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Potential Liverpool signing Takefusa Kubo made feelings clear on 'massive Man Utd proposal'

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 20 min ago
Takefusa Kubo, who is on Liverpool's target list, is said to have had a huge offer from Manchester United, only to sign a new contract with current club Real Sociedad
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Potential Liverpool signing Takefusa Kubo made feelings clear on 'massive Man Utd proposal'

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 20 min ago
Takefusa Kubo, who is on Liverpool's target list, is said to have had a huge offer from Manchester United, only to sign a new contract with current club Real Sociedad
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Ex-Liverpool star reveals possible new theory on why Jurgen Klopp walked away from club

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 2 hours 19 min ago
Jurgen Klopp won just about everything on offer in Europe during his time at Liverpool, and one former Anfield star has put his achievements into fresh perspective
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Ex-Liverpool star reveals possible new theory on why Jurgen Klopp walked away from club

icLiverpool.co.uk - 2 hours 19 min ago
Jurgen Klopp won just about everything on offer in Europe during his time at Liverpool, and one former Anfield star has put his achievements into fresh perspective
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Pep Guardiola was already proven right about Dani Olmo amid Liverpool and Man Utd transfer links

Liverpool.com - 2 hours 53 min ago

RB Leipzig's Spanish sensation Dani Olmo has been turning heads across Europe following his stellar performances at Euro 2024. The 26-year-old was instrumental in Spain's victory, sparking interest from a host of clubs — and Pep Guardiola already unwittingly sent a message to suitors.

Manchester United is keeping a close eye on the situation unfolding in Germany, AS has claimed. Meanwhile, Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have also apparently expressed interest, but for now, Olmo remains a Leipzig player.

The future of the Spanish star at Leipzig is uncertain, as he has expressed his desire to be at a club where he feels valued, reports the Manchester Evening News. With several options on the table, speculation about his next move is rife ahead of the 2024/25 season.

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United is being linked with a number of potential new signings following the arrivals of Joshua Zirkzee and Leny Yoro. The midfield area is a priority for sporting director Dan Ashworth, with Paris Saint-Germain's Manuel Ugarte and Benfica's Joao Neves being top targets.

Liverpool, by contrast, is yet to make its first addition of the summer, one of just two Premier League clubs in that particular boat. Arne Slot is taking the chance to assess the squad (or at least those who have reported back from international duty) before any moves are made.

Olmo is a name linked with both sides, although his profile differs from the type of player either is prioritizing. The RB Leipzig playmaker operates further forward, similar to Bruno Fernandes' role in Erik ten Hag's team, and Liverpool would either need to invent a number 10 role or force him out onto the right wing.

It's believed that Olmo's contract at Leipzig included a $65m (£50m/€60m) release clause, which some reports suggest expired this week. However, it's expected that he will still be available for the same price despite the expiration of the clause.

Ashworth and United are considering a move for Olmo, with Pep Guardiola's past comments hinting at the enormous potential such a transfer could bring. Back in 2019, after City's 4-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, where Olmo scored against Guardiola's side, he was asked about the talented Spaniard.

Dani Olmo of Dinamo Zagreb controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb at Etihad Stadium on October 1, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Olmo took on Guardiola and Manchester City back in 2019 with Dinamo Zagreb. (Image: TF-Images/Getty Images)

Guardiola lavished praise on the midfielder's prowess, remarking: "He's a top player — he has a bright future, of course. [His] performance shows it. About the transfer and the money he deserves, that is not the point."

Guardiola went on to assert: "The point is he is an incredible player and I am pretty sure he is able to play in the strong leagues in Europe." He went on to prove that with his move to RB Leipzig.

Julian Nagelsmann later acknowledged Olmo's swift adjustment from playing in Croatia to the rigors of the Bundesliga. In 2020, he hailed Olmo's seamless transition and work ethic:

"The Bundesliga has a higher pace than the Croatian league, so it takes some time to adjust physically," Nagelsmann said. He also praised his tenacity and skillset: "He was extremely hard-working, won the ball a lot of times and defended very robustly. He has exceptional abilities and is very safe with the ball. When he gets under pressure, he knows how to provoke a foul."

Liverpool.com says: Olmo was actually coming through the ranks at Barcelona when Guardiola was in charge there, before he made the controversial decision to switch to Dinamo Zagreb. The unusual trajectory has paid off handsomely, and this next move should complete his roundabout route back to the very highest levels in Europe.

Whether Liverpool is the right destination is up for debate. It depends whether Slot views him as a potential right-winger capable of ultimately taking over from Mohamed Salah. But it would be a little alarming seeing him go to Manchester United, because his quality is undeniable. This article was created with the help of AI tools.

