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Liverpool news round-up: Transfer blow, Wilson to Burnley latest, Klopp wants Koulibaly

Long-term Liverpool target could renew contract with Belgian club

Anderlecht have begun talks with Liverpool linked teenage attacker Jeremy Doku over a new deal in order to safeguard their investment in him.

The forward recently made his debut for Belgium and also netted his first international goal, leading to speculation over his departure from Anderlecht.

Liverpool tried to land him when he was only 15 and have continued to keep track of the ace’s development with a view to taking him to Merseyside.

Anderlecht haven’t ruled out selling the winger if they receive a big-money bid, but the club are desperate to retain his services this season.

And according to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, the Belgian side have been in talks with Doku’s agents over offering him a new contract.

The teenager still has two years left on his existing deal but Anderlecht are acutely aware of the interest from the Reds and other heavyweight clubs.

Anderlecht want to offer the player an improved contract in line with his development and tie the player down to a longer deal.

Jeremy will enter the final year of his contract at the end of next campaign and Anderlecht want to avoid that situation.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe could reportedly be available for £91 million next summer.

The France international’s current contract is due to expire in June 2022, though, and Liverpool are said to be closely monitoring developments surrounding his long-term future.

A recent report claimed that the Reds’ hierarchy are in regular contact with the 2018 World Cup winner, who has netted 14 times in 35 outings for his national team.

According to L’Equipe, should Kylian fail to agree an extension with his side before next summer then his price could drop to £91 million as the French giants would face losing him for free the following year.

Liverpool and Burnley far apart in their valuation of 23-year-old winger

Burnley are some distance from matching Liverpool’s asking price for attacker Harry Wilson, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

It emerged this week that Sean Dyche’s Burnley are locked in negotiations with league rivals Liverpool regarding a deal for Wales international Wilson.

The Clarets, who haven’t made significant additions to their roster yet in the ongoing transfer window, are looking to bring Harry in on a permanent deal.

Burnley have even made the Reds an offer to take Wilson to Turf Moor before the transfer market slams shut next month.

While the exact fee offered by the Lancashire-based outfit is unclear, it has been claimed they’ll need to put a 1 in front of the proposal.

That could indicate the proposal put on the table by the Clarets is below £10 million and is significantly under Liverpool’s valuation of Wilson.

It remains to be seen if they will up their offer and can reach an agreement with Jurgen Klopp’s side over a deal for Wilson.

Liverpool have been willing to listen to offers for the academy product all summer but their valuation of £20 million has put clubs off so far.

Meantime, Liverpool are allegedly hopeful that Sadio Mane can help convince Napoli’s powerful centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to snub interest from elsewhere to make the switch to Anfield.

Koulibaly continues to be linked with a transfer away from Naples, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are said to be at the head of the queue for the Senegal captain.

However, according to Le Parisien, the Reds have not given up hope of signing the player this summer as a partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool still looking at deal for €125,000-a-week Napoli man

Liverpool will reportedly attempt to hijack Manchester City’s bid to land  Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli this transfer window and will ask Sadio Mane to persuade the central defender to sign for the Premier League champions, according to reports in Le Parisien.

Jurgen Klopp believes an agreement with Napoli could be reached before the transfer market closes on October 5, but is mindful that both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the 29-year-old.

However, the Anfield outfit boss knows the Senegal connection between Sadio and the centre-back could help them pip their rivals to the star’s signature.

It is thought a transfer fee north of £60 million would be rehired to prise him from the Italians.

He is hot property this summer, having transformed into one of the continent’s elite defenders since joining Napoli from Genk six summers ago.

The Senegal international has been praised for his reading of the game, aerial prowess and leadership skills, while his pace and strength are perfectly suited to the fast-paced PL.

Klopp knows a defence marshalled by Virgil van Dijk and Koulibaly would take his team to even greater heights.

Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have both performed well beside Jurgen’s first choice Dutch defender, but neither has managed to make himself undroppable in the deputy role.

He has already brought in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for £29 million and Diogo Jota from Wolves for £40 million.

Having upgraded his midfield and attack, the German tactician now wants to improve his defence.