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Liverpool keen on promising Liga NOS sensation with €120m release clause

Portuguese club SL Benfica star Joao Felix is one of the most promising young forwards in Europe, and there’s no surprise that Premier League duo Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers are among the sides reportedly interested in landing the teenager this summer transfer market.

According to a British daily tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror, Wolves keen to bring the 19-year-old sensation to the Molineux Stadium in the summer window of 2019.

The same article has also credited Liverpool, Paris Saint-German, Manchester United and Arsenal with an interest in securing the signature of the Portugal U21 international.

However, it looks like Liverpool and Wolves aren’t going to find it easy to land Felix.

According to sports TV channel Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Joao has a release (exit/buy-out) clause of €120 million (£103 million), but his club, SL Benfica, want to increase it to €200 million (172m).

Another Italian source Calciomercato.com has stated that the teenager will say yes to Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus, with the Italian heavyweights also reported to be interested in the Portuguese talent.

Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanders are rich clubs, but it’s hard to see the English pair pay €120 million or €200 million for the prodigy.

Meantime, Wolves are also interested in another Portuguese talent and it is Liverpool’s Rafa Camacho.

He is a potential summer transfer target for Wolves, according to a Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, via Sport Witness.

The youngster looks set to depart the Reds at the end of the campaign, having failed to agree on a fresh contract at Anfield.

However, It’s not known whether the club are interested in a temporary or permanent move for Rafel.

Liveprool still interested in International No.9 striker who rejects contract extension offer

Liverpool already have plenty of attacking talent, but one centre-forward may just tempt coach Jurgen Klopp into the transfer window this summer.

The club have seen Brazilian star Roberto Firmino go through ups and downs this campaign, so bringing in another forward is not beyond all realms of possibility, and RB Leipzig star Timo Werner has been strongly linked.

The Liverpool Echo report that the Reds are keeping a close eye on key RB Leipzig man, with Jurgen understood to be a fan of his fellow countryman.

The Reds may now be on red alert, as Timo has rejected a new contract with the Bundesliga club and has just 12 months left on his current deal, meaning a summer departure may be on the cards.

This is surely the time for Anfield outfit to make the concrete move. England international star Daniel Sturridge is departing and Belgian star Divock Origi’s long-term future is unclear, so adding one high-quality striker to compete with Roberto would give Klopp’s men another dimension going forward.

Whilst SoAmericancian brings great technique and work rate, Timo has bags of pace and likes to run off the shoulder of the last player, giving Jurgen another devastating option in the attack, whilst he might be purchased for great value considering his contract situation.

The timing is ideal for Liverpool, and it might have a major impact on city rivals Everton, given that football news website Calciomercato.com state that RB Leipzig star Jean-Kevin Augustin is their main attacking target in summer.

Liverpool linked with huge €60m swoop for long-term midfield target

According to the latest reports in the Italian press, via CalcioNapoli24 and Sport Witness, Liverpool are prepared to go all in on attempting to sign Piotr Zielinski this time.

Jurgen Klopp is clearly a massive fan. The Reds had an offer rejected for the Polish star when he was at Udinese back in 2016, per BBC, and Piotr eventually joined then Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli instead, where the midfielder has been exceptional.

After connections cropped up again the previous summer, the Italian press are stating Liverpool are preparing a whopping €60 million (£51.8 million) bid to secure the star’s services this time.

Piotr was a player with huge potential when he took pictures wearing a Reds shirt way back in 2016 in the hopes of sealing his dream switch to Anfield.

He’s no longer just “potential” now though and has transformed into one of the most intelligent and technically gifted midfielders in Europe.

The 24-year-old star has completed 90% of his passes in 30 league showings this campaign, averaging 1.6 key passes and one dribble per game as well as 1.1 tackles per match.

Having played wealth of times on the left flank of midfield this season and displaying brilliant dribbling, vision and acceleration from midfield, Zielinski could be Jurgen’s replacement for the creativity that walked out the door with Brazil international Philippe Coutinho.

Meanwhile, Liverpool star Bobby Adekanye has met his representative to discuss his future as SS Lazio look to rope the star in when the summer market opens.

The 20-year-old forward is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has refused to pen a new deal with Reds as he plans to leave Anfield ahead of the new season.

Liverpool to battle it out with UCL giants for 22-year-old Germany international

Liverpool are reportedly set to reignite their interest in Bayer Leverkusen star Julain Brandt this summer but could face stiff competition for Germany international from Juventus.

The 22-year-old forward was strongly connected with a move to Reds in 2017 before manager Jurgen Klopp snapped up Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah instead, however, his excellent displays this season have put the player back in the shop window in summer.

According to a German outlet Bild, Brandt has an exit clause in his current contract of just €25 million and both Juventus and Liverpool are weighing up whether or not to meet it when the transfer market re-opens.

Julian burst onto the scene as an explosive attacker, but he has caught the eye in a central role this campaign, with only Joshua Kimmich (11) and Jadon Sancho (12) supplying more assists in the German top-flight than his ten.

In spite of enjoying a wonderful season both in the Champions League and Premier League, Reds’ lack of creativity from the middle of the pitch has been questioned at times and Julian would offer his compatriot manager a more creative option in the midfield.

The Reds are also said to be in the transfer market for a wide midfield star in the summer to provide backup and competition to Salah and Sadio Mane and his ability to play on either wing as well as centrally could make the former Wolfsburg ace a more attractive target.

He has long been tipped as one of his country’s brightest young aces and he was surprisingly included in their 2018 FIFA World Cup roster ahead of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, highlighting the esteem with which he’s held by Joachim Low.

