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Liverpool weighing up swoop for 17-year-old Nice midfielder

Liverpool are reportedly targeting their third transfer of the January market as they consider a move for young midfielder Pedro Brazao.

The 17-year-old OGC Nice player is being touted as a future star and made his debut for the French side last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have already made two signings in this window after bringing in Japan international Takumi Minamino from Salzburg and forward Joe Hardy from Brentford.

And now Liverpool are thought to be weighing up the third signing with young Brazao in their thoughts, according to a report by RMC Sport.

Liverpool will not be unrivalled in their interest, however, as the Portuguese Under-19 international is also being looked at by some of the European clubs.

Brazao is understood to be interesting PSG, who could offer him a way to stay in France at his young age as well as playing for the best club in the country.

Bayern Munich are also said to be an interested party, while Sporting CP in his native Portugal are reportedly prepared to bring him back home.

He offers versatility as he can play on either wing or behind the striker. His maturity has seen him called up to Patrick Vieira’s senior team after breaking through the Academy, and he made his debut at the end of the last season.

It appears he still needs to develop as this campaign he has played just once off the bench, but the Reds would be able to offer him a place in their youth roster alongside a number of rising stars.

Bent thinks Liverpool left-back ‘might end up going to West Ham’

Former England international Darren Bent says Nathaniel Clyne will end up signing for West Ham on loan in the January transfer market.

The 28-year-old star “could” be fit enough to complete a transfer away from Liverpool this month, the Daily Mail report, as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered last summer.

And speaking to Football Insider, Darren believes Clyne will join West Ham on loan as the star is a better all round option than the club’s current defensive options.

“I think Nathaniel Clyne needs to go somewhere and start playing week in week out. I think that could be West Ham, [Pablo] Zabaleta…his legs are going a little bit and [Ryan] Fredericks is quick but defensively he is not there.”

“But Clyne is both, he’s quick, powerful and can defend. I think he might end up going to West Ham on loan, playing all the time and them not signing him anyway.”

A loan switch for Clyne would be an excellent piece of business for both the Hammers and Reds.

The right-back is extremely unlikely to force his way back into the side considering how Trent Alexander-Arnold is clearly Jurgen Klopp’s first choice, while his compatriot Joe Gomez offers strong cover.

Also, Neco Williams impressed in the win against Everton in the FA Cup earlier this month, and Jurgen is likely to give him more of a chance in the side than Clyne.

Therefore the 28-year-old needs a transfer away, as it’d allow him to build his confidence and his match fitness, and also put himself in the transfer window in order to pursue a permanent move in the summer.

Midfield outcast could be handed fresh Liverpool contract

Danny Mills claimed Liverpool may offer midfielder Adam Lallana a fresh contract as they could decide to keep the player.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, former England international stated that Lallana could stay if the star keeps playing well, stays fit as he might be content to just play a bit-part.

The experienced midfielder’s deal is due to expire at the end of the campaign and Jurgen Klopp previously hinted that there was no guarantee where Adam will be next season.

Mills admitted that whenever Adam features, he was in the shop window and likely to gain suitors, but wouldn’t rule out the midfielder getting a new contract from the Reds.

When asked if Adam is in the shop window and likely gaining potential buyers by continuing to make an impression, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course, he is

“Liverpool may well decide to keep him, if he stays fits, keeps playing well and is happy to be a squad player, there’s every chance he may well stay.

“Again it’s one of those, Liverpool are going to win the league, who is going to want to leave? No one’s going to say ‘Get me out of here’, it’s not going to happen is it.

“Just like it never happened at Manchester United, no one is queuing up to leave, they’re queuing up to join.

“Some players may accept the fact they’ll have to play a bit-part role, purely because they’re going to win trophies.”

Adam featured in the Reds’ 1-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday as he came off the bench to play 29 minutes of the game.

The 31-year-old has played a total of 17 times this campaign for Klopp’s side and has netted one goal as well as registered two assists in his matches.

Serie A club fail in attempts to take Swiss star on loan from Liverpool

Liverpool have snubbed a January offer for out-of-favour attacker Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri.

The 28-year-old has made just 10 appearances for the PL leaders in all competitions this season.

