Dortmund to revive interest in midfielder, Liverpool step-up pursuit of centre-back and more news

Lucien Favre’s side were stunned by Serie A outfit Lazio in their Champions League opener at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.

Borussia Dortmund will step up their pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen in 2021, according to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato.

The 28-year-old Denmark international joined the Nerazzurri in a €20m deal in January but has been unable to live up to the billing at the San Siro outfit. He has featured in 30 games for Antonio Conte’s side but has managed to score only four goals in the process.

His poor performances in Italy haven’t gone under the radar as Antonio Conte is repeatedly ignoring Eriksen when selecting his matchday lineups, with the result that the Danish playmaker has played just 95 minutes in the first four games of the 2020/21 Serie A season.

Ligalive reported a few days earlier that the former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker’s situation in Italy has made him the subject of transfer interest of both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Both the European giants are ready to rival each other for the midfielder’s signature in January.

Inter Milan slap £27m price tag on Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is attracting transfer interest from Manchester United . (Image Copyright: imago images / Independent Photo Agency)

Top News 2: Liverpool step-up pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly

Liverpool step-up pursuit of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly
(Image Copyright: imago images / HochZwei / Syndication)
Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly in the market for a centre-back after the injury suffered by Virgl van Dijk effectively ended the season for the Dutchman.

Liverpool have expedited their pursuit of Senegal and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, per Italian journalist Fabio Santini [via Sport Witness].

The Premier League champions are short of options on the back following the knee injury suffered by Virgil Van Dijk against Everton last weekend. The 28-year-old defender is now awaiting surgery on the damaged part and might not feature again this season.

His potential long absence from the side, combined with the poor injury record of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, has raised questions about the Reds’ decision to not replace Dejan Lovren after sanctioning his move to Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer.

But the Italian journalist’s claim that Liverpool have made an offer of ‘between €70 and €75m’ for the Napoli centre-half shows that the Merseyside outfit are ready to rectify their mistake when the transfer window reopens in January.


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Top News 3: Erling Haaland set to ignore interest from Real Madrid

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Haaland has scored 24 goals in his first 27 official appearances for Dortmund (Image Copyright: imago images / pool photo)

The 20-year-old Norway international has impressed for Dortmund following his move from Austrian outfit RB Salzburg in January.

Real Madrid and Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of long-term transfer target Erling Braut-Haaland, according to reports in Germany.

German news outlet Sport Bild claims that the Norwegian striker has no intention of leaving Signal Iduna Park and wants to stay at Westfalenstadion beyond the summer of 2021.

The 20-year-old striker, who was on the transfer radar of several top European sides before his move to Dortmund last January, has went on to become a sensation during his stay in Germany.

Haaland has scored 22 goals in only 25 competitive appearances for Lucien Favre’s side and has set up a further six to reinforce his reputation as one of the best young players in European football.

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