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Liverpool still looking at deal for €125,000-a-week Napoli man

Liverpool will reportedly attempt to hijack Manchester City’s bid to land  Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this transfer window and will ask Sadio Mane to persuade the central defender to sign for the Premier League champions, according to reports in Le Parisien.

Jurgen Klopp believes an agreement with Napoli could be reached before the transfer market closes on October 5, but is mindful that both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the 29-year-old.

However, the Anfield outfit boss knows the Senegal connection between Sadio and the centre-back could help them pip their rivals to the star’s signature.

It is thought a transfer fee north of £60 million would be rehired to prise him from the Italians.

He is hot property this summer, having transformed into one of the continent’s elite defenders since joining Napoli from Genk six summers ago.

The Senegal international has been praised for his reading of the game, aerial prowess and leadership skills, while his pace and strength are perfectly suited to the fast-paced PL.

Klopp knows a defence marshalled by Virgil van Dijk and Koulibaly would take his team to even greater heights.

Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have both performed well beside Jurgen’s first choice Dutch defender, but neither has managed to make himself undroppable in the deputy role.

He has already brought in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £29 million and Diogo Jota from Wolves for £40 million.

Having upgraded his midfield and attack, the German tactician now wants to improve his defence.

Long-term Liverpool target could renew contract with Belgian club

Anderlecht have begun talks with Liverpool linked teenage attacker Jeremy Doku over a new deal in order to safeguard their investment in him.

The forward recently made his debut for Belgium and also netted his first international goal, leading to speculation over his departure from Anderlecht.

Liverpool tried to land him when he was only 15 and have continued to keep track of the ace’s development with a view to taking him to Merseyside.

Anderlecht haven’t ruled out selling the winger if they receive a big-money bid, but the club are desperate to retain his services this season.

And according to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, the Belgian side have been in talks with Doku’s agents over offering him a new contract.

The teenager still has two years left on his existing deal but Anderlecht are acutely aware of the interest from the Reds and other heavyweight clubs.

Anderlecht want to offer the player an improved contract in line with his development and tie the player down to a longer deal.

Jeremy will enter the final year of his contract at the end of next campaign and Anderlecht want to avoid that situation.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe could reportedly be available for £91 million next summer.

The France international’s current contract is due to expire in June 2022, though, and Liverpool are said to be closely monitoring developments surrounding his long-term future.

A recent report claimed that the Reds’ hierarchy are in regular contact with the 2018 World Cup winner, who has netted 14 times in 35 outings for his national team.

According to L’Equipe, should Kylian fail to agree an extension with his side before next summer then his price could drop to £91 million as the French giants would face losing him for free the following year.

Liverpool and Burnley far apart in their valuation of 23-year-old winger

Burnley are some distance from matching Liverpool’s asking price for attacker Harry Wilson, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

It emerged this week that Sean Dyche’s Burnley are locked in negotiations with league rivals Liverpool regarding a deal for Wales international Wilson.

The Clarets, who haven’t made significant additions to their roster yet in the ongoing transfer window, are looking to bring Harry in on a permanent deal.

Burnley have even made the Reds an offer to take Wilson to Turf Moor before the transfer market slams shut next month.

While the exact fee offered by the Lancashire-based outfit is unclear, it has been claimed they’ll need to put a 1 in front of the proposal.

That could indicate the proposal put on the table by the Clarets is below £10 million and is significantly under Liverpool’s valuation of Wilson.

It remains to be seen if they will up their offer and can reach an agreement with Jurgen Klopp’s side over a deal for Wilson.

Liverpool have been willing to listen to offers for the academy product all summer but their valuation of £20 million has put clubs off so far.

Meantime, Liverpool are allegedly hopeful that Sadio Mane can help convince Napoli’s powerful centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to snub interest from elsewhere to make the switch to Anfield.

Koulibaly continues to be linked with a transfer away from Naples, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are said to be at the head of the queue for the Senegal captain.

However, according to Le Parisien, the Reds have not given up hope of signing the player this summer as a partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool reach agreement over in-demand Scottish Premiership gem

Liverpool have had an offer accepted for Scottish teenage prodigy Sam Campbell, as claimed by the PA news agency.

The Reds don’t face a free run at the 16-year-old ace though as both Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United have also had offers accepted for the Motherwell youngster.

His talent was spotted at an early age north of the border and Sam Campbell made his Motherwell Under 18 debut aged just 14.

He now has a decision to make with all three PL clubs trying to persuade him to join, whislt Crystal Palace are also understood to be interested although the South London outfit are yet to agree on a deal with Motherwell.

There is also a chance that thee talent opts to remain in Scotland to continue his development as the Fir Park club are understood to have offered him a three-year deal to stay.

The Anfield outfit have previous in singing highly rated Scottish talents with Danny Wilson arriving with extremely high hopes from Rangers back in 2010.

Things did not quite go to plan for Wilson who left the club after three years and now plays for Colorado Rapids in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

More recently, the Reds purchased Tony Gallagher from Falkirk and the defender recently headed to Canadian outfit Toronto FC on loan.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will allegedly not be signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr during this summer’s transfer market.

A recent report stated that Jurgen Klopp’s side had agreed a £36 million deal for the Senegal international, but according to The Athletic, the forward will not be moving to Merseyside before the October 5 deadline.

