Thiago Alcantara ‘agreement’, Xherdan Shaqiri claim and other Liverpool transfer rumours rated

Thiago Alcantara 'agreement', Xherdan Shaqiri claim and other Liverpool transfer rumours rated

Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of players, as Jurgen Klopp takes a view on whether to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens.

As fresh rumours about the potential new Anfield arrivals continue to surface, we have taken a look at the latest pieces of gossip to see what they could mean for the Reds.

Who?

Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool winger.

Where?

According to The Athletic, via Sportsmole, the Reds attacker is likely to remain at Anfield beyond the upcoming transfer window.

The report claims that Liverpool value Shaqiri at around £27m, with interested clubs unlikely to be willing to pay such a fee amid the financially uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Swiss international’s current deal at Anfield runs until the summer of 2023, and the Reds are unlikely to let the player leave for less than their valuation.

What?

There is no doubt that Shaqiri has not had the season he would have liked, but injuries have restricted the 28-year-old to making just 10 appearances in all competitions.

He still very much has the backing from Klopp and his team mates, but section of supporters have called for the winger to be sold this summer.

On his day, and when fully fit, Shaqiri provides the Reds with an option that no other player does – the question is, do Liverpool have the patience to keep him, and if a club were to offer their asking price would they let him leave?

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Who?

Thiago of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the FC Bayern Muenchen Training Session

 

Thiago Alcantara, yes it’s him again.

Where?

According to Italian publication  tuttomercato , as cited by the Daily Star, the Reds have reached an agreement with the Bayern Munich midfielder over a move to Anfield.

The report adds that all that remains to be decided is a price between the Reds and Bayern.

Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal have also been touted as potential destinations for the 29-year-old playmaker this summer.

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What?

Thiago continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool, with other clubs also being credited with an interest.

Despite the reports linking the Reds with a move for Thiago, the ECHO understands the club have no plans of making a move for the player at this present time.

The fee of around £30m, which is what would be needed to prize Thiago away from Bayern, would likely to be large a price to pay for a player nearing 30.

Strange things have happened in the past, though, so we’ll see what happens with this one.

Who?

Alessio Romagnoli, AC Milan defender.

Where?

According to ESPN, Manchester United have entered the race to sign the Milan centre-back, who has previously been listed as a potential target for Liverpool.

The report adds that Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is keen to find a defensive partner for Maguire, and has identified Romagnoli as an ideal candidate.

Liverpool have previously been linked with a €60m move for the Italian centre-back, and some reports naming him as their number one transfer target this summer.

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What?

The heart of the defence is an area of the pitch that has divided opinion among fans when talking about potential transfers.

Virgil van Dijk is the established first-choice defender, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren fighting for places alongside the Dutchman.

Regardless of whether the Reds do or do not need reinforcements at centre-back, the fee of €60m is almost certainly a fee too steep to pay in these financially challenging times.

One to ignore for the time being.

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