Liverpool turn attention to Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij as Real Madrid eye Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz

David Cooper 14/09/2017
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The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines.

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STEFAN DE VRIJ

Liverpool are weighing up a move to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

De Vrij is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree fresh terms, with Borussia Dortmund, Lazio and Juventus also reportedly keen on the centre-half.

The former Feyenoord star endured an injury-hit 2016-17 campaign with the Serie A club but is still very much on Jurgen Klopp’s radar and a bid of around €15m could be accepted.

RATING: 7/10

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The powerful centre-back would be a welcome addition to Liverpool’s squad and his presence in defence offers something completely different to what the Reds have at the moment.

Stefan De Vrij

Stefan De Vrij

BRAHIM DIAZ

Real Madrid are tracking Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz.

The Spanish under-21 international was impressive during pre-season for Pep Guardiola’s side and scored against Real Madrid in the ICC tournament in the United States.

Madrid’s approach to the transfer market has changed recently, and instead of signing marquee names, they have opted for young elite players such as Marco Asensio, Vinícius Júnior and Jesús Vallejo.

And with Diaz thriving in recent weeks, Los Blancos have been scouting the 18-year-old intensely with the idea of adding him to their ranks next summer.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Diaz is considered one of the best teenagers in European football and Pep Guardiola has been keeping him close to the first team with the view to integrating him in the coming years.

He can play out wide or in the no. 10 role, and could certainly be a future star at the Bernabeu if he is managed in the right way.

Brahim Diaz.

Brahim Diaz.

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Barcelona favour Nice's Jean Michael Seri over Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho in January

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Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona may have lost interest in signing Liverpool’s PHILIPPE COUTINHO, says the Mirror.

The Spanish side made three bids for the forward which were refused and may now be interested in signing Nice’s Jean Michael Seri.

Former Chelsea boss CARLO ANCELOTTI will be looking to return to the Premier League in the summer if his current club Bayern Munich trigger a break clause in his contract, reports ESPN.

It has been suggested Julian Nagelsmann, currently at Hoffenheim, could replace the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain boss.

Sporting Lisbon’s WILLIAM CARVALHO is optimistic about joining West Ham in the January transfer window, the Mirror reports.

The DIEGO COSTA saga could soon come to a conclusion, according to the Daily Mail.

Atletico Madrid will finalise a deal for the absent Chelsea striker within the next fortnight, with the 28-year-old Brazilian set to return to the Spanish capital as the clubs try to strike a deal.

Time may soon be called on HARRY REDKNAPP’S reign as boss of Birmingham, according to the Mirror.

The veteran manager saved the Blues from the drop last season but the side sit 22nd in the Championship table having lost four on the bounce.

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JACK WILSHERE – New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to make a bid for the Arsenal midfielder in January, says the Daily Mail.

TIMO WERNER – RB Leipzig will face a lot of interest for the striker next summer, with the 21-year-old saying he wants to move to a “big club”, pointing out there are more of them in England than in Spain, according to Bild.

ANTHONY RALSTON – Everton may look at making a move for the Celtic right-back after scouting him since the end of last season, reports the Sun.

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Barcelona ready to chase Jean Michael Seri signing in January transfer window

David Cooper 13/09/2017
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Wanted man: Seri.

Nice’s star man Jean Michael Seri could yet become a Barcelona player before next summer as it has emerged Blaugrana will try and land the midfielder in January.

The 26-year-old’s proposed Nou Camp switch fell through before August’s transfer deadline as Barca pulled the plug on the deal and moved for Ousmane Dembele instead.

While Seri was naturally disappointed his move to the Spanish giants failed to materialize at the time, the Ivorian has got back to work with his club.

According to Marca, the Catalan giants still want to land the central midfield man during the January transfer window – and it is believed a fee in the region of €40m will be enough to secure his services.

While Seri is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until June 2019 – the Eaglets are resigned to losing their star man.

It is unclear whether Barca will also renew their efforts to sign Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho in a few months’ time, but what is almost certain is that Turkish winger Arda Turan will leave the club during January.

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