Liverpool have submitted a third bid for AS Monaco’s 21 year old French winger, Thomas Lemar.
According to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe, Liverpool have returned with their latest bid which is reported to be worth €80m (£74m) including add ons.
It’s also said that a 1 year loan of Divock Origi is included in the bid.
According to reports, Monaco look resigned to the fact that they are going to lose the talented winger and have completed the signing of Balde Keita from Lazio as a replacement.
Lemar can ply his trade either out wide or through the middle and has scored 14 goals and provided 17 assists in 55 appearances for Monaco. The dynamic midfielder is said to be very keen to work under Jurgen Klopp.
Talks with Monaco are set to continue.
Interest in Divock Origi is thought to be high with a number of clubs keen to take the Belgian on loan. Interested clubs include Monaco, Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Tottenham
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that he believes Barcelona are preparing a final bid for want away Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes this Thursday.
He also states that Liverpool’s position on the sale of the Brazilian remains unchanged and the player is not for sale. The Catalans don’t believe they will secure the signature of Coutinho but feel they must show loyalty to their target by submitting a final bid.
Balague claims Barcelona are already looking at alternatives for Coutinho with Naby Keita of RB Leipzig reported to be their next choice.
Liverpool spent the majority of the summer transfer window pursuing the talented Guinean-an without success.
Liverpool are believed to have offered a contract to Schalke’s Bosnian left-back Sead Kolašinac according to a report in German publication Bild.
Kolašinac’s contract expires in the summer and he is currently one of the most in demand free agents to become available.
Among the suitors for the Bosnian’s signature are five other clubs, Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma meaning Jurgen Klopp will most likely have a fight on his hands to secure the highly sought after defender.
The 23 year old would bring a wealth of experience to the Liverpool defence having already played five seasons for Schalke’s first team.
Kolašinac would most likely slot right into Jurgen Klopp’s back line as midfielder James Milner has been offering cover in that position for the season due to the inadequacies of our left back, Alberto Moreno.
Milner has done a stellar job and has been the ultimate professional after being asked to take up the unfamiliar role.
Competition from the other teams mentioned would make it difficult to secure Kolašinac’s signature but if we secure Champions League football, we would significantly improve our chances of signing him as we would also be able to offer first team football.
Kolašinac is primarily a left back but can also play on the centre of defence as well as on the left side of midfield.
He has made 30 appearances for Schalke this season in all competitions scoring three goals and providing seven assists.
Liverpool have been linked with 23 year old Borussia Dortmund centre back, Matthias Ginter. The versatile German international defender can play across the centre of defence as well as doubling up as a right back and defensive midfielder.
Ginter is said to be considering his options after Dortmund agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign defender, Ömer Toprak who will join the club in the summer.
The 23 year old is seen as a proactive defender who plays in a team that uses a similar type of pressing football to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
His defensive numbers measure up to both Matip and Lovren but it’s on the ball where he excels. His pass completion rivals that of Jordan Henderson with an 87.2% passing accuracy over 90 minutes, averaging 78.6 passes per game.
He’s not afraid to get involved in attack where his pressing and passing capabilities would perfectly suit the Liverpool system under Klopp and he’s also good in the air.
It’s reported that Dortmund value the defender at £13m: a fee which would cover the cost of the incoming Ömer Toprak.
Liverpool could easily cover the cost of the transfer should the sale of outcast Mamadou Sahko go through during the summer window which looks very likely.
The defender has seen plenty of game time this season with 30 appearances across all competitions.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are already working on a number of transfer deals that will see the squad strengthened in the summer.
Speaking from La Manga in Spain where the Reds are currently engaging in a warm weather training camp during the prolonged break from domestic football, Klopp said the the amount of business done will depend on whether Liverpool manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Echo report that the primary target for Jurgen Klopp in the summer will be Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt and that the there won’t be many in-comings during that window but that those that do come in will be top class editions.
Klopp said, “We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff. Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage? But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.”
“We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”
When asked if Liverpool needed Champions League football in order to secure the players on his shopping list, Klopp said, “I actually don’t think so but we will see. We don’t have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified.”
