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

icLiverpool.co.uk - 5 hours 10 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 - 6 hours 10 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 - 6 hours 10 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 - 7 hours 10 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 - 7 hours 10 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 - 9 hours 10 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 - 9 hours 10 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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Eddie Howe reveals Anthony Gordon plan after Liverpool transfer 'conversations'

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:30
Liverpool turned down an approach from Newcastle United to sign Anthony Gordon earlier last month, and Eddie Howe has confirmed talks took place with the player
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Eddie Howe reveals Anthony Gordon plan after Liverpool transfer 'conversations'

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:30
Liverpool turned down an approach from Newcastle United to sign Anthony Gordon earlier last month, and Eddie Howe has confirmed talks took place with the player
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Gary Lineker tipped to be replaced on Match of the Day by former Premier League midfielder

Liverpool.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:27

Former Premier League midfielder turned TV presenter Jermaine Jenas is being tipped as the prime candidate to replace Gary Lineker on Match of the Day, should he decide to step down from his long-standing role.

Lineker has been at the helm of the BBC's highly viewed Premier League highlights show every Saturday night for years. However, some insiders are predicting his departure, either when his current contract expires or even before then.

Over the past month, Gary was the main anchor on the BBC coverage of Euro 2024, although some viewers argued that his colleagues Gabby Logan and Mark Chapman outperformed him when they were given the opportunity to lead for matches. Betting experts Fair Betting Sites have also offered odds of 8/11 that Gary will relinquish his Match of the Day role, with former Newcastle and Tottenham player Jermaine Jenas being the favorite to take over.

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Jenas, who has been one of the regular hosts of The One Show over the last few years, as well as a football pundit, leads the pack on 6/4, with another existing BBC star, former England Lionesses hero Alex Scott, currently second in the odds.

Alex is on 7/2, just ahead of Mark Chapman, after his impressive stint at the Euros, with ITV's Laura Woods, rounding out the top five on 10/1, ahead of the likes of Gabby Logan and Jake Humphrey, reports Chronicle Live.

Andy Newton, spokesperson for Fair Betting Sites, weighed in on the Gary Lineker and Match of the Day situation: "His criticism of Gareth Southgate at the Euros is the latest action to have reportedly riled the BBC and you feel with strained tensions the corporation are closer than ever to replacing Lineker as MOTD host.

"With 25 years at the MOTD helm Lineker's boots will be big ones to fill, but another former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas has impressed in his One Show presenting role for the BBC and it's no shock to see him shortest in the betting to land one of the best presenting football jobs in the land. ".

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Takefusa Kubo comments on Liverpool in 2019 speak volumes as agents 'jet in' for transfer

Liverpool.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:16

Real Sociedad winger Takefusa Kubo appears to be edging closer to a move to Anfield this summer as his agents reportedly jet in for a crunch meeting with club officials.

The Japanese international has been strongly linked with becoming Arne Slot's first signing as Liverpool boss amid reports the Reds are willing to offer $71million (£55million/€65million) for the 23-year-old's services. With doubts over the long-term future of Mohamed Salah, Kubo is seen as the perfect replacement.

And although there may still be plenty of negotiations to take place with the La Liga outfit, Kubo may well have already made up his own mind on playing for Liverpool, judging by some of his previous comments on the club.

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In an interview with Goal in 2019 following his move to Real Madrid, Kubo described the Reds as "awesome" when asked to name some of his favourite European sides - a comment which is sure to get Reds fans even more excited ahead of his proposed move to Merseyside.

“The team I think play the most interesting football is Liverpool," Kubo said. "I feel they are awesome when I watch their games. It’s not really to say they are my favourite, but more like awesome.”

The re-emergence of those comments comes amid reports that Kubo's agents have flown in to Liverpool for crunch meetings with the Reds hierarchy, with CEO of Football Michael Edwards desperate to secure the first signing of the Slot era.

Sponichi, a Japanese news outlet, reports that negotiations for Kubo are now nearing completion following his agents' visit to England, with Liverpool prepared to splash the cash to get their man. It's added that the Reds are also willing to offer an eye-watering salary of around $310k (£240k/€285k) to get the deal over the line.

Takefusa Kubo's agents have reportedly jetted in for crunch talks with Liverpool

However, it's thought this may be a little far-fetched, with those wages putting Kubo on more than everyone at Liverpool aside from Mohamed Salah, which would be an uncharacteristic move from the Reds, to say the least.