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FSG offers clarity after claims Liverpool owner 'resumed talks' and US group plots next move

Liverpool.com - 3 hours 14 min ago

Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has refuted claims in France that talks have resumed for it to take over at Ligue 2 side Bordeaux. Exploratory discussions had taken place but they ended last week.

Bordeaux, the six-time French champion, is in financial trouble and needs an investor to come in and aid its economic situation. FSG, meanwhile, is looking for another soccer club to add to its portfolio, moving Liverpool into a multi-club model similar to the Red Bull system and City Football Group.

An FSG statement on July 16 read: "Following extensive and constructive discussions with all stakeholders, FSG has made the decision not to pursue the acquisition of FC Girondins de Bordeaux."

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Despite reports to the contrary, the situation has not changed. On Monday, the French outlet Sud Ouest claimed that FSG had reopened negotiations with Bordeaux's financial need growing.

"FSG is obviously in a strong position since the current owner Gerard Lopez has his back to the wall," the publication explained. "Either he sells the club in the coming hours, or he is forced to file for bankruptcy with the near certainty of losing his investment (€60m)."

But FSG sources have insisted to the ECHO that this isn't the case, meaning that today could be a crucial day for Bordeaux to find an alternative. The historic club could be relegated to the third tier because of its financial problems having now spent two seasons in the second tier.

"I do get the sense that the FSG multi-club model will look very different to Chelsea and others, not just because of how FSG position themselves across football, but also across other sports," football finance expert Dr Dan Plumley told Liverpool.com this week.

Liverpool owner and FSG chief John W Henry. Liverpool owner and FSG chief John W Henry. (Image: Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

"It's easy to look at multi-club models and say if everyone is doing it, they are doing it for the same objectives. But they are not. There are very different versions and you can file the FSG one as being very strategic and very clear in the direction of travel.

"If you have everybody aligning with the same objectives, you negate some of those risks of picking the wrong club or it going wrong. Nothing is ever risk-free but having that structure from the top down, that is the ultimate way to completely limit risk as much as possible."

Liverpool.com says: It doesn't appear that it will be Bordeaux but FSG moving to the multi-club model will be interesting for Liverpool. There are benefits and concerns to such a move but that is a key reason that Michael Edwards returned. It is the current trend within soccer and FSG doesn't want to be left behind.

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Takefusa Kubo has already made his feelings clear about Liverpool

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool are reportedly in talks to sign former Barcelona and Real Madrid starlet Takefusa Kubo, and the Japan international has previously spoken highly of the Reds
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Jurgen Klopp's comments on Jadon Sancho speak volumes as 'transfer talks begin'

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 38 min ago
Jadon Sancho is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain, but it could have been a different story for the Manchester United flop if Jurgen Klopp had his way during his time as Liverpool manager
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Takefusa Kubo has already made his feelings clear about Liverpool

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool are reportedly in talks to sign former Barcelona and Real Madrid starlet Takefusa Kubo, and the Japan international has previously spoken highly of the Reds
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Jurgen Klopp's comments on Jadon Sancho speak volumes as 'transfer talks begin'

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 38 min ago
Jadon Sancho is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain, but it could have been a different story for the Manchester United flop if Jurgen Klopp had his way during his time as Liverpool manager
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Liverpool transfer news LIVE: Takefusa Kubo latest, Ederson interest, Goncalo Inacio bid

Liverpool.com - 4 hours 23 min ago
Ederson flirts with Premier League transfer

Brazilian midfielder Ederson, 25, who currently plays for Atalanta, is flirting with a move to England amid links with Liverpool and Arsenal, among others. While he says he is content where he is, he has hardly ruled out an exit.

"I am very happy at Atalanta," he told AS. "I just won a great title, I am very well-integrated. My future is something that doesn’t worry me. What worries me right now is doing well here with the Brazilian team, leaving a positive impression because it is my first call-up.

"Making sure everyone knows me here just like everyone knows me in Italy. I am very focused, very happy, trying to make the most of this moment with the national team.

"I don’t know, I’ve thought about it a lot, I like Italy, I’m well adapted, but I’m curious about the Premier League, so I don’t know. I’m still growing, so I don’t know if I’ll stay in Italy, I think I still have more to prove. If I go somewhere else, then too. I will continue to grow."

Ederson of Atalanta has been linked with Liverpool (Image: Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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Who are Liverpool FC’s 4 pre-season opponents? Ex-Reds and former targets to feature

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 37 min ago

There will be plenty to keep an eye on as Liverpool’s pre-season schedule takes them to two different continents, but who are the four putting Arne Slot‘s side to the test?

The Reds’ pre-season can be broken up into three different sections. The first is the initial training phase at the AXA – which includes behind-closed-door friendlies – then the US tour and, finally, the return to Merseyside.

