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Portuguese creative midfielder rumoured with January switch to Liverpool

Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly still keeping tabs on the 24-year-old midfielder, Matheus Nunes despite his club-record move to Wolves this summer.

The Portuguese playmaker completed his big-money move to Molineux from Sporting Lisbon earlier last month for a fee believed to be around £38m (€45m) plus £4.2m (€5m) in add-ons.

Wolves managed to fight off competition from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool to secure the services of the midfielder on a five-year deal, and he has since started in each of their last four Premier League matches.

Despite his move to Wolves, Portuguese news outlet UOL reports that Liverpool and Chelsea still hold an interest in the eight-cap Portugal international.

The report claims that the midfielder’s agent Jorge Mendes has an “increasingly close and trusting relationship” with the Merseyside Reds new sporting director Julian Ward, which could favour both parties if they decide to enter talks over 24-year-old midfielder’s future.

Jurgen Klopp’s side initially put plans to recruit a new midfielder on hold earlier this summer, however, the club eventually decided to enter the market late in the window following to their increasing list of injuries in the midfield area.

Instead of splashing the cash on top targets such as Nunes, the ended up by signing Arthur Melo on a season long-loan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea new boss Graham Potter keen on to strengthen his midfield area and alongside with Nunes, Brighton’s midfielder Caicedo has been on his radar for the winter transfer window.

Liverpool in danger to miss out signing of Villarreal creative forward

Arsenal have made a big-money offer to secure services one of La Liga’s most promising forward, however, face significant competition from fellow Premier League side Liverpool, according to reports.

The Merseyside Reds are also reportedly looking at the young forward as a potential option, though, like the Gunners, are reluctant to go to Villarreal’s £50m valuation.

The North Londo ngiants have already had a strong summer window, recruiting Man City pair Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko as well as Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira, while Liverpool have signed Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen and Darwin Nunez from Benfica.

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is also keen to secure the services of a new forward to provide cover and competition with Bukayo Saka on the right wing in particular and the team briefly pursued a deal for Brazilian forward, Raphinha – though he only wanted to join Barcelona.

The Gunners have remained attentive to the possibility of bringing in a new forward who can play across the frontline and appear to have landed on Villarreal’s winger Yeremi Pino.

According to Radio Villarreal, The Yellow Submarine are giving serious consideration to cashing in on the 19-year-old winger.

The teenager is arguably Villarreal’s brightest young talent and both Liverpool and Arsenal are keen on to sign him.

Man Utd keeping close tabs on former Liverpool stopper ahead of January move

Manchester United are reportedly considering a January move for the former Liverpool and current Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian made over 200 appearances for the Merseyside club before leaving in 2019 to join Brugge, where he has since become the number one keeper.

According to Belgian outlet Het Laaset Nieuws, United manager Erik ten Hag is seriously considering a move for the 34-year-old shot stopper.

United’s current number one David de Gea is out of contract next summer and while the club are expected to renew his deal, the Dutch manager may still opt for another option.

The Red Devils have four goalkeepers on their books, including Martin Dubravka who arrived this summer on a loan deal from Newcastle United but is yet to make an appearance.

Additionally, United have Tom Heaton who himself has only featured once since re-joining the club for a second spell in 2021.

There is also Dean Henderson who is on loan at Nottingham Forest, but it is unclear what Ten Hag’s preference is for the England international going forward.

Mignolet has kept 11 clean sheets in 18 games this season and is set to go to the World Cup with Belgium where he will be backup to Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.

Liverpool and Arsenal go head-to-head to sign South American attacker

Arsenal have reportedly joined the lengthy list of clubs interested in a deal for in-demand Palmeiras starlet Endrick.

The 16-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in South America, having come up with six goals in seven appearances during the 2022 Copinha already.

Endrick signed his first professional contract with Palmeiras earlier this summer, and he is tied to the reigning Copa Libertadores champions until 2025.

However, a host of leading European clubs are said to be interested in a deal for the teenager, with Real Madrid and Barcelona among them.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Endrick, but a former Gunner has hinted that Arsenal are well-placed to sign the youngster.

Gilberto Silva – who was a prominent member of the 2003-04 Invincibles team – believes that technical director Edu could help the Gunners win the race for the in-demand Endrick.

