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Paper Talk: Klopp Finds Coutinho’s Replacement; Liverpool Discovers Defender

Liverpool have
targeted a international defender, while Jurgen Klopp has verabally
agreed to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, all in the papers

Liverpool boss Jurgen
Klopp has targeted  Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes, according to a
report in Germany.

Klopp is eager add
some depth to his defensive ranks after failing in his pursuit of Virgil
van Dijk earlier in the window.
And now German
outlet DW claim Klopp wants centre-back Howedes and is prepared to spend
£18million on the 29-year-old.

international is a former team-mate of Joel Matip having played together at
Schalke and he has revealed he has offers on the table.
Howedes, who is
contracted until 2020, admits he has no desire to join another Bundesliga club.
“I’ve said I won’t
move within [Germany] and can picture a move abroad,” Howedes told Funke Sport.
“As of today, that point in time hasn’t come.
“I received offers
from other clubs after the surprising demotion from captain… that my agent
checked and answered.”

Liverpool have made
plans to replace Philippe Coutinho and have verbally agreed to sign Real
Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, according to a report in Spain.
Liverpool are
desperate to keep Coutinho, who is now ill, and they are bracing themselves for
another offer for the Brazilian from Barcelona.
But the Reds have
drawn up plans to sign Kovacic, who is their top target, according to Dario
Kovacic apparently
wants to play further forward in the Madrid midfield but with the likes of Luka
Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Casemiro, in the ranks, his efforts have been
He would be afforded
more of an attacking role and game time at Anfield.

Manchester United and
Tottenham are two possible destinations for in-demand Valencia defender
Ezequiel Garay. (The Sun)
Jose Mourinho has told
his Manchester United players to do the double this season. (The Sun)
West Brom boss Tony
Pulis is ready to pull off a £30m double swoop for Tottenham pair Kevin Wimmer
and Vincent Janssen. (The Sun)
Arsene Wenger has the
full backing of Arsenal’s board in his stance on ensuring Alexis Sanchez stays
at the club this season.  (Daily Express)

Bournemouth and
Crystal Palace are tracking Aston Villa’s teenage winger Andre Green. (Daily
Manchester City
teenager Jadon Sancho could be on the way to north London, with Tottenham
planning a £3m bid for the exciting 17-year-old. (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool are still
weighing up the future of Ryan Kent after the winger hinted he was on his way
to Germany’s Bundesliga on loan. (Daily Mirror)
Birmingham City are
keen to make Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga their fourth loan signing of the
week. (Daily Mirror)
Borussia Dortmund
forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is regularly in contact with Zinedine Zidane
about a move to Real Madrid. (Daily Express)
Middlesbrough have
rejected a £9m offer from Lille for winger Adama Traore. (Daily Mail)
Huddersfield Town are
set to sign highly-rated Nurnberg playmaker Abdelhamid Sabiri in David Wagner’s
10th summer transfer.
Burnley are closing in
on a £9m deal for Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris. (Daily Mail)
Diego Costa’s
firebrand personality could earn him a move to Marseille. (The Sun)
Arsenal will make a
move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club.
(Daily Star)

Slaven Bilic ripped
into record-buy Marko Arnautovic over his red card shame at
Southampton. (The Sun)
Everton have made a
£27.5m move for Benfica striker Raul Jimenez, but the Portuguese side are
holding out for £46m. (The Sun)
Inter are ready to
sell Antonio Candreva and are looking to replace him with former Liverpool
playmaker Suso, who impressed for city rivals Milan last season. (The Sun)

Huddersfield are set
to make a move for £3m-rated Sochaux defender Mickael Alphonse. (The Sun)
Barcelona will submit
a final £136m bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, to finally
break Liverpool’s resolve after three rejected offers. (Sun)
Chelsea are closing in
on a £30m deal for England and Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27. The
Premier League champions are also targeting Inter Milan’s Italy midfielder
Antonio Candreva, 30, who has been told he can leave for £25m. (Daily Mirror)
The Blues are also
considering a shock bid for 30-year-old Leicester and England striker Jamie
Vardy. (Daily Mirror)
England midfielder
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains unlikely to sign a new contract at Arsenal
ahead of further talks this week about his future, with Chelsea and Liverpool
interested in the 24-year-old. (Telegraph)
Paris St-Germain will
pay Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe 15m euros (£13.8m) a year in wages to join
them – more than double the salary Real Madrid were offering the 18-year-old.
A Monaco supporters
group have released a statement criticising Mbappe and his advisors for their
conduct during the transfer window. (Guardian)
England left-back
Danny Rose, 27, will hold talks with Tottenham this week, amid ongoing interest
from Chelsea and Manchester United. (Independent)
Spurs are still hoping
to sign right-back Serge Aurier, 24, from Paris St-Germain and are also keen on
19-year-old Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona have made a
second offer of 130m euros (£119m) for France forward Ousmane Dembele, 20, but
Borussia Dortmund are holding out for at least 150m euros (£138m). (Sky
Manchester City are
preparing a second bid for West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans, 29, after a £18m
offer was rejected last week. (ESPN)
Crystal Palace will
make a £15m bid for RB Leipzig and Scotland winger Oliver Burke, 20, who played
under new sporting director Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest. (Guardian)
Palace boss Frank de
Boer is also keen on signing Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and Barcelona
forward Munir El Haddadi.  (Guardian)
Marseille have
confirmed they are interested in signing exiled Chelsea striker Diego Costa,
28, if the Spain international’s move back to Atletico Madrid falls through.
Bournemouth are ready
to offer £25m for Leicester winger Demarai Gray, after the Foxes rejected £20m
for the 21-year-old from the Cherries last month. (Sun)

Manchester City are
poised to make a bid of about £24m for West Brom captain Jonny Evans. (Daily
Ryan Shawcross is in
the dark over his future after Stoke’s failure to open talks over a new
contract. (Daily Telegraph)
Former Norwich
defender Sebastien Bassong, 31, is training with Birmingham with a view to
securing a permanent deal. (Daily Mail)

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