Footy Extras

Super Lig giants seriously considering bringing Liverpool misfit to Turkey

Xherdan Shaqiri could reportedly move to Galatasaray in the January transfer market, with the Turkish giants optimistic of getting their man.

That’s according to the Turkish newspaper Fanatik, via Sport Witness, who claim they will hold negotiations with the winger as early as next week.

Shaqiri is said to be open to the idea of leaving Anfield, despite a star showing versus Everton on Wednesday night.

The Swiss was brilliant in the Reds’ 5-2 win at Anfield, netting his side’s second goal and producing some lovely pieces of skill.

Xherdan would likely only move on loan in the winter, with an option for the Super Lig club to buy next summer.

Had this rumour emerged before the Everton match, many Liverpool fans may not have been unhappy to hear it.

Xerhdan showed what a good player he is in the Merseyside derby, however, outlining the quality the Swiss can continue to bring as a roster player.

With a lack of football clearly a possible issue though, it is understandable why the 28-year-old forward may be weighing up a move.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are reportedly prepared to put together a proposal of £100m plus two stars for Paris Saint-Germain forward and Liverpool transfer target Kylian Mbappe.

In spiteo f still having over two-and-a-half years remaining on his deal, Mbappe has been heavily connected with a move to either Liverpool or Real Madrid in recent months.

However, according to El Chiringuito TV, Blaugrana intend to rival their European rivals for the 20-year-old forward’s services.

€45m-rated Liverpool target to be offered fresh Lyon deal

Memphis Depay has done a great job at Ligue 1 giants Lyon since joining them from the struggling Premier League side Manchester United.

The 25-year-old star has scored consistently for Les Gones and is a permanent fixture in the Dutch national team too.

Memphis has turned his career around after his struggles at Old Trafford. He was signed from Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven but left after failing to make a mark at the club.

An older and more experienced Memphis seems to be at his best and the 25-year-old star has been linked with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Tottenham and United are also interested in the 25-year-old, however, Lyon are set to offer the player a new deal.

The club’s chairman Jean Michel Aulas confirmed to BeIN Sports a new deal was on the way. However, Aulas added that Nethernalds international was still to make a decision on signing it:

“We will make him a contract extension offer because he is an exceptional player. He will be the one who will ultimately decide. He is a sweet boy, an interesting man.”

The Reds are in a great position in the PL and could do with another quality forward coming in.

Mohamed Salah has had his injury problems this term while the club would need to rest players because of their packed schedule.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi were brought back in the team to face Everton. The duo were excellent in the 5-2 win with both getting on the score sheet.

Xherdan could be the difference-maker for the remainder of the term. If the Swiss star performs at his best Liverpool might not need to think of making any signings in January.

Bundesliga giants linked with January move for young Liverpool striker

The Guardian have stated that Borussia Dortmund are looking to raid former head coach Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad and take Rhian Brewster to Bundesliga, ahead of the January transfer window.

The Reds are seemingly willing to let 19-year-old Rhian leave on loan in January, after handing the England U21 star his debut in the Carabao Cup versus MK Dons.

The report states Leeds are said to be considering Rhian, given that Arsenal may look to recall youngster Eddie Nketiah come January.

That is because Brewster’s England U21 teammate hasn’t been playing enough games at Elland Road. Other PL sides have been linked with Brewster, including Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Now, Champions League side Dortmund are interested in Brewster – though it remains to be seen if the club want him on loan or permanently.

Jadon Sancho’s decision to swap Manchester City for die Borussen has paid dividends. The teenage attacker is one of the most feared attackers in Germany and he has already clocked up more than 10 caps for his country.

Liverpool, though, simply cannot let the player go. Brewster has an enormous future ahead of him, and a loan transfer would be ideal, something that is unlikely at Borussia Dortmund but Jadon’s success at Dortmund may just turn Rhian’s head.

Meantime, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to secure a deal for Atalanta loanee Dejan Kulusevski ahead of the January transfer market.

After contributing three goals and five assists during his loan stint with Parma, the 19-year-old talent has emerged as a transfer target for a host of top European clubs.

Liverpool No.7 star ready to seal free transfer to Leeds United

James Milner has admitted he’d be open to the possibility of a return to the former club Leeds United as his deal impasse continues at Liverpool.

The Reds star will reach the end of his five-year contract in the summer and is available to sign a pre-contract with clubs outside of England as of next month.

