The Daily Thiago and conflicting reports on Wijnaldum – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool are now just days after from their next fixture, while speculation continues over two players who certainly will not be involved in the clash with Blackpool.

 

The Daily Thiago

It wouldn’t be right to go a day without talk of Thiago in this transfer window, and Wednesday brings another update to this saga.

BILD‘s Tobi Altschaffl has relayed word from Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, who believes that the midfielder’s “decision has been made” with regards his future.

Adding to this, the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano claims that Bayern are “convinced they’re [going to] receive a new bid from Liverpool soon,” with Jurgen Klopp “pushing again” for the deal.

A move for Thiago could, of course, be aided by developments with Gini Wijnaldum

 

Mixed messages over Gini to Barca

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

Early on Wednesday morning, Catalan newspaper Sport claimed that talks over Barcelona signing Wijnaldum were “well advanced,” with the midfielder having agreed a three-year deal with the Spanish club.

Liverpool then briefed the Merseyside press, including Goal’s Neil Jones and The Athletic’s James Pearce to insist that no contact had been made with Barca.

But later in the day, Dutch publication De Telegraaf reinforced Sport‘s claim, with corroboration from Wijnaldum’s native Netherlands adding credibility.

De Telegraaf added, however, that clubs in the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga were also interested.

Though it should still be taken with a pinch of salt, reading between the lines—as has been the case with German outlets being the predominant drivers of the Thiago rumours—suggests a move to Barcelona is on the cards, but Liverpool are eager to keep it under wraps.

 

Friendlies, injuries and transfers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 28, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

Quickfire LFC news

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

  • Robbo is relishing the competition from new left-back Tsimikas (TIA)
  • John Barnes believes Wijnaldum is “replaceable” as he nears the exit (Goal)
  • Danny Ings has explained how his time at LFC steeled him for success (Times)
  • Liverpool are interested in Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare (Le10 Sport)

 

Around the Prem

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp prepares to bring on five substitutes during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • Everton are close to sealing a ridiculous deal to sign James Rodriguez (BBC)
  • Arsenal hope to allow fans into their clash with Sheffield United on Oct 3 (BBC)
  • Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne has passed a medical at Leicester (Sky)

 

Tweet of the day

 

Worth watching tonight

Two pre-season friendlies stand out if you’re able to locate a stream, with Villarreal vs. Real Sociedad kicking off at 6pm (BST) and Benfica vs. Braga an hour later at 7pm (BST).

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