Jürgen Klopp braces for transfer raid on ‘quality’ Liverpool man as FSG bank on £66m opening bid

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FSG “on the attack”

Liverpool are ‘on the attack’ for one of Europe’s brightest prospects. According to Foot Mercato, a plan is underway at Anfield to hijack Real Madrid’s transfer plans.

It is believed that Aurélien Tchouaméni is bound for the Spanish capital, but there are still “a lot of details to settle”. Liverpool “believe in their chances” of intervening to land the French midfielder.

Jürgen Klopp is said to be personally keen on Tchouaméni, whom he sees as an ideal candidate to freshen up the midfield. Liverpool have reportedly already made contact with the player’s entourage.

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Having joined an extremely competitive French team, the Monegasque midfielder is highly regarded throughout Europe. It would be a huge blow to land him, especially under Real Madrid’s noses. But with compatriot Eduardo Camavinga able to witness first-hand the struggles of finding playing time at the Bernabéu, perhaps a key role in Liverpool’s long-term plans will be enough to tempt him.

However, as the report points out, Liverpool would still need to ‘pull out the checkbook’. FSG are reportedly considering a price ‘well’ above £42million.

Juventus planning transfer raid

Liverpool are probably the best team in the world right now. The FSG also benefits from the riches of the Premier League. The result is a very strong transfer hand when it comes to potential interest in Klopp’s squad members.

This is one of the reasons why Liverpool remain relatively calm on Mohamed Salah’s contract situation. However, the one thing that can always turn things around is a concerted push to leave the player’s side.

This must be what Juventus are counting on. Their latest transfer plan involves a raid for Kostas Tsimikas, according to Juve Dipendenza. The Italian side are reportedly ready to match the £11.7million Liverpool paid for the left-back in 2020.

Unless the player is swayed by the prospect of being first choice elsewhere, there’s no way Liverpool will sanction that. Tsimikas’ stock has only grown since his move to Anfield, and he’s played a very useful role in the team this season as a substitute for Andy Robertson. Klopp described the Greece international as a ‘quality’ player earlier in the campaign.

Even if the 25-year-old pushed for a move, it would surely take more than breakeven to persuade FSG to cash in. With Tsimikas under contract until 2025, the power lies with Liverpool, so Juventus should make a very good offer to secure this deal.

Liverpool make an opening offer

Days after apparently “agreeing on personal terms”, Liverpool apparently made an opening transfer offer for Darwin Núñez.

That’s according to reports from Uruguay, via Anfield Central. Journalist Brahian Kuchman put it this way:

“Klopp is tired of renting the Uruguayan to such an extent that he will eventually hire him.”

It seems rather unlikely that this is how Liverpool’s recruitment process works. However, it’s well established that Klopp likes the player, who has certainly impressed in the Champions League. Whether that really translated into a £66million offer remains to be seen.

The Benfica manager recently hinted that any transfer fee for Núñez may have to be in the same range as the £113million that saw João Félix join Atlético Madrid. FSG would back down at such a price, but there’s no doubt the 22-year-old would be an exciting addition to Liverpool’s next-gen attack.

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