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

Liverpool have targeted a Germany 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 Sports claim Klopp wants centre-back Howedes and is prepared to spend £18million on the 29-year-old.

The Germany 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 Gol.
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 blocked.
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 Mirror)

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. (Marca)
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 Deutschland)
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. (Telegraph)

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 Telegraph)

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)