Inter defender linked, Berge on radar & Origi wanted – Liverpool FC Roundup

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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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Liverpool's Divock Origi during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

 

Hierarchical news

May 27, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after drawing foul against the Boston Celtics during the forth quarter in game seven of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Not often we get a photo from a totally different sport in these round-ups, is it?!

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2020: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez walks off dejected after an injury time winning goal was disallowed following a VAR review during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 237th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. 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)

  • Joe Gomez is back to working with a ball as he steps up his injury recovery work (TIA)
  • 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

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)

  • 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.

 

Worth watching tonight

Chelsea vs Atletico in the Champions League!

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