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£61m-rated midfielder emerges as‘top target’for Liverpool



£61m-rated midfielder emerges as‘top target’for Liverpool

May 10th 2023, 21:44

It will be all change in Liverpool’s squad this summer, as Jurgen Klopp looks to rebuild and get his team back to winning ways both domestically and in Europe.

According to The Athletic (subscription required), at least three midfielders in Arthur Melo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will all be released at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, so there is an obvious need to sign players for the centre of the park.

To that end, Football Insider are quoting sources as suggesting that International’s £61m-rated star, Nicolo Barella, is a ‘top target’ for the Premier League giants.

The outlet talk of the player’s desire to leave the Serie A club, and the Reds could certainly do with a player that has Barella’s battling qualities.

Eight goals and six assists from an attacking midfield position, per WhoScored, is a decent return and would complement what Liverpool’s strikers can produce in that regard.

His industry and willingness to get forward at every opportunity are qualities that would serve the Reds will in transition, something that Liverpool have struggled to master for much of the current season.

Physically able, the Premier League isn’t likely to hold any fears for the 26-year-old either, with the only possible question mark over any switch being his lack of English top-flight experience when compared with other midfielders that may be available for purchase.


Mason Mount’s transfer future clarified after Todd Boehly intervention – report

Mason Mount is no closer to agreeing an extension of his current deal at Chelsea despite a late bid from co-owner Todd Boehly to persuade the Englishman to remain at Stamford Bridge.

This comes amid a report from the Daily Mail claiming that potential incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino views the 24-year-old as an ideal piece of the puzzle of his London revolution.

This will no doubt come as music to the ears of Liverpool’s recruitment team with Jurgen Klopp himself likewise understood to be an admirer.

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Will Mason Mount stay with Chelsea… or time for a transfer to Liverpool?

It’s little wonder that we smell blood here ahead of a summer window in which we may need to be very smart in how we split up our transfer budget – should we fail to qualify for Champions League football next term.

With Manchester United’s season teetering on the edge of the abyss as far as their own European hopes are concerned, that situation could very well change in some part, of course.

Mason Mount will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for an abdomen concern – (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Ultimately, however, with Mount’s current terms set to expire next year and Chelsea in dire need of making some sales to comply with Financial Fair Play, we struggle to see how the Blues will sanction anything else other than the sale of their Academy star to repair the damage cause by their prior unhinged transfer activity.

With there remaining serious question marks over the futures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, this summer represents the perfect opportunity for any young, aspiring midfielder to come in and vie to be the main man in a Klopp-led midfield.

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