Talks are said to be ongoing between Liverpool and Milner’s agents and the midfielder has previously stated his desire to resolve the issue and stay on with Jurgen Klopp’s roster for at least another year.

Speaking back in October, James said: “My contract with Liverpool is up the end of the season but hopefully we’ll sort something out. I want to keep going as long as possible at the highest level.”

However, with the deal as of yet unsigned, Milner has conceded that he’d consider a return to his boyhood club where he made his PL debut 17 years ago.

James, in a chat with The Sportsman, said he would love to experience another European league after spending nearly two decades in the PL.

Asked about a possible return to Elland Road, Liverpool’s vice-captain said:

“I’m a fan. I always follow the team and the results. So you can never say no or even yes because just so many changes in football, you never know what happens.

“It would be amazing to play for Leeds again but no one from the club has ever contacted me about that.

“People talk about my age and that I’m getting on, and could I continue after Liverpool, but I don’t think I’m typical physically for my age.”

Liverpool may send England U19 midfielder out on loan in January

Liverpool prodigy Curtis Jones could leave the Anfield outfit on loan in January.

According to The Times, the Reds will make a decision on whether to loan out Curtis Jones. Jones is one of the Reds’ most highly-rated young players but he might be given loan spell to aid his development.

Jones has enjoyed an impressive campaign, captaining the Under-23s and making his first-team debut.

The local lad – who supported the Reds as a boy – made his senior bow in the EFL Cup versus Milton Keynes Dons. He won the man of the match award that evening.

He also starred in a match against Arsenal in the EFL Cup, holding his nerve to net the winning penalty. Jones is set to travel with the first side for the FIFA Club World Cup later this month.

But Curtis might be loaned out in January. The talented England youth midfielder is likely to attract interest from a number of clubs in the EFL Championship after showing his talent.

The Reds need to tread carefully with this Curtis move – he is only one or two injuries away from a call-up. Jurgen Klopp’s side need to weigh up whether he will be better off on loan or at the club.

Curtis is excelling at youth level and more senior minutes could make the player a better player. Liverpool should monitor his form over the next month before making a decision.

PL rivals steal march on Liverpool with offer for Atalanta loanee

Manchester United have reportedly made a £21 million bid for Atalanta star and Liverpool transfer target Dejan Kulusevski.

The Swedish ace is currently on loan at Serie A side Parma and his displays so far are making waves across Europe.

Along with the Red Devils, Liverpool have also been touted with an interest in the 19-year-old while Juventus and Inter Milan are also interested in securing his services.

The Reds have sent scouts to watch Kulusevski play but it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that have seemingly made the first move.

According to the altest reports in Italy the Red Devils have started a potential bidding war by offering £21 million for the star.

Atalanta’s owner Antonio Percassi is understood to have snubbed the bid, however, with the club holding out for a fee closer to £30 million.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira earlier revealed that Old Trafford outfit and Inter had met with the player’s representative to discuss a move.

“Last week Inter and Manchester United met the agent of the talented Swede,” Nicolo wrote. “Both want to buy [him] in January. Juventus, on the other hand, aims to… take him to Turin in the summer.”

Solskjaer is interested in bringing more young talent into his squad after the early success of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who were signed in the summer.

Liverpool may currently be seen by the youngster as the more exciting proposition to join than United after their differing starts to the new term.

After just 15 matches of the new Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp’s team are 22 points ahead of Manchester United, who sit in the sixth spot.

Liverpool in talks to snap up 15-goals Brazilian Serie A sensation

Liverpool have approached Fluminense forward Evanilson with the youngster’s deal set to expire in February 2020, as reported by Netflu.

With Jurgen Klopp’s side winning the UCL last season while finishing on 97 points in the Premier League, much of their focus over the summer months centred on unearthing some of the football’s hidden gems rather than signing established, household names.

Youngsters Harvey Elliott and Sepp Van den Berg joined from Fulham and PEC Zwolle and Fulham respectively and reports from South America claim that Evanilson could be about to follow in their footsteps.

The 20-year-old ace is yet to force his way into the Fluminense senior-team but he did offer a tantalising glimpse of his possible on loan at Samorin last year, netting three times in six matches during his spell in the Slovakian second tier.

He has also found the target 15 times for the Brazilian club’s U20 side this season, finishing as the top scorer in the Brazilian youth division.

Globo Esporte stated on Wednesday that Fluminense’s board and the attacker’s agents next week as they look to come to a conclusion to a saga that is only just beginning.

