Waiting game for Thiago & Celtic want double Reds deal – Liverpool FC Roundup

Liverpool properly get their 2020/21 season up and running at the weekend; before that there’s transfer talk and a word or two from the skipper.


Celtic keen on young Reds pair

Not the most convincing of outlets, but Celtic are reportedly interested in a pair of young Reds.

The Scottish champions whimpered out of the Champions League in midweek, but they will still be in the Europea League and challenging for the title – so a loan there would be a brilliant experience if one comes off.

In defence, it’s Ki-Jana Hoever the Scots reportedly want, with ReadCeltic keen to take the right-back for a season.

They say he’ll be involved in the Community Shield this weekend, but then could head out afterwards.

Secondly, the Star say that striker Taiwo Awoniyi is a £9 million target if Celtic sell Odsonne Edouard.

Awoniyi doesn’t have a work permit for the Reds and has been on loan in Belgium and Germany; a return of that amount would be a good income this year in particular and he doesn’t likely have a future at Anfield in any case.


Slow signs for Thiago transfer

LISBON, PORTUGAL - Sunday, August 23, 2020: FC Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. (Credit: ©UEFA)

It looks, more and more, as though this is a legitimate deal the Reds will pursue…but in their own time.

Another local journalist has joined the list of those confirming genuine interest in Thiago Alcantara, with the Athletic’s Simon Hughes now saying it’s “official” – though nobody appears to know why there isn’t more speed about the deal.

The quest for “financial balance” is still a priority, as well as Jurgen Klopp wanting to keep his dressing room happy.

Speculation persists that Marko Grujic and Gini Wijnaldum might first have to depart, before the Bayern man joins the ranks at Anfield.


Transfer outlook at all levels

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

From top to bottom, of the club and of the league, the different perspectives and plans on transfers is clear.


Quickfire LFC news

A new mural of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League trophy and former captain Alan Hansen lifting the league trophy by artist Paul Curtis on the gable end of a house on Old Barn Road in Anfield, Liverpool. (Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

  • Ovie Ejaria will soon complete his move to Reading, landing the Reds £3.5m (ES)
  • The Reds’ U23s beat Carlisle’s first-team 4-1 in a friendly on Thursday, with Sepp van den Berg among the scorers (LFC)
  • And Jordan Henderson says the players have not discussed the title win since returning for pre-season (ES)


Around the Prem

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, April 11, 2019: Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford. Barcelona won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Premier League are in talks to show every game until fans can return, and it took an outcry for that obvious approach to be considered (TIA)
  • Ben White is poised to sign a new deal with Brighton, putting an end to all that pesky talk about a £40m Leeds bid and repeat links to Liverpool (Telegraph)
  • Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele have both tested positive for coronavirus and have been omitted from the France squad as a result. It’s going well for United: captain arrested, midfielder in quarantine, right-back in quarantine, no signings (BBC)
  • And Spurs expect to sign Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty for £15m, which sounds simultaneously a sensible upgrade on Serge Aurier and an entirely uninspiring signing (Independent)


Stupid rumour of the day

All the furloughs, all the talk of cutting costs, all the hand-wringing over football not having any money, and now an expected £500 million deal to see Lionel Messi move to Man City.


Tweet of the day



What we’re reading

League One and Two have voted to introduce a salary cap. Here’s the viewpoint of those it actually affects, in the Guardian.

And Tony Evans details the reasons for the Independent why Man City shouldn’t be thinking only of signing Messi.


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