Villa consider Origi bid & no Brazilian starlet interest – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool forward Divock Origi is linked with a Premier League move away, as the Reds learn just how busy they’ll be at the start of 2020/21.

 

Reds won’t be signing Brazilian starlet

Recent reports have been heavily linking Liverpool with a move for Talles Magno, the 18-year-old Brazilian nicknamed ‘the new Neymar’.

But the Reds hold no current interest in signing him, say the Evening Standard.

Considerations such as obtaining a work permit for the teenager mean Liverpool aren’t in the running for his signature, as while he’s uncapped the Reds would face the same problems as when they bought Allan, who never played a match for the club.

Reports in Brazil had suggested the Reds were front-runners and the player wanted a move to Anfield.

But they now appear to be either wayward or else club-orchestrated to up the bidding from interested parties.

 

Origi on Villa’s wishlist

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 5, 2020: Liverpool’s Divock Origi, with dyed blonde hair, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi knows he has a bit of a battle for any game time at all at Liverpool, with a well-established front three ahead of him.

There’s also competition from the likes of Takumi Minamino, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and maybe Rhian Brewster this coming season.

It’s no surprise, then, that other clubs are taking an apparent interest in the Belgian—who has come up with massive goals for the Reds at times.

The Mirror say Aston Villa are particularly keen on him for this summer, as Dean Smith looks to push the club away from the relegation battle.

No price is mentioned, but Villa are well-known to be after Ollie Watkins of Bournemouth as well, so it could be that Origi is an alternative – much like when the Reds looked at both Jamal Lewis and Kostas Tsimikas.

We promise Villa fans we won’t get moody with them if they don’t follow up an initial bid with a second email after rejection.

 

Get ready for ALL the games

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 5, 2020: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If you thought the past six weeks or so has been busy with matches…just wait until you see what could be Liverpool’s complete calendar for 20/21 – with the Euros at the end of it!

 

Quickfire LFC news

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 29, 2020: Watford's Ismaïla Sarr (R) gets away from Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The new away kit is available and it’s certainly bright and colourful (TIA)
  • Three Reds are available to vote for in the PFA fans’ POTM vote (Fancast)
  • Ismaila Sarr sounds pretty open to an Anfield move this summer (TIA)
  • And “official contact” has been made by the Reds for Bayern’s Thiago (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Mesut Ozil says nobody will tell him he has to leave and he’s staying at Arsenal for the next year, as he nicely sidles around the fact his refusal of a 12.5% pay reduction would have tallied nicely with exactly 55 £40k-a-year jobs (BBC)
  • The Gunners might swap Amadou Diawara for Lucas Torreira, because it’s just more fun to get new players even if they’re not as proven (Mail)
  • Pogba expects to get a new contract once United’s Europa League run is over, so there’s the next two months’ worth of headlines sorted (Sky)
  • And Everton might replace Jordan Pickford as Carlo Ancelotti feels he’s “not reliable enough”, which is, in fairness, true – but is also exactly how we feel about this particular source of news (Star)

 

Stupid negotiations of the day

We always knew Sancho to United would be a very annoying saga to watch, right?

But this is pretty funny, and peak-Woodward: Dortmund are “bemused” at United’s negotiating tactics, are largely ignoring any demands from the club and the Old Trafford chiefs apparently initially offered Sancho himself a pay-cut to leave Dortmund and move back to the Premier League.

Should work well!

 

Tweet of the day

 

What we’re reading

A “perfect storm” is gathering over Real Madrid, writes Sam Wallace in the Telegraph. Is it all about to come crashing down around the superclub which can’t spend any money this year?

And a look at the remaining Champions League quarter-final ties and where they might be won and lost, by Raj Chohan in the Independent.

 

Worth watching tonight

Champions League, quarter-final No. 2. Leipzig and Atletico, 8pm, BT Sport.

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