“But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.”
“Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now. We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”
After the mass exodus of players out of Anfield last summer where 13 players left, it is unlikely that many players will leave the club during this summer’s window.
“We have a long-term plan but a few things will change because you always have to react to situations. We have to perform until the end of the season and then we will do a review, looking back on the good things and bad things. Then we will make final decisions.”
Klopp continued, “we don’t block opportunities, we don’t keep someone for just maybe one or two cup games. A few boys were among those who left last summer. I thought we gave them a really good education and they were ready to go somewhere else and play.”
The January Transfer Window is well and truly open and already, Liverpool have been linked with a number of players.
There are three names who are being linked with us numerous stories and we take a look at them and what they could offer to strengthen our challenge for this year’s Premier League title.
Raul Jimenez is a 25 year old Mexican forward who currently plies his trade at Benfica. Since joining Benfica from Atletico Madrid in August 2015, he has scored 20 goals and provided 7 assists in 63 games.
In the 18 games he has played across all competitons this season, he has scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists.
He made his international debut for Mexico in a friendly against Denmark in January 2013 and has since made 48 appearances, scoring 9 goals.
He is currently valued at around £22m and is reported as being a target for the Summer rather than this window.
Quincy Promes, also 25, is a Dutch international winger currently playing in the Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow.
Since joining Spartak Moscow from FC Twente in 2014, Promes, who can play in any position across the front three has scored 37 goals and provided 20 assists in 78 games in all competitions.
He has scored 6 goals and provided 7 assists in 14 league games so far this season
Promes made his international debut for The Netherlands in March 2014 in a friendly against France and has scored 2 goals in 16 games. His record for the U21’s was much more impressive as he scored 8 goals in just 9 appearances.
The Dutch international who is reported to be valued at around £20m has been heavily linked with us recently with reports that Georginio Wijnaldum is doing his best to convince his countryman to link up with him at Liverpool.
Emile Forsberg is a 25 year old Swedish international winger, currently playing with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.
Since moving to RB Leipzig from Malmo in January 2015 for a fee of £3m, Forsberg has scored 13 goals and provided 20 assists in 64 games.
So far this season he has scored 5 goals and provided 9 assists. Used primarily as a left winger for both club and country, he has also been deployed on the right wing on occasion.
Forsberg made his international debut for Sweden in January 2014 in a friendly against Moldova and has gone on to make 24 appearances, scoring three goals and providing 2 assists along the way.
He is reported to be a target for us this window and is said to be valued at around £5m by his club.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Borussia Dortmund are set to offer Christian Pulisic a new long contract to ward off interest from Liverpool.
Pulisic, who was reported to have been subject of a failed £11m Liverpool bid during the last transfer window, has three years left on his current contract.
Jurgen Klopp is known to be a huge admirer of the 18 year old USA international and is keen to bring the talented winger to Liverpool. Pulisic joined Dortmund’s Academy in January 2015 when Klopp was still manager.
The 18 year old is primarily a right winger but can play in centre midfield or as a left winger and is the type of dynamic midfielder who would fit into Klopp’s style of play due to his versatility across the midfield.
He is a regular in the Dortmund side having played 12 games in all competitions this season so far and has contributed 2 goals and 4 assists. He also has 8 senior international appearances for the USA since march of this year, scoring 3 goals in that time.
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Liverpool are short on right wingers at the club and with Sadio Mane due to miss four games in January and February due to the African Cup of Nations in Gabon and the long term injury to Danny Ings, filling the void has become more urgent.
Pulisic signing a new contract doesn’t mean that Liverpool can’t bid for the player in January. We all know that new contracts mean improved terms for the player but they also ensure that clubs can insert better terms for themselves for any future transfer.
Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director. Michael Zorc has said that they have no intention of selling Pulisic and are about to offer him an improved contract.
Zorc told Sports Illustrated, “There have been some offers for him in the summer window from England and from German clubs, but we would like to have him here and develop him here.”
“We did not educate him to sell him. We have a long-running contract until 2019, but because of his development the club is ready to speak to him to prolong his contract at any time.”
