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Liverpool Transfer News Roundup: Hojbjerg, Bastien, Reina, Gotze, Guerreiro and more

Copa America begins this week and Euro 2016 next week, but the transfer rumours continue with the Reds linked with plenty of moves around Europe this Wednesday.

It’s the first day of June, which means the transfer window officially opens a month today. That’s when the deals for Joel Matip and Lorius Karius will be officially registered, and when Marko Grujic will join them in being Jurgen Klopp‘s first signings.

There’s plenty of talk on who else will join them at Anfield this summer, while we’ve also listed a staggering 21 players who are almost certain to leave the club this summer, whether on loan or permanently.

Here’s today’s round-up of Liverpool transfer news, including one potential return, yet another young midfielder with potential, and a Bayern Munich player who isn’t Mario Gotze.

Pierre Hojbjerg

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Sunday, October 11, 2015: Denmark's Pierre H¯jbjerg before friendly game against France at Parken Stadium. (Pic by Lexie Lin/Propaganda)

Having seemingly missed out on Mario Gotze this summer, and having scouted Leroy Sane extensively last season, it seems another Schalke player, on loan from Bayern, has caught the Reds’ eye.

Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a versatile 20-year-old, is linked after Jurgen Klopp‘s biographer Lee Price talked up a move to Merseyside for the Denmark international.

“Hojbjerg announced that he will leave Bayern this summer and he would relish the opportunity to be developed by Klopp,” says Price.

“He knows he isn’t ready to play in the Champions League just yet, which is why Liverpool is the perfect option.

“Hojbjerg is a real talent, a class act in midfield with bags of potential. He’s just the type of player Klopp likes.”

The player himself has seemingly accepted he needs to leave the German giants this summer, saying: “I’m going out and finding the right match, I’ll go out and find something that suits me. However, it is clear that it does not need to be a top club. I need to find a place where there is perspective.”

Reina Return

SWANSEA, WALES - Thursday, February 20, 2014: SSC Napoli's goalkeeper Pepe Reina during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Pulling at your heartstrings in today’s rumour mill is Italian paper Corriere dello Sport, who claim Liverpool are interested in bringing Pepe Reina back to Merseyside as backup ‘keeper and goalkeeper coach.

It’s difficult to see that happening while Simon Mignolet remains at the club, but perhaps would become more of a possibility should the Belgian leave later in the summer.

Mind, it’s still hard to see why Reina, who is now 33, would leave Napoli where he was an ever-present for the Italians last year. Stranger things have happened but don’t put your mortgage on this one.

Belgian Youngster Linked

An alternative to Hojbjerg perhaps, Liverpool are also linked today with Belgian youngster Samuel Bastien – who was reported to be on the club’s radar last November too.

Bastien is 19 and had an impressive loan spell with Serie B side Avellino in 2015/16.

Mario Gotze turned down ‘backward step’ Liverpool

03.12.2011, BorussiaPark, Mönchengladbach, GER, 1.FBL, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund, im BildJürgen Klopp (Trainer Dortmund) und Mario Götze (Dortmund #11) // during the 1.FBL, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund on 2011/12/03, BorussiaPark, Mönchengladbach, Germany. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Mueller..***** ATTENTION - OUT OF GER, CRO *****

Mario Gotze turned down a moves to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund last month because he thinks the clubs would be a backwards step from Bayern Munich. This is according to German magazine SportBild.

The Bayern player is said to believe that Real Madrid, Barcelona, and ‘possibly even’ Arsenal are the top clubs he should be aiming for.

Rightio, Mario.

Guerreiro to Dortmund

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 18, 2014: Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro celebrates scoring the winning goal in injury time against Argentina during the International Friendly match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

French paper L’Equipe claim Lorient have rejected a €10m (plus €2m in add-ons) offer from Dortmund for left-back Raphael Guerreiro, who was linked with LFC last week.

But according to the Mail and Bild, Guerreiro has agreed personal terms with Dortmund ahead of a move to BVB.

And the rest…

  • Shinji Kagawa told FourFourTwo magazine he doesn’t expect Klopp to make a move for him for a third time
  • Centre-back Marc Bartra, linked with LFC this week, is also linked with Valencia, Spurs and Man United
  • Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger is linked with Il Tempo in Italy, whoever they are.
  • Premier League new boys Middlesbrough are being linked with a move for Martin Skrtel, but that originates in the S*n.

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