But like Salah, Kubo operates as a left-footed right winger and would be the ideal replacement for the long-serving Egyptian. Dubbed the "Japanese Messi", Kubo has 16 goals and 14 assists in 85 appearances across all competitions for Real Sociedad and was instrumental in their return to the Champions League for the 2023-24 campaign, their first appearance in the competition for nine years.

Kubo is credited with being a fast, skilful right winger who can become a "football superstar" according to one of Mallorca's former executives, who praised the Japanese for his vision and intelligence on the pitch in a previous interview with the Daily Mail.

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Dan Ashworth finally addresses controversial and shameful Newcastle exit for Man Utd

Liverpool.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:13

Former Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth has opened up about his new chapter at Manchester United, following the completion of his anticipated and controversial move to Old Trafford.

After a deal was struck between Newcastle and the Red Devils for Ashworth's services, after long negotiations and a period on gardening leave, he's now settling into his role as sporting director, a position he was eager to take on especially after his good friend Sir David John Brailsford got involved with the club. Ashworth is already mapping out his vision for the future at Man United.

On the official Manchester United website, Ashworth expressed his excitement: "This is one of my first opportunities to address Manchester United fans since joining the club as sporting director on 1 July, so I want to start by saying how delighted I am to be here. Although I grew up in Norfolk, I've always had a strong attachment with Manchester because my mum and dad were born in Middleton and my grandparents lived their whole lives there.

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"When I visited as a boy, my dad would take me to games across Greater Manchester and I remember the thrill of my first visit to Old Trafford in the late 1970s, watching the likes of Lou Macari, Jimmy Nicholl and Arthur Albiston."

Ashworth also shared his neutral but fond memories of Manchester United: "I can't claim to have been a partisan United fan my dad enjoyed watching all the local teams but I remember the special buzz that always seemed to surround games at Old Trafford, and it's something I have experienced many times since during my career in football.

"So it's going to be an incredibly proud moment entering the directors' box on the home side for the first time when the Premier League season gets under way against Fulham on August 16. The close season is always a reset moment for every club, but the sense of renewal has been particularly strong at Manchester United this summer as our new leadership structure takes shape."

However, Ashworth admitted he will have his work cut out to get Man United back into the top four as he looks to work with Erik ten Hag and CEO Omar Berrada.

Ashworth also spoke about how much he was looking forward to working with the Dutchman and a new CEO and said: "This remains one of the biggest football clubs in the world, but that is not our measure of success; the focus is on getting back to being among the best on the pitch. It won't happen overnight, but, together with Omar and his new leadership team, we will not rest until we have achieved it."

Man United will be boosted by a new training complex in the year ahead, with Ashworth commenting: "There are also changes to the physical environment at Carrington as work commences on our season-long £50 million redevelopment of the training ground evidence of our commitment to improving the club's infrastructure."

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Liverpool handed timely Takefusa Kubo boost as transfer truth clear

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:00
The ECHO has fact-checked reports suggesting Liverpool are closing in on Kubo, who has been given extra time to sort his future out.
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Liverpool handed timely Takefusa Kubo boost as transfer truth clear

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:00
The ECHO has fact-checked reports suggesting Liverpool are closing in on Kubo, who has been given extra time to sort his future out.
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Liverpool on transfer red alert as West Ham make first move for £30m winger

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 19:10
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville but face competition for his signature
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Liverpool on transfer red alert as West Ham make first move for £30m winger

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 19:10
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville but face competition for his signature
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Wayne Rooney plots Liverpool transfer swoop as Jurgen Klopp signing set for move

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 19:00
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip as Wayne Rooney reportedly targets the signing of a Reds striker while a former loanee could move to the Premier League
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Wayne Rooney plots Liverpool transfer swoop as Jurgen Klopp signing set for move

icLiverpool.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 19:00
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip as Wayne Rooney reportedly targets the signing of a Reds striker while a former loanee could move to the Premier League
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Liverpool FC’s centre-back dilemma facing Arne Slot this summer

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 18:00

Liverpool have not dipped into the transfer market yet this summer, and after a rival pounced on a centre-back the club admired, debate has hotted up over the defensive ranks.

The scars from the Reds’ centre-back crisis of yesteryear remain prominent in the minds of supporters – safe to say, you can never have too many options.

This summer, Liverpool bid farewell to experienced veteran Joel Matip to leave Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez as the senior contingent.

And one could even argue that Gomez’s time at full-back leaves Arne Slot with just three specialists.

Beyond the quartet, though, there is the returning Sepp van den Berg – whose future is under serious question amid growing transfer interest – and the potential lure of the transfer window.