The Swiss player has played just 90 minutes on one occasion during an injury-hit season, where he has played only 256 minutes in total, netting once.

The January arrival of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg has further pushed the ex-Stoke man further down the pecking order.

Now, according to Sky Italia, Liverpool received a call from Roma on Monday to take Xherdan to the Stadio Olimpico for the remainder of the term.

However, Jurgen Klopp turned down the approach from the Giallorossi out of hand, the manager unwilling to allow Shaqiri or any of his senior attacking variants to depart this month.

That’s in spite of Shaqiri, a £13 million arrival two years ago, from now effectively being the sixth choice at Anfield.

Giallorossi are scouring the market for a replacement for Nicolo Zaniolo, their talented Italy international after his season was ended over the weekend.

Nicolo suffered a serious knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus in the Italian capital, tearing his ACL and suffering damage to his meniscus. Nicolo underwent surgery on Monday.

Zaniolo had appeared as a key player for Azzurri manager Roberto Mancini.

He is now set to miss UEFA Euro 2020, although his mother, Francesca, insists he is not giving up on appearing at the continent-wide finals.

“In the instant he felt that crack, he knew something was very seriously wrong,” Francesca said on Monday.

“He’s doing much better now, laughing and joking. He is himself again. Last night he was in a very, very bad way, though.

“He wants to be at Euro 2020, at all costs, but also knows it’s a long shot.”

Pacy French forward to be subject of £90m bid from Liverpool

Liverpool are ready to fork out an eye-watering £90 million to sign Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, according to the latest reports.

The 22-year-old has been out injured for the majority of the campaign following separate hamstring strains.

His professional career in Catalonia has been stop-start and he has been connected with a move to the Premier League.

The Reds were the club seriously linked with Dembele with Klopp said to have even spoken to the player’s mother in an attempt to bring in him before.

And Klopp will try and get Ousmane again, according to Eldesmarque.

Barca owners could demand up to £90m for the player as they search for funds to re-sign Neymar from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Speculation of a Dembele move to Liverpool move rose when he liked a picture of himself wearing a Liverpool shirt on Instagram.

A post uploaded by a Reds fan account showed Dembele photoshopped wearing the shirt with England international Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The original picture was actually of the Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum celebrating his second goal versus Barcelona during last season’s UEFA Champions League.

Ousmane is understood to be on thin ice at Blaugrana having had his attitude criticised since moving there from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

Chelsea are also believed to have upped their interest in the forward after it was report Ousmane’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, met with Blues club chiefs.

Meantime, Liverpool reportedly have no intention of allowing the Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri to leave Anfield during the January transfer market.

Fabinho ‘would like to welcome’ world-class PSG attacker at Anfield

Brazil international Fabinho has called on his former AS Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe to join him at Liverpool.

The 21-year-old French starlet is a Real Madrid target, with PSG wanting £257million to part company with the World Cup winner.

Fabinho and Mbappe won the Ligue 1 title together at Les Monegasques in 2017-18 in Leonardo Jardim’s exciting, all-attacking team that also knocked Manchester City out of the UEFA Champions League.

Quizzed about who he thought would win the Ballon d’Or in future, the South American backed his former Stade Louis II team-mate, before begging the Frenchman to join him at Anfield.

Fabinho told a French media outlet Telefoot: “Mbappe will have a Ballon d’Or before Neymar. I would like to welcome him to Liverpool.”

Mbappe has 18 goals this campaign for PSG in all competitions and is set to lift another Ligue 1 trophy in the French capital.

It has led to overtures from the Santiago Bernabeu though, with Fabinho’s former club Los Blancos, where he was on loan in 2013, poised to strike in the transfer window, thanks to a spot of persuasion from boss Zinedine Zidane.

Meanwhile, midfielder Fabinho disagreed with the choice of the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or award, backing Senegal international Sadio Mane to take home the gong last month.

Fabinho added: “Sadio Mane deserved the Ballon d’Or. He’s the best player in Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, Flamengo attacker and Liverpool target Reinier will reportedly undergo a medical with La Liga giants Real Madrid ahead of completing a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu this month.

Liverpool not keen on snapping up Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish

Liverpool aren’t expected to join the race for Manchester United midfield target Jack Grealish, reports claim.

