Thursday 18 January 2018

Transfer news and rumours - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to be handed £100m war chest

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

So, the actual football is over and transfer season is on the horizon. The summer window is fast approaching and that means rumours galore!

Here's the latest round up of transfer news involving the Premier League's clubs:

Arsenal's failure to qualify for the Champions League has already led to Arsene Wenger admitting to uncertainty over his future, and it seems that could also lead to Alexis Sanchez finally leaving the club, too.

According to various sources, Sanchez's Chile team-mate Arturo Vidal has told his club, Bayern Munich, to sign the forward.

"Bayern have asked me about Alexis and I’ve always told them that he is the player who should come here," Vidal is quoted as saying.

"I would like Alexis at Bayern. He is doing well at Arsenal but I think he has to take a step up and fight with the best in the world.

"He still has one year on his contract. Everybody wants him because it’s easier now than if he had three years left."

The Daily Star, meanwhile, reckon Chelsea could sign Vidal, who is said to be considering his future at Bayern with just two years left on his contract. He could be tempted into a reunion with Antonio Conte, with whom he worked at Juventus.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's hopes of replacing Sanchez with Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette are over, according to L'Equipe, who say the Frenchman has agreed a deal to join Atletico Madrid.

The Mirror say goalkeeper David Ospina will leave the club this summer, with a £5m move to Fenerbahce on the cards.

Manchester United will step up their interest in re-signing central defender Michael Keane from Burnley with a £25m bid, say the Metro.

But Sean Dyche says a deal will only be done if it suits the selling club:

“The one thing we know is that we’re in a strong position,” said the Burnley boss.

“He’s got a year to run on his contract. If nothing happens that’s suitable for us, the situation will go on and he will carry on playing. We will wait and see what the summer brings.

The Metro also reckons United will struggle to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, though, with his club's vice-president insisting they have no plans to sell this summer.

But Canal+ in France say United have already begun talks to sign Mbappe's team-mate, Bernardo Silva.

The Portuguese winger scored eight goals as Monaco won Ligue 1 and also a couple more in the Champions League, including one against Tottenham at Wembley, and is now one of the most sought after players in Europe.

Jose Mourinho will use his links with Jorge Mendes, who represents Silva, to gain the upper hand in those negotiations.

Reports in Spain, meanwhile, suggest Mourinho will complete a monster £60m deal to sign PSG defender Marquinhos.

Joe Hart will be return to England but Pep Guardiola's problems between the sticks this season will not convince him to keep Hart at Manchester City. Instead, he will use the goalkeeper as a makeweight as he tries to lure Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester.

Chelsea are interested in signing Ajax defender Davison Sanchez, with John Terry leaving and Kurt Zouma still yet to impress manager Conte.

Liverpool have handed Jurgen Klopp £100m to spend this summer, with Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Sessegnon and Timo Werner on the German's wanted list.

Philippe Coutinho moved to quash speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona shortly after the 3-2 win over Middlesbrough.

"I have a long contract with Liverpool," he told ESPN Brasil. "Speculation is for journalists only."

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders reckons the likes of Antoine Griezmann will consider a move to Anfield now that the club can offer Champions League football.

Leicester and West Brom are competing to sign Ben Gibson from relegated Middlesbrough, but the Mirror reckon he could cost £20m.

Newly-promoted Newcastle will make a move to sign Burnley's Andre Gray.

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