Paper Talk: Juve join Liverpool in race for German defender; Roma move in for ex Spurs target

24 August at 12:30
Juventus are set to challenge Liverpool for German international defender Benedikt Höwedes. Writing for, Nicola Balice states that the Serie A champions have identified the 29-year-old Schalke player as the man to replace the departed Leonardo Bonucci who joined AC Milan this summer.
Howedes has a contract in Gelsenkirchen until 2020 and has also been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool to join his fellow countryman Jurgen Klopp. Now the Merseyside club has secured Champions League qualification, Balice claims that they could make a final assault before the window closes in seven days’ time.
Inter Milan continue their quest for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi. Reports in Italy mirror those from the UK that the German international is now high on the Nerazzurri’s radar with The Gunners understood to be ready to listen to offers for the player.

The offer that Inter are ready to submit to the Premier League side is for an initial season long loan followed by taking the 25-year-old on a permanent transfer for £20M next summer. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told journalists that he doesn’t expect to lose the player in this window but sources close to The Emirates believe that the North London side are prepared to off-load a player who has failed to live up to expectation in the capital.
Chelsea have been told to forget about signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Speaking to Transfer Market Web, journalist Niccolo Ceccarini states that the 23-year-old will sign a new deal in Turin.

Torino have also blocked the sale of Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah to Championship side Birmingham City. Tuttosport cites injury problems for the reason behind their decision.

Roma are unlikely to sign Sassuolo play-maker Domeico Berardi. Corriere dello Sport states that the Neroverdi’s valuation of €50M has ended the Gialorossi’s interest in the player.

Roma have entered the race for former Spurs target Patrik Schick. The 21-year-old Czech striker failed a medical at Juve earlier this summer but Corriere dello Sport writes that the capital club are closing in on a €38M deal.

Steve Mitchell


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