Paper Round: Liverpool to resurrect £60m Fekir deal

Paper Round: Liverpool to resurrect £60m Fekir deal
Paper Round: Liverpool to resurrect £60m Fekir deal

Liverpool to reopen talks for Nabil Fekir, Chelsea make plans for live without Thibaut Courtois, though their players are in the dark over who will manage them.

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Liverpool resume Fekir talks

Liverpool’s move for Nabil Fekir looked to have collapsed after negotiations stopped when Liverpool were unwilling to match the £60m valuation for the 24-year-old playmaker. The previous talks had gone so far that Liverpool had even filmed an unveiling interview with Fekir, ready for the transfer announcement. Jurgen Klopp’s club intend to resurrect discussions in order to find a compromise agreement.

Nabil Fekir et Antoine Griezmann lors de France - DanemarkGetty Images

Paper Round’s view: Fekir’s value might be increasing as France showed what they can do against Argentina. A successful tournament is likely to show the world Fekir’s talents and raise his transfer fee, so Liverpool will need to hurry in order to seal the deal now. They might have looked elsewhere over the last fortnight and come to the conclusion that there is no better deal to be had elsewhere.

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Courtois wants to leave Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois has announced that he is willing to leave Chelsea, but he has his heart set on his, ‘preferred choice.’ That would be to join Real Madrid. He says he has not seen his children in 18 months since they and their mother moved back to Madrid, so he would like to go back to the city to be closer to them. With only 12 months left of his contract, he would be able to leave relatively easily, but Real may prefer Roma’s Alisson.

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Paper Round’s view: Courtois has been straightforward in his dealings with Chelsea, and open about the difficulties he is enduring from being away from his children for so long. Given he has not messed the club around, it may make sense for Chelsea to facilitate a move back to Madrid in order to make a profit on a transfer, and give the player the move he wants.

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Chelsea eye Courtois replacement

Chelsea are making plans for life without Courtois after his announcement. While Real are reportedly interested in Alisson, along with Liverpool, neither club has made progress given Roma are asking £65m for the player. However, Chelsea will ask for £50m for Courtois from Real, meaning they would need to find only an additional £15m to complete the deal. They have also considered a move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland, who is expected to depart.

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Paper Round’s view: Butland is an able player, but he has not yet found the heights of either Courtois or Alisson, so he is unlikely to make it as a number one for a club with a budget like Chelsea’s. Alisson has Champions League experience, so will be the top target for most European clubs who can afford him. Liverpool may end up compromising and signing him.

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Chelsea players in the dark over manager

Chelsea players are unsure who will take their first training session of the season, and do not know if current boss Antonio Conte has even prepared for it. Conte is demanding that he be paid off his final £9.5m salary in full, something the club is not yet willing to do. Further to that, Maurizio Sarri is still contracted to Napoli, and no deal for his release has been completed, so it is believed a £4.5m compensation package has been agreed.

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Paper Round’s view: Antonio Conte is right to demand the money he is due. There is no obvious destination for him this summer, so he is unlikely to find a new job without dropping down the league table across Europe. Chelsea are learning that their constant need to flip from one manager to another causes problems, and they need to have the money to back up the approach. They may seriously suffer from another slow start in the league, whoever manages them.

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