Tenuous link for Serie A defender & Gini could sign new deal – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool transfer rumours on Tuesday are not exactly the expected ones as one outlet suggests Gini Wijnaldum might now sign a ne deal.

 

Sampdoria links can be dismissed for now

The new rumour of the day sees Liverpool linked with Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley.

While the suggestion is reasonably sound, the source is not.

Lots of UK online outlets have started to write up the ‘Reds in for Colley’ news pieces, but the actual source for the rumour seems to be a Sampdoria-only news site, with the rather original title of SampNews24.

As such, we’re not ready to place too much stock in the truth of this one just yet.

Who is he? A powerful and experienced international with The Gambia, who was at Genk before Sampdoria. He has been in Serie A for two years and has impressed with his aerial dominance and consistency in particular.

He’s 27 and has two years left on his deal, so an exit is expected. Celtic, Burnley, Leicester and others have been linked; he’d be a starter for them, a squad option for the Reds.

 

Gini to sign extension after u-turn?!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2020: Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum during the pre-match warm-up before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United 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)

After weeks of suggestions that our No. 5 is definitely heading to Barcelona as Ronald Koeman’s first-choice signing, the latest rumours suggest he’s going to extend his Anfield stay instead.

De Telegraaf says the midfielder is waiting for the Reds’ next offer, while another outlet AD says the two parties are still in talks.

Gini turns 30 later in the year so certainly has another couple of years at the top end ahead of him.

Barcelona should rid themselves of Arturo Vidal this week, and his hefty wages, so we’ll see if that allows them to move for another midfielder or they make do with the fifty-odd they have left.

 

The young and the hopefuls

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Liverpool's substitute Rhian Brewster during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

A secret Anfield game?! Without letting us illegally stream it?! How dare they!

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 23, 2008: Liverpool's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring his hat-trick goal against Middlesbrough during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Timo Werner took a knock on his Chelsea debut but says he’ll be fit for the match against the Reds next weekend (TIA)
  • U23s boss Barry Lewtas has praised the personality as well as the performance of his players in the mini-derby win (LFC)
  • Jurgen Klopp spoke on Gini and says the situation is “all fine”, though didn’t clarify any new deal talks (Independent)
  • And Fernando Torres said he was lied to and needed trophies, which was why he opted to move to Chelsea back in 2011 (Twitter)

 

Around the Prem

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2020: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores his side’s fifth and winning penalty of the shoot-out against Liverpool after a 1-1 draw during the FA Community Shield match between FA Premier League Champions Liverpool FC and FA Cup Winners Arsenal FC. The game was played behind closed doors. Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties. (Credit: Chloe Knott/The FA)

  • Aubameyang has signed a new three-year deal with Arsenal, with another salary raise – should be better than when they did the same with Ozil to be fair (BBC)
  • Man City have offered £87m including add-ons for Atletico’s Josema Gimenez, which should be another big confidence boost for £40m Otamendi and £50m Stones (AS)
  • And Spurs want Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt, which is the most Mourinho-Spurs-backup-striker deal imaginable. Six goals this season (Mail)

 

Stupid club of the day

Barcelona are going to make Luis Suarez “sit in the stands” for a year rather than sort out a payment for the final year of his contract.

So everybody wins, yeah? Morons at the helm.

 

Tweet of the day

 

What we’re reading

In England, anything footy-related with “Conference” attached to it immediately sounds sh*t. So imagine how the new UEFA Europa Conference League has been received. Here’s a bit about the new, third, crappy-sounding European competition which the League Cup winners will go into.

And in the Telegraph, a question of whether Jose Mourinho can finally evolve his methods which appear more outdated and unhelpful by the game.
 

Worth watching tonight

PAOK v Benfica or Dynamo Kyiv v AZ in the Champions League if you like to keep an eye on a few up-and-coming starlets. Montpellier v Lyon in Ligue 1 if you prefer to see what can follow up the last French match, which had five red cards, claims of spitting and racist abuse and the Champions League finalists losing a second straight game.

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