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Liverpool news round-up: Battle for PSG No.7, Shaqiri transfer revelation, Klopp still wants Traore

Liverpool chief desperate to bring one of PSG key men to Anfield

Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Earlier this year, reports coming out France claimed the Liverpool manager had held talks with the forward and his father on numerous occasions.

Real Madrid are another side who have been keen on signing the forward.

The France international is on the front page of a Spanish outlet AS, with ‘Klopp tempts him’ a line.

The report focuses on the potential buyers that have come forward for the forward.

Victor Font, who has announced his candidacy for the presidency of Barcelona, is looking at the Frenchman and has already contacted his camp.

With regards to the Reds, it’s stated the Merseyside club’s manager ‘wanted to try’ signing Kylian as he ‘dreams’ of bringing him to Anfield.

Barcelona and Liverpool are in for a disappointment because it’s reported the attacker prefers the La Liga champions.

As per the report, Klopp has already assumed the English giants cannot compete with Zinedine Zidane and his side.

Florentino Perez has taken matters in his own hands and AS are of the belief the superstar will arrive at Santiago Bernabeu if no mistakes are made.

The Spanish club’s chairman is ahead of competitors and this, coupled with Kylian’s undisguised passion for Zidane, puts Los Blancos in the lead.

PSG offered a new deal worth €150m net for five years, but without any success.

In spite of Klopp dreaming and Font contacting Kylian’s camp, AS states Real Madrid are in pole position to sign him.

Turkey transfer for 28-year-old star blocked by Liverpool manager

Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri was in line to complete a loan transfer to Turkish giants Fenerbahce before the international transfer market closed, it has been claimed in Turkey.

The 28-year-old star has made just one appearance for Liverpool this campaign and was linked with a transfer away in the window.

However, the Swiss remained at Anfield beyond last Monday’s transfer deadline with the Anfield outfit left without suitable offers for the player.

It has been stated that Liverpool resisted a late loan move for Xherdan but, according to Turkish daily Takvim, Fender had a deal in place to sign the star.

The Turkish outfit reached an agreement with the Anfield giants to take Shaqiri on loan and also convinced the player to switch to Istanbul.

However, Shaqiri’s temporary move to Fenerbahce fell through after the German tactician Klopp blocked the move.

He made late changes to his plans and decided to keep him at Anfield, shocking Fenerbahce officials, who believed they had signed the player.

In spite of the transfer falling through, Fener could go back in to try to sign Shaqiri when the January market opens, which is now just eleven weeks away.

Meantime, Jamie Carragher admits he remains unsure of manager Jurgen Klopp extending his stay at the club beyond 2024.

The 53-year-old’s current contract expires in 2024, but it is currently unknown whether or not the German will stay on beyond that.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Jamie claimed he could see Jurgen walking away in four years’ time: “I am not quite sure he will stay at the end of his current contract.”

£63m former Barcelona youngster remains target for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly determined to bring forward Adama Traore to Anfield.

The Premier League champions were mentioned with the Spain international over the summer, but the transfer market closed with the attacker still at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 24-year-old star is yet to score or provide an assist in five outings at club level this campaign but impressed last term, contributing six goals and 12 assists in 54 games in all competitions.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Reds are still interested in signing the former Barcelona attacker, although it is unclear whether the Reds will attempt to strike a deal in the January transfer window.

The report adds that the Merseyside outfit would have to come up with a bid of around £63m to convince Wolves to part with the powerful forward.

Traore, who has also played for Middlesbrough and Aston Villa in English football since leaving Camp Nou, has a deal at Molineux until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has spoken of his delight at his transfer to Anfield and revealed how he feels he is in the perfect place to take his professional career to the next level.

Jota, who replaced Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who is recovering from COVID-19, in the national side, told RTP3 (cited via InsideFutbol): “It is the highest moment of my career.

“[Moving to Liverpool] was a big step forward, now I started again for the national team. And my goal is to assert myself more and more as an option.”