Liverpool Round-Up: Battle for Barcelona Star, Transfer Blow, Real Madrid Playmaker on Radar

March 14, 2018

Liverpool considering a move for UCL winning 30-year-old midfielder

Liverpool have joined their bitter Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race to finalise the transfer of Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

United have prioritised a central-midfield capture during the upcoming transfer window with Marouane Fellaini is expected to leave the club in the nearby future and long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick is planning to hang his boots on the wall after the season ends.

The Merseyside Reds head-coach boss Jurgen Klopp also has eyes on the Croatian midfielder with German manager sees him as a perfect replacement for Emre Can who has been on the verge to make a move to Juventus.

Although, Rakitic is believed to be keen on to remain at Nou Camp for the rest of his career.

The 30-year-old midfielder who has made the switch to Barcelona back in 2014, has started 29 games in La Liga and the Champions League this campaign..

Liverpool have already agreed on a deal to bring in Naby Keita from RB Leipzig after the end of the current campaign, but Rakitic is a world-class player and would be a perfect addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Liverpool slapped a huge price tag on Real Madrid’s dream target

Real Madrid have reportedly been told that they will have to break the bank to lure Mohamed Salah away from Anfield.

The Merseyside club are believed to demanding at least £142m to prise Mohamed Salah away.

The Egypt international forward has been in scintillating form during his debut campaign at Anfield, found the back of the net 32 times across all competitions including 24 in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old winger’s performances have reportedly drawn the interest from European champions Real Madrid, that are planning massive squad overhaul after the end of the current campaign.

The futures of front three Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have all come under question as a result, and club president Florentino Perez is planning to lure Mohamed Salah to Santiago Bernabeu according to the reports from Spanish newspapers.

However, El Confidencial reports that Jurgen Klopp’s side will not entertain any bids below the €160m (£142m) which Barcelona paid for Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.

Such a price tag could force Perez to look elsewhere to strengthen his offensive end with big-name players such as Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and Antoine Griezmann have all linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu in the recent years.

Transfer Blow: Liverpool 31-goals striker ruled out exit from Bundesliga

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner intends to remain at Bundesliga next campaign despite interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United,

The Premier League trio all been linked with summer moves for German attacker, who has found the back of the net 31 times in 55 appearances since signing for German outfits two years ago.

The 22-year-old forward was tipped to leave the German club last campaign and another productive season has caught the attention of the hosts of European club including the Premier League clubs.

Werner intensified speculation over his possible move to Premier League after revealing his dream to play in the English top-tier.

‘Yes, playing in the Premier League is a dream for me,’ he told FourFourTwo.

‘I would like to play for two or three clubs, and Manchester United are one of those clubs.

‘But probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better! I’m very comfortable at RB Leipzig, though.’

Despite revealing his interest in Premier League move, Wermer has revealed that he plans to remain at RB Leipzig at least the next campaign.

Werner said: ‘Next year, definitely, I will stay in Leipzig.’

German forward has started his career at Stuttgart, however, has taken his game to another level after making the switch to RB Leipzig and now expected to take part in FIFA World-cup 2018 Russia.