The Reds will be hoping that a potential transfer to Anfield is simply too good to turn down.

Meantime, West Ham United are reportedly set to rival the Reds for the services of Trabzonspor shot-stopper Ugurcan Cakir.

The club have struggled recently in the absence of number one keeper Lukasz Fabianski, losing six of their last eight PL games, with his replacement Roberto failing to impress.

Galatasaray executives will visit Liverpool for talks over Swiss attacker

Fanatik state Galatasaray will send two officials to Liverpool next weekend to discuss a move for Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Turkish giants are in the market for an attacker in the January transfer window, and they have also been linked with a move for AS Monaco’s Henry Onyekuru.

However, its reported Super Lig heavyweights are looking to bring in Shaqiri in addition to the Nigerian star.

The 28-year-old recently returned to the Reds side and was very impressive in his first league start of the campaign against Everton, helping his side beat their local rivals 5-2.

In spite of showing promise last night, Fanatik say Gala are still hopeful of getting a deal for the Swiss and it’s reported they will open negotiations with Liverpool next week.

According to the Turkish newspaper, Xherdan is also open to playing in the Super Lig and the Turkish giants want to loan the player in the winter transfer market, with an option to buy.

The final decision with regards to Xherdan will reportedly be made by Jurgen Klopp and if the German allows him to depart, Fanatik believe he will join Galatasaray.

In other news, Turkish outlet Aksam reports that West Ham United may make a move for Liverpool target Uguracn Cakir in the upcoming transfer window.

The 23-year-old star established himself as Trabzonspor’s first choice keeper last campaign following the retirement of Onur Kivrak and he has since been capped by his country twice.

The report indicates that Reds also remain interested in Cakir, seeing him as an ideal candidate to provide Alisson Becker with strong competition for the stopper’s jersey.

Liverpool rocked as UCL giants eyeing move to sign Bundesliga No.11 star

Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Manchester United and Liverpool target Timo Werner during the rapidly approaching winter transfer window.

Werner signed a fresh contract with RB Leipzig last summer transfer window, but it did little to quash talk that he could still he set for a big-money transfer away from Germany.

RB Leipzig would prefer to sell the player in the summer, however they may have to ward off approaches for him as early as January, when the transfer window opens again for business.

Liverpool and Manchester United have been tracking him and could opt to firm up their reported interest with an official offer to RB Leipzig.

And according to the Spanish radio station COPE, Los Rojiblancos are also mulling the possibility of sealing a deal to sign Werner next month.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is a fan of the striker and the club are keen on seeing if they can take him to Spain.

But any possible deal is likely to depend on whether Atletico Madrid manage to shift out Spain international Diego Costa in January.

The Spanish heavyweights are willing to wait until the summer for Timo if they fail to offload Costa next month.

Meantime, Xherdan Shaqiri is looking forward to playing a major part in his side’s season having spent most of 2019 watching from the bench.

“Everybody knows that it’s a busy period now with a lot of games coming up, (so) I’m very happy to be back. I’m feeling fresh, feeling good, and I think you saw that,” Shaqiri said.

“I’m ready, I think the coach saw that too in training. I trained very well and he gave me the chance and I think I played very well.”

Liverpool and Dutch defensive prodigy set for contract renewal talks

Liverpool are ready to open negotiations with defender Sepp van den Berg over a new deal, Football Insider understands.

The Merseysiders purchased the 17-year-old centre-back from PEC Zwolle in the summer for a sum of £1.3 million rising to a potential £4.5 million.

An Anfield source has told Football Insider that the side are set to discuss a new and improved deal for the Dutchman as a reward for his progress.

Head coach Jurgen Klopp has been hugely impressed by the development of the youngster and discussions are planned over a long-term contract.

Van den Berg penned a contract when he joined on 1 July but, less than six months later, the star is in line for an extension.

Sepp turns 18 later this month but has already played two senior games, both of which came in the League Cup.

Klopp trusted Sepp with a full 90 minute run-out along with Joe Gomez in the 5-5 thriller against Arsenal that was eventually won by the Reds on penalties.

This suggested that the ace is regarded as fifth in the centre-back pecking order behind Virgil van Dijk, the injured Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.

Jurgen has been careful not to put too much pressure on the Reds’ youngsters, but Van den Berg is likely to be handed his third senior appearance versu Aston Villa later this month.

The club are set to field an inexperienced line-up for the League Cup quarter-final on 17 December, as the seniors are pinpointed to play in the Club World Cup just 24 hours later.