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Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United hit dead rock in chase of Upamecano

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Liverpool seem to have lost their hopes of landing the signature of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig with the latest development.

Dayot Upamecano has been on the radar of top English Premier Leagues including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United but they will not all land the player as a meeting has been held between his entourage and German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Upamecano’s release clause, believed to be worth around £36million, comes into play next summer but RB Leipzig will part ways with him for a bargain fee this summer as they have already accepted that the player is set to move on at the end of the season.

The club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has reportedly held a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the 22-year-old ‘s representatives and said “Of course we are thinking about him. We had a good meeting with his agents yesterday. Let’s see what happens”.

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also recently confirmed the club’s interest in Upamecano.

He said: “We will of course deal with it, not only with this player but in principle on the positions where we want to do and have to do something.”

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Jurgen Klopp believes Leipzig stalwart Upamecano would be the “perfect” signing, however, his team-mate Konate is another option that is under consideration.

“Liverpool are interested in both [Upamecano and Konate],” the transfer expert told Anfield Watch.

“For sure, Konate has been scouted. The dream would be Upamecano also for Liverpool. He would be perfect in the opinion of Jurgen Klopp. But, at the moment, it is so difficult. There is Bayern Munich [interested in Upamecano]. There is also Chelsea looking at him and Paris Saint-Germain.

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“When you have these kind of clubs and you have to negotiate with the player more than with RB Leipzig because you are paying the [release] clause. It is just up to the player and offering a big salary, this is not so easy.”

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How Arsenal stand in Liverpool’s way to replace Mane with this “great signing”

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Former Premier League striker, Kevin Campbell,speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry “would be a great signing” for Liverpool as Saido Mane’s replacement but Arsenal will stand in their way.

Campbell said Liverpool would face stiff competition from Arsenal and other top European clubs for the 26-year-old.

Arsenal are a major factor because of the relationship they have had with the player in the past.

Both players (Mane and Gnabry) are approaching the final 12 months of their current contracts and a move for them is possible this summer.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if there was value in a swap deal for the Reds, Campbell said: “That could be worth pursuing.

“Gnabry is going to be a sought-after player this summer. I know there is a lot of clubs who like him.

“He is a player who will be hotly pursued because he is still relatively young. We are talking about a Germany international who can play on either side, score goals, is quick and direct.

“He would be a great signing for Liverpool. There will be a lot of competition for Gnabry though. I think Arsenal would like to speak to him if there is an opportunity.”

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Gnabry has 17 goals and 10 assists to his name in 45 appearances across all competitions this season.

Mane has contributed 22 goals and five assists in 49 appearances.

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United, Chelsea, Liverpool target confirms his future and makes it public

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Jude Bellingham has told all his targets that he is staying at Borussia Dortmund next season as he thanked the German giants for aiding his development over the past two campaigns.

A host of EPL sides including Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool are keen on the signature of the youngster and they are all tipped to make an attempt this summer

‘The only future I think about is the next game for Dortmund,’ he told Ruhr Nachrichten BVB.

‘I look forward to next season. I look forward to it starting again. But yes, I will be here next season and I will be ready.

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‘My destiny is in my own hands and I know that if I try hard and trust the people around me, I can move forward.

‘I came from England as a young talent. There was not much pressure. The first season went well. There were also matches where I sat on the bench and sometimes I did not play at all.

‘I think my development this year has meant that I have played a bigger role in every game except two. I am very grateful to Dortmund for the way they have nurtured my talent.

‘I think a lot of the credit goes to the coaching staff and the staff who keep the noise around me. In this way I can only focus on winning matches, because that’s what I’m here for.’

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United, Liverpool, Chelsea told why they should not be threatened by Erling Haaland’s arrival to the EPL

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Man United were also interested in the signature of Erling Haaland but he opted to join Man City ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, the striker, who has established himself as one of the best in the world is seen as a threat to all EPL teams especially those that are rivals to Man City, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

But in his analysis, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann said there is no need to be threatened as he noted that Erling Haaland has injury concerns.

During his time in Germany, Haaland has struggled with hip and muscular injuries and Hamann believes it should be enough to cause concern for City.

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‘It’s great news for the Premier League, it’s great news for City obviously. He’s a tremendous player,’ Hamann told talkSPORT.

‘He took the Bundesliga by storm and I think he averages a goal a game and did well for Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

‘Obviously this is the next step. It was all planned to go to Austria to play there for a year and a half, play in the Bundesliga and now he has to cut it in the Premier League. I have no doubt he will.

‘The only worry I would have about him is that he has had quite a few muscle injuries over the last 12 months and missed a lot of football.

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‘That’s one thing they have to be wary of.

‘I’m not sure if he can get any faster because he’s lightning quick already.

‘The thing with him is he will also give 100 per cent on the pitch. Sometimes he has to channel himself because he’s been out for a few weeks, plays the first game and was then chasing the goalkeeper from the halfway line and broke down again.

‘He’s still learning with his body as to whether he can get fitter and stronger. He probably can get stronger, but I’m not sure he can get much quicker as he’s lightning quick.

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‘It is terrifying because he has so much power, when he opens his legs he’s hard to stop. He’s a great finisher for his height and physique.

‘He’s got a great left foot on him, he finishes alright with his right as well. If there’s one weakness, I don’t really want to call it a weakness, but it is his heading.

‘But he doesn’t need to head that often because he scores with his feet.’

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How Liverpool are proving ex-United CEO Woodward wrong even after his exit, financial guru notes big development at Anfield

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Ex-Man United CEO Ed Woodward have been proven wrong by Liverpool that greater success on the pitch brings greater commercial revenues.

