Liverpool Round-Up: Transfer Blow, Striker Set to Leave, Battle For Brazilian Centre-Back

By | August 4, 2020

Southampton joined Liverpool in the race to sign Schalke midfielder 

Premier League outfits Southampton are reportedly at the head of the queue to secure services of Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie and ready to rival Liverpool for his signature.

The 21-year-old still has four years left on his current deal with his German team, however, a recent report suggested that he was keen on a move ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Chelsea and Arsenal are all believed to be fans of the USA international, who has joined Schalke from FC Dallas in 2017 and has played 91 games for the Royal Blues in all competitions.

However, according to The Express, the Saints are leading the race for a player who could be available for £18m, but Liverpool are also believed to be in the hunt for his services as Klopp keen on to strengthen his midfield options.

The report suggests that the Saints will first need to offload Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, though, before submitting an offer for McKennie.

Everton and Tottenham are seemingly locked in a battle for Hojbjerg’s services, with the Denmark international free to depart St Mary’s ahead of next campaign.

Liverpool also eyeing a move for another Bundesliga star Jadon Sancho whose future has been up in the air at Dortmund with hosts of European teams are keen on to get the deal done.

Aston Villa weighing up a summer move for 25-year-old Liverpool star

Liverpool forward  Divock Origi has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old forward once again a regular for the Reds during the 2019-20 season, playing 42 games in all competitions, founding back of the net six times and providing four assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Belgium international forward still has four years left on his current deal at Anfield, however, could leave Jurgen Klopp’s teams this summer, having struggled for starts during the recent campaign.

According to The Sun, Villa, who managed to avoid relegation from the English top-tier on the final day of the campaign, are interested in securing a move for 25-year-old forward in order to avoid the same scenario.

The report suggests that Dean Smith is determined to strengthen his attacking options ahead of next campaign and will offer Belgian forward regular football in the build-up to next summer’s European Championships.

The Belgian has managed to found back of the net 34 times in 140 games for Liverpool in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Liverpool another star Adam Lalana has finalised a move to Brighton while Xherdan Shaqiri has been also tipped to depart from Anfield ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Arsenal ready to battle Liverpool for 27-year-old Brazilian defender

Arsenal are reportedly ready to do battle with Man City and Liverpool for the services of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

Despite the fact that the Gunners are expected to be working with a severely-restricted transfer budget in the summer, head-coach Mikel Arteta is believed to be planning massive squad overhaul this summer.

The North London club head-coach has supposedly identified the defence as a priority area to strengthen his team ahead of the 2020-21 season, however, Carlos’s hefty price tag could hinder a swoop for Brazilian centre-back who has been in stunning form for Sevilla this season.

According to The Telegraph, Sevilla may be prepared to lower their price tag for Carlos, who currently possesses a £68m release clause, however, the La Liga outfit will demand £50m for the Brazilian defender.

The report suggests that the Gunners could sanction the sales of out-of-favour midfield duo Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi to aid their pursuit of Carlos, however, the North London club would have to fend off interest from Man City and Liverpool to land the highly sought-after defender.

Carlos chalked up 35 La Liga games for Sevilla in the most recent season, as Julen Lopetegui’s team finished fourth in the La Liga table and secure spot in the Champions League.