Liverpool hijack Man Utd deal for stunning striker upgrade as Klopp initiates contact; Arsenal arrive on the scene for Ligue 1 talent

Liverpool have launched their own bid to sign Victor Osimhen and are four times more likely than Man Utd to secure the Napoli forward, while Arsenal have joined the race for an in-demand Ligue 1 midfielder – all amid Monday’s Euro transfer gossip.

KLOPP CHOOSES OSIMHEN AS LIVERPOOL TARGET

Liverpool have become candidates for the signature of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to a surprise update in the Italian media.

Osimhen’s goal just helped Napoli to the Serie A title, but his future there remains unclear. With just two years left on his contract, his current employers will have to fend off plenty of interest in him this summer.

Man Utd have been repeatedly linked with Osimhen as they aim to add a new number nine to their squad. However, the high asking price has made them reconsider their plans.

According to Sports newspaperLiverpool have now entered the race for Osimhen, who Jurgen Klopp has selected as the ideal center forward to take his side to the next level.

It was only this time last year that Liverpool spent big on Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, but things have yet to quite work out for the Uruguay international.

He can still come good, though Gazette seem to think Klopp could show a ruthless side by joining the race for Osimhen.

However, Liverpool would have to break their transfer record again to sign the Nigerian international. Napoli ask for €180m. (£154m) for Osimhen, which appears to be beyond what Liverpool would pay, given the walked away from a deal for Jude Bellingham due to the midfielder’s own high price tag.

Anyway, the report claims Liverpool are now four times more likely than Man Utd to secure Osimhen. The problem is they still only have a 20% chance compared to Man Utd’s 5%.

Newcastle are also given a 5% chance of signing the 24-year-old, despite their heavy financial backing and the fact that they and Man Utd each have Champions League football on offer next season, while Liverpool do not.

There seem to be a few things that don’t quite add up to the report, but it still suggests that Liverpool have made initial contact with Osimhen’s representatives.

That said, Liverpool are waiting to find out how strict Napoli’s stance is on the player before making any sort of concrete move.

ARSENAL JOIN RACE FOR FOFANA

Arsenal have joined the race for Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana, who is also wanted by West Ham and Newcastle. (L’Equipe)

AC Milan is about to pay €15 million. to complete the signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea. (Calciomercato)

Inter are considering a move for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris or Nottingham Forest loanee Keylor Navas to strengthen in goal cheaply. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Xavi Simons is not keen on returning to PSG, meaning Arsenal are in the race to sign him from PSV. (L’Equipe)

Aston Villa or Atletico Madrid would be willing to go for Real Sociedad midfielder Mikel Merino. (World of Sports)

Newcastle have tried to convince Kim Min-jae to join them instead of Bayern Munich, but it is too late to change the Napoli defender’s mind. (Rai)

Liverpool have inquired about the terms of a deal to sign Romeo Lavia from Southampton. (Fabrizio Romano)

ASTON VILLA IN LEAD TO TORRES

Aston Villa are leading the race to sign Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres for around €30m. (Periodico Mediterraneo)

Barcelona expect to complete the sale of Clement Lenglet to Tottenham for around €10m. (Diary Sport)

Arsenal have made their second bid for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, worth around €45 million. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea are in the market for Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, but want to pay his €75m price tag in three installments. (A Bola)

Juventus are looking at Leicester’s Timothy Castagne or Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola to strengthen the full-back. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt are competing to take Robin Koch back to the Bundesliga from Leeds. (kicks)

Bayern Munich have not had any internal talks about signing Mason Mount from Chelsea. (image)

MBAPPE TO REAL MADRID LATEST

Real Madrid are calm about the availability of PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and will wait a number of weeks to assess the situation. (Feel)

Atletico Madrid have offered a new contract to Mario Hermoso, but the defender may receive offers from the Premier League. (Feel)

Napoli are considering a move for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma defender Leonardo Spinazzola could move to Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia for €15m. (Corriere dello Sport)

Nico Williams has agreed a new two-year contract with Athletic Club following links with Aston Villa. (Cadena Cope)

Luka Modric will officially stay at Real Madrid for another season, but first turned down one of football’s biggest ever contracts from Saudi Arabia. (Fabrizio Romano)

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