Footy Extras

Liverpool surprisingly exploring possibility of selling technically gifted forward

Liverpool could sell Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri one year after landing him from Stoke City, according to an exclusive report by the Daily Mail.

The former Stoke City player joined Liverpool the previous summer. But he has mostly been used as an impact substitute this campaign.

Xherdan has played his part in some crucial moments for Liverpool. These include netting twice against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United at Old Trafford and picking up the assist for Divock Origi versus Newcastle United which took the trophy race into the final day.

But manager Jurgen Klopp has been unwilling to use the diminutive left-footed attacking midfielder too often. And consequently, Shaqiri could be axed this summer transfer window.

But another Liverpool player could take advantage of his potential exit. Harry Wilson might step into Xherdan’s shoes next campaign.

Harry is currently on loan at EFL Championship outfit Derby County, where the star has thoroughly impressed. The 22-year-old talent has netted 18 goals and provided six assists this campaign.

The Wales international netted against Leeds United in his side’s play-off semi-final win this week. Wilson is now set for a Wembley trip as the player aims to get the Rams promoted.

But when he makes Liverpool return, his future remains undetermined. It remains to be seen if Klopp use him, loan him out again or sell him.

If Shaqiri departs, this would open up a vacancy for Harry. The left-footed wide man has proven his quality in the English second division and could get his chance with Liverpool.

Liverpool watched highly-rated No.8 midfielder in action over the weekend

Liverpool are closely monitoring the progress of Ligue 1 giants Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to the latest report by the Mercato 365.

The same source adds that the Reds delegations were present during Les Gones’ 3-0 win over Marseille the previous week and were keeping a close eye on the talented midfielder.

The Lyon born talent has already managed to prove himself in the French side’s senior team after appearing from the club’s set-up earlier in his playing career.

He has enjoyed a wonderful campaign for Lyon so far after putting in some impressive performances under Bruno Genesio’s stewardship throughout this season.

The French star has made 45 matches for the Ligue 1 side this season, netting seven goals while providing ten assists in all competitions.

He has also played for the country in both the U17 and the U21 levels thus far and may be destined to be a vital part of the French senior side in the coming years.

Aouar has shown incredible potential and could be transformed into a world-class play in his role if given the perfect environment to improve his game.

German tactician Jurgen Klopp could be the ideal man to make the most out of the French prospect’s talents as he’s always willing to give his youngsters a chance to succeed at the Reds.

The club should consider sanctioning a move for him this summer transfer window if he is available for the right price.

Les Gones prodigy’s versatility and creativity could make him a grand success at Liverpool next campaign.

EPL rivals at front of queue to secure services of long-term Liverpool target

A German outlet SportBild reports that Tottenham Hotspur are leading Liverpool in the hunt to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Germany international has been brilliant for the Bundesliga side this term, and the report states that Brandt will depart in the summer irrespective of his side’s Champions League prospects.

The 23-year-old star has a buy-out clause of just £21 million in spite of having two years left on his contract, and the report states that Spurs are speaking with Julian’s father.

Jurgen Klopp wanted to land the German attacker in 2017 before moving for Egypt international and then-Roma winger Mohamed Salah, and the report claims that the Leverkusen star is being connected with the Reds again.

There is plenty of interest in Julian, with Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund also holding negotiations, according to the report.

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen’s future is still undetermined with Real Madrid keen on the former Ajax player.

Losing Christian would be a blow but Julian could be a smart acquisition for the Champions League finalists. The German star has the skills to improve further and can be the creative force in the middle of the pitch.

Brandt’s best performances have come in the wide roles and the German has formed an excellent partnership with his fellow countryman Kai Havertz and Jamaican winger Leon Bailey at Die Werkself.

The 23-year-old star has a lot left in him, and it will be very interesting to see if Julian is on the move once the campaign is done.

Liverpool could cash in on £90,000-a-week forward this summer window

According to a report from a British newspaper the Daily Mail, Liverpool could sell Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri this summer transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp thought to be interested in freshening up his options.

The Switzerland international Shaqiri joined the Reds from Stoke City the previous summer, in a deal believed to be worth £13m, according to BBC Sport, but Xherdan has failed to impress at the Reds, racking up just six goals and five assists in 30 matches in all competitions.

To be fair to Xherdan, however, he has not really been handed many chances to impress at the club, playing second fiddle to Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

And now the Daily Mail states that the 27-year-old technically gifted player could be let go by Liverpool this summer.

It does not mention how much the Reds will expect for the attacker’s signature, but with four seasons remaining on his current contract at Anfield, they will likely call for a fairly substantial sum.

Shaqiri is talented forward, however, and it might just be in Jurgen’s best interest to retain his services for at least another season, just to see whether Shaqiri comes good at Liverpool.

In other news, Roberto Firmino is a transfer target for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, according to reports.

The Brazilian striker has become an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Liverpool since his arrival at the club, scoring 66 goals in 191 matches.

And the Parisians are now reportedly interested in bringing the 27-year-old star to the Parc des Princes now that the transfer market has reopened.

Potential suitors learn how much it will cost to sign 21-year-old Liverpool star

Liverpool could sell Taiwo Awoniyi in the summer, with the Reds planning to recoup £10m for the teenager, according to the newspaper Liverpool Echo.

