Liverpool transfer rumours on Wednesday concern both ins and outs, while there’s a look further down the line on injuries and moves, too.
Summer deals for defensive mid and centre-back?
Two-for-one for you today in summer targets! If only some decent club was offering that to the Reds: buy a striker, get a defender for free. Lovely.
Anyway, the two clubs we’re ‘dealing with’ today are at opposite ends of the top-flight spectrum: Serie A soon-to-be champions Inter Milan, and Premier League soon-to-be relegated Sheffield United.
From the former, we’re keen to spend €50m or more on Alessandro Bastoni, with Italian media saying we’d have “no problem” shelling that type of money out on him if he agreed to join.
Closer to home, the Blades’ midfielder Sander Berge is apparently on the radar, with Eurosport saying we’ll “join the pursuit” with a bunch of other teams in the Premier League.
We did scout him prior to his move to Bramall Lane, in fairness…
Origi wanted around Europe
It won’t be a surprise to see Belgian striker Divock Origi repeatedly linked with a Liverpool exit this summer – it was the same a year ago, after all.
He survived that transfer window and has played a bit-part role for the Reds this year, but the rumours have started up once more.
In Spain, Gol Digital suggest Real Sociedad want him as a replacement for Alexander Isak, who is likely to attract plenty of attention this year.
The €20 million fee shouldn’t be prohibitive, especially if Wolves take up their option to sign Willian Jose too, and being first-choice would no doubt appeal to our striker.
Borussia Dortmund, Aston Villa and Newcastle are also mentioned elsewhere as having a keen interest in Origi.
Not often we get a photo from a totally different sport in these round-ups, is it?!
- LeBron James (that’s him, above) is a megastar in the NBA and a 2% owner of LFC – but now he has become part-owner in FSG too. They’ve also taken on an expansion investor in RedBird, worth three-quarters of a billion dollars
- Jurgen Klopp does want to become manager of the German national team – but not any time soon, thanks to his big role at Liverpool
- And the boss has explored the possibility of no European football next season and explained why that’s a bad thing for the Reds’ rivals
Quickfire LFC news
- Dutch broadcasters NOS took a deep dive on Van Dijk’s injury and claim rushing him back for the Euros would be a ‘dangerous’ mistake (SW)
- Carragher has picked out a big positive from the Nat-Kabak partnership (TIA)
- And the U18s put six past Sutton United in the FA Youth Cup last night (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Man United could get Pogba and De Gea back for their second leg against Milan and the season run-in (BBC)
- Roman Abramovich is making Haaland his ‘personal mission’ this summer (Star)
- Matteo Guendouzi wants a recall to the Arsenal set-up after his loan this season, because everyone needs a little more crazy in their lives (FF)
- And Leeds want N’Koulou as their big defensive signing. Hope he likes playing eight different positions or getting injured, as that seems to be their style (Mail)
Stupid findings of the day
The FA was “too slow” to have sufficient protection measures in place between October 1995 and May 2000, an independent review into historical sexual abuse in the game has said.
To be clear, it took this review FIVE YEARS to arrive at that conclusion.
Good job we all know the FA to be a speedy, responsive unit in the modern age, hey…
Tweet of the day
Read it. Remember it.
Remember the 2016 League Cup final? I do, but not for match-related reasons unfortunately…
This was hard to write. I wasn't sure whether I really wanted to write it. But I knew it was important to: women in football silently accept the unacceptable https://t.co/svmAo2R5ls
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) March 17, 2021
Worth watching tonight
Chelsea vs Atletico in the Champions League!