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Liverpool already bid €35m for Sancho’s alternative

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Manchester United played a quick one to have captured the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho as Liverpool were also interested in his service.

The Reds team have however, moved on by turning their attention to Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.

Fabrizio Romano in a tweet had tweet had confirmed United’s deal saying: “Jadon Sancho to Manchester United… HERE WE GO!

“Done deal and confirmed. Agreement reached between United and Borussia Dortmund. €90m with add ons. Agents fee and personal terms agreed, contract until 2026.

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“Medicals pending – then it’ll be official.”

However, Liverpool are now interested Coman but price tag remains an issue with the Frenchman boasting of 8 goals and assist 15 for Bayern Munich last season. He gave the hint already that he wants to leave the Allianz Arena.

Liverpool are believed to have lodged a bid worth around €35million (£30m) but the Bundesliga outfit are keen on at least €50million (£42.5m) to sell him.

Confirming Liverpool’s interest, respected transfer journalist, Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter: “Update Coman: Yes, LFC is definitely interested in signing him and they are in contact with his management.

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“But right now, it’s not a hot topic. FC Bayern still want him to extend, especially Nagelsmann. But Kingsley‘s father forces his departure too.”

Also Bild journalist Chrisitan Falk, wrote on Twitter: “Message from Munich to Liverpool and United: Bayern want a transfer fee of minimum €90million for Kingsley Coman.

“The player also thinks this is unrealistic for this summer.”

The 25-year-old is a scintillating player and easily one of the best dribblers but the €90million might be too high a value for him.

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He cant be compared to Sancho, who United will spend €90m on, as he scored 16 goals and 20 assists last season while Coman, playing for his rivals Bayern Munich, got 18 goals and 15 assists.

Howbeit, the Merseyside outfit might be encouraged with the fact that Bayern Munichbate willing to let the player leave but that will only happen with the right fee.

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Thiery Henry disagrees with Wenger, says Salah not the best striker

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Former Arsenal forward Thiery Henry has disagreed with his former boss, Arsene Wenger on who is the current best striker in the world.

Recall that Wenger said Mohamed Salah is the best striker in the world at the moment as he hailed the Egyptian for being very intelligent.

But in his reaction, Thierry Henry said his former boss is not correct as he claimed that Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are ahead of the Liverpool forward.

According to Henry, Salah can only be considered as the best striker in the Premier League at the moment.

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When asked by CBS Sport if he considers Salah as the best player in the world, Henry said: ‘Not yet.

‘The goals that he is scoring, at the moment, are very good. But how can you forget about Lewandowski? How can you forget about Benzema? How can you forget doing it at the national level also?

‘Right now, he’s suffering a bit with Egypt. It’s not easy. But he’s not doing it there yet. But those goals are ridiculous. I love Salah. But he’s not yet the best.

‘Is he the best player right now in the Premier League? By a distance.

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‘But on current form are you still not putting Benzema in there with the way he is playing right now?

‘The assists that he has, the goals that he has, what he’s been doing for France at the Euros and the Nations League.”

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Arsene Wenger snubs others, names Liverpool striker as the best in the world, gives reasons

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Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has refused to look at the direction of other forwards as he claims that Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah is currently the best striker in the world.

Wenger said Salah has scored 10 goals in his opening 10 appearances of the season for Liverpool is the best because of his intelligence.

For this reason, the former Gunners gaffer has tipped the Merseyside giants as a genuine force in the Premier League title race once again.

Speaking before Tuesday’s Group B clash, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘He’s top, top class and he’s certainly the best striker at the moment in the world because he scores goals that nobody else can score.

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‘You have to play street football to dribble past people like that in a short space.

‘He’s full of confidence and he’s creative.

‘Overall, I believe as well that he is very intelligent because the sign of players that always improve is the intelligence.’

Before the Tuesday’s game, Diego Simeone had warned his Atletico Madrid players they could be in for a difficult evening against the in-form Liverpool forward.

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‘Mohamed Salah is an extraordinary player, who has been playing at a fantastic level for the last few years with Liverpool and his national team,’ the Atleti head coach told reporters.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sarah is among the 30 nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.

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How Liverpool fans react to Callum’s transfer rumours

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Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been tipped to leave the Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts and Liverpool fans have been discussing the prospect of the winger heading to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has only made one signing and Reds supporters are still hoping there will be a last-gasp addition of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been mentioned as a possible option for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The England winger has gone down the pecking order in Thomas Tuchel’s squad and could move away from Stamford Bridge before the deadline passes.

Learning of the interest and possible move, the fans have gushed to the social media to talk about it.

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Some believe he would be a solid acquisition.

@indykalia: “Anyone think Callum Hudson-Odoi would be perfect for Liverpool?”

@kop_for_ever: “At this point our fanbase will say yes to any forward other than Origi”

@okekemezie1: “He is good. Just needs to find a good environment and coach for him. Remember two years ago Bayern wanted to pay big money for him, [they] wanted him badly.”

