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Liverpool tie down South American midfielder to long-term deal

Liverpool star Fabinho has put pen to paper on a fresh five-year deal, keeping the Brazilian at Anfield until 2026.

The versatile midfielder is the latest big name at Anfield to commit his long-term future to the reds, as the club step up their mission to secure their key senior players on fresh terms.

Fabinho joins the England international Trent Alexander-Arnold in committing to the English giants after the defender recently signing on until June 2025 to become one of the club’s top earners.

Sportsmail reports that a bumper extension deal for shot-stopper Alisson Becker is next on the list of top priorities at Liverpool.

Fabinho arrived in a £43.7 million deal from Monaco in 2018 and was unveiled a day after Liverpool’s 2018 UEFA Champions League final defeat to then-Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in Kiev.

Since, the South American has become a permanent fixture in the Reds’s first-team and has played an influential role in helping Liverpool become both European champions and Premier League champions.

Last term Fabinho found his versatility much used by Jurgen Klopp because of a defensive crisis.

He was deployed at centre-half, along with club skipper Jordan Henderson or untested duo Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, before returning to midfield in the latter part of the term.

Liverpool in bidding war for €30m-rated Spain international

Leeds United are reportedly set to fork out £30m for Wolverhampton winger Adama Traore, who is also a target for the Merseyside giants. It should serve as a big boost for the Reds as they are one of many English teams interested in the services of Spain international.

Earlier this week, a recent report claimed that Liverpool also weigh up a £30m move for Traore. The German manager values Adama highly due to his pace and aggression that tune in well with the Gegenpressing style of football.

For the Peacocks, missing out on the 25-year-old winger might not hurt too much, knowing they already have some quality forwards in Jack Harrison, Raphinha. However, the Argentine tactician is concerned over the lack of depth in his front-line, especially after the departure of Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski.

Leeds United have recently roped in Kristoffer Klaesson but are yet to sign a new winger this transfer window. It has left the Peacocks devoid of a proper backup for the likes of Harrison and Raphinha.

Current alternatives like Helder Costa, Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts have shown promise but no consistency, with the former likely to leave Elland Road.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton have already brought in Trincao from Barcelona, rendering the Spanish winger, who endured a tough 2020/21 season, surplus to requirements as new manager Brugo Lage seems to usher in a new era at Wolves.

For Adama himself, it is indeed quite a wise decision to hold out for a move to a top team after a frustrating last campaign that saw the winger involved in only five goals in 37 games.

Liverpool keep a close eye on No.11 technically gifted forward

Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in signing Marco Asensio in this summer transfer window. Spain international is also being tailed by Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, with Los Blancos demanding €40m in exchange for his services.

Marco joined Los Blancos from Mallorca in the summer of 2015 and was immediately sent out on loan to Espanyol. Following his come back from the temporary stint away from Real Madrid in 2016, Asensio has not looked back and has been a regular in the first-team setup at Real Madrid.

To date, the 25-year-old forward has turned out 193 times for Los Blancos while amassing a comeback of 37 goals and 22 assists. While the Spanish winger has often shown flashes of brilliance, the attacker has also been frustrated with his tendency to blow hot and cold, as was evident the last term.

Nevertheless, Asensio has seemingly been fantastic enough to attract the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. However, Xherdan Shaqiri is almost sure to depart Liverpool this transfer window, while Divock Origi is also facing an uncertain future at Liverpool.

Therefore, the Reds can do with attackers this transfer window, with Mikkel Damsgaard one of their targets. Apart from Liverpool and Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are also interested in Marco, which is valued at nearly €40m by Real Madrid.

In addition, the likes of Everton, Leicester City and Leeds United have also been linked with Asensio in recent times. What stays to be seen is if Liverpool and Arsenal are prepared to meet his €40m valuation or if some other suitor pays up such a sum.

Liverpool closely monitoring €20m-rated Denmark international

The battle to add Mikkel Damsgaard in this summer transfer window appears to be intensifying by the day. Denmark international is being courted by the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Leeds United, with Sampdoria asking for €35m in exchange for his services.

Mikkel has taken a short time to become a hot property in the transfer market. A relative unknown not too long ago, Damsgaard first burst onto the limelight after an excellent 2020/21 season with the Blucerchiati, despite just having a comeback of two goals and four assists in 37 games in all tournaments.

