Wednesday 21 February 2018

Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Reds chasing Gary Medel of Inter Milan

Chile's Gary Medel
Chile's Gary Medel

Liverpool want to bring Inter Milan midfielder Gary Medel to Anfield, according to reports in Spain.

The 27-year-old, who spent a previous campaign in the Premier League with Cardiff, is said to be keen on a switch back to England.

The Chilean is a tough-tackling player who could add real substance and bite to Liverpool's midfield and is a huge presence on the field.

He can offer protection for Liverpool's backline and can hold the ball up well. Medel had a below-par season for Inter last year, but stood out for Chile during the Copa America.

Brendan Rodgers has already signed James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne this summer but does not look to have finished off his shopping spree just yet.

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Another player who could be heading for the arrivals desk at Anfield is Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

Manchester United and Spurs have also been tracking the Belgian but Liverpool appear to be frontrunners to sign the forward.

It is thought Tottenham have been priced out of a move for Benteke and switched their attentions to Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi instead.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham are set to offer the French side £9m for the 21-year-old who they want to partner Harry Kane up front.

Spurs had made Benteke their No 1 target, but Villa's £32.5m asking price proved too much.

And now that United are said to be favouring a move for PSG's Edinson Cavani, Liverpool are now favourites to land Benteke.

With Raheem Sterling joining Manchester City for £49m, Liverpool will use the majority of that cash to bring in fresh blood before the new campaign.

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Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) celebrates victory with Joe Allen after the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool

Finally, Martin Skrtel has revealed why he turned down Inter Milan to stay at Liverpool.

The defender, who signed a three-year-old deal after months of negotiations and talks, said money was not the main reason but his belief that the club can challenge for trophies.

“We are working very hard every day to be fit and ready for the season and then the players will do the best we can and try and finish as high as we can.

“The thing is when you play for a club like Liverpool it's not always just about the money it's about the fans, the people working for the club and everything about Liverpool.”

Skrtel added: “Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world in my eyes and I was always dreaming about playing in England and for a big club like Liverpool and my dream came true.

“I have been here almost eight years in the city and we are used to it now. My son was born in Liverpool and that was one of the main reasons I wanted to stay.

“Obviously there was talk about that [Inter Milan], but the priority for me was always to stay at Liverpool and sign a new contract here.

“Inter Milan are a big club but to my mind Liverpool are bigger.”

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