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@SamuelLFC: “I’d take any attacker at this point”

@LFCryan_: “Would be a great signing. Being used poorly by Chelsea and I still believe has the talent to be one of Englands best players in the future. When he was a youth player he was miles ahead of the other players.”

However, a number of Reds fans are unsure as to whether or not Hudson-Odoi is the right kind of profile.

@KopDXB19: “Doesn’t suit our system as he plays in Mo [ Salah ]’s position. He prefers to go on the outside and get crosses in for a type of striker we just don’t have!”

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@AndrewH48696976: “Personally I would prefer we make a big offer for Raphinha (now that Leeds are signing Dan James). Raphinha more a Liverpool type player with pace, dribbling skills and can finish.”

@medical_photo: “If he can’t get near Chelsea’s first 11 how on earth would he get near Liverpool’s? He needs to go to someone like Southampton and play 30 – 40 games in a row so it can be seen if he is a player with real potential or a player who used to have potential.”

@JpNOkwuba: ” Is he different, or better than Ox? I feel we should go for a player capable of going straight into the team, a player that can confidently play instead of Mane or Salah. I’m not sure that player is Odoi.”

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Liverpool given big transfer mandate, could be next season

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Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has urged Liverpool to be in the race for Tottenham forward Harry Kane next season.

Harry Kane was linked with a move this summer transfer window but that did not happen. Reports had linked him with a move to Man City but the Etihad team seem not to be interested anymore.

The England international has now been tipped to still make the move in the coming summer transfer window.

Harry Kane has a asking price of £150 million but Daniel Levy is unwilling to lower it for the 28-year-old.

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Sherwood is now suggesting that Liverpool could be an option for the forward as a move could happen next summer window.

“For me, it looks like it might be now or never,” he said on Sky Sports.

“Harry Kane, at the end of next season, I think he stays there for the whole season, even though he said that he is staying ‘for this summer’.

“Other teams, like Man City probably go for Erling Haaland now. On a £70 million buy, so that blocks the pathway. He won’t leave for leaving sake.

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“He will leave because he needs to go to a club where he knows they can win.

“Now, that’s probably Liverpool in the Premier League, Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea. It won’t be Chelsea now because they have signed Romelu Lukaku.

“I can see him staying there for the remainder of his career.

“That could be the only one, couldn’t it? Man United because Ronaldo isn’t going to be there forever.”

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Kane made his first Premier League start of the season on Sunday as Tottenham continued their perfect start to the campaign with a 1-0 win over Watford. He was expected to push for a move away from the North London club but he did not.

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Yves Bissouma drops hint amid Liverpool, United interest

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Brighton star Yves Bissouma has hinted oon his future amid speculation linking him to a last-minute transfer to Liverpool or Manchester United before the window closes.

The creative midfielder has been attracting Europe’s elite during this transfer window, including French giants Paris Saint-Germain, after an impressive start to the season on the south-coast but he is yet to make any moves.

Reports suggest that Brighton would listen to offers of more than £40m for Bissouma, who has just under two years left on his contract.

However, in a post on Instagram after a 2-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday, Bissouma indicated that he expects to remain at Brighton.

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‘I find it hard to digest this defeat by what we wanted to win our third game in a row for a great club with incredible fans but unfortunately as we say in football nothing is planned in advance but the best is yet to come focus for next one,’ he posted.

Should he accept to join Liverpool, he would replace Gini Wijnaldum, who left the club on a free transfer to PSG in the summer, while United are hoping to strengthen their central midfield options having also been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.

Earlier this week, Brighton boss Graham Potter responded to speculation that he could soon lose the Mali international.

‘I have been answering questions about Yves for a long time, it’s a part of my daily routine! I answer questions about Yves, or when Tariq (Lamptey) was fit it was him, it’s just a part of football,’ he said.

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‘He’s enjoying his football, I can’t control what others do or think. I know he’s with us. You can see from his performances he’s committed to Brighton, so we’re delighted with that.’

There has been a level of calmness from Old Trafford concerning the future of Paul Pogba, hence United may not be in a rush to pay for the Brighton player.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not clear on what we should expect before the end of the window but he has boasted that his team can compete.

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Klopp blasted for Chelsea draw, could that mean exit is imminent?

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Naby Keita’s agent has blasted manager Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager left the midfielder on the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Anfield.

The Reds started brightly but went behind to a Kai Havertz header as Chelsea threatened to extend their lead, though the game flipped on its head when Reece James was sent off for handling the ball on the goal-line.

Keita had started Liverpool’s first two matches of the Premier League season in wins over Norwich and Burnley, but he was dropped from the starting line-up against Chelsea.

Now his agent, Malick Kebe, has criticised the Liverpool manager for leaving Kieta out of the team against Chelsea and believes the Merseysiders dropped two points due to Klopp’s decision.

