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Liverpool will face competition for Fabian Ruiz if they do decide to move for him

Real Madrid are among the teams ready to move for Liverpool transfer target Fabian Ruiz, the Napoli midfielder’s agent has confirmed.

The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder has impressed since leaving Real Betis for Serie A two years ago and has been widely tipped to leave the Italian side in the summer.

The Reds are thought to be in the hunt to sign him, along with Real Madrid and their arch-rivals Barcelona, while Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been impressed by his displays.

And Ruiz’s entourage Alvaro Torres confirmed he had informed Napoli of interest from Los Blancos in signing his client, who has netted two goals and provided two assists in Serie A this term, as he hinted at a summer move.

‘It’s obvious that there are many important clubs that have asked about him, he has spent three years at a high level,’ Torres told Canal Sur Radio.

‘Yes, it’s true that Real has shown interest, we told Napoli. But right now, he must focus on his team. This summer, we will see. He is a midfielder who will mark an era.’

Meantime, Real Madrid won’t be given a free run at Rennes ace and Liverpool target Eduardo Camavinga, the reports say.

The Spanish club have allegedly identified the 17-year-old midfielder as a leading target ahead of this summer’s transfer market and are said to be prepared to offer €50 million (£44.8m) for his services.

A recent report stated that Camavinga preferred Madrid over the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

However, according to Le 10 Sport, the talent has not decided to join Zinedine Zidane’s side in the summer and will weigh up all of his options at the end of the 2019-20 term.

Emile Heskey wants to see Liverpool sign 21-goals Bundesliga hitman

Emile Heskey has tipped former side Liverpool to target RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp is said to have made the Germany international his number one target for when the transfer market reopens, although the European champions could face competition from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea.

The 24-year-old star has a £52m release clause in his deal at Die Roten Bullen, and he believes that he is exactly the type of player Jurgen will be keen to “get his teeth stuck into”.

“Timo Werner is a young player who has done phenomenally well. When you’re bringing in young players, you want ones that are tried and tested, who know what it takes to perform at the top level,” Emile told Genting Bet.

“Those players are always going to be an asset. Werner looks phenomenal – his pace looks great. Klopp obviously knows a lot about the German league as well, so I’m sure he’ll be keen to get his teeth stuck into him.”

Timo has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe this term, scoring 27 goals and assisting 12 more in 36 games.

Elsewhere, Barcelona manager Quique Setien is reportedly ‘dreaming’ of signing Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.

The 23-year-old midfielder is widely expected to leave his Italian club in the summer, with a number of clubs said to be in the hunt.

Liverpool and Manchester City have both been credited with an interest in the Spaniard, while Ruiz’s agent Alvaro Torres has stated that Real Madrid are in the running.

Blaugrana have also been consistently mentioned with the midfielder, though, and according to AS, Quique dreams of bringing him to Camp Nou during this summer’s transfer market.

Juventus no longer pursuing transfer of £100m Liverpool midfield target

Liverpool have been received a boost in their attempts to land Kai Havertz after Juventus pulled out of the race to secure his signature.

That’s according to Sky Germany, via TEAMtalk, who states that the Serie A giants no longer consider the player a summer target, due to the outbreak of coronavirus that is currently affecting football.

It means Liverpool and Bayern Munich appear to be the favourites to land the Bayer Leverkusen star, with the Reds mentioned with the £81m-rated star in the latest months.

Kai could be a game-changing addition in the middle of the pitch. The 20-year-old is one of the continent’s most highly-rated young midfielders, having netted 23 goals and grabbed eight assists in the last two terms in the league.

He could bring a level of creativity in the midfield that can sometimes be missing – his average of 2.3 key passes per match in the league in 2019/20 is superior to every Reds player, barring Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Having to pay a reported £100 million to get the German may prove to be an issue, however, considering it’d smash Liverpool’s current record transfer sum that is set by Virgil van Dijk.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s proposed move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has reportedly been put on hold amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 24-year-old has been persistently linked with a move to Anfield following an impressive campaign in the league, registering 21 goals from 25 league games.

However, the outbreak of coronavirus has had unprecedented implications on the sporting world, with transfer dealings being thrown up in the balance as a result of the crisis.

According to The Daily Mail, the Reds have put all transfer and contract discussions on hold due to uncertainty over the COVID-19.

Sevilla linked with big-money move for Liverpool outcast

Sevilla are preparing a big offer to sign Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer, according to a Swiss German-language newspaper Blick, via Sport Witness.

The 28-year-old forward is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the term, having fallen out of favour under manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds are said to want between £16 million and £18 million for Xherdan’s services, with Roma and CSKA Moscow among those keen on landing him.

It is Sevilla who appear to be leading the hunt, however, with a ‘lucrative multi-year contract’ mentioned in the aforementioned report.

It makes total sense for all sides to move Shaqiri on, allowing the Swiss more game time and giving Liverpool the chance to land a superior successor.

Milot Rashica has been mooted as a summer signing for the Reds – the Kosovar is a younger alternative with 10 goals and four assists for German side Werder Bremen this season.

It is easy to forget that the Reds paid just £13 million to sign Xherdan, and it looks as though the club should make that back and more in the summer.

They have got some useful contributions from the player such as his two match-winning goals versus Manchester United or his pinpoint cross to Gini Wijnaldum in the famous comeback win against La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

That is a great business if it proves to be the case, highlighting the continued good work of Jurgen and Michael Edwards in the transfer market.

