Transfer hurdle cleared as Spurs’ United States star Liverpool


Liverpool and Tottenham have their eyes set on a rising American star, as Leeds battle two Premier League sides for a midfielder – both in the latest Euro Paper Talk.

REDS, SPURS EYE USA STAR

Liverpool and Tottenham have registered an interest in Schalke striker Matthew Hoppe, according to a report.

Recent speculation (via Athletic) has suggested the Reds will aim for a new signing ahead this summer, regardless of where they finish in the Premier League table.

What else, a doubt has arisen about the future of Divock Origi, the Belgian linked to Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham, meanwhile, brought in Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica last summer to support Harry Kane. However, it remains unclear whether they plan to exercise their option to purchase in their contract.

Nonetheless, Hoppe has appeared on both clubs’ radars as a potential signing in the next transfer window.

The American only signed a new contract until 2023 in February, but Transfermarkt reports that there is a “gentleman’s agreement” between the player and the club.

The deal would allow Hoppe to leave should a suitable offer come to the player, despite his contractual situation.

Schalke made the pledge amid their likely relegation from the Bundesliga and the financial burden that will be on the club.

As for Hoppe’s fees, Schalke would want between € 7million (£ 6million) and € 10million (£ 8.5million) for him.

The 20-year-old has proven a bright light for Schakle in the midst of their otherwise bleak season, scoring six goals and assisting another.

Dutch giants Ajax have also expressed interest in Hoppe, but have yet to make an official offer.


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AND THE REST OF EURO PAPER TALK

Leeds, Leicester and Arsenal have their eyes on Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu ahead of this summer’s transfer window. However, Sevilla boss Monchi is also keen to sign the midfielder. (Sport)

Chelsea defender Antonio rudiger wants to delay contract extension negotiations until the end of Euro 2020. And this despite his club wanting to open discussions before the tournament. (Kicker)

Meanwhile, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso says it’s clear former Blues boss Frank Lampard “didn’t really trust him”. (El Pais)

Holstein Kiel midfielder Jae-sung Lee has not given up on hopes of a Premier League move. Indeed, Crystal palace stranded with a move in January. (Kicker)

BARCA BLOW IN HAALAND PURSUIT

Erling Haaland scores against Sevilla in the Champions League

Mino Raiola’s role as Erling Haaland’s agent makes a move to Barcelona unlikely for his client. Indeed, Raiola are said to be seeking the most money out of a deal, with Barcelona struggling to find funds. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barca legend Xavi will have a clause in his new management contract with Al-Sadd allowing him to return to Camp Nou at any time. (Sport)

Everton and Newcastle are interested in Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic. West Ham has also been linked. (TuttoJuve)

The Hammers also like Inter midfielder Matias Vecino, who could have a decent price. (Transfer market)

SPURS BOOST FOR DEFENDER RAID

Jannick Vestergaard’s contractual situation has given Tottenham a boost in the race to sign the Southampton defender. The Dane’s contract expires next year, so this summer is the Saints’ last chance to get a decent honorarium. (BT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp named Robert Lewandowski as the best player he has ever coached. (Picture)

Klopp also insisted he has a ‘clear commitment’ to Liverpool amid speculation about his future.. (Picture)

MADRID FIND A VAZQUEZ SUCCESSOR

Lucas Vazquez TEAMtalk

Real Madrid will move for Jorge de Frutos de Levante if Lucas Vazquez leaves at the end of the season. (Marca)

New Barcelona president Joan Laporta is considering convincing Lionel Messi to stay with a lifelong contract. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Paris Saint-Germain winger Jerome Rothen says Kylian Mbappe is hiding something about his long-term future. (The Parisian)

Inter fear a coronavirus outbreak in their ranks after testing positive for Danilo D’Ambrosio and Samir Handanovic. (Corrierre dello Sport)

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi says he’s proud of his side’s run in the Champions League after their last 16-game loss to Bayern Munich. (Sky Italia)



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