Toneli talks, Depay dig, Solskjaer warning and Werner message in Liverpool, Man United Tuesday news and gossip
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Reports have claimed Liverpool have opened talks to sign 18-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali from Brescia.
Liverpool, who are now favourites to win the Premier League this season, have been eyeing up a number of possible transfer deals this month to come in and add a bit more strength in depth to the side, as there ius plenty more games to go before the end of the season.
And the latest player to be linked with a move to Anfield is young Toneli, who is regarded as one of Italy’s finest talents and has already established himself as a regular starter for Serie B side Brescia.
Many reports in Italy have even suggested that he could be the next Andrea Pirlo, who is regarded as one of the finest players to ever grace the game, with his contolling of games and brilliance on the ball second to none.
Now reports on the Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpoool have opened talks with Brescia about a possible transfer deal and are considering paying £30 million in the summer for the young Italian.
Brescia owner Massimo Cellino recently admitted Liverpool had enquired about 18-year-old midfielder, telling Il Corriere dello Sport: ‘Roma have made a request for Tonali, I’ve had many meetings with (Roma chief Mauro) Baldissoni but I want to retain the player for long time.
‘As much time as possible. He’s just 18 and and I’ve been contacted by Liverpool too.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not be satisfied with Manchester United finishing in the top four this season.
After one of the worst starts to the season in the Red Devils history, it seemed that United were out the running for a top four spot under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and fell a massive 11 points off a Champions League spot.
However, under the guidancde of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have won their last eight matches and now find themselves just three points behind Chelsea, and a further four behind third placed Tottenham.
And now Solskjaer is demanding his team challenge on all fronts and win silverware as well as securing Champions League football next season.
Solskjaer said on the club website: “That is not the dream, though, to be top four. For Man Utd you should always aim to win the league.
“We can’t do that this year, but we have to get back to the challenge. We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say we’ve got top four and that is it.
“We have to look at if we can win something this year. As I’ve said, I go into every game as Man Utd manager thinking we can win this game.”
Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has admitted his interest in joining Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Dutchman had a very unimpressive spell at Manchester United in which he managed just seven goals in 53 appearances, but he has reinvented himself over at French giants Lyon and there has been talk of a move to one of Europes biggest clubs.
Chelsea have been linked with a move in the past as reports suggested the Blues were looking to a long-term replacement for Pedro or Willian, who have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge over the past few seasons.
But while United inserted a buy-back clause in Memphis’ contract when he joined Lyon, Depay has admitted that he would be interested in joining Chelsea.
‘Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe,’ he told Helden Magazine.
‘I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.
‘I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football
‘I always talk about Real Madrid, a royal club, white shirts with gold, gruesome, but I focus on now at Lyon and then we see where I end up.’
Jurgen Klopp has been told Timo Werner is perfect for his side, but Liverpool should not make a move for the striker.
Werner is regarded as one of the best younsg striker sin world football and is being courted by a number of Europes best clubs, with Liverpool and Bayern Munich reportedly winning the chase for his signature.
Werner has already hinted that he wants to leave RB Leipzig in search of a bigger move and has already rejected the Germans offer of a double-your-money wage. But despite rumours that Klopp is very interested in a deal German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes that the German boss should not make a move for the former Stuttgart striker.
He wrote for ESPN: “Klopp’s insistence that the squad is now ‘complete’ would suggest that a fourth transition-type forward for a total outlay north of €100m (£86.8m) might not be a priority right now.
“LFC are probably more interested in bringing in a versatile centre-back with the ability to deputise in wide areas.
“In purely tactical terms, however, few attacking players look as perfect a fit for the explosive style favoured at Anfield.
“Just like his potential teammates, Werner thrives on spaces to attack; just like them, he attacks in quick bursts and often looks most dangerous without the ball.
“By Premier League standards, his price tag looks almost cheap, especially if his high re-sale value is factored in as well.
“The return of Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain notwithstanding, Liverpool could really do with a proven goalscorer able to fill any of the three forward position.”