Monday 21 August 2017

Liverpool could complete 'cut-price' deal for PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris St Germain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris St Germain

Liverpool could complete the 'cut-price £18.1 million transfer' of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted Edinson Cavani would be staying at the club.

That's according to The Metro, which claims the Reds have been eyeing the Sweden international as they look to boost their attacking options.

"Edinson Cavani is a player I really like," Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien.

Ibrahimovic, 33, is one of Europe's top strikers but his contract expires at the end of next season and, the paper says, the Parisian giants could be keen to cash in on him.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are in pole position to sign Memphis Depay after making an offer to bring him to Anfield.

Man United had appeared to be in the driving seat, but a report in The Metro says Liverpool have made a bid in excess of £18m and are now hopeful of doing business with PSV.

The Red Devils are also believed to have made an offer, but Liverpool are prepared to up their bid to £23.7m in order to win the race.

However, while Brendan Rodgers's side are favourites for Depay, United have now reportedly jumped ahead in the queue to sign Danny Ings after holding talks with Burnley about a summer deal.

Liverpool maintain an interest in the player and were prepared to exploit a Premier League loophole to guarantee a transfer in the summer. But, reports The Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal is attempting to use the same method to trump their rivals and secure the services of the 22-year-old.

Liverpool wanted to sign Ings in the January transfer window and loan him back to Burnley, but were prevented doing so by Premier League regulations.

Ings has become one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe and United are keen to ensure that they win the race for his signature. Real Sociedad, Tottenham and Manchester City are all interested in the player.

He is out of contract in the summer and, due to his age, Burnley will receive around £5m in compensation if he moves to a domestic rival.

Asmir Begovic has opened the door to a £14m transfer to Liverpool after saying he would leave Stoke for a major club.

The Bosnian international has 15 months left on his contract but Stoke may have to cash in on the stopper as he eyes a move away from the Britannia, according to The Mirror.

And finally, Napoli are set to renew their interest in defender Martin Skrtel.

According to The Mirror, The 30-year-old centre-half is the latest player to have an uncertain future with the Reds after contract stand-offs with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool rejected a bid for Skrtel from Napoli last summer. Since then the Slovakian has helped his side to ride their uncertain first half of the campaign and climb into the European places.

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