French giants could be forced to sell Liverpool target for cut-price fee

Kylian Mbappe could cost just £91 million next year if he refuses to pen a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, reports say.

The striker is in the final two years of his existing deal with the French champions who are desperate for him to sign a new long-term deal – but discussions have not progressed.

The 21-year-old is valued at £400 million, but according to AS that could drop to £111 million if he enters the final year of his deal.

And L’Equipe report that the fee could fall as low as £91 million if PSG are unable to convince him to sign a fresh contract.

But the French newspaper and TV channel also claim the price could increase by £35 million if Mbappe agrees to a one-year extension.

The forward allegedly told PSG he wants to leave in 2021 with Liverpool and Real Madrid both interested in a possible move.

However, Covid-19 has had a significant economic impact on the biggest European sides and Real president Florentino Perez made it clear the LaLiga side wouldn’t be making any big signings any time soon.

Jurgen Klopp has also previously said it’d be almost impossible financially to bring the Frenchman to Anfield.

As reported by Sportsmail, the Reds did make contact with the representative of Kylian in the summer of 2017, when the then Monaco man was preparing to make his first big move on the European stage.

But Mbappe’s value has rocketed since and even a reduced sum of £91m would go against the Reds’ transfer strategy.

Senegalese winger could help Liverpool secure deal for his compatriot

Liverpool are allegedly using Sadio Mane in a last-ditch move to land Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, despite the centre-half already agreeing to terms with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp attempted to lower supporters’ expectations at the start of the summer transfer market, amid the financial uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Premier League champions have gone on to seal deals for Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas for a combined sum of around £80million.

The Reds have also been keen to bolster at centre-back and Klopp spoke at length with Kalidou on the phone back in May in a bid to convince the Napoli man to consider a move to Anfield.

But Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been frontrunners to wrap up a deal for Koulibaly leading up to October’s transfer deadline and the latter have even agreed to contractual terms with the Senegal international, according to Le Parisien.

However, the report states Liverpool are yet to give up hope in their pursuit of Kalidou and are looking to ‘convince the player via his friend and fellow countryman Mane to win the raffle’ for his signature.

Sadio and Kalidou, the Liverpool attacker’s captain at international level with Senegal, have maintained a close relationship while proving themselves as two of the finest players in European football in the latest years.

Napoli board have ruled out a temporary move for the Senegalese defender, though, meaning Liverpool may have to spend in excess of £81 million for the former Genk man.

Liverpool surprisingly reach agreement with Watford for African youngster

Liverpool have “agree a fee” for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr “worth £36m” – days after the Portugal International Diogo Jota arrived from Wolves.

The Reds strengthened their attacking line-up over the weekend as the tricky winger arrived in a £45m deal.

Jurgen Klopp’s outfit already boast one of the best front-threes in football as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane grabbed 57 goals between them last year.

But France Football have claimed that the Premier League giants are close to getting another goal-hunter in.

Sarr may have suffered relegation with his side in his debut season – but the Senegalese star impressed with six goals in 30 games.

And it has seen the Anfield outfit reach an agreement with the London outfit for a price which could rise to €40m [£36m].

Liverpool are even discussing the 22-year-old ace’s salary, according to the report, which could be see the player earn €7m [£6.4m] per year.

A deal for Sarr would see the Anfield side beat rivals Manchester United to his signature after the club were “offered” the player by Watford.

Elsewhere, Liverpool are reportedly willing to allow Harry Wilson to join Burnley on a permanent basis.

In spite of having enjoyed a productive campaign on loan at Bournemouth last term, the Wales international does not feature in the long-term plans of manager Jurgen Klopp.

That has led to the 23-year-old star being heavily linked with a switch to the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds United.

However, according to Sky Sports News, Burnley have stepped in to win the hunt for Wilson, who will cost in the region of £15 million.

 

Liverpool could sell Wales international forward to Premier League rivals

Burnley have opened negotiations with Liverpool over signing forward Harry Wilson on a permanent deal, according to the Press Association.

The Reds loaned Wilson to Bournemouth last term, but the Welshman could not help the Cherries avoid the drop down to the EFL Championship.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are open to letting Harry go in the ongoing transfer window for the right price and several clubs have been linked with holding an interest in the player, with being relegated not having damaged his standing.

Firm discussions had proven elusive, but Burnley are now in for Harry and are holding discussions with Liverpool; no sum has yet been agreed but there is confidence the transfer could happen.

Sean Dyche rates Harry and wants to take him to Turf Moor before the transfer market slams shut.

All eyes will be on whether the Burnley board can reach an agreement to snap up Wilson from the PL champions.

The Anfield outfit splashed the cash recently, bringing in the Spain international Thiago Alcantara and forward Diogo Jota.

The club want to offload fringe players before the window closes and Harry could be heading through the Anfield exit door soon.

In the meantime, Liverpool are allegedly hopeful that Sadio Mane can help convince Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly to snub interest from elsewhere to seal the move to Anfield.

According to Le Parisien, Jurgen Klopp’s outfit have not given up hope of landing the defender this summer as a partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Napoli chief Gennaro Gattuso recently conceded that Kalidou was likely to leave the Italian heavyweights before the end of the transfer market if a suitable offer arrived.