All the latest transfer news and gossips from around the web
First up, Liverpool are today linked with a left back. According to French Club Lorient’s Vice President Alex Hayes, Liverpool are amongst a host of clubs who have put in a bid for their 22 year old Portuguese left back Raphael Guerreiro. Other clubs interested include Barcelona, PSG, Dortmund, and Arsenal. Guerreiro, who is known around Europe for his superb attacking abilities, was recently called up to the Portugal squad for the Euros. Lorient’s Vice President has been quoted by numerous publications saying, “For now four major foreign clubs, including Dortmund and Liverpool have made an offer, the fourth is expected soon to do so.”
Melissa Reddy of Goal.com, however, completely rubbishes these rumours and says that Ben Chilwell of Leicester City remains Liverpool’s main left back target.
Next up is Porto winger Yacine Brahimi. According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Liverpool are “very close” to landing the Algerian, and are prepared to spend a club record of 45m pounds to bring the winger to Anfield. The report also says that Manchester United is also interested, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are keen to get the deal done quickly. Some outlets in the British media also picked up the report, but said that while the reds have spoken to Porto about a potential transfer, an official bid is yet to be made.
Now news regarding some potential outgoings. Martin Skrtel could be on his way out of Anfield, claims his agent. The Slovakians agent, Karol Csonto, is 90% sure that his client will leave Merseyside this summer.
He told TV Markiz in Slovakia: “Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin, but we haven’t reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else.
“But I can say that it is 90% sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed.”
And finally, there is twist in Liverpool’s pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze. The 23 year old forward in a recent interview to German news outlet Bild was quoted saying, “I’ve had very good talks with Ancelotti, and I’m looking forward to working with him“, thereby pouring cold water on any chance of him coming to Anfield. Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, in an interview with German news outlet Kicker, urged Gotze to reconsider his future with Bayern, saying that he might have to settle with a place on the bench next season.
“I had talks with him (Mario) and Ancelotti. Mario knows the thoughts of Bayern,” Rummenigge said.
“Everything was clearly and seriously explained to Mario.
“He knows what the club thinks and what the new coach thinks. Mario has to evaluate for himself whether he wants to play constantly. Maybe he just wants everything to be calm before the Euros.”
It seems like Gotze wants to stay, but Bayern are clearly trying to push the player out. But whatever it is between the player and club, one thing is for sure, this transfer saga is far from over.