With less than a week to go before the international transfer window’s deadline arrives, Liverpool fans are wondering whether there will be any more activity at Anfield.
The Reds have already bolstered their squad with the arrivals of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota but with no replacement for Dejan Lovren having yet arrived, could Jurgen Klopp be tempted to dip into the market again?
Also, what about the fringe players in the Premier League champions’ camp, will we see any departures before the window slams shut?
Here’s a round-up of the latest Liverpool -related transfer windows swirling around the web on the tittle-tattle trail.
Kylian Mbappe. The world’s second most expensive footballer after Paris St Germain team-mate Neymar, the French international cost his club a cool €180million when his loan deal – set-up to comply with Financial Fair Play – was turned into a permanent switch in 2018.
Over the past few months, Liverpool have been linked with his signature with reports suggesting that Klopp had contacted his father.
In January the player himself very publicly divulged some flattering remarks about the Reds side, declaring: “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing” and describing them as being “like a machine.”
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Paco Buyo believes Mbappe has decided to move to the Bernabeu next summer.
With the player’s current contract expiring in 2022, PSG might have to decide whether they want to cash in on him at the end of this season or risk losing him for nothing a year later.
Buyo told his Spanish TV show El Chiringuito : “It looks like Liverpool are also interested, but I believe Mbappe has already made his decision [to join Madrid].
“Will it be next summer? We will see if he expects to end the contract. I do not know if he can handle the pressure or if he will accept any millionaire proposal that PSG will present to him.”
Despite the Anfield charm offensive and speculation that new kit manufacturers Nike could bring a global superstar on board, Klopp has in the past suggested that a move for Mbappe would not be financially viable.
In football terms, it could be mutually beneficial given that at just 21 he offers a longer-term option than any of Liverpool’s fabled front three who are all now 28, while Real Madrid and arch rivals Barcelona are both going through transitional phases so perhaps just maybe?
Ousmane Dembele, the man who Mbappe replaced as the world’s second most expensive player.
The French international winger joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for €105million plus €40million in add ons in 2017 when the Catalan giants were still reeling from PSG calling their bluff and meeting Neymar’s buy-out clause.
However, since then his time at the Camp Nou has been blighted by injuries.
Paisley Gates cite Spanish outlet Sport as claiming that Liverpool made a move to sign Dembele this summer but he said no to the Premier League champions.
Klopp is a self-confessed Dembele admirer.
During the height of the Nabil Fekir speculation in 2018, when Dembele’s name cropped up during a press conference, the Reds boss purred – perhaps somewhat jokingly: “Oooh, he’s on the market? Now I’m interested!”
However, with Liverpool having just shelled out on Diogo Jota and Barca supposedly reluctant to allow their big money flop to go out on loan, that elusive switch to Anfield still looks unlikely.
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Harry Wilson, the Liverpool winger who has been loaned out for each of the past three seasons to Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth respectively.
The ECHO understands talks are underway with the Clarets with Liverpool looking to bank a fee of £20m.