La Liga champions Barcelona are planning a summer swoop for Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson in the summer transfer window, according to the latest reports from Spain.
The Scotland international Robertson has been in impressive form for the Reds this campaign, amassing 13 assists across all competitions and helping manager Jurgen Klopp’s side reach the UEFA Champions League final and had the possibility of trophy success on Sunday.
His performances since joining from relegated Hull City have allowed the star to nail down the left-back position, and have now apparently earned him admiring glances from some of the continent’s other elite sides.
A Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo states that Barcelona have decided Andrew is the level of left-back the board they want in summer, in spite of Jordi Alba having already recently signed a new five-year contract.
However, the report does claim that the Catalan heavyweights are aware of how difficult a reported operation it will be to pull off, considering that Robertson is contracted until June of 2024.
They also claim that the 25-year-old star would cost more than €50m, and reports add that an additional £100 million could be placed on top of that.
According to a British outlet the Daily Mail, Liverpool chief Michael Edwards made Blaugrana agree to a £100m premium when they sold Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.
That clause, which applies up until the summer of 2020, means that a £50 million deal for Andrew would cost £150 million – making it virtually impossible for Blaugrana to sign any of the Reds’ stars before then.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are both preparing to match the €50 million release clause of centre-forward Maxi Gomez this summer.
According to El Gol Digital, both the UEFA Champions League finalists want to land the 22-year-old Celta Vigo striker who has hit 13 La Liga goals this campaign and five assists.
Uruguayan star is under contract until June of 2022, but has an exit clause of £43 million, although it is understood he would have been available for £22m had his side been relegated from the Spanish top-flight.
Celta though finished 14th and now the English heavyweights must stump up the cash in order to discuss contract terms with the former Defensor player, who earlier this week stated he was “very comfortable” and in no rush to depart Spain.
Spurs are looking for a forward to share the burden with England international Harry Kane and Maxi is able to play as a sole centre-forward, in a two or in a three-man forward line.
The Reds, on the other hand, are searching for a man to compete with Brazilian star Roberto Firmino next term.
Daniel Sturridge is set to depart Anfield, although Rhian Brewster is expected to break into first-team, but Jurgen Klopp is thought to prefer another centre-forward option as well.
Gomez was close to joining West Ham United in January, although he would not play for the side until the start of next campaign.
Sky Sports reported that the Vigo-based outfit wanted the player’s exit clause to be paid if the Hammers wanted him in the winter, but they were hoping to reach a compromise in the sum to take him this summer.
Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all tracking SL Benfica ace Gedson Fernandes, with the 20-year-old midfielder looking likely to make an EPL switch in the summer window.
The youngster has broken into the senior team at Benfica this campaign making 21 league matches, although only 11 of these have been from the start.
Although, such have been his displays that he has picked up two caps for his country and caught the eye of a trio of Premier League sides.
Fernandes is rated at £35 million by his club and the Mirror reports that his agents have been in England talking about his future with his potential suitors.
It is thought that Tottenham have shown their hand a bit more readily than the other sides interested in Gedson, and are the front of the queue to get a deal done.
The UEFA Champions League finalists are said to invest heavily in their playing roster this summer after going two transfer markets without making a signing.
Spurs will hope that their historic European run and move into a new stadium will attract some of Europea’s brightest talents to the club, replacing potentially departures such as Victor Wanyama and Kieran Trippier.
Gedson has actually been out of favour at SL Benfica in the second half of the season and has not started a league game since 2 January, which ended in a shock 2-0 defeat to Portimonse.
Fernandes has since been restricted to late substitute matches and playing in the UEFA Europa League. The 20-year-old star born in Sao Tome and Principe is yet to net a professional goal in his young career.