PSG’s Kylian Mbappe is the most eye-catching link of them all with reports in France indicating the Premier League champions are already in contact over what would be a spectacular deal next summer. Real Madrid are also keen admirers of the French international World Cup winner. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr is another attacking target although the Hornets’ £30m asking price may soon see that interest shelved. Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who has struggled with injury during his time so far at Barca, could be a surprise late arrival with an audacious loan offer mooted.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona would be willing to let the forward go, particularly given recent La Liga restrictions on finances due to the pandemic which means Barca’s options for signing a replacement. It is also why a transfer for Georginio Wijnaldum is unlikely to ahead, despite Ronald Koeman’s hope of acquiring his fellow Dutchman. A more likely exit is striker Rhian Brewster with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United heavily linked with a temporary move.
STEPHENSON SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT WITH LIVERPOOL
Midfielder Luca Stephenson has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.
The 17-year-old joined the club from Sunderland at under-15 level and has impressed in the youth academy.
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 14:39
MBAPPE MORE LIKELY TO REMAIN AT PSG THAN JOIN LIVERPOOL
The Frenchman has been linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool as he enters the final 18 months of his contract with PSG.
But Johnson has claimed neither of Mbappe’s potential suitors will be able to meet the Ligue 1 champions’ demands.
“I don’t see PSG giving up Mbappe easily,” he told Sky Sports. “I think if they need to they would probably allow him to enter the final 12 months of his contract in a bid to try to persuade him to extend his stay with the club.
“Kylian Mbappe is the future for this PSG project and I just don’t see them giving him up without a fight. I don’t think either of Real Madrid or Liverpool will be able to pay what PSG would even consider just to go to the table and negotiate next summer.”
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 14:16
DERBY IN TALKS TO SIGN ANOTHER FORMER LIVERPOOL PLAYER
Derby are clearly not content with only bringing in one ex-Liverpool player.
After Jordan Ibe’s arrival, Bobby Duncan is the Championship club’s next target.
Sky Sports claim Derby are in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Fiorentina to sign the 19-year-old striker.
Duncan has not made a single appearance for the Italian team since leaving Liverpool last year.
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 13:55
BARNES’ WARNING TO MANE
Liverpool legend John Barnes has warned that – as “fantastic” as Sadio Mane has been for the Reds – the Senegal forward should avoid doing a ‘Fernando Torres’ or ‘Luis Suarez’ in leaving too soon for fans’ liking.
Here’s what Barnes had to say when asked if Mane could emulate him:
Alex Pattle22 September 2020 13:13
LIVERPOOL CONSIDERED MOVE FOR LILLE’S JONATHAN DAVID BEFORE JOTA SIGNING
Liverpool “extensively scouted” Lille winger Jonathan David before deciding on a move for Diogo Jota, according to The Athletic.
The 20-year-old was one of a number of players identified as a potential option, including Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
David scored 23 goals for Gent last season before moving to Ligue 1 side Lille.
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 12:52
GRUJIC EXPECTED TO LEAVE LIVERPOOL
Marko Grujic is set to leave Liverpool after the signings of Thiago and Diogo Jota.
The Reds now have plenty of options in midfield and the 23-year-old, who has spent the last two season on loan at Hertha Berlin, is considered surplus to requirements.
“There’s no doubt now that they’ve made those two big signings, the focus will shift to outgoings,” journalist James Pearce said on the Red Agenda Podcast.
“In that midfield department clearly Marko Grujic will move on. There’s interest in him from Borussia Monchengladbach.”
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 12:30
LIVERPOOL ‘ALWAYS CONFIDENT’ OVER THIAGO SIGNING DESPITE MANCHESTER UNITED & CHELSEA INTEREST
The 29-year-old completed his £25m move to Anfield last week and impressed on his debut against Chelsea on Sunday.
And Honigstein, speaking on his podcast, claimed Liverpool were the clear favourites to sign Thiago from the start of the transfer window, even amid reported interest from clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea.
“I think there was some cursory interest, there might have been one or two preliminary talks or people just enquiring what the situation is,” he said.
“I’ve always been told by someone close to Liverpool that they were always very, very confident that Thiago had decided to go for them and it was just a case of striking a deal between Bayern and Liverpool.
“There might have been a few flirts, a few people sniffing around, but it looked like Liverpool was always going to be the most likely outcome.”
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 12:06
ASTON VILLA JOIN RACE TO SIGN REPORTED LIVERPOOL TARGET
Aston Villa have emerged as contenders to sign Watford forward Ismaila Sarr.
France Football report that that the 22-year-old, supposedly a target for Liverpool, could instead make a switch to Villa Park.
The Reds were reportedly in for Sarr before completing the signing of Diogo Jota, though there has been talk that they might still be interested in the Watford man.
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 11:36
BARCELONA STANCE ON DEMBELE LOAN
Barcelona are not interested in sending Ousmane Dembele on loan to Liverpool, according to France Football.
The Reds reportedly made contact over the possible signing of the France international, who has been in and out of the Blaugrana team since joining for £135m in 2017.
But Barcelona are not willing to loan the 23-year-old out, instead preferring a permanent transfer to raise funds.
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 11:17
LIVERPOOL LEGEND SAYS FANS ‘CAN’T BLAME’ BREWSTER FOR WANTING MOVE
Liverpool legend John Aldridge has claimed Rhian Brewster is within his rights to seek out a move.
The 20-year-old striker looks set to leave the club having fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.
Brewster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea, has been heavily linked with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, while Aston Villa and Leeds are also said to be interested.
“If he’s not going to get games at Liverpool in the foreseeable future having seemingly now moved further down the pecking order, you can’t blame him for wanting to move on,” Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“It would be shrewd to have a buy-back option though because Liverpool are then covering themselves with a kind of insurance policy, having put years worth of training and development into the boy.”
Callum Rice-Coates22 September 2020 11:02