In the knowledge that a season can hinge on the centre-back ranks, it leaves Slot with a bit of a conundrum on his hands, and those of the club’s transfer chiefs.

The established youth

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A lot of talk has centred around Leny Yoro of late, an 18-year-old whose transfer fee and wage demands saw Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid baulk at any deal.

Man United, unsurprisingly, were willing to make the £52 million stretch for the player, who sets a dangerous precedent with his wages reportedly starting at £113,000 per week.

Those finances for an 18-year-old with 60 senior club appearances are not justifiable for Liverpool, who have their own rising star that they have never had to pay a lump sum for.

We are, of course, talking about Quansah.

A new, shiny transfer can be exciting, but in the 21-year-old the Reds have a talent who England named in their provisional Euros squad and had Newcastle including him as part of a deal to send Anthony Gordon the other way.

He may have less senior experience than Yoro, but in 2023/24 his aerial duel success rate was 67.2% compared to the Frenchman’s 63.8%, and the percentage of dribblers tackled was 70% to 54.8% in favour of the Liverpool man.

What the Reds’ No. 78 accomplished at the top level of English football last season was admirable, so why would the club pay over the odds for a player who would not necessarily be above Quansah in the pecking order?

You do not even have to split hairs over their talent, it would be a gamble to pay £50 million for a signing who blocked the pathway of an existing youth player who has shown they have what it takes.

Time may prove Liverpool wrong and that Yoro was worth the initial outlay, but Quansah is confident that Slot’s style will play to his strengths.

“I think a lot of my strengths can be shown in the system he likes to play,” he said.

“Obviously, I like playing with the ball as well, so I think what the gaffer likes to do is a lot that I like. But there’s still a lot to improve on.”

He’s not the only young centre-back under the watchful eye of the new head coach, though he is the only one Liverpool have put a ‘You Shall Not Buy’ tag on. The same cannot be said of Sepp van den Berg.

The ‘wantaway’

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives on a bicycle before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives on a bicycle before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van den Berg has been a prominent figure in the early weeks of pre-season, impressing with his fitness after a standout season on loan at Mainz.

The 22-year-old previously expressed a desire to leave and Liverpool placed a £20 million price tag on his head, a figure that interested suitors have been keen to negotiate.

He is set to get his chance in the upcoming summer friendlies, but the likes of PSV, Mainz, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart have been circling, as too clubs in the Premier League.

The versatile Dutchman has been on loan for three consecutive seasons and last played for the Reds in 2020.

With a valuation set and whispers of the club being in the market for a new centre-back signing, it hints that there is no unanimous belief in his qualities, which he’d have to prove wrong this pre-season.

You send players away on temporary deals in the hope they return as more complete packages, but sticking with Van den Berg as the fifth-choice option could be considered a risk.

In Konate they have an injury-prone option, which Gomez has often been categorised as too; Van Dijk is an ever-present but is now 33, and Quansah ticks the box for a young, up-and-comer.

You do not want to expect the worst, but Liverpool and Slot will have to consider if they’d feel comfortable relying on Van den Berg in the big games as Jurgen Klopp did with Quansah last season.

If the answer is yes, then you convince him to stick around despite being unable to guarantee regular minutes. If it’s no, then the club need to invest.

The transfer route

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slott (L) and Sporting Director Richard Hughes are presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slott (L) and Sporting Director Richard Hughes are presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Van den Berg is to depart, he will be expected to join Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as defensive outgoings this summer, which would leave the Reds no choice but to add to their ranks.

The latter two are no longer in contention to stick around, and while this does not feel like the summer Liverpool are to break the bank, nor is it the time to neglect a key position.

Slot’s demands for his central defenders are not too dissimilar to Klopp’s, with a high line a common sight and confidence on the ball key – his teams often look to push the opposition into wide areas.

This is where Quansah has proven his worth, whereas Van den Berg’s recent loan experience has tasked him with more defensive duties than forays further up the pitch.

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The mould is clear for any centre-back to join the senior quartet from last season, but Slot has to consider if he will get more from Van den Berg or the transfer market.

There is no shortage of options, with Marc Guehi, Riccardo Calafiori, Jean-Clair Todibo, Willian Pacho and Piero Hincapie, among others, all players to consider – so it’s not that there’s a dearth of talent out there.

Your move, Liverpool.

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Liverpool 'confident' of beating Arsenal to transfer completion as Marc Guehi stance emerges

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 18:00
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip with updates on Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi and Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin
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