Footy Extras

Liverpool have to act quickly to secure signature of tricky Spanish forward

Manchester City and Juventus have allegedly joined Liverpool in the transfer race to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore.

The Spaniard has been in great form for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season and is understood to be garnering interest from several big teams – with a recent report claiming that the Reds are weighing up an approach for Adama this summer.

Now, ESPN reports that Manchester City and Juventus are thinking about a swoop for the tricky winger, and Pep Guardiola is believed to be a keen admirer of Traore.

However, the report adds that Traore’s former club Barcelona are another side keeping tabs on developments as they attempt to lure the 24-year-old star back to Catalonia.

Wolves are said to be desperate to keep Traore on the books at Molineux in spite of reported interest from elsewhere, but the West Midlands club may be forced into a sale if they do not qualify for UCL football.

The former Barcelona man has registered six goals and 12 assists in all competitions for Wolves this season.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara‘s potential move to the Anfield outfit looks to be off.

It had been reported recently that the 29-year-old midfielder had been in talks to join Liverpool.

However, The Liverpool Echo now states that the rumours have no substance and say that Alcantara won’t be joining the club this summer.

He has been with Munich since 2013 and won the Bundesliga title yet again just in June.

He is apparently looking for a fresh challenge but, if the Echo are right, then that challenge will not come at Liverpool.

German tactician told to sign unwanted Bayern Munich star for Liverpool

Liverpool staff members Mona Nemmer and Andreas Kornmayer have both encouraged Jurgen Klopp to bring in Thiago Alcantara, according to a report by the Independent.

Andreas currently works as the Reds’ head of conditioning, and he has vouched for the midfielder’s fitness levels, after working with the Spain international at Bayern Munich.

Nemmer, who is the Reds’ head nutritionist, has also said positive words about Alcantara to Klopp.

However, it is stated by the Independent that Liverpool are still unlikely to launch a move for the central midfielder.

They have tended to target youngsters of late, and bringing in 29-year-old Alcantara would require them to adjust their transfer policy.

Liverpool are now understood to have ‘knocked down’ talk that they will land Thiago to the paper, which suggests that they’re looking at other options.

That could be a further disappointment for fans, who had been very excited by the potential addition of the ex-Barcelona man.

Thiago would have offered the Reds an increase in creativity in midfield and brought further star quality to the team for next term.

Liverpool would have to pay £35 million to sign Thiago this summer, according to AS, which may just put the player out of Klopp’s side’s price-range, with the Anfield outfit working on a limited budget.

In other news, Manchester United are planning to hijack Liverpool’s reported move to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to a recent report from BILD.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the 29-year-old international, a player who manager Jurgen Klopp admitted being likes, but as it stands, the Reds could miss out on securing his signature.

Liverpool snap up Poland youth international Fabian Mrozek

The Anfield outfit have agreed on a deal to sign the 16-year-old shot-stopper and Schlage said he will train with the senior team goalkeepers at Liverpool in the near future.

The FC Wroclaw star had a trial with Liverpool back in September and Fabian impressed the staff at the club’s academy.

Liverpool’s staff apparently decided then that they would like to sign the highly-rated youngster but had to wait until Mrozek turned 16-years-old to complete a deal.

Now that he has turned 16, Fabian is allowed to make the move to the Premier League and European champions.

He will become the third Polish goalkeeper on the club’s books, following in the footsteps of Jakub Ojrzynski and Kamil Grabara, so the Reds clearly have a thing for stoppers from Poland.

At the age of 16, it is pretty much impossible to expect anything from him in the short term, but supporters of the club’s academy teams will be keen to see the ace in action when academy level football resumes in the Autumn.

Meantime, Michael Owen has suggested that former team Liverpool decided against moving for Timo Werner because the club wanted to show faith in Divock Origi.

“Origi signing a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool… they were loyal to him weren’t they? He’d done what he’d done [in the Champions League] and all of a sudden they they thought he’s done that so you have to give them a new contract,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“That’s now prevented them from going and spending big money on a back-up striker. Timo Werner was obviously a player that Liverpool were linked to and he’s eventually gone to Chelsea.

“They signed Origi on a long-term contract that virtually ruled out a back-up striker and I’m not sure that they don’t need a better one.”

Chelsea in driving seat to bring long-term Liverpool target to England

Chelsea are leading the transfer hunt for Kai Havertz as they can offer him more game time than Liverpool and Manchester City.

Havertz is being targeted by some of the continent’s heaviest hitters following an impressive season with Bayer Leverkusen as Kai recorded 17 goals and nine assists in 43 appearances.

According to DW, Chelsea are leading the race for the Liverpool midfield target’s signature as Havertz would have more opportunities to make Frank Lampard’s starting XI.

The Germany international has also been mentioned with Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain but Chelsea would offer the player more first-team football.

They will need to make some profit because of the coronavirus pandemic’s financial impact on the market especially after splashing over £75 million on Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

There has been some suggestion that Liverpool could be about to do something big in the market, despite their alleged lack of finances.

Back in June, a British daily newspaper the Express stated that the Reds has already held exploratory negotiations about landing Havertz.

However, according to a report by Bleacher Report, sources at Anfield are continuing to play down a move for Kai.

The report states that while Jurgen Klopp would love to work with his fellow countryman, his side do seem short of funds.

