Thursday 27 April 2017

Emil Forsberg's agent gives boost to Liverpool's hopes of signing forward

Forsberg has been involved in 13 goals for RB Leipzig this season Bongarts/Getty Images
Forsberg has been involved in 13 goals for RB Leipzig this season Bongarts/Getty Images

Evan Bartlett

Emil Forsberg's switch to Liverpool appeared a step closer this morning after the player's agent hinted at a move away from RB Leipzig in the January transfer window.

The Swedish international, who tops the Bundesliga's assists table this season, emerged as a £20m target this week after the club's attempts to woo Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic were rebuffed.

Hasan Cetinkaya, Forsberg's agent, told the German newspaper Bild that his player could be headed for the exit: "RB [Leipzig] is on the way to becoming a big club... Nevertheless, I cannot promise that Emil will stay in Leipzig this winter."

Forsberg has a contract until 2021 with the club who have been one of the surprise packages of the Bundesliga this season - currently sitting in second place and on course for Champions League qualification.

While Cetinkaya could "not confirm concrete names" of clubs interested in his client, he claimed the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Liverpool were bound to be among those competing for the player's signature.

In other transfer news, Pedro Chirivella is being linked to struggling Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles for a loan spell until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old Spaniard, who plays as a defensive midfielder, is reportedly being lined up for a move to the side who currently sit bottom of the Eredivisie.

Chirivella is highly-rated by Jurgen Klopp, according to the Liverpool Echo, but would benefit from first-team experience after failing to make the match day squad so far this season.

One player who reportedly will not be heading away from Anfield is Kevin Stewart. The 23-year-old midfielder has attracted interested from the likes of West Brom, Swansea, Newcastle and Aston Villa, but the Echo reports that Klopp, who is already thought to have turned down a £6m bid for him in the summer, has told them he is not for sale.

Jon Flanagan could be heading back to Anfield after struggling with injury during his season-long loan to Burnley.

The Echo reports that Burnley manager Sean Dyche is "assessing" the defender's situation.

Flanagan, who has made 50 appearances for Liverpool, was sidelined for 18 months through injury and has played just five league games for the Clarets this season.

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