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Liverpool news round-up: Latest on Phillips, Klopp on Mbappe, Fabio’s transfer update

Fulham yet to make contact with Liverpool centre-back

Bournemouth are yet to begin talks with Liverpool regarding the possibility of signing centre-half Nathaniel Phillips on a permanent deal in the summer, according to a report by talkSPORT.

The Championship club purchased the centre-back on loan for the remainder of the season in the winter transfer market without an option to buy.

He started 17 of their 18 division matches and played an important role in helping the Cherries clinch promotion back to the Premier League.

Nathaniel is happy at the Vitality Stadium outfit and the side are thought to be keen to turn the player’s loan into a permanent deal but conversations are yet to take place between the parties over the defender’s future.

There have been reports that a proposed deal is set to be sealed between the two teams but so far, there have been no talks. They are keen to keep Phillips but they are yet to approach Jurgen Klopp’s side to sign him outright.

The Merseysiders are prepared to sell him as he is down the pecking order at Liverpool and the club are waiting for proposals.

There are reports that it could take around £8 million for the Premier League giants to sign off on his sale in the summer.

Liverpool eye 36-goals forward but cannot engage in transfer battle

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are keen on Kylian Mbappe but insists the club cannot challenge Real Madrid for the Paris Saint-Germain attacker.

His contract with Les Parisiens expires at the end of the term and it’s said that the attacker has now reached an agreement to sign for Los Blancos on a free transfer in the summer.

Reports in Spain have stated that the reds made a late approach for the 23-year-old but while the Frenchman is flattered by the interest from the UEFA Champions League finalists, the superstar is intent on joining the Galacticos.

The German manager, meanwhile, concedes that he’d love Mbappe in his roster but says his side ‘cannot be part of these battles’.

‘Of course we are interested in Kylian Mbappe, we are not blind. We like him and if you don’t like him then you have to question yourself,’ said Jurgen.

‘But, no, we are not, we cannot be part of these battles. There must be other clubs involved and that is fine. He is a great player.’

Speaking about his long-term future on Sunday, Kylian said: ‘It will be known very soon, it’s almost done. My decision is made, yes, almost. You have to respect all parties.

‘I know that people expected a lot from me. That’s normal. I’m in a hurry too. But it’s not only about me but here it is, it’s finished right now, there are just some details left.’

Liverpool have advantage over their rivals in race for 16-assists Porto star

Liverpool have allegedly reached an agreement with the Primeira Liga giants Porto to have the first refusal on the signing of playmaker Fabio Vieira.

The 21-year-old star learned his trade in the youth ranks at Dragoes and has since emerged as a standout performer for his side since his breakthrough in the 2020-21 term.

Vieira’s 2021-22 season has seen him make 39 outings for the Portuguese club in all competitions, contributing seven goals and providing 16 assists so far.

According to The Mirror, the Reds are keeping a close eye on the ace development and have already struck an early agreement with Sergio Conceicao’s side.

Jurgen Klopp and co. are understood to have the first refusal on the talent’s signing amid reports that Arsenal are also keen on his services.

He is under contract at Estadio do Dragao until the summer of 2025 after penning a fresh deal last November, although that agreement reportedly includes a £12.7 million release clause.

The Reds and the Gunners could expect to shell out a larger fee due to performance-related add-ons and bonuses, though, and interest in him is only expected to grow.

In total, he has made 76 first-team appearances for Porto across all competitions, coming up with 10 goals and 18 assists as well as lifting two division trophies.