Premier League leaders Liverpool could spend some big money to boost their central defence ahead of next season. The club has been linked with a summer swoop for highly rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and he could form a potent centre back partnership with Virgil Van Dijk if the Reds are successful with his transfer from Italy.
Napoli have retained the services of the Senegalese international amidst the serious interest of bigger European clubs in the past and this summer could be the right time to let the player go. Manchester United, Barcelona, Liverpool and several other big European clubs are keen on the defender.
Liverpool are not new to spending big on a central defender after the signing of the aforementioned Van Dijk two years ago. The Dutchman made the move from Southampton to Liverpool for a then world-record fee for a defender.
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The Reds paid £75m for the player but that record has been eclipsed by Harry Maguire, an £80m transfer from Leicester City to Manchester United last summer. The signing of Van Dijk has elevated the status of Liverpool to a trophy-winning club once again.
The signings of both Van Dijk and Brazilian shot stopper Alisson Becker has helped to elevate Liverpool to the best team in Europe following their Champions League win last season. The club is also on the verge of winning the Premier League though the party has been put on hold due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation in the world.
Liverpool need just two wins to confirm their first Premier League title and a first league title in three decades but that has not stopped manager Jurgen Klopp and the team from improving the team as highlighted by the interest in Kalidou Koulibaly. Other Liverpool targets include Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and many more.
The battle to sign Koulibaly from Napoli is far from being a straightforward one with the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Juventus and Barcelona also interested.
Transfer Ratings for Kalidou Koulibaly to Liverpool: 4/10.
How Liverpool injury situation might affect Man United
English Premier League title holders Liverpool are now battling with the injury of Virgil Van Dijk and may have to find a replacement in the summer transfer window.
Virgil Van Dijk had a collision with Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby game against Everton and will undergo knee surgery. This situation leaves the Reds team will a limited option for the centre-back position.
With every possibility that manager Jurgen Klopp will be forced to look out for options in the January transfer window, Man United target, Dayot Upamecano might be the only viable option.
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The RB Leipzig defender has been on the radar of the Red Devils since the last summer transfer window and it was thought that they will make a move for him but with the latest development on Liverpool’s interest, Dayot Upamecano now has more options to choose from.
Daily Star reports that manager Jurgen Klopp is already considering a move for the 21-year-old and will look to beat Man United in his chase.
This leaves Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a difficult situation as he is now desperate to make some impressions, especially by winning the title and that will only be made possible if he is able to get most of his targets, starting from the coming January winter transfer window.
Ousmane Dembele confirmed to leave Barcelona?
The end might be close for French forward Ousmane Dembele as reports claim that he will be leaving the Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Ousmane Dembele was linked with a number of teams in the just concluded summer transfer window but he refused to leave, insisting on staying with the Catalans.
English Premier League title holders Liverpool had made a move for Ousmane Dembele but he rejected it while Man United’s effort until the transfer deadline day failed.
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Barcelona were reported to be unhappy with the player for refusing to leave as he might not find playing time under new manager Ronald Koeman, having enjoyed just 20 minutes under his reign.
However, the Spanish giants are willing to let him leave in the winter transfer window for a fee as low as £45 million but should he refuse, there will be talks of a new deal for him.
It is understood that Ousmane Dembele might have had a change in heart to reconsider his decision to stay at Camp Nou for a move away in the January winter transfer window.
What is unknown is whether Liverpool or Man United will be making a move for him again or not.
Man United named in five-team list of suitors for Bournemouth star
Bournemouth star David Brooks will be the hottest player of the moment in the English Premier League as five clubs are reported to be interested in his chase.
Man United, Tottenham, Everton, Leicester City, and Liverpool are names amongst the club that are interested in the 23-year-old Wales international
It is understood that topflight clubs still have until Friday by 5 pm to complete deals within the domestic league which means a move from the Vitality Stadium is still very possible.
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It is the wish of Bournemouth that David Brooks remain at the club but they could be forced to do so if any of the suitors are able to step forward with his £40 million asking price.
The fact that Bournemouth are already relegated to the Championship makes it very difficult to keep a player as David Brooks will prefer to remain in the Premier League.
So far, Bournemouth have lost most of their stars, including Nathan Ake, Aaron Ramsdale, and Callum Wilson since the end of last season and they are already preparing to leave.
Howbeit, it is unlikely that Man United will make a move for David Brooks again as they have enough options in their midfield, with the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
Philippe Coutinho speaks following Arsenal speculation
Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho does not want to be distracted with speculations over his future as his mind has been made to remain with Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona under new manager Ronald Koeman.
