Weekend rumours: Mario Gotze and Ben Chilwell links return

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It’s a difficult time for the weekend newspapers, with no Liverpool action – so the Mirror have turned to two former targets to fill their column inches.

Saturday saw the Mirror’s Adrian Kajumba (no, we’ve no idea who he is either) claim Liverpool “are lining up a summer move for Borussia Dortmund’s World Cup winner Mario Gotze.”

He claims that Jurgen Klopp has had initial talks about a move for the player, who turned down a move to Anfield last summer and instead returned to Dortmund from Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old has made just 11 league appearances for BVB this season, scoring once.

£20 million is the suggested price.

Whether Klopp is genuinely going to go back in for Gotze remains to be seen. Hopefully this summer he’ll have Champions League football to offer him.

Not content with recycling the Gotze rumour on Saturday, the Mirror returned to another of Liverpool’s primary targets from last summer on Sunday, linking Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Chilwell report comes from the ‘Football Spy’ giving it even less credibility than the Gotze one.

It’s claimed that Liverpool will table a £10 million offer for the 20-year-old Englishman, who has become more involved for Claudio Ranieri’s side this season after signing a new deal last summer.

CHESTER, WALES - Monday, May 4, 2015: Leicester City's Ben Chilwell in action against Liverpool during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It all sounds a bit like 2016 rather than 2017.

What this could show, though, is that the leaking of information from Liverpool has reduced under Jurgen Klopp‘s tenure – and therefore the papers are recycling old reports instead.

Alternatively, Liverpool could genuinely go back in for two players who were primary targets a year ago. Certainly a left-back and another forward will be on the shopping list this summer, and with European football of some kind next season, new signings are certainly required.

Earlier this week Klopp explained that plans were already in the early stages for transfer targets this summer.

“We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff,” the manager said.

“Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.”

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