Welcome to our media clock from Liverpool.com. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer summaries and European summaries so I think in some ways it’s not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we were going to step into the world of football in a broad and awkward way for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions that make the daily lapses.
Leicester doesn’t have to sell Tielemans
Youri Tielemans was a persistent rumor earlier this summer, but things seem a little quieter regarding a possible move to Anfield.
The latest news from Leicester won’t encourage Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers says the club won’t have to “sell” any of their stars. Jürgen Klopp’s predecessor also stated that the players all want to stay in the King Power Stadium.
Such an attitude would make any transfer even more difficult for Tielemans. Harvey Barnes, another Leicester name associated with Liverpool in the past, would also be hard to get rid of. With the foxes now an integral part of the Premier League’s top 6, talent heists modeled on N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez will likely be a thing of the past.
Wolves offer £ 10 million for Origi
Liverpool will have to remove Divock Origi from their books this summer. Not only would it bring in much-needed cash, it would also free up a valuable, under-grown slot and potentially pave the way for an additional income or two.
Wolves have long been credited with interest and now they have reportedly put in a bid of £ 10 million. This is what Ekrem Konur, a journalist for the Turkish magazine Önce Vatan Gazetesi, says.
Take this with a healthy pinch of salt as it’s unclear why Konur is privy to the Wolves or Liverpool news, but the £ 20m valuation is in line with previous reports. Whether the FSG could actually get close to that amount for a player who has done little in the past two seasons is a whole different question – if there really is an offer of £ 10m on the table, there is an argument for it that the club should just accept it.
Coutinho in connection with returning to the Premier League
When we said Tottenham had to learn a lesson from Philippe Coutinho, we didn’t mean that.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), the north London club appear to have the greatest interest in ending Coutinho’s Barcelona troubles. He is said to be “on Tottenham’s list” but a bumper deal at Camp Nou could prove to be a major stumbling block.
Spurs are also just considering a move in case Harry Kane leaves. New sporting director Fabio Paratici is reportedly already planning how he would spend on the order of £ 150million and Coutinho could be one of the players who have been made to do so.
The report inevitably also claims that Coutinho is “on Liverpool’s radar” but reiterates that such a transfer would only come in the event of a major exit. With no major sales planned and nothing to suggest that Liverpool may want to return even for Coutinho, this feels like an unfounded addendum to Spurs history.
Fabinho writes new deal
The good contract news comes thick and fast, as the extension of Fabinho is shortly after the new contract of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Brazilian agreed to sign a new five-year deal and extend his stay in Liverpool into his 30s. This is a huge coup for the club that has secured the services of one of the best defensive midfielders in the world for the rest of its prime.
More deals are expected to follow for a number of key players in the roster, including Alisson, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mané.
Liverpool are interested in Danjuma
Bournemouth’s Arnuat Danjuma had a landmark season in the championship, scoring 15 goals and supporting seven more as his side advanced to the playoffs.
However, the Cherries lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Brentford, although Danjuma was included in the scorers list. The defeat put Bournemouth on a second straight season outside the Premier League, which reduced parachute payments.
Hence, the club may need to be more open to fun transfer offers for some of the top talent. Danjuma certainly falls into that category and has apparently drawn a lot of interest from Villarreal. The La Liga side have reportedly put in a € 15m offer with Bournemouth holding € 25m (around £ 21m).
The same report from Marca attributes an interest to Liverpool. The right-footed left winger sometimes played across the front, so that the 24-year-old seems to be in Klopp-form in this regard.
Scott Parker has previously confirmed that “There is a possibility that [Danjuma] will leave the club. “