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Liverpool transfer round-up: Duncan offer arrives, new contract for Dutchman, Lovren to Germany

Nordsjaelland trying to strike loan deal for Liverpool youngster

The Daily Mail reports that Danish heavyweights Nordsjaelland have bid to take the youngster Bobby Duncan on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The English attacker is one of the brightest prospects coming through the Liverpool system and got some minutes over this summer’s pre-season.

The 18-year-old talent has been excellent along with Paul Glatzel in the Liverpool youth sides and helped their side win the FA Youth Cup last term.

The report states that the Danish club are willing to pay Bobby’s entire salary and are offering senior-team football to attract the forward.

The prodigy needs to play first-team football in order to develop and a transfer away from the EPL is the right way to go about it.

It’s to be seen if Denmark is the right destination for him as the Reds have seen their players do well at other British clubs.

Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson have impressed in the EFL Championship in the past while Ryan Kent did a wonderful job at Rangers the previous season.

The report goes on to claim that Duncan is concerned about breaking into the senior Reds team and is open to switching abroad.

Duncan netted 32 goals last season for Liverpool’s youth teams, and it will be very interesting to see if the management allow him to leave.

Meantime, Liverpool won’t budge on their stance over the forward Ryan Kent and the winger won’t be allowed to join Rangers on loan, reports say.

The Reds’ preference is to sell last campaign’s Scottish young player of the year and they’re looking for something in the region of £7m – a figure Rangers boss and one-time Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard cannot meet.

Key Liverpool defender in line for fresh long-term deal and major pay rise

Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk is expected to sign a fresh contract with the club which will double his wages, reflecting his reputation as one of the very best players in the world.

Virgil has become nothing short of a superstar since signing for Liverpool from Southampton in what was then a world record £75 million deal for a defender in the winter transfer market of 2018.

90min understands that Virgil will be earning up to £250,000-a-week when he signs his new contract, paying him twice as much as his current £125,000 weekly salary.

Van Dijk’s current deal, which he penned when he made the move from Southampton, still has several years left to run – yet negotiations over a new one were first reported at the start of June.

There has been no rush, but Virgil would join Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in further committing his future to the Reds – all have signed fresh contracts since April 2018.

Virgil was named both Premier League Player of the Season and PFA Players’ Player of the Year in the 2018/19 term, the first defender to win the PFA award in 14 seasons.

The individual accolades recognised his role in the Reds’ Premier League title battle with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, finishing the season with 97 points, the third-highest points tally in EPL history.

On top of that, the Netherlands international was crucial as the Premier League heavyweights won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid.

Leverkusen want to bolster defence by signing £20m Liverpool signing

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren is reportedly a transfer target for the Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, who are in the transfer market for defensive reinforcements, as per a recent report from a German outlet Bild.

Dejan has been a subject of intense transfer talk in recent weeks, having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

The Croatian star is in his sixth season with the Merseyside club, having arrived from Southampton back in 2014 and has gone on to make 170 matches for the club till date, netting 7 goals.

Lovren had been a regular defender for Liverpool’s defence for most of his spell with the Reds.

But, the Croatian player has found himself somewhat out of favour over the past 12 months owing to injuries and inconsistent form.

This, coupled with the emergence of the Englishman Joe Gomez and the improvement in the form of Joel Matip has pushed Dejan well down the pecking order.

The 30-year-old has not made it to the Liverpool matchday roster for both of their Premier League matches so far, as well as their UEFA Super Cup triumph over then-Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.

All this has cast serious question marks over his long-term future at the club, with a transfer away being strongly mooted.

He has reportedly gathered interest from Serie A, where AS Roma are believed to be interested in signing him while AC Milan too had been touted with an interest in the centre-back.

And, as per latest reports coming out of Germany, Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen seem to have joined the pursuit of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist.