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Paper Talk: Liverpool chase 17-goal Russian striker; â?¬80m Arsenal bid confusion

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Liverpool want to sign a 21-year-old Russian as a back-up striker, while Arsenal have made a £25million bid for a defender, all in Sunday’s papers.

REDS IN FOR RUSSIAN

Liverpool have joined the long list of admirers for CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, according to the Mirror.

Chalov is rated at around £20million, according to the exclusive, after a season where he was the Russian Premier League’s top scorer on 15 goals, with two in the Champions League, as well as contributing seven assists.

The 21-year-old scored against Arsenal in the 2017-18 Europa League quarter-finals, and they have been tracking him ever since, while a goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage last December seemingly alerted the rest of Europe.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham as well as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Sevilla are all thought to be admirers of the two-cap Russia forward.

The problem Liverpool may have is that Chalov “is looking for playing time” and that may prove difficult at Anfield with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all likely to be ahead of him.

Jurgen Klopp though is thought to be considering adding to his squad after the departure of Daniel Sturridge with youngster Rhian Brewster still an unknown quantity.

AND THE REST

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho will reject the chance to join Manchester United and, while a return to Liverpool is possible, but the 27-year-old is more likely to join Paris St-Germain. (Express)

Barcelona have assured Coutinho’s agent they are not planning to sell him, but he claims his client is being offered to other clubs by a representative with close ties to the Spanish side. (Various)

Bayern Munich will not give up on signing Chelsea’s 18-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and are expected to make a new £45m bid this week. (Mail)

Arsenal have offered €80million for Lille striker Nicolas Pepe (L’Equipe, Telefoot)

Arsenal have not made an offer for Pepe (BBC reporter David Ornstein)

Serie A giants Roma and AC Milan have opened discussions over a possible deal for Rossoneri midfielder Suso (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United will not sell 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba to Real Madrid if the Spanish club make a bid after the English transfer window closes on 8 August. (Mirror)

Leicester’s England defender Harry Maguire, 26 – linked with a £75m move to Manchester United – has told the Foxes he wants to leave. (Mail)

Maguire has accused Leicester of pricing him out of a move, with both Manchester United and Manchester City having £70m bids rejected. (Sun)

Steve Bruce has agreed to join boyhood club Newcastle – as the Premier League’s lowest-paid manager. (Mirror)

Charlie Austin has snubbed a move to West Brom and looks set to see out the rest of his contract at Southampton. (Mirror)

Manchester City believe Leroy Sane will snub Bayern Munich if the German giants step up their interest in the winger by making an official bid.  (Mirror)

Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah could be headed to Bristol City on loan (Sun)

Brazil forward Neymar, 27, has continued to push for a Barcelona return by saying his best memory in football was beating current club Paris St-Germain 6-1 with Barca in 2017. (Mail)

PSG’s world record signing has also added to rumours of a Barcelona return by posting a video containing an image of him wearing the club’s shirt, alongside a cryptic message from the Old Testament. (Goal.com)

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, 27, may end up staying at the club because of a shortage of sides with suitable resources for the Denmark international. (Guardian)

Tottenham remain interested in Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, with the Spanish side set to focus on Lyon’s France midfielder Nabil Fekir, 25. (Football.London)

Arsenal have returned with a second offer worth up to £25m for Celtic’s 22-year-old Scotland defender Kieran Tierney after having a £15m bid rejected in June. (Mail, Scotsman, BBC Scotland)

Daniel Sturridge has been offered the chance to revive his career with Italian side Bologna after the former England striker, 29, left Liverpool. (Express)

Burnley are setting up a £7m move for Genk’s Danish right-back Joakim Maehle, 22. (Sun)

Arsenal are ready to challenge Tottenham and Juventus for Roma’s 20-year-old Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is not just a target for Bayern Munich – the German, 23, is at the centre of a bidding war between three boot suppliers. (Sun)

Liverpool have had no contact from Real Madrid over 27-year-old Senegal forward Sadio Mane, despite Senegal FA chief Saer Seck suggesting the Spanish club have made an offer. (Liverpool Echo)

Atletico Madrid are in advanced negotiations with Napoli to sign 25-year-old Albania defender Elseid Hysaj, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Football Italia)

USA defender Antonee Robinson is on the brink of leaving Everton, with the 21-year-old left-back close to completing a permanent switch to Wigan. (Liverpool Echo)

Dinamo Zagreb’s Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo, 21, says he is not ruling out a transfer to any club as he continues to be linked with Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton’s Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29, says he is aware of the rumours of a move to Paris St-Germain but that his focus is on the Africa Cup of Nations. (Sport Witness)

Marseille defender Adil Rami, 33, has given up on finishing his career in the MLS after the France international’s break-up with Pamela Anderson. (L’Equipe)

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