Liverpool have now made three key additions to their first-team squad this summer, with Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota joining Kostas Tsimikas as new arrivals to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The focus is now expected to shift to outgoings over the next couple of weeks, with the squad looking bloated in some areas after players returned from loans or have otherwise fallen out of favour.
Having started the season with back-to-back wins in the Premier League, Liverpool are once again looking the team to beat on the pitch and continue to drive a hard bargain off it, too.
Several players hit the headlines today in the rumour mill, but for teams to actually land the Reds players they’ve targeted it seems they will have to fork out – while the club still has one eye on the future.
Grujic switches agents to force move
Marko Grujic hasn’t played a part yet this season after returning from two years on loan at Hertha Berlin, with rumours suggesting he could be on his way back to the Bundesliga sooner rather than later.
The Serbian midfielder has now changed agents in a bid to earn a move, with Liverpool not keen on another loan and having placed a €20 million price tag on him.
Kicker (via Sport Witness ) say that Hertha are still keen to sign Grujic, but he’s not the priority and they’re happy to wait for now.
As such, Liverpool have told other “interested parties” that they are willing to sell, if they can match the asking price.
Klopp keeping an eye on Reyna
Liverpool and young attackers out of Borussia Dortmund have a bit of history. There were long-held rumours over a move for Christian Pulisic, before he joined Chelsea. There are still suggestions they’ll be in for Jadon Sancho, if he doesn’t move beforehand. And now Bild (via NBC Sports ) note that Klopp is keen on Giovanni Reyna.
The teenage American has already made waves in the Bundesliga and looks an incredible prospect, and while there’s no chance of him leaving imminently, the suggestion is that the boss wants to “plan a move for next summer”.
Reyna has a contract coming when he turns 18 which will run through to 2023, though Sport1 have reported that Dortmund are keen to quickly tie him down for longer after remarkable progression of late.
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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.
In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Wolves’ Diogo Jota has arrived too, in a shock deal worth a potential £45million.
Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There’s a lot to keep track of.
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Koeman still wants Wijnaldum
Gini Wijnaldum is still on the wanted list for new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
As soon as the former Netherlands boss was appointed, the rumours of the two linking up again began – and they haven’t died down with Thiago signing for the Anfield club.
Catalunya Radio (via VoetbalPrimeur ) say the No. 5’s name is still “buzzing in the corridors” at the Camp Nou and the intention remains to bring him in after lowering the costs at the club, which should be achieved with the offloading of Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal.
Koeman also wants to sell Riqui Puig, a young midfielder who he feels faces too much competition to make the breakthrough, which could make space for Wijnaldum.
Burnley move for Wilson
Sean Dyche and Burnley have “made contact” with the Reds over a transfer for Harry Wilson.
BBC Sport confirm that it would be a permanent deal, with Liverpool not considering another loan for the Welshman, while local press reported earlier this summer that the club would want £20 million or so for his services.
Wilson faces a long line of competition for a spot in the forward line now, after Jota joined recently and Takumi Minamino did so in January.
Reds fight for Motherwell teen
The PA news agency reports that Liverpool are among three teams who are hoping to sign Sam Campbell from Motherwell.
The 16-year-old defender has been offered a three-year deal by his current club, and must choose between whether to push for a first-team role at Fir Park or move on to the Premier League.
As well as the Reds, Leeds and Brighton have had offers accepted.