Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, May 27: Liverpool to smash transfer record to sign Naby Keita, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris on Manchester City’s radar

27 May

Here are the top football stories in Saturday’s newspapers…

Liverpool are ready to smash the club’s transfer record to sign Jurgen Klopp’s prime target Naby Keita. The midfield player starred for RB Leipzig last season, and the Reds are reportedly willing to pay the £50m requested for him. (The Mirror)

Manchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain as they plot a move for Brazil international Lucas Moura. Moura, 24, was close to signing for the Old Trafford club in 2012 before PSG offered more money, and Jose Mourinho is now keen despite the Ligue 1 side wanting to recoup much of the £40m fee they paid for him. (The Sun)

Watford are closing in on appointing Marco Silva as head coach following his departure from Hull City. The Portuguese boss was the Hornets’ number one managerial target, and a deal is close to being finalised. (The Guardian)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City wishlist. Bernardo Silva became City’s first summer signing on Friday, as Guardiola kickstarted his £200m recruitment drive, with deals for Alexis Sanchez, Kyle Walker and Silva’s former Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy also on the cards. (The Mirror)

Antonio Conte is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2021. The Premier League-winning boss will be earning £9.6m-a-year following his success in 2016/17. (The Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri could return to football for next season as Leeds United consider appointing the Premier League-winning manager as Garry Monk’s replacement. Monk resigned on Thursday, and owner Andrea Radrizzani is keen on his fellow countryman. (The Sun)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Wayne Rooney should not leave for China as he still has ‘so much to offer’, according to former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins 

West Ham United and Southampton are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, according to reports Italy

Borussia Dortmund are ready to trigger the £21m release clause of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Patrik Schick

Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Hull full-back Andrew Robertson, according to reports in Portugal

Former Everton loan flop Lacina Traore has revealed he ‘dreams of returning to England’ – and could get the chance this summer

Derek McInnes is refusing to allow speculation over his future distract from Aberdeen’s bid for Scottish Cup glory

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