It would not make sense for Liverpool to enter the fray for Havertz after telling Timo their decision not to sign him was strictly financial.

Liverpool monitoring progress of Sochaux defensive prodigy

Liverpool and Manchester United are battling to land 15-year-old central defender Willy Kambwala from French Ligue 2 outfit FC Sochaux, according to a report from L’Equipe, via GFFN.

Sochaux’s management have offered the prodigy a youth contract but he is yet to put pen-to-paper, which has seemingly alerted both the Reds and the Red Devils to his availability.

Neither club will be able to sign Kambwala until Willy turns 16-years-old in August due to FIFA regulations but it seems like both clubs are setting the wheels in motion ahead of a possible transfer.

Given that Jurgen Klopp’s men are the reigning Premier League, European and World champions, it is a bit difficult for supporters to get too excited over the possibility of their club landing a young defender this is the type of move that helps keep the best teams going for the long-term.

The Reds’ policy of signing the best young players the club can get their hands on has served them well in the recent past and if Liverpool scouts think that Kambwala has what it takes to play in the senior team in the future, then signing him now would make perfect sense.

Elsewhere, Juventus and Manchester City have joined the race for Wolves star Adama Traore, according to reports.

The Spanish attacker has enjoyed the best season of his professional career with six goals and 14 assists in 47 matches for Wolves.

His form has drawn attention from multiple admirers with Jurgen Klopp’s side the club most heavily linked with Adama in recent weeks and months.

Liverpool told to sign Barcelona flop but ‘high wages’ may prove problem

Jose Enrique feels Philippe Coutinho would be the ideal attacking midfielder for Liverpool, but his high wages may make any deal to bring the player back to Anfield difficult.

The Barcelona man was shipped out on a season-long loan to Bayern Munich at the start of this season and the German giants have decided not to take up an option to buy the star permanently.

Blaugrana are willing to sell the attacking midfielder this summer but may struggle to find a suitor considering his astronomical £250,000-a-week wages.

However, Philippe is reportedly ready to take a pay cut and is believed to have even personally asked the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to re-sign him.

And former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes that the South American would thrive back at his old stomping ground.

Jose told Stadium Astro: ‘We need a playmaker, a No.10, who is going to be better than Coutinho for us?

‘He knows the club, he knows the city, he’s going to perform straight away because he’s been a Premier League player.

‘The only problem is wages-wise, I believe he’s very, very high wages-wise in Barcelona, so I’m not sure if he will go to Liverpool obviously losing money.

‘The problem with Barcelona, they try to play him on the left side all the time, in Neymar’s position and he’s not this type of player, he needs to play in the middle.’

In other news, Liverpool sensation Harvey Elliott has signed his first professional contract with the Anfield outfit.

Liverpool face difficulty in their chase for £33m Kosovar attacker

Liverpool have been suffered a blow in their pursuit of Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica after the German club sealed their place in next term’s Bundesliga.

Florian Kohfeldt’s side were forced to take part in the relegation playoffs after finishing 16th in the final league standings, just one point clear of the automatic relegation spots.

A 2-2 draw in Monday’s second match against promotion hopefuls Heidenheim saw fellow German side secure top-flight survival on away goals, narrowly avoiding a surprise demotion to the second tier.

Rashica played a vital role in their survival with eight goals and seven assists, but Milot has been heavily tipped to leave the club regardless of whether the club were able to stay up.

A number of Premier League teams including Liverpool, Brighton & Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and West Ham United have been touted with an interest in the 24-year-old, who has reportedly already told his teammates that he’ll be leaving.

German media outlet DeichStube claims that Rashica has a £33m release clause in his deal with his current club, but that he’d have been available for just €15 million (£13.6 million) had Die Werderaner suffered relegation.

Werder’s chief last month confirmed that the Kosovo international is keen to quit the club this summer.

“It’s no secret that Milot has aroused interest of other clubs. After all, there has been a lot of speculation in the last few days. If a club has a concrete interest in him, we’ll get together and find a solution,” said Frank Baumann.

Sporting director rates Mainz chances of bringing Liverpool star back to the club

Mainz chief Rouven Schroder has praised Liverpool star Taiwo Awoniyi and left the door firmly open for the loanee to stay at the club into the 2020/21 season.

The Nigerian has spent the season on loan at Mainz in the German top-flight and won over the club with his commitment to the cause.

The club are expected to slim their squad when the transfer market swings back open rather than adding to it again, but Rouven could make an exception for Taiwo, who he has spoken about in glowing terms.

The sporting director, praising the Reds loanee, was quoted as saying by German outlet Kicker: “Taiwo is also a symbol of the club, although he was not a permanent member of the club.

“He raised his voice internally to describe what the players can do for the club. It simply shows what he is as a sportsman and also as a human being.

“Although he was not in the squad due to the competition, he led every training session. We told him that we were very happy with him”, the Mainz deal-maker added.

Rouven has left the door firmly open for Taiwo to return to Mainz for the 2020/21 season.

Schroder added: “On 1st July he went back to Liverpool. We think it’s possible that given certain parametres he will continue with us.”

Taiwo, who has a contract with Liverpool which runs until June 2023, helped Mainz to finish in 13th place this season, six points above the drop zone. He made 12 games in Germany’s top tier for Die Nullfunfer, scoring a single goal.