Liverpool transfer news: 'Reds will match £32.5m buy-out in Christian Benteke contract'
Liverpool will match the £32.5 million buy-out clause in Christian Benteke's contract at Aston Villa to continue their impressive summer spending spree.
Boss Brendan Rodgers took the number of new signings at Liverpool to six last week when he paid Southampton £12.5 million for England right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
And, reports The Daily Express, he is showing no sign of letting up with the Belgium star the next player on his shopping list.
As and when Benteke does switch to Anfield he will become Rodgers's seventh summer signing and it will take Liverpool's spending past the £80 million mark.
Roberto Firmino James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan and Clyne have already completed moves.
Meanwhile, The Express adds that former Reds defender Glen Johnson is in talks with West Ham over a return to Upton Park after he was released by Liverpool this summer.
Raheem Sterling will have to report for pre-season training with Liverpool, but the Reds are expecting a third bid from Manchester City for the wantaway winger this week so his participation in the club's pre-season tour of Bangkok is in serious doubt, claims The Independent.
Liverpool have so far turned down offers of £30 million and £40 million from City for the England international, who rejected a £100,000-a-week contract offer towards the end of last season.
Sterling could be in line for a £4 million cut of his agent’s fee if City meet Liverpool's £50 million asking price.
The Daily Telegraph has been told by a source close to the negotiations that Sterling, 20, will benefit enormously should the City deal go ahead, although he has strongly denied his motivation for refusing to sign a new contract at Liverpool is down to money.
Agents normally have a vested interest in their clients moving clubs but Sterling, who stressed this year that he did not want people to see him as a "money-grabbing 20-year-old" is also in line to receive a large slice of his agent's fee. The Telegraph understands the share he receives could be as high as 50 per cent.
Given that agents regularly demand a fee that adds up to 10 per cent of the overall value of a deal, which includes both the transfer fee and wages over the full length of the contract, Sterling could receive around £4 million in a one-off payment if City sign him for £50 million and he agrees a five-year contract on wages of more than £100,000-a-week.
Real Madrid would be open to selling Asier Illarramendi, according to Marca.
Liverpool are believed to be interested in the out-of-favour midfielder, whose future at the Bernabeu is in serious doubt.
He cost Madrid £22.7 million when he signed and could be sold for significantly less.
And finally, Liverpool have signed midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner from Arsenal after he turned down a new contract at the Emirates.
The 16-year-old was offered scholarship terms to remain with the Gunners after impressing for their youth team last season.
But, says The Metro, the exciting midfielder has confirmed on Instagram that he turned down that offer and signed for Liverpool instead.