Liverpool will only offload £80,000-a-week star on one condition

Danny Mills has stated that Liverpool will only sell Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer if they can find another forward to strengthen the attack.

The former Manchester City and Leeds United right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, pointed out that the star was “very, very cheap” and suggested manager Jurgen Klopp would be hard fought to find an alternative at a similar price.

Xherdan was absent from Jurgen Klopp’s roster for the trip to Goodison Park and the home win over Crystal Palace due to injury.

Football Insider reported in April that the club have slashed their price tag for the Swiss star due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The wide attacker, who is interesting European teams such as Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Roma, still has three years left on his deal on Merseyside.

When asked by Football Insider if the star would be surplus to requirements this summer, Danny said: “There has been a lot of talk of him moving on.

“He might be one that goes but it depends on who Liverpool can bring in to bolster the attack.

“If they can find someone in this market then they may well sell him.

“But he only cost £13million. That is very, very cheap so he has not cost Liverpool much at all.

“We do not know when the transfer window will be and if teams will spend money so a lot of teams will hold fire and get through to the end of the season before they make any rash decisions.”

Xherdan, who arrived at Anfield from Stoke City for just £13 million in 2018, has been limited to just 10 appearances this campaign because of injury.

Liverpool keeping close eye on France youth international Boubacar Kamara

French source Le10Sport have stated that both Everton and Liverpool are keen on raiding Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille for central defender Boubacar Kamara – with the French outfit open to selling.

The 20-year-old is just another example of his side’s excellent youth academy – already clocking up 79 senior games for Marseille since his debut at just 17 years of age.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham chief moulded the France youth international into a defensive midfielder, after originally breaking into the side as a centre-half. He remains able to play in both positions.

Foot Mercato have recently reported that Arsenal and Manchester United are interested, while The Express have also claimed Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs are keen. Now, both Liverpool and Everton are supposedly keen.

The report states that while they want to keep Boubacar after qualifying for the Champions League, they need some money to balance the books. An offer of more than £27m is said to be enough to tempt the Ligue 1 club.

Everton surely need a player like Kamara. Lack of depth at centre-half and a need for a holding midfielder with Jean-Philippe Gbamin injured, Boubacar could be the perfect addition.

But to have UCL football at Marseille to no European outings at Everton will be a blow. The Reds would offer Kamara the opportunity to replace Dejan Lovren, but he will struggle for playing time at Anfield.

Chelsea have plenty of variants in either position, but perhaps a move to the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal could be ideal. The latter certainly need to replace the imminent departure of defender Jan Vertonghen.

Liverpool against paying more than £60m for powerful defender

Liverpool are uninterested in landing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly due to his £90m price tag, according to the latest reports.

The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the continent’s top centre-backs, attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis previously revealed that bids of less than £60 million for the Senegalese star would be immediately dismissed.

And reports appeared earlier this week that the Reds were trying to drive down the price by offering their fourth-choice centre-half Dejan Lovren as part of the deal.

However, Sky Sports state that spending more than £60 million on a player nearing the age of 30 is against the Reds’ transfer policy.

The Reds could still be prepared to let Croatian defender Lovren leave in the summer if they can find a suitable replacement. Liverpool icon John Barnes believes that while Koulibaly would be a great addition.

‘Koulibaly is a very good player and you’re looking at Joe Gomez coming through and he could help him, Koulibaly is already the finished article so if they get him that would be a good signing for them,’ John told BonusCodeBets.

In the meantime, Borussia Dortmund senior figure Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that Jadon Sancho could be sold in the summer, but he does not expect any teams to match his asking price.

“If Jadon approaches us and says he wants to leave no matter what – which has not happened so far – and a club wants to spend what we are asking for, we will discuss it,” Watzke he is quoted as saying by The Mirror. “But I don’t think a club will pay the fee we want.”