Liverpool prepare for Coutinho exit by lining up Insigne as his replacement

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Steve Nicol says Philippe Coutinho might be upset about it, but Liverpool should not give in to his transfer request.

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Liverpool target Insigne to replace Coutinho

Despite a robust stance on Philippe Coutinho’s future, Liverpool have quietly prepared for an event in which they do sell the Brazilian to Barcelona, reports the Mirror.

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne is a prime candidate to replace him, and the ambitious move reportedly would cost around £60 million, though the Reds would likely face extreme resistance, similar to their own effort to keep Coutinho.

The Partenopei are notorious in resisting approaches for their star players, having succeeded in knocking back offers in recent years for Kalidou Koulibaly and Marek Hamsik, while Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani only departed for exceptionally high fees.

Lorenzo Insigne
Lorenzo Insigne could be brought in to replace Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool.

Further complicating such a move will be the Champions League qualifiers. The Reds face Hoffenheim and Napoli take on Nice, with any deal likely to be on hold until those matches have been played.

Conte demands reinforcements after opening-day implosion

Antonio Conte is to demand a flurry of signings in the closing stages of the transfer window after his Chelsea side capitulated in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening day of their Premier League title defence, reports the Telegraph.

The Blues are to immediately return to Leicester with an improved £25m offer for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, with the bonus that the England international would boost Chelsea’s homegrown quota.

Further targets include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Virgil van Dijk and right-wing-back options Joao Cancelo and Serge Aurier.

After a mass exodus of young players on loan and Cesc Fabregas’ red card in the shocking defeat to the Clarets, Conte is faced with playing one of Andreas Christensen and David Luiz out of position, or 19-year-old Kyle Scott, who is yet to play a senior game in his career, against Tottenham.

Chelsea reportedly will return with an improved offer for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Roma make Mahrez ultimatum

After weeks of negotiations, Roma have given an ultimatum to Leicester for Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that the Foxes have not responded to the third offer of £32m.

Leicester want £40m to sell to a club abroad, but director of football Monchi wants to draw a line under the situation.

A deal could still be done with a Premier League rival, where £50m is the asking price, but the Giallorossi remain the most likely destination for the 26-year-old.

Tap-ins

Gylfi Sigurdsson will finally seal his £50m move to Everton this week, which will trigger a series of moves, according to the Mirror. Swansea want West Brom’s Nacer Chadli to replace the Icelandic midfielder and will offer the Baggies £20m, a £7m profit 12 months after becoming the club’s record-signing.

– Arsenal have given up on their chase for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to the Mail, accepting that the Ligue 1 champions have no interest in selling the 21-year-old this summer.



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