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Report – Chelsea join hunt for top-flight defender

CHELSEA and Liverpool are reportedly keen on Sebastian Caceres.

The Uruguay Under-18s skipper has established himself at Montevideo outfit Liverpool FC after rising through their academy ranks.

And he’s since been tipped for a move to Europe, following in the footsteps of countrymen Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Caceres previously spent time training with Dutch giants Feyenoord but they failed to secure an agreement to get him on-board.

It seems he could get the chance to test himself at a higher level with one of the Premier League’s big boys though.

According to The Sun, Chelsea and Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Caceres.

They’re not alone in showing an interest in the defender though.

Manchester City are said to have monitored Caceres’ progress in the past.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are thought to be keeping tabs on him too.

Caceres possesses a Spanish passport, meaning he wouldn’t need a work permit to move to England.

Chelsea and Liverpool’s chances of securing the 18-year-old services could be boosted by his agent working in the UK.

Nick Maytum, from TMG Football, is based in England and that may help the Blues or Reds seal a deal.

Liverpool are in negotiations with the agent of world-class goalkeeper

INTER MILAN are preparing to once again begin talks with Samir Handanovic over a new contract to stop him leaving for Liverpool or Tottenham, according to reports.

Inter were stuck for over a year discussing a deal with goalkeeper Handanovic, only for him to finally pen fresh terms in January 2016.

But his contract is already nearing its conclusion, with the agreement set to end in 2019.

Inter are desperate to keep their goalkeeper but the draw of the Premier League almost saw him move to England two summers back.

And reports in Italy claim Inter are determined to avoid the same scenario.

According to FCInterNews, Inter rejected interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham in the summer.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp eventually stuck with goalkeeping duo Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, although question marks hang over the futures of both players.

Spurs were concerned Hugo Loris could be subject to interest from abroad, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain seeking new shot-stoppers.

FCInterNews claim the player’s agent Fali Ramadani met with Piero Ausilio to discuss the possibility to Handanovic leaving for Liverpool or Spurs before deciding not to act on the interest.

They now want the 33-year-old Slovenia international to extend his contract by a further year so as to avoid further transfer speculation over the coming months.

£20m attacker will perform at Anfield this season

The Turkish transfer deadline passed at midnight on Friday and Lazar Marković doesn’t seem any closer to heading back to Fenerbahce (this year). The 23-year-old winger has not clocked any time at all for Liverpool since July’s pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers and was sorely in need of a transfer that would give him the minutes he needs to keep developing.

Liverpool bought Marković for about £20 million in July 2014 from Benfica, but the player has had a disappointing showing at Liverpool and has spent the last two years on loan to Fenerbahce, Hull City, and Sporting CP. Marković spent the majority of his time in Turkey injured and only scored two goals in 21 total appearances for Fenerbahce, but the club needed the extra attackers this season and a loan would have been optimal for everyone.

But the lack of a move may end up working out for Marković.

While Marković hasn’t had a first team game since May 2015, the Reds will be competing in the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FA Cup this season and may need the extra depth that Marković could provide. Marković is not eligible for the Champions League, but was named in Liverpool’s Premier League squad and will also be eligible for the FA Cup.

The Portuguese transfer window is still open, of course, but Liverpool may gamble on keeping the winger for now. Marković is still incredibly young and will be keen to take any opportunities he can to prove himself to Klopp. If Liverpool end up in an injury crisis again, having the player around may just end up being what the club needs.

Jurgen Klopp is on the race for 27-year-old Bundesliga winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will continue to monitor Bayern Munich and Germany stay Thomas Muller with an eye to the January transfer window, reports say.

Muller, 27, has been at Bayern for over ten years, winning the Bundesliga title six times and the Champions League during his time with the German giants.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all made enquiries about signing the experienced German international before the start of the season, according to SportBild.

The €42m-rated Germany international has plenty of admirers though, report Bild, with English clubs and Serie A champions Juventus all likely to make offers come January.

While Muller did not enjoy his most successful season with Bayern during the 2016-17 campaign, the German giants were unwilling to see him leave in the summer.

But the Reds, Gunners and Blues could test the club’s resolve at the start of 2018 as they eye deals for the Bayern legend.

Liverpool are in talks with the agent of world-class goalkeeper

INTER MILAN are preparing to once again begin talks with Samir Handanovic over a new contract to stop him leaving for Liverpool or Tottenham, according to reports.

Inter were stuck for over a year discussing a deal with goalkeeper Handanovic, only for him to finally pen fresh terms in January 2016.

But his contract is already nearing its conclusion, with the agreement set to end in 2019.

Inter are desperate to keep their goalkeeper but the draw of the Premier League almost saw him move to England two summers back.

And reports in Italy claim Inter are determined to avoid the same scenario.

According to FCInterNews, Inter rejected interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham in the summer.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp eventually stuck with goalkeeping duo Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, although question marks hang over the futures of both players.

Spurs were concerned Hugo Loris could be subject to interest from abroad, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain seeking new shot-stoppers.

FCInterNews claim the player’s agent Fali Ramadani met with Piero Ausilio to discuss the possibility to Handanovic leaving for Liverpool or Spurs before deciding not to act on the interest.

They now want the 33-year-old Slovenia international to extend his contract by a further year so as to avoid further transfer speculation over the coming months.