The Nigerian forward has been not able to play for Jurgen Klopp’s side due to work permit problems.

He was purchased from the Imperial Academy in his native Nigeria back in 2015 but has not taken his senior-team bow due to permit complications.

The Bundesliga outfit Schalke are interested in acquiring the services of the Under-23s player.

Since arriving at the Reds he has been out on loan numerous times, featuring for Royal Mouscron, FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and KAA Gent.

This campaign he has netted 12 goals in 37 appearances during his second spell with Royal Mouscron.

Considering he has not played for the Anfield outfit, getting £10m for him would be considered as a very good business.

However, It remains to be seen whether or not the interested German club will be prepared to cough up such a sum.

Receiving the aforementioned fee for Awoniyi will represent a great piece of business for the Reds.

The teenager is not at the required level to make an impression in the main team, with or without a work permit. Offloading the star seems like the only viable variant this summer.

Banking £10m would be perfect for Liverpool, whilst the star would benefit from kick-starting his professional career elsewhere.

Taiwo has proved that he can net goals during his various loan stints. The time to depart Anfield permanently looks like being in summer.

UCL giants keen on €41m Liverpool signing but management refuse to sell him

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is interested in signing Liverpool star Roberto Firmino but the Reds hierarchy will refuse to sell the South American forward.

The South American has been lined up as a successor for Edinson Cavani, who could depart the French giants in summer.

The 27-year-old Firmino joined the Reds back in 2015 in a £30m deal from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim but he is yet to win a title at Anfield.

Liverpool can of course end that wait in the UEFA Champions League final in the capital of Spain, Madrid against Tottenham Hotspur but that will not stop Paris Saint-Germain from making a move.

The German tactician is said to be a big admirer of Firmino and is prepared to move for him but the BBC state Liverpool won’t listen to offers.

Firmino is considered an integral component of Jurgen Klopp’s forward line and few strikers in world football can match his work-rate.

The technically gifted player signed a new five-year contract with the Reds in 2018 and is content at the club.

Liverpool are said to have a quiet transfer market after a record outlay the previous summer but Klopp will be handed the necessary funds to bring in long-term targets.

Meantime, Liverpool are tracking three stars from Lyon ahead of possible transfer moves, according to the Mirror.

Anfield scouts watched Les Gones’ 3-0 win versus Marseille at the Stade Velodrome, in which Moussa Dembele and Maxine Cornet (2) scored.

And reports have appeared suggesting Reds delegations were in attendance to oversee central midfielder Houssem Aouar, as well as Memphis Depay and Tanguy Ndombele.

 

Entourage reveals that Liverpool tracking highly-rated Turkish goalkeeper

The agent of Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor shot-stopper Ugurcan Cakir has told a Turkish news outlet Ajansspor that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are one of a host of European clubs tracking the impressive stopper.

Starting the campaign as a back-up keeper, 23-year-old Ugurcan broke into Trabzonspor’s senior team in November and has since stayed as the Super Lig side’s first-choice goalkeeper.

In 23 league and cup matches this season, the uncapped Turkish player has conceded 25 goals and collected seven clean sheets. His stunning form has alerted sides around the continent and Jurgen Klopp’s side are one of them.

His representative, Engin Kirkpinar, has claimed that the Reds are one of those sides keen on nabbing the youngster’s signature. But the Reds are joined by second-placed French outfit Lille, and German club Schalke.

“Each team has a scout team. There is no official transfer offer from Schalke, Lille or Liverpool,” Engin said about the Turkey U21 international. “No official offer from Liverpool.”

The Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper is Alisson Becker, and there’s absolutely no chance the South American will be knocked off his perch in summer. But Engin could be signed to act as back-up.

Simon Mignolet has remained the club’s second-choice stopper, but the opportunities are that he may want to depart the club this summer transfer window in order to become the first choice somewhere else.

German star Loris Karius remains on loan at Trabzonspor’s fellow Super Lig heavyweights Besiktas, so if Mignolet departs, Ugurcan Cakir could well be brought to Liverpool.

UCL giants will not accept any summer offers they receive for Liverpool target

Juventus have made a decision to decline to listen to proposals for rumoured Liverpool target attacker Paulo Dybala for the moment as the club deliberate their summer options.

Paulo has endured a difficult campaign at Juventus and has been connected with a transfer away from the Italian heavyweights ahead of the summer transfer market.

It has been claimed that the Serie A champions could cash in on the South American forward to add to their summer transfer kitty.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have both been connected with holding an interest in the former Palermo player.

But according to an Italian outlet Tutto Juve, the Old Lady have decided against entertaining any offers for Paulo for the moment.

The Juventus board have not taken a final decision on his future and are interested in accessing their options ahead of the summer transfer market.

They want to take everything into consideration before considering proposals to sell the forward in the coming months.

Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich have also been keeping a close eye on Dybala ahead of the summer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are keen on Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez, and an Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb claims that Tottenham Hotspur are also pursuing the 22-year-old forward.

Maxi would not come on the cheap as the South American star has a €50m exit clause, and the report also claims that the Celta star turned down a move to West Ham in the January transfer market.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are set to fight it out for the UEFA Champions League final too, and it will be very interesting to see where Maxi ends up at the end of the campaign.