Saturday 21 April 2018

Paper Talk: Liverpool chasing Real Madrid pair, while Pedro's mother says her son is heading for United

Asier Illarramendi is expected to join Liverpool this summer
Asier Illarramendi is expected to join Liverpool this summer
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could make a €42m swoop for a pair of out-of-favour Real Madrid stars while Pedro edges closer to Old Trafford switch.

While the Reds have bolstered their squad with eight new faces following last season's disappointing campaign, Rodgers could raid the Bernabeu for two players struggling to make an impact with the La Liga giants.

Reports in Spain are suggesting that a €21m offer has been made to land Russian winger Denis Cheryshev.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Cheryshev all summer and are in need of strengthening their midfield options following the sale of Raheem Sterling. Cheryshev spent last season on loan at Villarreal where he made 26 La Liga appearances.

The Express reports that a deal to tempt Asier Illarramendi  away from the Bernabeu is even further down the track.

The paper says a €20m offer has been lodged after tentative enquiries for the defensive midfielder.

Illarramendi arrived at the Bernebeu two years ago with a huge reputation, but has failed to establish himself as a regular starter and completed 90 minutes in La Liga just seven times last season.

The Metro reports of further Spanish interest, with a move for former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo being considered by the club.

Barcelona winger Pedro looks certain to complete his move to Manchester United before the end of the month, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster reports that the winger's mother has confirmed a deal is imminent.

The revelation comes courtesy of Jaime Lorenzo the president of the team Pedro played for as a youngster, who has spoken candidly about the 28-year-old's future.

Speaking to Spanish radio show El Larguero, Lorenzo said: "The other day Pedro's mother mentioned that her son is on his way to England."

Arsneal's long-term interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema may finally result in a €70m move.

The Metro reports that Los Bloncos are resigned to losing the French international and have already began targeting replacements.

The Gunners, who have only made one summer signing in goalkeeper Petr Cech, are believed to be willing to meet the €70m asking price

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