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Liverpool news round-up: Leeds ace on radar, £68m Skriniar deal, Grealish latest

Liverpool taking keen interest in Championship starlet Henri Kumwenda

According to Wayne Veysey, writing for Football Insider, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are taking a very keen interest in highly-rated Leeds United attacker Henri Kumwenda.

The 18-year-old Malawian attacker, who came to England aged just 4, has been at the Elland Road outfit since the age of 11.

He is currently making a name for himself in Mark Jackson’s U18s at the West Yorkshire outfit.

Kumwenda has been a regular in Jackson’s side this campaign, carrying on his good form from last campaign.

He is a strong running forward and has been amongst the goals, his latest efforts saw the young Whites through in the FA Youth Cup by beating Sheffield Wednesday 5-4 on penalties after extra-time.

Wayne says that the Merseyside heavyweights have set their sights on landing Leeds United rising star Henri Kumwenda according to news coming from a ‘Liverpool source’.

Wayne also points out that Liverpool aren’t alone in their reported interest in the player with the reds being among a host of top-flight who are closely monitoring the situation of the starlet.

Leeds have a proven track record of promoting youngsters towards the first-team set-up and evidence of this can be seen during this season.

Players such as Jordan Stevens and Leif Davis have been given runs in the side and others such as Robbie Gotts and Jamie Shackleton are there or thereabouts and in Marcelo Bielsa’s thoughts.

The Whites are also signing up their talents to new deals, the latest being the promising Nohan Kenneh.

However, Football Insider’s Veysey says that the Anfield giants “are keeping close tabs on him [Kumwneda] amid growing doubts over his Elland Road future.“

Liverpool keen to fork out £68m to seal January transfer deal for Inter star

Liverpool are reportedly working on an offer of around £68 million to beat Barcelona to the transfer of Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

The 24-year-old looks an elite centre-half who could no doubt make it at a bigger club, and it looks like he could be on his way out of Nerazzurri in the near future.

According to Don Balon, the Reds are preparing to offer £68 million for Skriniar for a deal that would go through at the end of this campaign.

This seems like a great piece of business from the Reds, who perhaps don’t urgently need Milan right now, but who could eventually do with adding more quality and depth in defence.

In spite of Liverpool’s superb form this season, they have missed Joel Matip through injury, while Joe Gomez also does not have the best fitness record.

That leaves Dejan Lovren as their only other backup along with Virgil van Dijk, so it makes sense to perhaps push the boat out a bit and go for a big name like Milan.

Don Balon suggest the Premier League leaders now look the favourites to beat Barcelona to Skriniar, with the Catalan club said to be unwilling to pay £68 million for the Slovakia international.

Liverpool had a fairly quiet summer transfer market in 2019, but it looks like they could be back in the business of major buys in 2020.

Meantime, Liverpool are reportedly not interested in securing the services of Aston Villa’s attacking midfielder Jack Grealish.

Liverpool not interested in snapping up Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish

Liverpool aren’t expected to join the race for Manchester United midfield target Jack Grealish, reports claim.

The Aston Villa player has been linked with a mega-money transfer away from Birmingham this summer, after a number of impressive performances for the relegation-threatened West Midlands side.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool rejected the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old for just £25m in the summer of 2018 when the Villa were in financial difficulties, and then opted against a swoop to land him in the most recent summer market.

Interest in Grealish has spiked this campaign after a series of dazzling performances in the PL, with Manchester City and Manchester United thought to be the favourites to lure him away from his boyhood club.

But in spite of former Villa and Everton forward Andy Gray claiming Grealish would walk into any of the PL’s top-six – Liverpool included – Jurgen Klopp’s side are unlikely to be in the race to sign him.

Former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks interest in Jack could prove futile and that he may end up staying at the club in spite of the inevitable offers he’ll have on the table.

‘It’s a tough one but Villa’s owners have come out and said, they want to keep spending,’ Gabriel said on Stadium Astro.

‘This season, they’ve got a squad together, lost a lot of players in the summer – stay up, that’s the only goal, then they’ll go again in the summer.

‘If they go down, I think he’ll leave. If they stay up, it could be 50-50. If Villa go out there and spend another £100m maybe…

‘If they go out and spend, he’s getting better players around him. I know him, he won’t want to leave. He’s the captain.’