Roma eye Sakho and top La Liga striker linked

The Morning Bulletin

Roma considers move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

Roma are considering a move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho as a replacement for Kostas Manolas, who is expected to exit the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

The Greece international looks set to leave the Serie A club for Inter while Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly set to make a move for the 25-year-old. Having been linked with Sakho in past seasons, Roma are again considering an approach for the Frenchman after his impressive performances since joining Crystal Palace on loan

Bids submitted for ‘world-class’ €60m striker?

Both Liverpool and Arsenal have submitted bids for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema according to Spanish outlet Don Balon. The 29-year-old Frenchmen look set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer and the Premier League duo are both in the race to grab his signature.

However, they also faced competition from Serie A outfit, AC Milan and Inter who are also interested in signing the Real Madrid forward. French champions Paris Saint-Germain are also known suitor for the striker. Benzema has recently stated that he remains happy and would love to commit his future to the club. However, President Florentino Perez may use funds collected from any potential sale to bolster the squad ahead of next season.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala are names being linked to Real Madrid this summer.

Coutinho ‘not for sale’

Liverpool have reportedly informed Barcelona that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale at any price. Speculations have surfaced that the Reds have been involved in advanced discussion with Barcelona over transfer of Coutinho in the summer. However, according to the Liverpool Echo, no such talks have taken place and the Reds have no intention in selling their star player.

With the increased speculations regarding Coutinho’s future, Jurgen Klopp insists he’s not worried about the prospect of losing his Brazilian talisman. “Actually, I think it’s positive when there is interest. It shows it’s good. I am not concerned because I think Phil fits really well and comfortably here.”

“He had a difficult time with injury, coming back fighting for shape, I would say. That’s normal. In the last three games, you can see immediately, when he is in a little bit of shape, how big the difference is he can have in a game.

“That’s wonderful for us. I am not concerned, actually, because we give the boys enough perspective that they really want to be part of this for the next few years.”