His stock, though, has skyrocketed on the back of a stunning UEFA Euro 2020 tournament with Denmark, wherein the 21-year-old winger played a crucial role in their run to the semi-finals. That has since piqued the interest of the who’s who of European football, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Leeds among his suitors this transfer window.

The interest from the Reds makes a world of sense amid questions surrounding the future of Xherdan Shaqiri. With Divock Origi also possibly being on the exit trail, having a versatile attacker like the Danish winger would work well for the German manager, particularly when Mo Salah and Sadio Mane become unavailable to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Finally, Leeds United are also in the market for an attacker following Helder Costa’s struggles to adapt to the challenges of the PL last season. To that end, the Peacocks have been linked with a myriad of attacking footballers like Daniel James, Farid Boulaya and Marco Asensio, with Mikkel an option worth considering as well.

Liverpool coach provides fitness update on €55m-rated centre-back

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez came back from their severe respective knee injuries on Thursday with Hertha Berlin. Still, the German tactician says it will stay a slow and steady process for them to come back to full fitness.

Both defenders missed the majority of the last campaign after Virgil damaged his ACL in October and Joe suffered a severe knee problem in November in the Three Lions training. It was a cruel blow to the Merseyside club’s Premier League trophy defence, which proved unsuccessful, but both are now set to compete again.

Neither would be considered match fit just yet, having only played 20 minutes in a friendly in Austria. Still, the German coach says they will be in action again this Thursday in a friendly with Bologna, although Jurgen Klopp will be very careful with their progress.

‘Hopefully, yes,’ the German manager told the Reds’ official website on whether the pair will play this week. ‘That’s how it looks in the moment. I want to make it clear, we push nothing. We just don’t.’

‘We wait a little bit, the players come, we have now with Dr Andreas Schlumberger, a real specialist in constant talks and always observing everything.  How many minutes on Thursday, I don’t know, but there will be some minutes for sure.’

Liverpool play two back-to-back friendlies with Bologna in France on Thursday, with each game being 60 minutes long. With most having returned from holidays after international duty, Jurgen Klopp has enough footballers at his disposal to play two different clubs across the two games.

Wolves interested in signing €20m-rated Liverpool centre-forward

Wolves are interested in signing Divock Origi from the Merseyside giants in this summer transfer window. The report has added that Serie A giants Napoli are also interested in Belgium international. The Reds want to sell Divock this transfer window.

West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Rangers, Celtic, and Southampton were named in the report as interested teams. And now, Wolverhampton want Origi. It looks that there is a solid interest in the 26-year-old striker. The Belgian centre-forward has won the PL and the UCL with the Reds.

Origi played a significant role for Liverpool in their UCL success. However, it cannot be denied that Divock is essentially a squad footballer at Anfield. Divock, who can also play as a winger, has played just 100 games in the PL for the Reds, scoring only 19 goals in the process.

Last campaign, Origi made two starts and seven substitute appearances in the league and made three starts and one substitute appearance in the UCL. With so much interest in Divock, the Reds will likely cash in on the centre-forward this transfer window.

Divock endured a tough campaign with the Reds last campaign, featuring only 17 times across all tournaments. Origi scored only once for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup victory over Lincoln City. Divock has been linked with a move away from Liverpool all summer long. Several teams are interested, including the Turkish Super Lig club, Fenerbahce.

Wolves forward linked with surprise move to Liverpool

Wolverhampton Wanderers are open to the prospect of cashing in on Pedro Neto in the summer transfer window. Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in the 21-year-old winger, having already submitted an enquiry to add him.

Neto joined Wolves from Braga in the summer of 2019 and has since progressed considerably to become a key figure for the Black Country outfit. Over the last two years, Pedro has constantly been on an upward trajectory and was enjoying a solid 2020/21 season before injury put paid to his participation in the season.

To date, Portugal international has played 79 games for Wolves while amassing a record of ten goals and 11 assists. At the same time, Pedro has also broken into the Portuguese national setup, which points towards the progress he has been making in the PL.

Suffice to say, the Portuguese winger has made an impression on some of the bigger teams in Europe, with Liverpool and Tottenham showing an interest in him. The Merseyside giants appear to be dipping their toes in the transfer market for a wide attacker this summer amid Xherdan Shaqiri’s uncertain future at Liverpool.

While Xherdan Shaqiri’s potential departure will beget a replacement, Liverpool also need enough cover for when Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah embark for the Africa Cup of Nations at the turn of the year, and so, Jarrod Bowen is one of several wingers to be linked with the Reds.