In each phase, Slot will welcome back his host of international players, a staggered return that does little to aid his transition ahead of the trip to Ipswich on August 17.

As always, results are not the determining factor over whether the pre-season was a success or not, something to keep in mind as we look forward to seeing the Reds back in action.

So, who are the four clubs Liverpool will face over the coming weeks?

Real Betis

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SV Darmstadt 98 at Deepdale. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SV Darmstadt 98 at Deepdale. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: July 26 (7.30pm local time, Jul 27 – 12.30am BST)
Where: Pittsburgh

Real Betis are the first of two La Liga opponents this summer and will be the first opposition Slot faces in front of a crowd as Liverpool boss.

The Spanish side signed Adrian in the summer after he rejected new terms at Anfield, and it is also the home of Nabil Fakir, who famously saw his move to the Reds collapse at the death in 2018 – how has it been six years already?

Now 31, the attacking midfielder wears the captain’s armband for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side. The Chilean has coached the team since 2020 and guided them to a seventh-placed finish in 2023/24.

This will be the Spanish side’s second friendly of pre-season and a welcome opening test for Liverpool, who will be without 11 senior players.

Arsenal

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: July 31 (7.30pm local time, Aug 1 – 12.30am BST)
Where: Philadelphia

A familiar foe then awaits, one who will be expected to have the majority of their squad available, aside from their England and Spanish internationals.

At the time of writing, the Gunners have yet to add any new signings, though Mikel Arteta will be able to field captain Martin Odegaard, who will be fresh from a summer off.

The likes of Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Jorginho will also likely feature in Philadelphia, offering a strong early challenge to Slot and Co.

Alisson and Diogo Jota will be expected to have linked back up with the Reds squad at this stage, but you sense it will be too early for them to take part.

Man United

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag during the Bangkok Century Cup pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag during the Bangkok Century Cup pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: August 3 (7.45pm local time, Aug 4 – 12.45am BST)
Where: Columbia, South Carolina

Can you believe they stuck with Erik ten Hag despite finishing eighth on 60 points last season – their worst-ever Premier League finish – with a minus-one goal difference?

Good luck to them!

INEOS have taken more control this summer, and they have already added forward Joshua Zirkzee and centre-back Leny Yoro to their squad for £36.5 million and £58.9 million, respectively.

Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial were two notable names released in the summer.

They will have played four friendlies before this one, and their performances against Arsenal and Real Betis will be intriguing as we await to see if they can actually show any signs of improvement.

Sevilla

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: August 11 (12.30pm BST)
Where: Anfield

After two back-to-back Premier League opponents, it is on to the second Spanish side of the summer when Sevilla make the trip to Merseyside.

Garcia Pimienta is their current manager, replacing Quique Sanchez Flores, who had only been appointed last December and guided the team to a 14th-placed finish.

Notable names in their squad include ex-Red Suso – who made 21 Liverpool appearances – Jesus Navas, and former United youth player Adnan Januzaj, who is now 29.

It will be Slot’s first time in front of an Anfield crowd, and we can expect to see the last international contingent to return to training feature for the first time.

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Liverpool target 'receives offer' as agent holds talks over £25m transfer

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 4 hours 38 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip with updates on Juventus defender Dean Huijsen and Galatasaray forward Baris Alper Yilmaz
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Liverpool target 'receives offer' as agent holds talks over £25m transfer

icLiverpool.co.uk - 4 hours 38 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip with updates on Juventus defender Dean Huijsen and Galatasaray forward Baris Alper Yilmaz
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Liverpool set transfer price tag as Arne Slot to hand out second chance

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 5 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool have had a quiet summer transfer window with signings expecting to be few and far between during the summer tour of the United States
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Liverpool set transfer price tag as Arne Slot to hand out second chance

icLiverpool.co.uk - 5 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool have had a quiet summer transfer window with signings expecting to be few and far between during the summer tour of the United States
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Liverpool transfer silence could actually mean Arne Slot is about to get what he needs

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 6 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool are still waiting to make their first move in the transfer window this summer but they are used to working in the shadows
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Liverpool transfer silence could actually mean Arne Slot is about to get what he needs

icLiverpool.co.uk - 6 hours 38 min ago
Liverpool are still waiting to make their first move in the transfer window this summer but they are used to working in the shadows
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Ederson, Guehi and Kubo sign and two players leave - Dream Liverpool squad after pre-season

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 8 hours 38 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip as the Reds continue to be linked with potential new signings as the squad prepares to travel to the United States for pre-season
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Ederson, Guehi and Kubo sign and two players leave - Dream Liverpool squad after pre-season

icLiverpool.co.uk - 8 hours 38 min ago
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip as the Reds continue to be linked with potential new signings as the squad prepares to travel to the United States for pre-season
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