Liverpool are allegedly lining up an offer to bring in Jamal Lewis as cover for Andy Robertson, with manager Jurgen Klopp a ‘big admirer’ of the Norwich left-back.
The 22-year-old defender impressed his first season in the English top flight but was unable to prevent his side from sinking down into the Championship.
Three years ago, the Reds captured Robertson from relegated Hull City for a sum of just £8 million which is now regarded as one of the bargains of the PL era – and the Merseyside giants have similar plans for Jamal this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, there is great ‘excitement’ about Jamal at Liverpool after a string of outstanding displays in recent months and a £10 million offer is in the works.
His versatility makes him an attractive proposition for Liverpool, considering Klopp is also looking for cover at centre-half following Dejan Lovren’s switch to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The Northern Irishman’s ambitions to play frequently may get in the way of a potential agreement but the Reds are confident they can convince him with the lure of UEFA Champions League football.
Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, who also suffered relegation this campaign, is another defender on the Anfield side’s radar ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Kelly, like Lewis, has proven he is comfortable playing in central defence and at left-back since arriving at the Vitality Stadium.
The Reds registered an interest in Kelly last summer when the England youth international was still at Bristol City but missed out on his signature to the Cherries.
Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a shock approach for Liverpool defender Joel Matip, according to a recent report.
Matip has established himself as a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, having played his part in their recent trophy successes.
But for his appalling injury record, the ex-Schalke defender would certainly figured more. Joel has missed over 60 matches over a total of eight various injuries since signing in 2016.
But in spite of making just 13 appearances in all competitions this campaign, Cameroon news outlet kick442 claims the Parisians are readying an approach.
They state PSG’s chief Leonardo sees Matip as an ideal replacement for outgoing defender Thiago Silva at the heart of the defence.
Silva and Edinson Cavani both left the French side following the expiration of their contracts. The club have already gone some way to replacing Edinson by signing Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal.
But a replacement for the Brazil international remains a priority now for Leonardo and head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Kalidou Koulibaly and Jose Gimenez have both been emerged as targets. Both, however, would likely cost in excess of £75 million.
Matip would command a sum slightly more modest fee given his injury record and a £50 million approach has been touted.
Meantime, Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry says being part of the club’s success in the last 14 months means a personal peak for him.
“The fact that we are champions of England, champions of Europe, the Club World Cup, the Super Cup is just an extraordinary accomplishment by this organisation and by these players,” Henry told liverpoolfc.com.
“To be involved with that, to have been a part of it has really been the capstone of my career and I think all of us who have been a part of Fenway Sports Group.
“Liverpool Football Club is a family and it’s really something extraordinary to be part of.”
According to a Greek outlet FOS, Liverpool are interested in landing Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos this transfer market.
It’s claimed that the Reds are looking for a new left back this summer, and Kostas is one of four names on their list.
The other names are not stated, but Liverpool are thought to be considering a swoop for the Greek ace as cover for the Scotland captain Andrew Robertson.
Tsimikas is 24, has been with his side for six years now, and has become a senior team regular after loan stints with Esbjerg and Willem II.
Last season, Kostas hit five assists in 20 league matches, and impressed in the UEFA Champions League, picking up an assist against Bayern Munich.
Tsimikas is not the tallest left back at 5ft 9in tall, but Tsimikas is immensely quick and dangerous going forward, which is exactly what the German tactician Jurgen Klopp would be looking for.
No other names from the club’s wish list were named in the Greek report, but The Express stated last week that the Reds want Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly.
He has the versatility that Liverpool needs, as he can play at both centre-back and left-back, meaning he can cover for both the first-choice Andrew Robertson and the departure of the Croatia international Dejan Lovren.
Lloyd is younger than Kostas too, meaning he still has great potential to grow, and his fit for the Reds may just make him a better option than the Greek.