Neto is also a viable target for Liverpool, who has previously shown an interest in his Wolves teammates, Adama Traore. Tottenham, on the other hand, seem to be ready to part ways with Lucas Moura in the summer transfer window.

Explosive Belgian winger could sign for Liverpool this summer

The Merseyside giants are reportedly among the teams interested in Jeremy Doku, although Stade Rennais are persistent in keeping hold of the winger. However, Ligue 1 club are determined to keep hold of Belgium international and working on keeping him at the Roazhon Park for the near future.

Doku himself is happy at the French club, appearing unwilling to switch allegiances despite a successful campaign in Ligue 1. A product of the Anderlecht youth academy, Jeremy enjoyed his breakthrough this past campaign, notching up 30 games in Ligue 1.

Although his tally of two goals and three assists were not exactly appealing, the 19-year-old forward raised many eyebrows in the European Championship. Replacing the injured Eden Hazard in the match with Italy, the Belgian winger was almost unstoppable, offering a bright spark in the final third.

It has caught the attention of many managers across Europe, including Jurgen Klopp, as the Liverpool boss hopes to strengthen his options in the creative department. Liverpool are already said to be closing in on the capture of another Ligue 1 midfielder in Renato Sanches of Lille.

However, Reds do lack a proper alternative for the high-profile offensive duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, making Jeremy an appealing target. Doku has impressed with his dynamism and explosive nature in front of the goal. Combined with his blistering pace, he will be an ideal fit in Klopp’s Gegenpressing style of football at Liverpool.

However, signing Jeremy Doku won’t be a walk in the park for the Reds, with Stade Rennais determined to keep hold of the winger. The French club already have to cope with the possible sale of one of the other star footballers in Eduardo Camavinga.

Liverpool still interested in signing of West Ham United midfield maestro

The Merseyside giants have identified West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen as a potential signing to strengthen their front-line, according to reports. Bowen joined West Ham United 18 months ago from Hull City for an initial £18m fee, plus a further £7m in add-ons.

Jarrod has established himself as a crucial figure on the right side of West Ham’s front-line, scoring eight goals and registering five assists in the PL last campaign. The Merseyside giants will be in the market to strengthen their attacking options this summer if Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri both leave Liverpool.

And Jarrod has emerged as a name on Liverpool’s summer shortlist, with the report claiming that the German boss highly rates the West Ham winger. It’s also claimed that Liverpool view Jarrod Bowen as a player with ‘massive potential’ who could provide strong competition in the front-line.

The Merseyside giants have already sealed a £36m deal to add Ibrahima Konate this summer, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are also in the market to replace Gini Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri has attracted interest from Lazio and reports in Italy last week claimed that the Serie A club have offered €12m to the Reds for the Swiss winger. It’s understood that the Reds are holding out for a fee closer to £13m for Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Merseyside club are also open to offers for Takumi Minamino, who spent the second half of last campaign on loan at Southampton. In a hypothetical situation, then, Reds could offer nearly £35m and West Ham would be willing to open talks, though this would be a significant fee paid for a player not arriving as a first-choice starter.

Liverpool eyeing move for former Inter Milan midfielder

The Merseyside giants could be looking to sign another South American striker to strengthen the front-line this transfer window. Liverpool want to give Flamengo centre-forward Gabriel Barbosa, better known as Gabigol, another shot at playing in Europe.

The report further details that the Brazilian club would be considering listening in on offers of nearly £40n. Brazil international could rejuvenate the team that saw Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino suffer dips in their form. Barbosa has rediscovered his confidence with the Brazilian club, where he’s scored 88 goals in 119 games during his three years with Flamengo.

After finding his form in his home country, Gabriel could be interested in giving Europe a second shot after poor stints with Inter Milan and Benfica. Meanwhile, the German manager might want to see if he can strike gold twice when bringing the 24-year-old striker.

The Brazilian club could look to sell, considering they need the sum. The Reds supporters are starving at current, with their club not appearing to do a great deal in the transfer market. Links to Federico Chiesa were the perfect way to spark a transfer frenzy in the Reds fanbase.

Unfortunately for the Liverpool faithful, it doesn’t look as though there was even a modicum of truth to them. The next stage of pre-season would also possibly see the return of Andrew Robertson, Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk, with a firm decision to be made in the coming days.