premier League champions’ title defence is over after they collapsed to a 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday, their third consecutive loss in the competition.
January signing Ozan Kabak made his debut in that match, but his mix-up with goalkeeper Alisson led to Jamie Vardy scoring into an empty net to put the Foxes 2-1 up.
Kabak was drafted in as cover for injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Fabinho, while fellow January signing Ben Davies was also ruled out shortly before the match at the King Power Stadium.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Liverpool believe Bremer, 23, fits the profile that they are looking for as an addition to the squad. The Brazilian, who has scored six goals in 50 Serie A appearances for Torino, plays on the left side of central defence, making him an ideal partner for Van Dijk.
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10.53 GMT: Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are among the teams interested in Celta Vigo midfielder Renato Tapia, according to Diario AS.
Tapia joined Celta on a free transfer from Feyenoord last summer and it has proved a shrewd piece of business. He has impressed in La Liga, starting all 22 of Celta’s league matches this season including the recent 2-2 draw at Atletico.
The 25-year-old is a Peru international, and started two of his county’s matches at the 2018 World Cup.
AS reports that if a club pays Tapia’s €30m release clause, he would become the most expensive sale in the Galician club’s history.
10.00 GMT: Manchester United fended off competition from Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich to agree a first professional contract with promising youngster Shola Shoretire, sources have told Football4cast’s Rob Dawson.
The 17-year-old forward’s representatives fielded enquiries from some of Europe’s biggest clubs before the player agreed professional terms with United on Monday.
Shoretire was convinced to commit his long-term future after conversations with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and head of first team development Nicky Butt, who highlighted the progress of fellow academy graduate Mason Greenwood under his watch.
Shoretire, who has scored five goals for the Under-23s this season, has started training with the first-team and has been earmarked for a senior debut in the next 18 months.
Plans to hand youngsters experience in the Europa League this season have been complicated by strict coronavirus protocols that prevent players from different bubbles mixing easily, with United’s first-leg clash against Real Sociedad in the Europa League round of 32 moved from Spain to Juventus’ Allianz Arena.
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Messi sends Miami a message
The French press would have you believe that Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain is a done deal if the Argentinian can be tempted away from Camp Nou, but Sport believes he could be keen on a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF instead.
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Sport base this argument on Messi sending a signed shirt to Marcelo Claure, one of Inter Miami’s owners. Claure responded with thanks on Instagram, adding: “I am sure our paths will cross.”
Of course, this could be a case of Sport putting two and two together and coming up with five, but Messi has already revealed in a separate interview that MLS is an attractive proposition for the future.
Messi’s contract at Barca expires on June 30, and Inter Miami may hope he fancies a change of scenery and head to the U.S., rather than move across Europe to either PSG or Manchester City, or even stay in Catalonia.
United battle Barca, Madrid for Kounde
Manchester United are desperate to partner Harry Maguire with Sevilla FC defender Jules Kounde next season, but they face stiff competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Sun.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t convinced by the long-term potential of either Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly and is on the hunt for a top-level centre-back.
Twenty-two-year-old Kounde has emerged as a top target for the Reds, particularly given Solskjaer missed out on the signing of Dayot Upamecano, who will join Bayern Munich in the summer.
Sevilla value Kounde at around £60 million after a superb season in La Liga after having joined from Bordeaux in 2019. He has played 63 matches in that time, and last year won the Europa League.
Not surprisingly, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on Kounde, who is emerging as one of Europe’s most sought-after players.
Pochettino lining up move for ‘friend’ Lloris
Mauricio Pochettino is in constant contact with Hugo Lloris and is lining up a big summer move for the Frenchman, according to Football Insider.
Ever since leaving Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino has stayed in regular contact with his former keeper and now, with Lloris coming towards the last year of his contract, Pochettino is hoping to tempt him to the French capital.
The Argentine boss is keen to hand the 34-year-old keeper a starring role at the Parc des Princes. The two had a close relationship while at Spurs and Pochettino is hoping Tottenham’s poor form under Jose Mourinho might further help his cause to land the Spurs skipper.
Lloris has been in poor form in the past seven days, first in the FA Cup against Everton and again against Manchester City this weekend, and he may just fancy a new start under his old mentor.
– Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have not been impressed with Gareth Bale since his transfer from Actual Madrid, and that Bale’s dad or mum membership will look to promote the Welshman when he returns from London as anticipated on the finish of the season. Each Bale and Isco face the exit door, says Romano. Isco has been out and in of the aspect this season and lately confronted criticism for taking his time on the brink of come on in its place. Madrid are hoping to liberate their wage invoice this summer season, and the departures of each Bale and Isco would assist them.
– Whereas Chelsea have been one in all many golf equipment eager on signing Dayot Upamecano, they’re now turning their attentions to his teammate Ibrahima Konate, in accordance with the Solar. The 21-year-old defender has made 75 appearances for the Bundesliga aspect and has 11 Underneath-21 caps for France. Chelsea aren’t alone of their admiration, although, with Manchester United among the many different golf equipment taking a look at him as an choice this summer season.