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Real Madrid‘considers’ Liverpool sale amid new Mason Mount stance as transfer clear-out plannedlllll



Real Madrid‘considers’ Liverpool sale amid new Mason Mount stance as transfer clear-out planned

Welcome to the daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.

Real Madrid president ‘considers’ sale

Liverpool has seen far too much of Real Madrid in recent years. In some ways, that’s the inevitable consequence of repeatedly venturing deep into the Champions League, with Los Blancos a perennial presence on Europe’s biggest stage.

But it’s not just in showpiece finals where Real Madrid seems to have had Liverpool’s number. The two teams have gone head-to-head for a number of transfer targets, with Jude Bellingham looking as though he will be the latest to choose the Bernabéu amid links to Anfield.

On this occasion, FSG’s decision to back away from the deal looks to have been the decisive factor. But Liverpool was unequivocally all-in on Aurélien Tchouaméni last summer, only for the French midfielder to choose Real Madrid. Failure to source an alternative derailed Jürgen Klopp’s whole campaign.

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But in the meantime, Tchouaméni has not had the best time of it in Madrid, and El Nacional now reports that club president Florentino Pérez would ‘consider’ sanctioning a sale. Liverpool, for its part, remains interested.

The reality of breaking into the Real Madrid midfield was laid bare in the recent clash with Manchester City. Young phenomenon Eduardo Camavinga was accommodated as an auxiliary left-back, with elite trio Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde in the center of the park. Bellingham could be thrown into that mix too.

As such, if Real Madrid can recoup the $88m (£70m/€80m) it paid to Monaco last summer, it seems Tchouaméni may be allowed to leave. Belatedly, this could be a major building block in Liverpool’s rebuilding plans.

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Pochettino sets new Mount stance amid clearout demand

It has been looking increasingly inevitable that Mason Mount will depart Chelsea in the summer. Soon to have just a year left to run on his contract, there has been no meaningful progress on a new deal, and Todd Boehly is not believed to be willing to countenance the possibility of losing him for nothing.

But while Chelsea’s need to sell players in order to comply with Financial Fair Play requirements seemingly strengthens Liverpool’s hand even further, the latest twist could put a dent in hopes of luring Mount to Anfield. The West London club is set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as its new boss, and the former Spurs manager seems keen on keeping the 24-year-old.

Pochettino recognizes the importance of a transfer clear-out, according to Ben Jacobs of CBS, but he has also emphasized the need to keep hold of Mount. His third priority is to bring in proven Premier League talent.

Of course, while Boehly will be keen to back his new man, Pochettino’s wishes do not automatically mean Mount will be staying put. He would first have to accept a new contract, and the new, more modest wage structure at Stamford Bridge is not guaranteed to satisfy him, especially in a season with no European football uplift on offer.

However, Liverpool may not have everything its own way in this particular transfer pursuit, despite Chelsea’s pressing need to sell. Pochettino clearly believes the squad can be trimmed in other areas.


Jurgen Klopp makes emphatic Darwin Nunez goal claim as Liverpool eye top-four spot

Jurgen Klopp has opened up on Darwin Nunez’s start to life at Liverpool as the Reds continue their push for a Champions League place when they travel to Leicester

Darwin Nunez has scored 15 goals this season (

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Jurgen Klopp believes there is more to come from Darwin Nunez despite a modest return in front of goal for Liverpool this season.

Nunez, 23, has scored nine times in 29 Premier League appearances following his big-money move from Benfica last summer. He has added a further six goals in cup competitions to take his tally up to 15 for the campaign.

But Nunez has received some criticism from fans and pundits for his finishing and performance since he made the switch to Anfield. Klopp has defended the Uruguayan, however, and claimed he would have scored a lot more goals if in a better Liverpool team. The Reds currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Klopp said: “He needed time to settle. The most difficult thing for a striker is to come in to a team that is not clicking. For him to have scored 15 goals anyway, imagine if by our standards a good season with 70 or 80 points, he would have scored 20-odd goals definitely.

“That’s how it is but they had much more that we created in this period. But 15 goals is still absolutely fine and three games to go so possibly increase that number as well.

“We spoke about it. He needs time to adapt. He had that at Benfica as well, but there wasn’t the language issue, or less of a language issue than there was here. It’s clear that we will try to help him and he can help us even more than he has done already.”

Darwin Nunez has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season



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Liverpool are the second most in-form team in the division right now, having won their last six matches and have put up a real fight for a place in the Champions League. However, Man Utd and Newcastle both picked up positive results on Saturday in the race for a top-four spot.

The Reds are next in action when they travel to relegation-threatened Leicester and will need to continue their winning streak to stand any chance of finishing inside the Champions League spots.

“It is not about that, there are two games a season, or maybe with cup competitions three, four, five games where you play Man City or Arsenal,” Klopp added. “A successful season is that you are ready for all the games that you can win 20-odd, maybe 25 games.

“If City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Tottenham, Man Utd are all involved in that 25 then it’s even better. But can we create a team that can win the majority of the games? Yes we can. It’s not about what the others do, it never was.”

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