Transfer round-up: Liverpool still frontrunners in the race to sign German hotshot Timo Wener

Sam Patterson

Here’s Sam with all this week’s transfer gossip, including talk of a Trabzonspor goalkeeper heading to Anfield and interest in a Senegalese center-half

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by Sam Patterson

It looks as if football is nearing a return (slowly but surely). The Bundesliga has a return date and the wheels of English football’s ‘Project Restart’ is being put into motion. Talks are ongoing, of course.

Fans should also be excited about the prospect of a televised football fiesta this summer. Broadcasters are planning to televise the majority of the English football programme when it returns – Premier League and Championship.

The pandemic, however, continues to dominate the headlines. As I write, the UK government is yet to lift (or at least ease) the lockdown restrictions. But perhaps it’s safe to say we are past the half-way point… *fingers crossed*.

It could be the case that football fans will not be allowed support their team within the locality of football stadiums for the foreseeable future. So an app is being promoted which could offer fans the opportunity to send their virtual cheers and applause during games in an attempt to create an atmosphere.

Interesting times indeed. But what new players could Reds fans be cheering on next season (albeit from the comfort of their own home)?

Timo Werner:

The German hotshot’s situation is being moitored by a number of Europe’s big guns. Liverpool, as per the Athletic’s James Pearce and the Independent’s Melissa Reddy, are still favourites to land the RB Leipzig forward.

Pearce and Reddy dispute the claim made by Dave Maddock last week that Liverpool’s pursuit of the 24-year-old has been put on hold. The latter suggests the Reds are set for a quiet summer amid the financial uncertainty as a result of Covid-19.

Nevertheless, the fact his contract includes a buy-out clause in the region of £50million – reasonably insubstantial – means Liverpool are still primed to sanction a deal. Remember, this is a precocious talent with a mouthwatering goal-record of 21 goals in 25 league appearances in 19/20. Maybe it’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

But Klopp is not the only interested party. According to Christian Falk, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United and ready to pounce if Werner’s move to Anfield fails to materialise.

Watch this space.

A new center-half?

Dejan Lovren looks to be on his way out which posits one question: how do Liverpool go about replacing a player who is arguably their fourth choice centre-half?

Do they splurge substantial capital? Well, that’s the view in Italy where it’s said Napoli’s colossal Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly is on the market… if you’re willing to spend £90million that is. @Gazetta_it report that the Reds could use Lovren as part of a player plus cash deal, however.

Or should they opt for caution? Domagoj Vida, 31, is a viable option. The veteran, who impressed Klopp at the 2018 world cup, could be bought in as a ‘rotation player’. @yeniasircomtr suggests the Reds may already have made an approach for the Croatian.

Short snippets:

  • @SPORTBILD assert that Liverpool are battling it out with Wolves and Villa for Milot Rashica. Rashica looks to be on his out as Werder Breman prepare for a summer clear-out.
  • Could a prized teenager be on his way to Merseyside? Maddock suggests that Manchester City and Liverpool are keeping tabs on the 17-year-old KV Mechelen midfielder Aster Vranckx. The latter’s recruitment drive has become youth-orientated as a financial repercussion of the global pandemic.
  • Maddock also tentatively suggests that the Reds are interested in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. But a move – in the immediate short-term at least – is unlikely.
  • The Reds are eying up Trabzonspor goalkeeper Uğurcan Çakır. A former club official has even gone as far as to say Liverpool have made contact with the player.

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