European Paper Talk: Jurgen Klopp to meet Ousmane Dembele's mum?
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 02/06/18 10:18am
With less than two weeks to go until the start of the World Cup, who will be on the move before the tournament gets underway?
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental media to bring you the latest news from Europe.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. The Reds are keen to tie up a deal for the French forward who endured an injury-plagued first season at the Camp Nou. So much so, in fact, that Klopp will attempt to meet Dembele's mother to help convince the player his future lies at Anfield. (Mundo Deportivo)
If a deal for Mauricio Pochettino isn't possible, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has made former Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup a shock target. The Dane is a former Real and Barcelona player. (Don Balon)
The long-running saga surrounding the future of Juventus transfer target Emre Can finally looks to be at an end. The Liverpool midfielder has agreed a four-year deal with the Bianconeri and will undergo a medical in the coming days before completing a free transfer. (Calciomercato)
Roma are making plans for life after Alisson. The Brazilian No 1 is a long-term Liverpool transfer target though Chelsea have joined the race in recent days. If the 25-year-old leaves the club then Roma will move for Bayer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno. (Corriere dello Sport)
Iconic defender Giorgio Chiellini will commit his future to Juventus in the coming days by signing a new deal which will run until 2020. (Sky Sports Italia)
A decision will be made on Monday whether reigning world champions Germany take 'keeper and captain Manuel Neuer to this summer's World Cup. The Bayern Munich stopper has missed almost all of the season through injury. "Everything is going according to plan on Manuel, he has done all training sessions, he has no problems," head coach Joachim Low said. "I'll talk to him again tonight. If everything is alright, he will be in goal tomorrow from the start." (SportBild)
Borussia Dortmund look to be preparing for a frugal summer recruitment drive. Marius Wolff and Marwin Hitz have already joined from Frankfurt and Augsburg respectively at a combined cost of just €5m. And sporting director Michael Zorc is says BVB will not pay over the odds this summer. He said: "Fantasy prices and inflated price expectations are called up, which are primarily associated with us." (Bild)
Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has emerged as a Bayern Munich transfer target. The attacking midfielder was on Liverpool's wanted list this summer but is now subject of interest from the Bavarian giants too. (L'Equipe)
Borussia Dortmund are keen to take advantage of Kamal Bafounta's contract situation at Nantes. The midfielder, who has been playing for the French outfit's Under-19s this season, can leave for nothing in the summer. (L'Equipe)