Liverpool ‘to battle Chelsea and PSG’ for £35million Porto star

Liverpool will vie with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to land Porto’s Alex Telles this summer, according to reports in France.

The Brazilian left-back has come to the attention of the trio, reports Le Parisien (via TeamTalk) .

It’s claimed that Telles has a £35million release clause in his contract, and that Jurgen Klopp is keen to land the player, in a move that would allow the club to move on Alberto Moreno, 12 months before the end of his contract.

Teles, who played in Porto’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League last term, is under contract in Portugal until 2021.

Would the Reds be so keen to spend so much on a player that doesn’t automatically upgrade their first team?

Roma president "confirms" Liverpool target Alisson is close to Real Madrid move

Liverpool look set to suffer a further transfer blow as Roma goalkeeper Alisson is closing in on a move to Real Madrid, writes Mirror Football’s Mark Jones.

At least that’s according to the Italian club’s president, who suggested on Thursday – with his tongue in his cheek – that the Brazilian shot-stopper is set for a move to the side that beat the Reds in last month’s Champions League final .

The 25-year-old’s representatives are believed to have opened talks with the Spanish giants while their client is with his national team at the World Cup in Russia, and a deal worth around £68.3m could be struck by the weekend.

And Roma president James Pallotta joked that he was resigned to lose his No. 1 to the Spanish capital when he was approached by a Naples-based website.

"No, [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis doesn’t want to spend all his money," laughed Palotta when he was asked by journalists from if Napoli could sign the goalkeeper.

“€78m is needed and he’s close to joining Real Madrid.”

Mohamed Salah "almost 100 percent" certain to play for Egypt in World Cup 2018 opener

Egypt coach Hector Cuper says Mo Salah will start their World Cup opener — and can be the tournament’s top scorer, writes David McDonnell in Moscow.

Salah, who has scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season and was voted double Footballer of the Year, was a major doubt to face Uruguay on Friday following the shoulder injury suffered in the 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

But Cuper is certain Salah is fit to start.

He said: "I can almost 100 per cent say he will play, save for any unforeseen factors at the last minute. Salah has recovered and will play. And nothing prevents him from competing for the title of the golden boot.

“We’re trying to make him feel confident – even the doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I’m sure he’s not afraid, he’s not fearful.”

Despite the boost of Salah being fit, Cuper has warned his side they cannot pin all their World Cup hopes on their star man.

“Egypt are lucky to have one of the best players in the world in their ranks,” said Cuper. “Salah is the Egyptian Lionel Messi, but we can’t just rely on him.

“Salah is the star, but it’s possible that a goalkeeper or a defender will come to the rescue. And then there are the midfielders, who do a lot of running for the team.”

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