This was noted by finance guru Kieran Maguire, when he spoke exclusively to Football Insider about the stark contrasts between the two North-West rivals.

As it has been, the Red Devils are still on top in the commercial stakes, recording £287million in sponsor and merchandising income 2020-21 compared to Liverpool’s £217m.

However, success on the pitch has been rasing Liverpool in the last few months to equal and overtake United as the Reds recently signed a number of new commercial deals and revealed their new home kit to fanfare last Thursday which is worth millions.

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They are also in talks with several firms over a new front-of-shirt sponsor deal and ​Maguire claims that the Merseysiders’ corporate success beats Woodward’s old claim that big clubs are commercially bulletproof.

“They have Man United in their targets now,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“Ed Woodward used to say that you do not need to win football matches to be commercially successful.

“But Man United have been flatlining for a number of years and Liverpool have been growing.“

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Recent negative results have removed United from the focus for commercial incomes while Liverpool attract more as they are still in with a shot of a historic quadruple this season.

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How Jurgen Klopp reacts to Man City’s capture of United target

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reacted to Erling Haaland’s expected summer move at Manchester City by stating that it ‘set new levels’ of competition.

City are set to pay Haaland’s release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract of €75 million (£64.2m) to bring the prolific forward to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the most feared strikers on the planet, scoring 85 goals in just 88 games since moving to Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2019.

He was linked with a move to Man United as the Red Devils seek to reinforce but that is no longer possible as he joins their rivals.

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Klopp has just signed a contract extension at Liverpool stretching until 2026 and he says he is not disheartened that his fierce rivals are now even stronger, but does admit that Haaland will ‘set new levels’ for the Premier League champions.

‘I signed a new contract knowing that City will not stop developing. So it’s not about City to define if we can be happy or not, it’s about us,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.

‘If Erling Haaland goes there, it will not weaken them. Definitely not.

‘I know in the moment a lot of other people will talk about money, but this transfer will set new levels, let me say it like this.’

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Chelsea, United target to head to Liverpool after transfer advice is given

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged his former club to beat Man United and Chelsea for West Ham United star Declan Rice in the summer.

Both Chelsea and Man United have been long time suitors for the midfielder but leaving the London club has been a difficult thing to achieve. He could now be heading to Liverpool after the advice given.

Murphy said Liverpool should beat their EPL rivals for the signature of the midfielder.

‘Declan Rice for me 100%,’ Murphy told Anfield Watch, on behalf of The Punters Page, when asked who Liverpool should sign.

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‘I think if you’re looking for a Jordan Henderson replacement, then you need somebody who could be there for the next ten years.

‘Rice is a super athlete; he can get box-to-box like Henderson and he leads others around him.

‘He doesn’t have to play the holding role, but he could if Fabinho got injured, and I think he could become a great number eight in a better side.

‘He’ll be able to get forward more and score goals which he has shown at times.

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‘I know he’ll be really expensive, and Liverpool won’t pay that sort of money, but if you’re asking me from a fan’s mindset and a pundit mindset, then if Liverpool were to only sign Declan Rice it would be a phenomenal signing.

‘But as I say I think it would be unlikely.’

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Rangnick tells United what to learn from Liverpool as Champions League football seems out of it

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Ralf Rangnick has told Manchester United that they need to learn from Liverpool in terms from recruitment as they brace up without Champions League football next season.

The manager noted that Liverpool were able to buy players that improved them even without Champions League and that can happen with them.

The Red Devils are on the verge of missing out on finishing top-four this season with Arsenal and Tottenham already ahead.

Rangnick noted that despite being well outside the Champions League spots, Liverpool signed Sadio Mane from Southampton that summer and the Senegalese forward has already established himself as a club legend and a bargain at £30m.

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Klopp also brought in the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip that summer, who have both had big impacts at the club, so the right signings can be made despite the lack of European action.

‘It would be easier if we play Champions League, but when Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool, in his first season he finished eighth and they didn’t play in any European competition as far as I remember,’ Rangnick told Sky Sports.

‘But still managed to bring in players like Sadio Mane and quite a few others, so it’s possible.

‘There are enough reasons for players who want to develop their careers – and this is an important issue – players for who it is the next, best logical step in their careers.

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‘Not only for financial reasons, for those players it should be the best possible step, because then that will mean they come for the very right reasons to this club.’

Rangnick added ‘If you analyse the situation, it’s not that difficult to analyse,’ he said. ‘The team needs a rebuild, not because some players have to go but quite a few have no contracts anymore, their contracts are expiring, then for me it’s clear there will be six, seven, eight, maybe 10 new players.

‘And before you sign those players you need to be aware how do you want to play? What kind of football does the new manager want to play? And then take it from there and then bring every single player fitting into that kind of profile.’

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United, Liverpool target opens up on move

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Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni has given a hint that he is opened to leaving the club this summer, amid links with Manchester United and Liverpool.

The France international is open to staying at Monaco, he says there’s no guarantees over what can happen in the transfer window.

‘I have a contract with Monaco until 2024, with an option until 2025, we’ll see what the future holds,’ said Tchouaméni.

‘In the transfer windows, many things can happen. There is my case and that of other players, some at the end of their contracts, others who have interest in other places. We are focused on Lille.

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‘We’re going on vacation, and we’ll see when we get back, who they’ll be when we get back. Why not stay and play the Champions League?

‘The elimination in the previous round against Shakhtar got stuck in my throat. Playing the Champions League with Monaco is not something that displeases me.’

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are both set to leave United at the end of the season when their contracts expire and the Monaco ace has been tipped to step in.

At Anfield, James Milner is out of contract in July and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin could be sold.

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