Reds have also been connected with a move for his international teammate Timo Werner who has reportedly informed RB Leipzig that he won’t sign an extension to his deal which expires next summer.

Liverpool boss targeted eye-catching swap deal involving Mane and Real Madrid ace

German manager Jurgen Klopp demanded Brazilian star Vinicius Junior in return for Senegal international Sadio Mane when Real Madrid hierarchy asked about landing the Liverpool star, according to reports in Spain.

Sadio is reportedly on Los Blancos’ radar ahead of the summer transfer market as Zinedine Zidane plans to bolster his attacking variants.

But according to El Chiringuito, Real Madrid also made contact for the player the previous summer.

The report states that the Galacticos went to Liverpool to discuss an asking price for him.

But Liverpool responded by demanding that they must pay €200 million (£173 million) and include Vinicius in the deal.

Madrid purchased Vinicius in a £38.7m deal from Flamengo the previous summer, and the 18-year-old ace has impressed this term with three goals and 12 assists before he suffered an ankle ligament injury last month.

The UEFA Champions League holders rejected Liverpool’s proposal, but El Chiringuito claims that Vinicius Junior remains an ‘obsession’ of Jurgen.

Mane, meanwhile, penned a new long-term deal with Liverpool last November which keeps at the club until June of 2023.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are very close to agreeing to personal terms with German star Timo Werner, according to journalist Ian McGarry.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian went as far as to claim that Liverpool are on verge of agreeing a deal for him:

“My information is Liverpool are very close to agreeing personal terms with Werner.”

England international Daniel Sturridge looks set to depart, as could Divock Origi, and RB Leipzig star would be the ideal fit, in terms of style.

17-goals forward on his way out of Bundesliga club with Liverpool still on radar

Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been put on alert as RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has revealed Timo Werner is unlikely to sign a new contract at the Bundesliga club.

The forward’s existing contract is set to expire in June of 2020 after originally joining the club from German club Stuttgart back in 2016.

The 23-year-old star has won many suitors during his time at die Rotten Bullen which has led to increasing talk surrounding his long-term future.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are currently frontrunners to secure his signature in the summer transfer window but manager Zinedine Zidane is also considering bringing in Timo as he looks to rebuild Los Blancos’ squad.

RB Leipzig are interested in keeping hold of the highly-rated centre-forward but may be forced to sell him with Timo Werner’s heart set on a transfer away in the near future.

Speaking with a sports television channel Sky Germany at half-time during his club’s clash with Wolfsburg, CEO Mintzlaff confirmed: ‘We want to extend it with him, but he has signalled to us that he would rather not extend.’

Werner netted in the match against die Wolfe, helping Ralf Rangnick’s club cruise to a 2-0 victory.

The German star has 14 goals and 5 assists to his name in the league this campaign and has put them in a position to secure UEFA Champions League football for next campaign.

Should Liverpool seal Timo’s transfer in the summer, Germany international will become the second player who will leave RB Leipzig and sign for Liverpool.

The previous year, Anfield outfit purchased Werner’s former teammate Naby Keita for £54 million.

Leicester emerge as potential destination for £120,000-a-week Liverpool outcast

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in reuniting with Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge this summer, according to The Sun.

The 29-year-old star will be out of contract at the conclusion of the campaign and have fallen down the pecking order at Reds he will probably move on.

Brendan Rodgers will plan to add some competition for England international Jamie Vardy. At present Shinji Okazaki and Kelechi Iheanacho offer support, but the former Liverpool boss is keen to add a centre-forward to his ranks.

Englishman has started just six matches in all competitions this term. Jurgen Klopp clearly has not fancied him and the coach could be just the boss to revive his professional career.

It was Brendan who took the centre-forward to Liverpool from Chelsea back in 2013, with the duo very nearly winning the English top-flight at Anfield.

Daniel is at a bit of a crossroads in his career. At 29 and having not played plenty of football this campaign, he really needs to go out and play.

Northern Irish tactician has a habit of getting the best out of stars. The 29-year-old star needs his next club to be the right one and Foxes could be ideal.

Sturridge is paid £130,000-a-week, according to Spotrac and it remains to be seen whether that could ruin any plans of Leicester City doing a deal.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt is reportedly a summer transfer target for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus, according to reports from Bild, as quoted in a report from Calciomercato.

Liverpool reportedly ready to activate buy-out clause of Germany international

According to the latest report from German press outlet Bild, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are willing to meet Bayer Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt’s €25 million (£21.5 million) buy-out clause this summer transfer window, although the club will face competition from Juventus and Real Madrid for his signature.

The 22-year-old star’s exit clause will come into effect if his club fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this campaign, and with 7 points separating them and the fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt with only five matches remaining, the club hopes of doing just that are fading fast.

The Reds have one of the most deadly front-lines in world football, but it might be argued that manager Klopp needs to add more high-class competition to his attacking section, in order to keep the great form three on their toes.

And Julian could be just the player for the job at Anfield. Brandt is quick along the ground, has a keen eye for goal and possesses excellent technical ability.

German newspaper Bild claims that Reds will have to battle Los Blancos and Bianconeri for his signature this summer window, so they will surely not have things all their own way.

Should the Merseyside giants manage to land him for just £21.5m, however, it could end up being a bargain for the football club.

Along with Germany international, Liverpool are pursuing a potential deal for his Bayer Leverkusen teammate, Leon Bailey who is also drawing interest from the Reds’ fellow Premier League club Chelsea and host of Italian clubs.