Despite the lull between the end of the season and the start of Euro 2016, there have still been some Liverpool-related transfer rumours to emerge in recent days.
Everything has felt rather slow over the last fortnight or so, with the days dragging and rumours very much at a minimum.
Philippe Coutinho has started his Copa America Centenario campaign for Brazil, though, while a number of Liverpool players are set to strut their stuff at Euro 2016, which starts in France on Friday.
We may not yet be at the height of the transfer madness – July and August will be relentless – but there is still some interesting news to report from the last 24 hours.
Here’s our latest roundup of Liverpool transfer news.
Social media went into meltdown on Tuesday morning, following images of Jurgen Klopp sat next to Gonzalo Higuain’s brother and agent, during Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile at Copa America.
All of a sudden, supporters were convinced it meant Liverpool were making a move for one of the world’s top strikers, with beIN Sports‘ rumour on Monday adding to the hysteria.
Being the party poopers that they are, though, the Liverpool Echo were quick to dismiss the rumours, claiming that Klopp is simply on holiday in the States, and that there is no interest in Higuain.
It did all seem a little coincidental that Klopp left just minutes after the 28-year-old was substituted, but a coincidence is exactly what it looks like.
Klopp is not renowned for signing established world-class players, and that doesn’t look likely to change any time soon.
Coutinho to Barca talk
It wouldn’t be summer without one of Liverpool’s best players being linked with a move away, and 2016 looks set to be no different.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are in a two-way fight to sign Coutinho, with the latter joining the chase for the 23-year-old.
The report claims that Barca feel Coutinho would link-up nicely with compatriot Neymar, with the Brazil superstar stating last year: “I can envision myself alongside Coutinho because he is a great player and his style suits Barcelona”.
PSG’s alleged initial bid of €30million has been swatted away by Liverpool, with the club valuing their talisman far higher, but expect some more bids to come in this summer.
It would be a surprise if Coutinho decided to leave this early in Jurgen Klopp‘s reign, but the lure of Champions League football at one of Europe’s biggest clubs could prove too good to turn down.
Herrera on the brink of joining the Reds?
Don’t worry, Liverpool aren’t scouting Man United squad player Ander Herrera!
They have, however, been strongly tipped to complete a deal for Porto’s highly-rated 26-year-old midfielder Hector Herrera.
Mexican journalist Vladimir Garcia, who works for Fox Sports Mexico, claimed on Monday that Herrera was on the brink of joining the Reds.
“Hector Herrera is one step away leaving Porto to move to Liverpool (Pachuca has 30 per cent of their rights),” Garca wrote on his Twitter account.
No other reliable sources have confirmed this yet, though, so it has the potential to be a rather tenuous report.
What is clear is that Klopp is looking to bolster his options in midfield, with Marko Grujic already signed and Mahmoud Dahoud a primary target.
Raphael Guerreiro off to Dortmund
Liverpool have got used to missing out on possible transfer targets in recent years, and it would appear it has happened once again.
Left-back Raphael Guerreiro was one of those linked with providing competition for Alberto Moreno next season, but his future seemingly doesn’t lie at Anfield.
RMC Sport believes the 22-year-old is set to join Borussia Dortmund – a club who have consistently nabbed Reds’ targets this month already.
The Portugal and Lorient defender is not yet a Dortmund player, but talks look to be progressing towards their final stages.
Reinforcements are badly needed for Liverpool at left-back this summer, with Moreno consistently proving to be an erratic presence.
Jonas Hector and Ben Chilwell, of Cologne and Leicester respectively, remain the top targets, with the latter more of a long-term acquisition.
Leeds left-back tenuously linked
Out of nowhere, Liverpool have also been linked with another left-back, although the source is flaky at best.
According to TEAMtalk, Leeds youngster Charlie Taylor will move to either Liverpool or Stoke this summer, having held talks with both clubs.
Leed’s Player of the Year in 2015/16 has a year left on his contract, and he is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal at Elland Road.
Taylor is thought to be worth around £ 5million, but there really does seem to be little to no chance of the Reds signing him.
Klopp is clearly a big admirer of Chilwell, who is three years younger but already superior to Taylor, while rumours suggesting Hector will move to Merseyside also carry far more substance.
Bastien deal far from complete
Anderlecht youngster Samuel Bastien is yet another midfielder who has been linked with Liverpool in the early weeks of the summer.
Although recent reports have claimed he is closing in on becoming a Reds player, those rumours have been swiftly denied.
In an interview with Sport Witness, Bastien’s agent, Franklin Mala-Makani, says an offer has not yet been made for his client.
“Maybe Liverpool talked directly with Anderlecht’s general manger, but Benfica also made an official offer. We will see because the general manager from Anderlecht comes back from small vacation and then we will know more this week,” he said.
“For the moment, he said nothing. But we will talk when it becomes official from Liverpool football club. We prefer to talk about an official offer.”
Like so many transfer rumours, don’t read too much into all just yet.
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Borussia Dortmund verpflichtet Emre Mor. https://t.co/CxSqokPGHy pic.twitter.com/JfNwkbBnoP
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) June 7, 2016
Dortmund may been respected hugely across Europe, and lauded for their brilliant support, but they are starting to become a real pain in the neck to Liverpool.
Gifted FC Nordsjaelland youngster Emre Mor has today joined BVB, depriving the Reds of another reported transfer target in the process.
The Turk has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top sides, having broken into the national side last season.
At just 18 years of age, Mor is tipped to have a very bright future, with the winger set to be the third-youngest player at Euro 2016.