Monday 11 December 2017

Transfer round-up: Liverpool enter race for £100m-rated striker while Morata 'ready' to join Man United

Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a number of clubs
Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a number of clubs

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Monaco's £100m rated striker Kylian Mbappe, according to The Daily Mail.

The Frenchman, 18, is one of the most sought after talents in Europe after a stellar season in the Principality that included a run to the Champions League semi-final.

Mbappe is wanted by a host of clubs - including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain - and according to The Mail Liverpool have thrown their hat into the ring.

The paper claims that manager Jurgen Klopp has held preliminary talks with the youngster's agents as he attempts to pull off the transfer coup of the summer.

There are also rumours going around that Liverpool have not given up on signing Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international is believed to be putting the final touches to a new deal at the Emirates, but Liverpool could test the club's resolve with a £40m offer.

Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata is ready to join Manchester United after being convinced of the move by manager Jose Mourinho - according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The paper claims that Mourinho has said to the 24-year-old Real Madrid striker, who he worked with for three years at the Bernabeu,  "come to me, you will be important."

The transfer would appear to suit both parties, with Morata increasingly frustrated at his lack of regular first-team football in Madrid, and United needing a central striker to replace the released Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking of Ibrahimovic, the Manchester Evening News is reporting that the Swedish forward may not have played his final game at Old Trafford after all. Ibrahimovic will not be fit again until January and is not officially on United's books anymore, but the he will continue to train at the club's Harrington base and they could resign him on a shirt-team deal if and when he returns to full fitness.

United are also believed to be in a battle with Chelsea for the signature of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The latest on that - according to Spanish newspaper AS - is that Chelsea have forged ahead in the race to sign the Colombian, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Real by manager Zinedine Zidane.

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