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Liverpool linked to 'sensational' bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swedish striker's anti-French outburst has failed to dim Liverpool's enthusiasm to sign him up

Are Liverpool seriously thinking of making a move for potty-mouthed Paris striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic? And will Newcastle bid farewell to Ayoze Perez? It's all go this Tuesday at Transfer Talk Towers

• Italian giants Inter Milan are consider selling Mateo Kovacic at the end of the season, news that will put a smile on the faces of Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. According to Talksport, the midfielder "has gone off the boil in recent weeks" and as a result Inter will look to offload the player they bought for around £9m from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013. In addition Inter are unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League after a recent slump in form has seen them drop to eighth in Serie A. So the club will be forced to sell off some of their prized assets – and Kovacic is one their gems, with Talksport claiming Inter will demand in the region of £20m for the playmaker. Arsenal and United are leading the chase with clubs reportedly sending scouts to watch Kovacic in action.

• Newcastle boss John Carver has said he's aware of the increasing interest being shown in Ayoze Perez. The Spanish sharpshooter arrived at St James' Park from Tenerife for around £2 million last June and, according to the Daily Express has come to the attention of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. Asked about the future of the 21-year-old striker, Carver replied: "I know for a fact there is interest [and] I'm not surprised. He's a young lad and an exciting talent." Though he remained coy on whether Newcastle would sell Perez in the summer, Carver did admit that he'd discussed his future with Manchester City.

• Fresh from their 1-0 defeat of Swansea on Monday night, Liverpool now find themselves linked with a "sensational transfer deal" for Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been mooted as possible destinations for the 33-year-old striker, whose future in Paris is uncertain after his foul-mouthed outburst on Sunday night but Metro suggest the Reds are now in pole position. Despite scoring twice for PSG, Ibrahimovic was on the wrong end of a defeat to Bordeaux and he exploded in rage as he made his way to the dressing room. "I've been playing for 15 years and I've never seen [good] refereeing in this s*** country. They don't even deserve PSG in this country," he stormed. Consequently, says Metro, speculation over his future "has intensified" and Liverpool are said to be lining up a deal for the Swede.

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