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‘It’s really hard for me to understand Klopp, you have to be him to put Naby Keita on the bench right now in this form,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘Your super coach is solely responsible for this draw against Chelsea.’

‘The day that coach Klopp gets Naby Keita to play in his favourite role you will see what he will bring to Liverpool,’ he wrote in May. ‘He is a playmaker, not a scavenger.’

Youngster Harvey Elliott had played 90 minutes against Chelsea meaning he took Keita’s space and Klopp was very happy with his display, saying: ‘It was good. He looked good last week obviously in the game, was good during the training week.

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‘We wanted to change a little bit. We wanted to have the dynamic of Hendo in the team, wanted to have Robbo, wanted to have Bobby in between the lines. That all worked out pretty well and then on the right side we didn’t want to change on top of that something.

‘Harvey was from the first day of pre-season with us, pretty much the only midfielder we played so far [who that applies to] apart from Naby and Ox. He looks fit obviously and can just deal with 95 minutes and that’s important for us. It was important today and that is why we started him and that’s why we left him on the pitch.’

It is not sure if the agent will not sanction a move away from Liverpool if this continues, especially when an opportunity comes knocking.

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Klopp sends message to Reds fans amid Cristiano Ronaldo’s proposed move to Man City

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Liverpool manager has told Reds supporters to expect a quiet end to the transfer window as he watches Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending move to Manchester City with interest ‘like a football supporter’.

Ibrahima Konate remains Liverpool’s only addition at Anfield following his £36million switch from RB Leipzig back in May but the club is still linked with a move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement.

Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea, the German insisted the club’s lack of transfer activity would not be used as any ‘kind of excuse’ should they fail to challenge in the Premier League this season.

‘Do I expect a busy four days for us? Not really to be 100 per cent honest,’ the Liverpool head coach told reporters on Friday.

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‘You never know. How much does it change things? Yes, the options didn’t get worse for some teams and that’s clear.

‘But in the end, there are so many different reasons to win a football game and so many ways to win a football game and it’s not always about bringing in new players.

‘It’s a little bit disappointing that I always have to mention it but we brought Ibrahima Konate who was not a bargain. He cost money as well.

‘All the attacking players that the other clubs are signing, that’s obviously something they thought they need. And they had the resources to do it.

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‘That’s the situation but we will not take that as any kind of excuse in any game. We will go for it with all we have.’

‘I watch that like a football supporter actually. I have no more knowledge about it – probably you have much more knowledge about whether it’ll happen or not,’ he added.

‘But again, it’s not about me to judge that or whatever. It’s just if other clubs can do things like this, it’s obviously not a business for the future. In three of four years we will have the benefit of that, it’s for now and immediately.

‘If that happens, that’s how some clubs are working and that’s obviously absolutely fine. But there must be different ways. There must be teams for two or three years later.

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‘You need success. It’s really nice if you can win trophies, it’s great, but it’s not even with the best squad in the world, it’s not every year possible.

‘And if that’s not possible, you still need to make sure you develop as a team, as a club, and that’s what we do. Anything else and all the rest is really not in our hands and we watch it like all of you. We will see what happens.’

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What Andy Robertson said just after signing new Liverpool contract

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Andrew Robertson, just after signing a new long-term deal with Liverpool said he is teady to play against Chelsea next weekend.

Robertson was sidelined for the opening weekend of the Premier League season after suffering ankle ligament damage in their final match of pre-season against Athletic Bilbao.

But he recovered quicker than expected, Robertson found himself on the bench in the Reds 2-0 win against Burnley on Saturday.

‘For me as soon as I done it [the injury] and got the scan results, I said I think Burnley is in my sights. A couple of people said they think I had a chance so I managed to cling onto them when a couple of people said I had no chance, so I tried to avoid them even though it was more realistic,’ he told Liverpool FC.

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‘Look I tried my best, I tried running, I was out running, I felt as if I could’ve trained a couple of days earlier but the experts we have at this club are excellent and I still needed to tick a couple of boxes and managed to do that on Thursday and trained with the team on Friday.

‘Obviously the gaffer put me on the bench [against Burnley], which was probably unexpected, but, happy.

‘Now I’ve trained today and I’ve had a full weeks training so let’s see what happens against Chelsea. But I will be ready, I’ll be ready to play and like I said I’ll hopefully be fit for the rest of the season now.’

The Scotland international’s comments come after he committed his long-term future to the club, something he is delighted about.

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‘Obviously when the negotiations started and it looked as if my future was going to be here longer term than what it was, then I think it’s no secret that I’m happy at this club,’ he said.

‘I want to stay at this club for as long as possible and to extend my stay, it’s always a happy time for me, for my family. We’re settled here, we love everything about this football club and I’m glad that the journey is continuing.’

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