Liverpool transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Anfield
Thursday, January 23
- Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Real Madrid star Isco to Anfield
- Liverpool are also considering a move for Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz
- Liverpool could represent an attractive proposition for Kylian Mbappe
- The Reds tried to sign Benfica talent Rafael Brito, reports claim
- Joel Glazer stops Man Utd Bruno Fernandes transfer, Chelsea £45m talks
Isco or Fabian Ruiz
Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Real Madrid star Isco to Anfield.
That’s according to Spanish website El Desmarque, who claims the Liverpool manager is a huge admirer of the 27-year-old.
However, Liverpool will have to spend big with Real Madrid president demanding upwards of £59million for his signature.
El Desmarque claim that Klopp also has his sights set on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who would reportedly cost £76million.
Liverpool could represent an attractive proposition for Kylian Mbappe.
That’s the opinion of French journalist Julien Laurens, who believes the PSG superstar would cost an astonishing £250million.
“It’s pretty simple, if Liverpool can pay the €300m or maybe €350m with the bonuses, and put that on the table – which is what PSG will ask anyone to sign Mbappe,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“Liverpool is a very attractive proposition for any top player in the world right now with what they are putting together and the project of Jurgen Klopp.”
Rafael Brito bid
Liverpool tried to sign Benfica talent Rafael Brito, Record claim.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, failed to lure the teenager away from Portugal.
The 18-year-old midfielder, who has represented Portugal at Under-19 level, arrived at Benfica in 2018.
The Portuguese is considered one of the brightest talents at the club and has been rewarded with a new four-year deal that contains a £37million release clause.
Can Wolves bite back?
It seems only the most dramatic dip in form could now stand in the way of Liverpool and their first Premier League title.
Sixteen points clear of Manchester City and unbeaten in league action all season, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds head to Molineux on Thursday to face sixth-placed Wolves.
The two sides last met on January 29, when a 1-0 Liverpool victory was marred by the controversial VAR decision to disallow Pedro Neto’s equaliser after he was deemed offside by the narrowest of margins.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad are therefore searching for recompense and will be keen to repeat the 2-1 victory that saw them knock the Champions League holders out of the FA Cup last January.
Edinson Cavani backed
Brazilian legend Rivaldo has urged Barcelona to sign Edinson Cavani.
The Spanish champions are monitoring the transfer market for a striker to replace Luis Suarez and Cavani, who has handed in an official transfer request at PSG.
Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in signing the Uruguayan international but the pair are said to be concerned by his £360k per-week wage demands.
“Cavani would be a magnificent improvement for Barcelona’s attack now that Suarez is out for quite some time,” Rivaldo said. “After all, Cavani is a top forward who has always got his goals in Europe’s top leagues. In his case it seems he’s really close to leaving PSG and it would be a very good opportunity.”
Louie Barry deal
Aston Villa have hailed a “powerful message of ambition” in signing former West Brom youth striker Louie Barry from Barcelona.
Academy manager Mark Harrison insists Villa’s capture of the highly-rated teenager shows the Birmingham club’s bold plans for the future.
The 16-year-old Barry rejected a senior contract at boyhood club West Brom and joined Barcelona in July 2019, but has now returned to England to sign for one the Baggies’ fiercest rivals.
“This sends a powerful message about the ambition of this football club,” said Harrison. “We’re delighted, Louie is a local person and his family are all Villa fans, as is Louie.”