Liverpool transfer news latest: Harvey Elliott, Jurgen Klopp, Mauro Icardi, Dani Alves, Divock Origi
The Reds are keen to add to his Champions League-winning squad
Liverpool have won the race for highly-rated Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott.
The 16-year-old right-winger became the youngest Premier League player in history last season with the Cottagers.
And the Reds have beaten off competition from Barcelona, Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature, according to multiple reports in the English media.
The move lands Jurgen Klopp one of England’s premier talents as they bid to secure their future as well as their current success.
The England Under-17 international had five goals and four assists in the Under-18 Premier League last term, eventually making two senior appearances before the Cottagers suffered relegation to the Championship.
Klopp, meanwhile, could look to take over from Joachim Low, should the opportunity arise.
The Reds boss’ agent Marc Kosicke admits Die Mannschaft is the one job that could tempt him away.
“Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Joachim Low someday no longer wants to be the national coach – and it would be possible for him do that – this is an option for him,” Kosicke told Welt.
The Reds will tie down Divock Origi to a new deal imminently, with Sky Sports claiming the Belgian will pen terms on a four-year deal.
After shining for Klopp in the latter stages of the Champions League, including goals in the semi-final win over Barcelona and the final against Spurs, the 24-year-old is set to be rewarded.
After completing his holiday, he will commit his future to the club, with Daniel Sturridge’s departure set to hand him a more prominent role as the back-up to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The controversial 26-year-old endured a turbulent season with Inter and was stripped of the captaincy and refused to play after his wife publicly criticised the way the club is managed.
According to 90min, Icardi is keen to move to a top-six Premier League club and came close to joining the Champions League winners on deadline day in January 2015. However, Jurgen Klopp is thought to be unlikely to want to bring such a disruptive presence into a squad that he has harvested such a strong sense of togetherness.
Dejan Lovren is edging towards a move away from Anfield after falling behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the central defensive pecking-order.
AC Milan are reportedly keen to sign the Croatian but are only prepared to offer £13.5m, while Liverpool want £22.4m for the 30-year-old.
Fernandes’ agent has met with representatives of United, Liverpool and Tottenham but no club has agreed a fee with Sporting yet.
The Reds look set to miss out on Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, with Tottenham now in pole position to secure the 22-year-old’s signature.
Ceballos is keen to leave the Bernabeu to play more regular football and has attracted plenty of interest from the Premier League with Arsenal also in the running.
One report in Spain suggests Real Madrid would be happy to sell Ceballos for around £50m but would insist on a buy-back clause of around £70m just in case he should fulfil his potential.
According to Muchodeportivo, Liverpool also have their eye on Real Betis defender and Barcelona target Junior Firpo.
Firpo was also part of that victorious Spanish European U21 Championship-winning side this summer and is said to be available for around £25m. The report claims Liverpool are considering offering a swap deal with Champions League hero Divock Origi, though claims of a new deal for the Belgian suggest that appears unlikely.
Meanwhile, the club have moved closer to buying Lille’s Nicolas Pepe after the president admitted he has begun talks with the Anfield club, adding that another side is also interested in attracting the forward.
And the former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has said Dani Alves would be the ideal signing for Liverpool. Alves is currently a free agent after leaving PSG.
“I feel maybe could fit in well at Liverpool and Klopp would like him as a style of player,” said Kleberson. “He’s very technical, fast and has an incredible temperament in the big games. He’s a winner.”