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Liverpool news round-up: Reasons for Thiago rejection, £9m for Real Betis man, Koulibaly latest

Reasons revealed for Liverpool opting against landing €230,000-a-week Bayern star

Liverpool have reportedly raised several doubts about midfield target Thiago and have no interest in landing the Bayern Munich star, according to reports.

Speculation linking the 29-year-old star with a move to Anfield has been ramping up with his deal due to expire next summer.

Thiago is said to have requested to quit the German champions in search of a new challenge after seven years with Die Roten.

However, according to ESPN, the Reds have cited several reasons why they are not interested in the Spaniard, including his age, injury record, transfer fee and wages.

The report claims that Thiago does not fit in with the profile of a player the Reds aim to recruit and there is unlikely to be a flurry of transfer activity at the club this window.

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Reds hard and unless a big player departs, there will be no high-profile signings.

When quizzed about Thiago, Jurgen Klopp hailed the former Barcelona man’s ability but refused to comment on a prospective move.

‘I have no idea who will play for me next year, there is nothing to say at the moment,’ Jurgen told Sky Germany last week.

‘Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but also a Bayern Munich player. That’s actually all there is to say. There’s nothing to say!’

In terms of outgoings, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana will leave the club as their deals have expired.

Centre-back Dejan Lovren – who has fallen down the pecking order in Jurgen’s side – has been informed that he is free to leave, while the Reds are open to offers for shot-stopper Loris Karius upon his return from his two-year loan spell at Besiktas.

Liverpool submit bid for tough-tackling La Liga defender

Liverpool have allegedly made a transfer offer for the Algeria international Aissa Mandi at a fraction of the price of the Real Betis defender’s apparent release clause.

It is being reported by Cadena COPE that the Reds have presented the Verdiblancos with a €10 million (£9 million) offer for the player.

That is considerably cheaper than the star’s apparent €30 million (£27m) release clause. Real Betis are understood to be interested in accepting the offer as he has just 12 months left on his deal.

It’d be a perfect option for Liverpool as the club need a replacement for Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who recently made a transfer to Zenit.

That deal was worth a reported £10.9m, so Liverpool might have the money to seal a deal for the Algerian star.

Mandi, who has 55 caps for his country’s national team, has been a regular in the Betis team this campaign, playing 30 times after initially starting the campaign out of the starting eleven.

Liverpool are blessed with their centre-half talents, with Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez all present.

Mandi would represent a reliable variant to replace the role Lovren plays in the Liverpool roster and at a reliable price so this might be an ideal deal for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Meantime, Liverpool are interested in landing 17-year-old Portuguese shot-stopper Ricardo van der Laan and according to Football Insider, Arsenal are also understood to be chasing the rising star.

Laan plays for Liga NOS side Belenenses, although he has only represented the U23 team, doing so on four occasions during the 2019/20 season.

Napoli receive no official offer from Liverpool for 29-year-old centre-half

Napoli chief Cristiano Giuntoli has revealed the club haven’t yet received any bids for their defender Kalidou Koulibaly amid speculation mentioning him with the Premier League.

The 29-year-old centre-half has formed a reputation as one of the best defenders in the world following his towering displays in Serie A over the past few seasons.

Because of the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis I Partenopei are thought to be open to the idea of selling the star this summer, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all having been touted as potential destinations in recent months.

But speaking to DAZN, the Italian senior figure said as of yet there have been no concrete offers for the player.

“At this moment, we haven’t received any offers,” Cristiano said. “Koulibaly had important offers in the past and a great deal of interest, but we are in no rush to make decisions.”

Napoli are thought to rate the player at around £80m, although they may be forced to sell the Senegalese for less given the financial struggles most clubs are facing at the moment.

Kalidou himself recently declared his happiness at Napoli but revealed he may move on in the future if it is the best thing for himself and the club.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss, the former Genk ace said: “I would love to stay at Napoli for life. But I can’t make promises.

“I am part of the project and at the end of the season I will speak to the directors. Right now, my mind is 100% on the pitch.”