The silly season is well and truly upon us when we see stories like this appearing in the media and the fact that its international break at the moment, there isn’t much in the way of news so these stories are always sure to appear.
According to the Daily Express and the giant of world football that is French football website, Foot Sur 7, Paris Saint Germain’s President, Nasser Al-Kheilifa wants to offer €100m (£87.75m) for Liverpool’s dynamic duo, Philippe Coutinho & Roberto Firmino.
According to the story which appeared yesterday, Al-Kheilifa feels that the best way to attract Coutinho to Paris is to bring his close friend, Firmino with him.
The quote in the piece states that “the two midfielders are downright inseparable and do not give up an inch, which is also reflected on the field.”
£88m for Coutinho & Firmino I hear you say? Surely Coutinho is worth that much on his own? Well according to the author, Jean-Luc D, PSG are going to sweeten the deal by including 24 year old Brazilian right winger, Lucas Moura in the deal.
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Moura, who moved to PSG in January 2013 for a fee of €35m (£31m) from Sao Paulo has scored 33 goals and provided 38 assist in 186 appearances for the French club. He’s also made 35 international appearances for Brazil, scoring 4 goals.
Both Coutinho & Firmino have been in electrifying form for Liverpool this season and are sure to attract the type of rumours that are being plied at the moment.
Let’s be honest. Well are in a lot stronger position to hold onto our top talent than we have been in previous years, not only because of our league position but because we have one of the best managers in world football at the club and we are playing exciting football.
Moura, however may be worth a punt in January, if not just to prove a point to PSG.
Speculation about Phillipe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool is fair game at the moment and it seems every publication has run with the story in some shape or form.
The way the Brazilian has played in the first ten games of the season is proof that he is becoming the player that we saw glimpses of in previous seasons.
The 24 year old has added consistency to his game this season and is putting in performances that are exciting and dare I say, even world class, so it’s no surprise to see his name filling the back pages of newspapers.
Three clubs being heavily linked with a move for Coutinho at the moment are, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain but it’s very easy to rule all three clubs out if you sit and look at the bigger picture. Lets look at these club separately.
Paris Saint Germain
The French League isn’t the most exciting league and competition for the top spot is usually minimally contested. The one thing going in PSG’s favour is that they will be able to offer a very attractive wage, but this alone will not be enough to tempt Coutinho to make the switch as I don’t think he would move for financial reasons.
That, and the fact that Liverpool are about to offer him yet another improved contract to ensure we keep him at Anfield, should rule out a financially motivated move.
Real Madrid are another of the teams reported to be keen on Coutinho’s signature but this is not something that will happen as they and Athletico Madrid have had a transfer embargo imposed on them by FIFA for breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18.
The ban will span two transfer windows, January 2017 and Summer 2017, meaning the earliest that they could even think about making an offer would be January 2018.
This was appealed but the ban was upheld in September so the embargo stands, ruling Real Madrid out.
Out of the three clubs, Barcelona seems the more realistic option for Coutinho as he has stated previously that he would love to play at the Camp Nou.
It’s not difficult to rule out Barcelona when you consider their front three of Neymar, Messi & Suarez, with Iniesta and Alcacer, who would also surely be ahead of Coutinho in the pecking order.
Also consider his history. When he was at Inter Milan he was kept on the fringes. Why would he want to go to Barcelona to warm the bench, at least for the moment?
Barcelona have never been subtle about their interest in Coutinho and there were even rumours when they were buying Luis Suarez that they tried to insert a clause into the Suarez’ negotiaition for the Brazilian.
This deal could happen at some point but not this season.
Coutinho is also on the record as saying that he is very happy in Liverpool and his family live there. Also with Lucas and Firmino at the club, there is every reason for him to stay. Not to mention the Klopp effect.
Liverpool are also strong title contenders this season and stand an excellent chance of making an appearance in next years Champions League. There is also the prospect of picking up a medal in cup competitions. More reasons for the Brazilian magician to stay put.
This is of course, my opinion and things have a habit of changing very quickly in football, but I do hope that we will see him wearing the number ten jersey for Liverpool for many seasons to come.