Speaking to Metro, the 46-year-old said: “We know the importance in football of being well-connected, to people, clubs, sporting directors, presidents of the club. This is how things happen.

“But there is big competition to get the best players, from the best leagues. For Palmeiras, they are going to receive a lot of calls from many clubs, the best clubs in the world to try and bring him to them.

“It is a tough time for the player, honestly. Sometimes they are loads of messages, loads of opportunities, and it can be very difficult to make decisions.

“It is important for the people around him to give him the right advice together with the family, to let them make the right decision. Let’s see, if some point Arsenal did manage to bring the player, they will be getting a very good player.”

Liverpool ready to pay €6m for Dortmund wonderkid

Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for Borussia Dortmund teenager Youssoufa Moukoko.

The 17-year-old joined the Black and Yellows’ youth academy from St Pauli in 2016 and has blossomed into one of the Bundesliga’s most highly-rated teenagers.

After incredibly prolific seasons at youth level – including a staggering 90 goals in 56 games for the Under-17s – Moukoko made his breakthrough season in Dortmund’s first team last year.

The attacker is yet to become a weekly starter for Edin Terzic’s side, but he has made 15 appearances in all tournaments so far this term, scoring three goals and setting up four more.

Moukoko has averaged a goal or assist almost every 70 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, and his contract situation has attracted the attention of top European clubs.

Dortmund only have Moukoko on a contract until the end of the season, and negotiations over a new deal with the Bundesliga side are understood to be stalling over his salary demands.

The teenager allegedly wants €6m (£5.2m) per year to stay at Dortmund, and as a result, the Black and Yellows have put talks on ice until after the World Cup.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool are the latest club to show an interest in Moukoko, who would be free to enter discussions with foreign clubs in January as things stand.

Jurgen Klopp is said to have been “blown away” with Moukoko’s rapid rise since he became the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever player at 16 years and one day against Hertha Berlin in November 2020.

Liverpool set to make move for explosive Rennes creative striker

Liverpool are willing to offer €35m to Stade Rennais to try and add forward Kamaldeen Sulemana in winter. The Merseyside giants were eyeing a move for Ghana international who has been dubbed ‘the new Sadio Mane’ in France for his exploits playing for Ligue 1 giants.

Kamaldeen joined Stade Rennais from Danish club Nordsjaelland in 2021 and has since then really gone on to impress in the French league. Whilst he may not be the most prolific of goalscorers, the impact of Sulemana is what really catches the eye.

The 20-year-old forward played 28 times for the French club across all tournaments last campaign scoring five goals and providing three assists. This campaign, in 10 matches for the club, the African winger has managed a solitary goal and two assists.

The Ghanaian attacker is very versatile and can play on either wing. The Ghanaian has even been deployed as the central forward on the rare occasion. Sulemana is right-footed and prefers cutting in off the left but he can also play as a traditional winger on the right.

Kamaldeen’s stocks only keep increasing with every passing display. Sulemana has already won 11 caps for the Ghana national team and this number can only keep increasing if he keeps up these levels.

The fleet-footed forward has a deal with the French club until 2026. If the Reds want to sign him, there is no doubt that the French club will want the big bucks and Liverpool are apparently willing to shell out nearly €35m.

Liverpool joined the race to sign £192,000 a-week EPL winger

Liverpool have always liked Son Heung-Min, and they could make a move for the winger if Tottenham fail to qualify for the UCL. South Korea international is reportedly on the radar of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG as well. It will be interesting to see where Heung-Min ends up in the summer.

Spurs are currently third in the table, and one would expect them to finish in the top four. If that happens, Son is highly likely to stay. Also, the 30-year-old attacker has a long-term deal, and Tottenham are under no pressure to sell him.

The South Korean forward is one of the best footballers in the PL, and he scored 23 goals across all tournaments last campaign. Losing him would be a hammer blow for Conte and his side. It could also affect Antonio Conte’s future at Tottenham amid his links with Juventus.

The Italian manager is a hugely ambitious coach who will want to win major trophies, and he cannot do that without his best footballers. Selling Son or Kane will not be an option for the Italian tactician. As for the Reds, they could certainly use a match-winner like the Asian forward.

But they are struggling this campaign and have more chance of missing out on the top four than Tottenham. If they fail to secure Champions League football, it would be impossible for the Merseyside giants to lure Son to Anfield. On top of that, Spurs are unlikely to sell to a top-six rival.