£20m attacker will play at Anfield this season

The Turkish transfer deadline passed at midnight on Friday and Lazar Marković doesn’t seem any closer to heading back to Fenerbahce (this year). The 23-year-old winger has not clocked any time at all for Liverpool since July’s pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers and was sorely in need of a transfer that would give him the minutes he needs to keep developing.

Liverpool bought Marković for about £20 million in July 2014 from Benfica, but the player has had a disappointing showing at Liverpool and has spent the last two years on loan to Fenerbahce, Hull City, and Sporting CP. Marković spent the majority of his time in Turkey injured and only scored two goals in 21 total appearances for Fenerbahce, but the club needed the extra attackers this season and a loan would have been optimal for everyone.

But the lack of a move may end up working out for Marković.

While Marković hasn’t had a first team game since May 2015, the Reds will be competing in the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FA Cup this season and may need the extra depth that Marković could provide. Marković is not eligible for the Champions League, but was named in Liverpool’s Premier League squad and will also be eligible for the FA Cup.

The Portuguese transfer window is still open, of course, but Liverpool may gamble on keeping the winger for now. Marković is still incredibly young and will be keen to take any opportunities he can to prove himself to Klopp. If Liverpool end up in an injury crisis again, having the player around may just end up being what the club needs.

Liverpool fan favourite linked with a switch to Euro Giants next Summer

Manchester United and Chelsea have entered the race to sign Emre Can from Liverpool, according to reports in Italy.

The 23-year-old has not signed a new contract with Liverpool and will be available on a free transfer next summer once his deal expires.

Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder, but Tuttosport claims that the Italian champions are now facing competition from Chelsea and Manchester United.

Bayern Munich are also reportedly keen on a deal for the Germany international, who will be free to negotiate with teams outside of England in January.

Last month, Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed that the Italian club are planning to make a move for Can in January after failing with a bid this summer.

‘Liverpool are holding on tight to Emre Can,’ he said.

‘His contract expires in June. We’ll be able to negotiate with him from January.

‘We won’t hide the fact we like him, but currently he is a Liverpool player, so we can only admire him from afar.’

Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for 27-year-old Bundesliga winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will continue to monitor Bayern Munich and Germany stay Thomas Muller with an eye to the January transfer window, reports say.

Muller, 27, has been at Bayern for over ten years, winning the Bundesliga title six times and the Champions League during his time with the German giants.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all made enquiries about signing the experienced German international before the start of the season, according to SportBild.

The €42m-rated Germany international has plenty of admirers though, report Bild, with English clubs and Serie A champions Juventus all likely to make offers come January.

While Muller did not enjoy his most successful season with Bayern during the 2016-17 campaign, the German giants were unwilling to see him leave in the summer.

But the Reds, Gunners and Blues could test the club’s resolve at the start of 2018 as they eye deals for the Bayern legend.

Agent of £52m-rated Serie A Powerhouse Reveals Reason Why His Client Snubbed Liverpool Move

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent has broken his silence following speculation linking the Napoli defender with a big-money move to the Premier League this summer.

The 26-year-old centre-back has made 119 appearances for Napoli since his debut back in 2014 and his outstanding performances in Italy are understood to have caught the eye of both Chelsea and Liverpool.

It’s believed Napoli would have considered an offer of around £52million for Koulibaly in the summer but the Senegal international decided to stay on at the Stadio San Paolo to win silverware.

His agent Bruno Satin told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: ‘The Scudetto pact?

‘Kalidou stayed because he has a strong contract and he knows that with these teammates and this staff they can have important ambitions and try to win the Scudetto.’

Antonio Conte is an avid admirer of Koulibaly and has expressed a strong interest in the defender during his two summers at Chelsea.

Back in June, Satin told Mondo Napoli: ‘Koulibaly? The transfer market is long as it will be open until August 31, something might happen before then.

‘Chelsea? They are a world class team that many players would like to join but I don’t want to talk about this now.’

The Senegalese, who was named in the Serie A Team of the Year last season, is tied into a contract at Napoli until the summer of 2021.

Chelsea eventually settled on a £29m deal for Antonio Rudiger, with the Germany defender signing a five-year deal with the Premier League champions last month.

Liverpool Could Miss Out Signing of 25-goals Bundesliga Forward

La Liga champions Real Madrid are reportedly ready to go toe-to-toe with Liverpool as the Anfield side look to secure a second signing from RB Leipzig.

Having announced the capture of midfielder Naby Keita, who will join the Reds on 1 July 2018, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to turn his attentions towards landing forward Timo Werner.

The €79m-rated Germany international caught the eye last season as Leipzig secured second place in the Bundesliga and he has since gone on to finish as top scorer in this summer’s Confederations Cup.

Now some of Europe’s top clubs are chasing him and Sport 1 claims Liverpool have made repeated enquiries with Leipzig throughout last season and again in the summer. But having made Keita, their top priority, the Reds decided not to pursue Werner for the time being.

However, with Keita now in the bag, the Reds are ready to jump back in for Werner and will continue to monitor the player ahead of a potential bid either in January, or more likely, next summer.

However, the German TV channel also names Real Madrid are strong contenders to sign the striker. It’s claimed they see Werner as a potential successor to Karim Benzema, whose time at the Bernabeu could be coming to an end.

It’s reported they have already sent scouts to watch him this season and believe he is a future star in the making.

Werner has scored 25 goals in 36 appearances for Leipzig since signing from VfB Stuttgart in June 2016.

He is contracted to Leipzig until the summer of 2020.