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Liverpool news round-up: Galatasaray want Shaqiri, Reds make enquiry, Lyon No.11 star targeted

Super Lig giants in talks with Liverpool to take Shaqiri on loan

According to the Turkish newspaper Gunes, Galatasaray are keen on signing Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri.

It’s reported the Super Lig outfit have already contacted the Reds about signing Switzerland international and Gunes claim Galatasaray are looking to loan the player for 18 months.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan forward is believed to be open about a move to Turkey as he wants to play regular senior-team football.

The player has hardly featured under manager Jurgen Klopp this season, mainly because of injury, but his chances are likely to be further limited due to the return of England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gunes claim the Premier League heavyweights are open to parting company with the 28-year-old technically gifted star.

He recently returned to the Reds squad after injury and has played just 14 minutes of competitive football for the club this season.

With UEFA Euro 2020 just around the corner, the Swiss forward will be wanting to get matches, and a loan could be an option in January. His deal with Liverpool will expire in the summer of 2023.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Express, both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing the Lyon forward, Memphis Depay over the summer transfer period.

Reports have previously stated that the North London club was lining up an offer worth £50m for Memphis, who has netted 11 goals this season.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are expected to strengthen their attack in the summer window having made no major acquisitions ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Liverpool in mix to snap up Italian sensation Sebastiano Esposito

Liverpool and Manchester United are among the clubs to enquire about young Inter Milan striker Sebastiano Esposito, the reports in Italy say.

According to a recent report by FC Inter News, Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United, Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are all in the hunt to land the 17-year-old.

They have reportedly ‘requested information’ about the talented striker, who has been prolific for Nerazzurri’s academy sides.

Inter Milan are hoping to convince Esposito into a new contract at the San Siro when the Italian turns 18 in July.

The report claims that Antonio Conte’s side will offer Esposito a fresh deal in July that is worthy of ‘first-team figures’, so anyone looking to sign him beforehand will need a clear plan to convince Sebastiano into a move.

While there are no claims that he is pushing for an exit, he will need to see a clear route that can offer him senior-team football away from Serie A giants.

His form previous term, in which he scored over 30 goals for club and country in all competitions, has seen him battle for a place in the first-team roster.

He has featured in three Serie A matches this season, a sign of how highly Sebastiano is rated when you consider how well Belgium international Romelu Lukaku and the Argentine prodigy Lautaro Martinez are performing as a pair.

Liverpool join race to sign impressive Ligue 1 forward valued at £42m

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to rival Tottenham for Lyon and Holland forward Memphis Depay.

But they could also face stiff competition from Manchester United for the 25-year-old star, as the Red Devils inserted a release clause into the deal to sell Depay to Lyon back in the winter of 2017.

He has enjoyed a new lease of life at Les Gones, and has scored seven goals in 10 Ligue 1 matches so far this term, as well as four in the UCL, while he is also now an integral part of Ronald Koeman’s brilliant Holland side.

Lyon rescued Memphis from an underwhelming time at Old Trafford in which the star was better known for his flamboyance off the pitch rather than his displays on it.

Since arriving in France, the former PSV Eindhoven ace has matured and has gone from strength to strength.

And he’d cost around £42 million, with the Reds and Spurs both interested, according to Calciomercato.

Liverpool need to add depth to their attacking variants, and if he were to switch to Merseyside, Depay would have to compete with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a first-team place.

He might be a better fit for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and already knows the Tottenham boss from their time together at the Red Devils.

But a transfer to Liverpool would offer the UEFA Champions League football Memphis has become accustomed to while playing for the French club.

The Reds also have the lure of being arguably the world’s best team at the moment, with Jurgen Klopp’s men currently 11 points clear at the top of the PL following their 2-1 win against Brighton on Saturday.