Liverpool still in the race to sign 23-year-old Ligue 1 striker

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Luis Campos has denied reports suggesting that Kylian Mbappe has requested to depart from the club in January.

The 23-year-old seemingly ended rumours over a potential move to either Liverpool or Real Madrid by signing a new three-year contract with the Ligue 1 giants in May until the summer of 2025.

Mbappe has since made a prolific start to the new campaign, scoring 12 goals in 13 games across all competitions, but the France international is believed to be unhappy at the Parc des Princes.

A recent report reports that the Mbappe’s relationship with PSG is ‘completely broken’ and the attacker will push for an exit in the winter transfer window.

The Frenchman allegedly feels ‘betrayed’ by French giants and has been left furious as promises made by the club’s board have not been fulfilled since he signed his new deal.

However, PSG chief Campos is surprised to hear such rumours and insists that Mbappe has not spoken to anyone about leaving the club.

Speaking to RMC Sport before PSG’s Champions League clash with Benfica on Tuesday, Campos said: “It’s a categorical denial on our part. Whether he’s happy or not, that’s a question you have to ask him. It’s a very personal question.

“I see Kylian working. Kylian is an extraordinary professional. For example, he played sick in the last match in Reims, he made the effort for the team. I see Kylian arriving with his teammates, happy every day and with a huge desire to work.

“I’m very surprised because I’m with Kylian Mbappe every day and he never asked me, and I just asked the president, he never asked to leave in January. I don’t think that he thinks about it because if he thinks about it, he’s going to tell me. He never told me, I know he never told the president, that he wants to leave in January.”

Campos added: “It is information, it’s not a statement, you have to be very clear, which comes out a few hours before a very, very important match for us. It’s important to come in front of the press and that’s why I’m here.

“We have rumours every day, it’s normal when you have three of the five most important players in the world. It’s normal to have rumours.”

When asked about whether Mbappe will stay beyond the winter window, Campos said: “In my opinion yes [he’s staying in January]. He never said anything to me. For me it’s clear that Kylian Mbappe is staying to follow his contract with PSG.”

Turkish giants top-class players rumoured with surprise switch to Liverpool in January

Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on the progress of four Turkish giants, Galatasaray players.

The Merseyside Reds are believed to be keeping tabs on defenders Sacha Boey and Victor Nelsson, as well as wingers Kerem Akturkoglu and Yunus Akgun.

According to The Sun, the Red sent scouts to watch the quartet in Galatasaray’s 2-1 victory over Konyaspor on September 16.

The report claims that the Merseyside Reds could make a bid to sign one or more of the Galatasaray contingent next summer.

Nelsson has four years left to run on his current deal, which is 12 months more than Boey, who is under deal until June 2025.

Akturkoglu has provided 21 goals and 16 assists in 89 Galatasaray appearances, and his deal end in 2026, while Akgun has less than two years left on his current deal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly planning to make a move for Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala’s as the youngster recently hinting at a future move to the English top-tier.

The 19-year-old attacker has spent time with Chelsea and Southampton as a youngster before making a move to Bayern Munich back in 2019, with his first-team debut for the Bundesliga heavyweights coming in June 2020.

Musiala has since represented his German team on 85 times in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and nine assists in the process.

Ex-Liverpool stopper could end up signing for Manchester United in January

Manchester United are reportedly considering a January move for the former Liverpool and current Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian made over 200 appearances for the Merseyside club before leaving in 2019 to join Brugge, where he has since become the number one keeper.

According to Belgian outlet Het Laaset Nieuws, United manager Erik ten Hag is seriously considering a move for the 34-year-old shot stopper.

United’s current number one David de Gea is out of contract next summer and while the club are expected to renew his deal, the Dutch manager may still opt for another option.

The Red Devils have four goalkeepers on their books, including Martin Dubravka who arrived this summer on a loan deal from Newcastle United but is yet to make an appearance.

Additionally, United have Tom Heaton who himself has only featured once since re-joining the club for a second spell in 2021.

There is also Dean Henderson who is on loan at Nottingham Forest, but it is unclear what Ten Hag’s preference is for the England international going forward.

Mignolet has kept 11 clean sheets in 18 games this season and is set to go to the World Cup with Belgium where he will be backup to Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.