Liverpool boost as Premier League rivals ready to sell 10-goals attacker

Arsenal management will listen to offers for Liverpool target Gabriel Martinelli this summer transfer window, according to 90min.

The Gunners will consider selling the young South American, should an offer be deemed too good to reject.

Liverpool were linked with a swoop for Martinelli earlier this season, seeing the Brazilian as someone who could bolster their attacking variants.

The 18-year-old forward has scored 10 goals for Arsenal this campaign, including two away to the Anfield outfit in the Carabao Cup.

Gabriel could be a fantastic signing for the Reds, with the teenager looking every bit a manager Jurgen Klopp player in style. The Reds chief even called him a ‘talent of the century’, following Gabriel’s double at Anfield.

Versatile, technical and tenacious – he can play centrally and on either wing – Gabriel could be an ideal backup option to Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, bringing with him a proven goal threat.

Divock Origi could leave and Rhian Brewster’s long-term future at Anfield is not guaranteed, so Martinelli could fill the void perfectly. The ace has shown this campaign that he can thrive for a top club.

In other news, Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has said that he is “baffled” that midfielder Jordan Henderson is only now receiving widespread praise for his displays.

“I have to say I am delighted but a little baffled that Jordan Henderson is getting more praise this season than in previous years,” Jamie wrote in The Telegraph.

H has made 35 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season, netting three goals and creating five more.

Summer approach imminent as Liverpool step up interest in Ben White

Liverpool delegations have been raving about Leeds United defender Ben White but have identified one key weakness as a summer move is debated, Football Insider has learned.

The PL leaders are one of a number of leading league clubs keeping close tabs on the centre-half during his season-long loan at Elland Road.

An Anfield source has told Football Insider that their recruitment team have closely analysed the 22-year-old on-loan Brighton ace this season and been hugely impressed by his development.

Ben is said to have scored excellent data metrics on the Reds’ sophisticated tracking tools as the club assess centre-halfs who can carry the ball forward and fit into the manager’s style of play.

The star is so comfortable on the ball he has even been used in a midfield anchorman role by Leeds chief Marcelo Bielsa when he could not call upon Kalvin Phillips because of suspension.

One area where Ben has not performed so well is in aerial battles, partly as a consequence of his 6ft frame.

By central defender standards, and in comparison to Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, who are all 6ft 3in or taller, he is far from a colossal figure.

Even Joe Gomez, whose playing style Ben has been compared to, is 6ft 2in and has better success in clearances and headers.

Football Insider first revealed in October that Jurgen Klopp’s European champions have been keeping close tabs on him this season.

He has been an ever-present in Leeds’ Championship campaign but is due to go back to parent club Brighton at the end of the season.

German boss tipped to stay at Liverpool despite potential La Liga interest

Jurgen Klopp will be drawing interest from the world’s elite clubs, but he will not be tempted away from Liverpool in the immediate future, believes former Reds striker Emile Heskey.

Although the current campaign is stuck in a coronavirus hiatus, the Reds had been on course for their first-ever PL title, sitting 25 points clear at the top of the standings.

The Merseysiders lifted the UCL last season and their exciting brand of football, along with superb results, will inevitably see other clubs trying to tempt the manager away from Anfield.

However, Emile, who won the FA Cup, two League Cups and UEFA Cup with Liverpool, cannot see Jurgen abandoning his project at Anfield, and expects him to stay at least until his deal runs out in 2024.

‘There is always an option that Klopp could leave to join a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona but I don’t think that Klopp is finished with the project that he has started at Liverpool,’ Emile told GentingBet.

‘They are moving into a new training facility, they are really getting to where they feel that they can be when it comes to being recognised as an international brand as a football club.

‘Klopp has really put them on the map there. I think Klopp still feels like he has a lot to do. So, I don’t think the fans will be overly worried about Klopp leaving.’

Meantime, The Reds’ new £50 million training complex in Kirkby was scheduled to open before the start of next campaign before coronavirus demolished the footballing calendar.

That may still be the case, with next campaign likely to start later than expected, but work on the 9,200m2 has halted.

European clubs told how much they will have to pay for Liverpool star

Liverpool have allegedly dropped their asking price for unsettled forward Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international has only featured 10 times for the Reds during the 2019-20 season, and a recent report claimed that the German manager Jurgen Klopp’s side were prepared to sell the 28-year-old in the summer.

Liverpool had initially valued the player in the region of £28m, but according to a media outlet Calciomercato, the European champions have now made it clear that the would sell for between £16 million and £18 million.

Sevilla, AS Roma and CSKA Moscow, are all thought to be keen on a deal for the attacker, who has a deal at Anfield until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Shaqiri has scored seven times in 40 games for Liverpool in all competitions since making the move from Stoke City in the summer transfer window of 2018.

The Reds, though, will seemingly not be moving for Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho in the summer despite a host of speculation.

Meantime, Liverpool officials have reportedly been left surprised by talks that Sadio Mane could join Real Madrid in this summer’s transfer window.

Madrid have been strongly mentioned with the Senegal international in the latest weeks, and last month it was claimed that the 27-year-old star had emerged as the Spanish side’s leading transfer target.

However, according to The Athletic, the Reds have no plans to sell the attacker in the summer and have been left bemused by the rumours surrounding the ex-Metz youngster.

Mane has again been in stunning form for Jurgen Klopp’s side during the 2019-20 campaign, netting 18 times and contributing 12 assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.