Liverpool Round-Up: Midfielder speaks out, Bayern Munich target linked, Defender linked with exit

August 22, 2017

The 23-year-old versatile midfielder discussed his failed move to Anfield

Napoli manager Piotr Zielinski joined Napoli from Empoli last summer however the Polish had also been strongly linked with a transfer to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp was believed to have personally reached the Poland ace to discuss his move to Anfield Road. However, Zielinski has earlier denied that he came that close to joining the Merseysiders.

Talking to Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, the skilful 23-year-old claimed: “I don’t know how I was linked with a move to Liverpool, all I know is that I am happy at Napoli because I’ve joined a big club with a great manager and some amazing fans. I want to continue my career here, and I have no regrets at all.”

“We had been working hard during the pre-season training camp, we had lot of fun playing with the ball. I am not a fan of pre-season trainings but Sarri knows what he does. I want to give the best for Napoli, we are a great team and an amazing group. We talk to each other and we all get along, that’s our secret.”

Liverpool in three-way battle to sign the 17-year-old wonderkid

Liverpool are fighting with Ajax, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for youngster Perr Schuurs.

The defender is considered as one of the hottest prospects in Dutch football and, despite being only 17, he is already skipper of second division side Fortuna Sittard.

Plenty of sides have been alerted to the youngster’s talent, and scouts have been to observe him on a weekly basis.

The Reds even took Schuurs on trial earlier this term and the Reds would love to sign him permanently.

However, according to De Telegraaf, they will have to fight off opposition from Ajax, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund if they want to sign the teenager this summer.

The trio have joined Liverpool in the hunt for Schuurs, and they are set to fight for his services too.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hopes of landing Jean Seri seem to have been dashed as stories suggest the Ivory Coast star is ready to join Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the Nice star, and informal negotiations have taken place this summer between the North Londoners and the Ligue 1 giants.

But no offer has been made, with Arsenal unwilling to meet Seri’s £33 million buys out clause.

Liverpool have also been monitoring the 26-year-old, with recent stories suggesting Jurgen Klopp was about to make his move in an offer to sign the sought-after midfielder.

La Liga giants were linked earlier in the window. However, their interest looked to have cooled after they landed ex-Spurs star Paulinho from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

The stories in Spain, however, suggest that the La Liga giants have re between their interest as they look to answer following their strong Super Cup defeat to rivals Real Madrid.

Coutinho was their main target. However, Liverpool are declining to part with the Brazilian star.

And El Mundo Deportivo now suggests that Barcelona have stepped up negotiations with Nice over Seri and a deal could be finalized in the coming days.

£30m rated Liverpool outcast linked with a move to Premier League side

West Brom have joined the race to land Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho after Crystal Palace believed he was too expensive.

To the bemusement of some Liverpool fans, Sakho does not figure in the plans of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, despite their struggles in defence leading to an interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

Last campaign Sakho was sent out on loan to Palace, where he showed his class and performed a massive role in their fight to beat the drop.

The Eagles would love to land him on a permanent basis. However, the £30million price tag is beyond them and transfer to Selhurst Park is out of the question according to Palace manager Frank de Boer.

He claimed: “Everybody knows he had a major impact last season and when he’s available for us, I think that’s a quality injection, and we don’t hesitate at this moment, but it’s not like this because he’s much too expensive for us.”

But, that is not to say Sakho will not be on the move before the August 31 deadline, as stories are rife hinting that Baggies manager Tony Pulis has joined the race and will make a transfer if Jonny Evans heads to Manchester City.