The Aston Villa player has been linked with a mega-money transfer away from Birmingham this summer, after a number of impressive performances for the relegation-threatened West Midlands side.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool rejected the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old for just £25m in the summer of 2018 when the Villa were in financial difficulties, and then opted against a swoop to land him in the most recent summer market.

Interest in Grealish has spiked this campaign after a series of dazzling performances in the PL, with Manchester City and Manchester United thought to be the favourites to lure him away from his boyhood club.

But in spite of former Villa and Everton forward Andy Gray claiming Grealish would walk into any of the PL’s top-six – Liverpool included – Jurgen Klopp’s side are unlikely to be in the race to sign him.

Former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks interest in Jack could prove futile and that he may end up staying at the club in spite of the inevitable offers he’ll have on the table.

‘It’s a tough one but Villa’s owners have come out and said, they want to keep spending,’ Gabriel said on Stadium Astro.

‘This season, they’ve got a squad together, lost a lot of players in the summer – stay up, that’s the only goal, then they’ll go again in the summer.

‘If they go down, I think he’ll leave. If they stay up, it could be 50-50. If Villa go out there and spend another £100m maybe…

‘If they go out and spend, he’s getting better players around him. I know him, he won’t want to leave. He’s the captain.’

Trabzonspor could be offered Reds loanee swap deal as Liverpool eye Cakir transfer

Liverpool are willing to offload Loris Karius and will offer the German to Trabzonspor as part of a swap deal for Ugurcan Cakır, according to reports.

The error-prone keeper made another gaffe for Turkish giants Besiktas – where he is on loan from the Merseysiders – last week and the Reds reportedly want to get rid.

Cakir is widely considered one of his country’s hottest young talents and is on the radar of many of Europe’s elite clubs.

And having conceded just 18 goals in the Super Lig this term, Liverpool will offer Karius as part of an exchange deal to make the 23-year-old pick Anfield, according to Turkish newspaper Karadeniz Gazetesi.

The Anfield outfit will reportedly offer around £8.5m as well as Karius to persuade to Besiktas – who sit third in the league – to sell.

Alisson remains the reds’ number one but Cakir would reportedly come in to replace former West Ham man Adrian as deputy as the star is ten years younger than the Spaniard who is 33.

While it remains to be seen whether Ugurcan will make the switch, Loris’ latest howler seems to have confirmed the end of his Anfield career.

Besiktas were playing Altinordu in a friendly match when the on-loan Rds man decided to make his mark.

Besiktas went 1-0 up in the match when former Sunderland forward Jermaine Lens netted.

But then Besiktas fellow Turkis club broke forward, a player pinged the ball into the box and Loris decided to flap it into his own goal.

Since exiting Anfield, he has made a series of high-profile mistakes that have usually ended up gifting goals to the opposition.

Loris has failed to win over the Besiktas supporters as well as the club’s head coach since arriving last year and their form this year has been disappointing.

Liverpool face missing out on signing Inter Milan star defender

Inter Milan’s Slovakia international centre-back Milan Skriniar is one of the finest centre-backs in Europe at the moment and would no doubt make a great signing for most top clubs.

Don Balon recently stated Liverpool were interested in a summer deal for Milan, but of looks like he is going to have other offers too.

A fresh update from Don Balon claims Real could join the running for the 24-year-old and attempt to get his €80 million price tag down by offering one of Eder Militao or Luka Modric as part of the deal.

One imagines that could be tempting for Nerazzurri, though it remains to be seen how hard they will push to keep hold of one of their key players.

In spite of Juventus’ total dominance of Serie A in the latest years, Antonio Conte looks to have turned Nerazzurri into genuine title contenders this season, so will want to keep this roster together.

Liverpool will certainly also hope they can remain in contention for Milan too, with the Reds lacking much in the way of backup to the somewhat injury-prone pair of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Meantime, Roma have asked Liverpool for the Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri on loan with option to buy, according to a report by Sky Sport Italia.

Switzerland international had been a candidate before the deal with Inter Milan for Matteo Politano, but the exchange with former Juventus man Leonardo Spinazzola has now collapsed acrimoniously.

The Rome-based giants still need a replacement for injured Nicolo Zaniolo and their next target seems to be Xherdan.