Liverpool’s summer spending is all but over following Sunday’s arrival of Calvin Ramsey. But such is the way the transfer market operates, nothing can ever be ruled out until the window slams shut.
With Sadio Mane on the verge of leaving Anfield, and a number of players also on the market, Jurgen Klopp could find himself dipping back in to the market to bolster his squad in what looks like a very congested season with the World Cup being played in December and breaking up the Premier League campaign.
Should the Reds find more value in this window, they could choose to sign a rotation wide forward following the departure of Mane, while looking to replace Mohamed Salah should he not extend his stay on Merseyside. Plus adding a playmaker in the mold of Nicolo Barella may be too good a player to pass up if the opportunity arises.
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Liverpool selling Sadio Mane leaves the team a bit thin out wide. Though Darwin Nunez has arrived, the former Benfica striker plays primarily through the middle. Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz will rotate on one side while Mohamed Salah will start on the other and the addition of Marco Assensio would allow the Egyptian to rest.
The Real Madrid forward has 12 months left on his deal and it has been reported that Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a deal for the Spaniard worth £ 35million. Though he did not feature in the UEFA Champions League final last month, the 26-year-old looked back to his best last season with 10 goals in 31 La Liga appearances.
And with his 2019 injury behind him, he could be a bargain should he make the switch this summer.
Liverpool have been tipped to sign Nico Barella from Inter, in a transfer that will send Naby Keita the other way. The attacking midfielder registered 13 assists last season and although Inter failed to win Serie A, the Italian did his chances of secure a big-money move no harm.
A deal won’t be cheap, with the Italian giants seeking € 90million, and having already signed Darwin Nunez for € 85m it is unlikely the Reds break their transfer record twice in one summer. But the report claims that Liverpool will offer Keita as a sweetener and bring the price down.
Though the article goes on to claim that Inter are unlikely to accept such a proposal, there’s plenty of time for the Italian club to change their mind.
Southampton have reportedly made contact with Liverpool over signing Neco Williams. According to Sky Sports, the Saints have approached Liverpool about signing Williams this summer.
Nottingham Forest and Fulham have also been credited with an interest, although the ECHO understands that the Reds are not considering any loan offers for Williams, who spent the second half of last season with Fulham, and expect him to depart permanently this summer with the right -back highly coveted.
Liverpool have placed a £ 15m asking price on the 21-year-old, with Southampton and PSV Eindhoven both approaching the Reds about a possible transfer.
However, the ECHO understands that Fulham remain the frontrunners to sign Williams following his successful loan last season, although Nottingham Forest are also in contention.