After leaving Liverpool to join the Catalans, Philippe Coutinho lost his mojo and could not give a good account of him. He was made to leave the club on a loan deal to German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich.
Upon the end of his loan term with the Bayern Munich, there were speculations that he would be returning to the English Premier League with his agent fuelling speculations of a move to the Emirates Stadium to join Arsenal.
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The expected move by Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal was therefore stopped when Barcelona hired a new manager who decided to work with the Brazilian international and insisted on his return to Camp Nou.
That has not stopped the speculations of a move away from Barcelona but the final words from Philippe Coutinho could put an end to all of the confusion.
He has made it clear that he is focused in Barcelona with a lot of desires for things to go well this time around.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are also linked with the player with speculations that he would return to the Anfield.
Liverpool, United proposals stop Nigerian billionaire’s bid to take over Arsenal
It has been the wish by Nigerian billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote to take over Arsenal for the past years but that is now being threatened with the latest proposals tabled by Liverpool and Man United.
The two Premier League clubs had tabled what they called the ‘Project Big Picture’ which includes reducing the Premier League to 18 teams, scrapping the League Cup and the Community Shield, eliminating the one-club, one-vote principle, and also giving the top nine clubs almost total control.
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Part of the proposal also includes 25 percent of the annual revenue going to EFL Clubs and £250 million paid upfront to help them cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most importantly, the proposal will allow sides to veto a new owner taking over a club and that could affect Aliko Dangote’s bid to take over the North London outfit.
The Nigerian billionaire, who is also the richest man in African, has hinted at the possibility of taking over Arsenal. Although he noted that it might not happen now because of the projects he has and must see them through.
He noted that his company has about $20 billion worth of projects he must concentrate on, hinting that taking over Arsenal can happen after he must have finished his projects around 2021.
Why Adrian Might Have Played His Last Game For Liverpool
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian might struggle to get a game for the club between now and the end of his contract next summer after he was on the end of a hiding in the Reds goal during their last Premier League outing.
The Spanish shot stopper conceded seven goals as Liverpool were hammered 7-2 at Aston Villa.
He started the season as the second choice shot stopper to the injured first choice, Alisson Becker.
Brazilian international Alisson Becker has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world since his transfer to Liverpool from Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma in 2018.
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Alisson is expected to miss the next four weeks due to a shoulder injury.
Adrian has always been the deputy to Alisson Becker since being signed as a free agent last summer upon him leaving West Ham United.
His position has second choice is under serious threat with Liverpool weighing up a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The Daily Mirror also revealed that Jack Butland could be signed in time for him to make his debut in the Merseyside Derby clash at Everton ahead of Adrian.
Premier League leaders Everton host the champions in the first game after the international break.
Liverpool might be forced to sign up Arsenal target
English Premier League title holders Liverpool are currently facing a goalkeeping crisis as Alisson Becker will be out of action for a couple of weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury in training.
The Reds shot-stopper is currently battling for fitness is expected to be out of action for six weeks which means they are now short of options in that position.
The Merseyside outfit are now left in the hands of Adrian and from all indications; the club does not have a belief in his performance as the Brazilian goalkeeper especially after conceding 7 goals against Aston Villa in their Premier League game this season.
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However, pundits have called Liverpool’s attention to Brentford goalkeeper, David Raya, who was linked with a move to join Arsenal in the just concluded summer transfer window.
The North London outfit were to part ways with goalkeeper Emi Martinez and needed a replacement which made them linked with David Raya but they eventually moved in for another target.
David Raya has proven to be a goalkeeper that can meet up with the challenge in the Premier League after pulling a series of great performances to win the attention of clubs in the top flight.
Meanwhile, the decision on whether to sign David Raya or other options is left to manager Jurgen Klopp to make.
Liverpool join race for Arsenal, Man United target
English Premier League title holders Liverpool are the latest to join the race for German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
Dayot Upamecano was linked with a move to Man United and Arsenal in the last summer transfer window but none of them were able to snap up his signature while it is claimed that they will both make another trial next summer with the Red Devils keen.
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All suitors have been encouraged by the fact that he is now opened to a move away from the German side despite recently signing a new deal as the club is opened to cashing in.
The Frenchman reportedly has a £36.5million release clause which becomes active next summer, a development the Reds will be banking on to make a move as well.
According to Sport Bild, Liverpool will make efforts to beat the Red Devils who are currently the favourites in this case as they will be able to convince the Frenchman with a Champions League football.
Meanwhile, Man United have more need for a defender as they have struggled for a viable partner with Harry Maguire as they have not been in their best since the start of the season.