Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich for around €30m in one of the biggest transfers of the summer window. The Spain midfielder is considered one of the best ball players in the world and helped Bayern to the Champions League this season, beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final.
It could have knock-on effects in the squad with Barcelona trying to sign Gini Wijnaldum, the player most likely to lose out on minutes to Thiago should he arrive at Anfield imminently.
Meanwhile could the club be set to sell Rhian Brewster, their talented young striker, to Sheffield United? Here are the latest stories surrounding Anfield as the Reds look to build on last season’s success.
Thiago Alcantara continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool with the move gaining traction this morning.
The Athletic reports that Liverpool have met the asking price for the midfielder and that the Spaniard would become one of Reds’ highest paid players, should he complete the move to Anfield.
The report states that Thiago would demand a weekly wage of £200,000. More to follow.
Michael Jones17 September 2020 09:42
THIAGO READY FOR LIVERPOOL
Thiago Alcantara is reportedly on the verge of signing for the Premier League champions as the Reds have agreed to pay Bayern Munich’s €30 million asking price.
Michael Jones17 September 2020 09:37
REDS WILLING TO LET ORIGI GO
Liverpool are reportedly willing to let Divock Origi leave the club on loan this summer, it has been claimed.
The report states that Liverpool are be willing to sanction a deal, with an obligation to buy clause of €15m which would come into force next summer.
Journalist Ekrem Konur says Fenerbache are pursuing the 25-year-old striker on a possible loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the season.
There is also interest in the striker from Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham.
Michael Jones17 September 2020 09:27
BREWSTER TO FUND SARR MOVE?
Rumours abound about Liverpool selling youngster Rhian Brewster. The Reds value the striker at £20 million with interest in the 20-year-old coming from several clubs.
Sheffield United are the supposed frontrunners for Brewster and are in talks with the club for a permanent transfer with Liverpool are insisting on a buy-back clause.
Liverpool have previously been linked with a move for Watford forward Ismaila Sarr, and the money raised from selling Brewster could trigger a deal.
That’s according to Sky Sports News, who claim the Hornets are demanding a fee of around £40million for the Senegal international.
Sarr signed for Watford just 12 months ago from Rennes for £35million, so the Hertfordshire outfit aren’t asking for much of a return on what they shelled out.
The Hornets were relegated last season, but despite Sarr being far and away their stand-out player, there is seemingly little interest in the forward other than Liverpool.
Michael Jones17 September 2020 09:07
THURSDAY’S TRANSFER NEWS
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s Liverpool transfer news live blog, where we’ll keep on top of all the latest comings and goings at the Anfield right up until the 5 October deadline.
The reigning Premier League champions have been the quietest club this summer among the top-six contenders, with Jurgen Klopp either leaving his business until the final moments of the window or deciding that he is happy with the squad already at his disposal this season.
But interest remains in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is keen on a move to the Premier League, while the problem of Georginio Wijnaldum’s future still needs to be resolved.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the biggest transfer headlines this morning.
Jack de Menezes17 September 2020 08:13
ALISSON LINK TO PITALUGA MOVE
Alisson Becker’s brother, Muriel, says the Liverpool goalkeeper “must have contributed” to the move of Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.
Muriel is the first choice keeper at Fluminense and has a good working relationship with Pitaluga.
He told the Brazilian media: “I believe Alisson must have contributed with what he saw. Pitaluga is there on his merits. Liverpool had been watching him for a long time.
“We know closely the potential he has, the great goalkeeper he is and, even more, what he will achieve. In addition to the four lines, he’s an excellent boy, from a good family, down to earth, he’s not dazzled, he works hard.
“I’m sure he’ll make history in football. We got very happy with that. I’m also happy that he will be a teammate of Alisson, who will be able to help, accompany him.”
Michael Jones16 September 2020 16:12
MORE SIGNINGS ‘IDEAL’ FOR KLOPP
Jurgen Klopp would “ideally” like to add a couple more signings to his squad before the end of the transfer window according to the Athletic.
So far the Reds have brought in left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos after allowing Deja Lovren to depart for Zenit St Petersburg for a similar price.
The Reds remain strongly linked with a move for the Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, while Watford wide man Ismaila Sarr is also said to be on their radar.
Klopp works closely with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and FSG president Mike Gordon, and no first-team transfer will be completed without all three men agreeing on all details of the deal.
Which is one of the reasons Liverpool have been ‘thrifty’ in the transfer market compared to clubs like Chelsea.
Michael Jones16 September 2020 15:35
Chris Wilder has confirmed Sheffield United’s interest in Arsenal U23 striker Folarin Balogun. How will this affect Rhian Brewster’s rumoured move to the Blades?
Michael Jones16 September 2020 14:48
BIELSA BLOCKED WILSON MOVE
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Leeds had begun to negotiate with Liverpool over the signing of midfielder Harry Wilson before Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa decided to scrap the deal.
He said on Ask Ornstein: “Liverpool will hope to move on a number players round the fringes in the coming weeks.
“One of them is Harry Wilson. We know that Leeds United had started working on a deal for him much earlier in the summer.
“That didn’t develop I think because Marcelo Bielsa decided that Wilson wasn’t the right player for him.”
Wilson isn’t part of Jurgen Klopp’s future plans and the Reds boss is keen to move him on from Anfield, with interest out there from Fulham, Newcastle and Southampton.
Michael Jones16 September 2020 14:18
TSIMIKAS BACK IN TRAINING
Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas has been pictured in Liverpool training today. He reportedly had a positive COVID-19 test while away on international duty.
Michael Jones16 September 2020 13:51