Barcelona 27-year-old defender turned down January move to Liverpool
Liverpool reportedly expressed an interest in securing the services of Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti during the January transfer window.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all ruled out for the rest of the season, manager Jurgen Klopp moved to bring in two new defender in order to have answer on his defensive issues.
However, while Preston North End’s Ben Davies and Schalke 04’s Ozan Kabak ultimately made a switch to Anfield, it appears that the Mersyeside Reds had also been keen on a World Cup winner.
According to The Athletic, the Premier League defending champions made contact with La Liga giants, Barcelona regarding the availability of Samuel Umtiti, who has been hit by injuries over the past two seasons.
The Catalan heavyweights find themselves in a position where they need to consider offers for any of their players following to their worsening financial situation.
Nevertheless, Samuel Umtiti is believed to have turned down the opportunity to make a move to Anfield having recently been provided with game time by Dutch head-coach, Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona defender himself is keen on to leave the club and it seems that he is likely to depart from Camp Nou in the summer and Liverpool could try and made move for his signature when the transfer window will be re-opened.
Liverpool set to make formal option for 22-year-old forward valued at €60m
Liverpool have reportedly already made informal contact with Sporting Lisbon forward Pedro Goncalves over a possible deal.
The 22-year-old who has been linked with a switch to Manchester United has been in scintillating form for the Primeira Liga giants this season and leads the way in the top scorer charts with 14 goals – six more than closest challengers Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira.
The Merseyside Reds have struggled to find the back of the net on their own patch recently despite boasting the formidable attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Firmino so Jurgen Klopp is supposedly looking to strengthen his options up top in the summer.
According to Record, the Mersyeside Reds touched base with the Portuguese heavyweights last month over a deal, and Goncalves remains firmly on the radar of the Premier League champions.
However, the report claims that the prolific forward will not be departing on the cheap, as he possesses a €60m (£52.6m) release clause in his current deal at Sporting contract and both Liverpool and Man Utd have to break the bank in order to secure his services.
The Merseyside Reds reluctance to splash the cash in the transfer market was recently criticised by ex-manager Graeme Souness after they were thrashed 4-1 by the Citizens on Sunday evening while Man Utd finished game 3-3 against Everton.
Liverpool set to offer new improved contract for 17-year-old midfielder
Liverpool are to offer talented midfielder Harvey Elliott a new and improved deal, according to the reports.
The 17-year-old signed professional terms with the Merseyside Reds last summer, 12 months after arriving from Fulham for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Elliott has made nine senior appearances for the English champions, however, he was sent out on loan to Blackburn Rovers back in October to gain further experience.
After scoring four goals and providing eight assists more in 22 Championship games, Football Insider reports that Liverpool are keen to tie the starlet down to a new deal.
Elliott is believed to be in line for a big pay increase on a deal that will run beyond 2023, which is when his existing deal is following to expire.
Meanwhile, Premier League defending champions Liverpool were reportedly priced out of securing the services of the Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Edmond Tapsoba in the January transfer window.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been keen on to bring in defensive reinforcements before Monday’s 11pm deadline and viewed Leverkusen’s Tapsoba as a potential transfer target.
According to Sport1, the German giants value the Guinea international at around £44m, a figure the Merseyside Reds were not willing to pay.