Liverpool transfer news latest: Mauro Icardi, Dani Alves, Dani Ceballos, Bruno Fernandes, Junior Firpo

Jurgen Klopp is keen to add to his Champions League-winning squad

Tom Kershaw@trlkershaw
Sunday 07 July 2019 16:54
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Mauro Icardi could be pushing for a move to Liverpool this summer after Inter Milan made it clear the Argentinian was no longer in their plans.

The controversial 26-year-old endured a turbulent season with Inter and was stripped of the captaincy and refused to play after his wife publicly criticised the way the club is managed.

According to 90min, Icardi is keen to move to a top-six Premier League club and came close to joining the Champions League winners on deadline day in January 2015. However, Jurgen Klopp is thought to be unlikely to want to bring such a disruptive presence into a squad that he has harvested such a strong sense of togetherness.

Dejan Lovren is edging towards a move away from Anfield after falling behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the central defensive pecking-order.

AC Milan are reportedly keen to sign the Croatian but are only prepared to offer £13.5m, while Liverpool want £22.4m for the 30-year-old.

Liverpool have dropped out of the race to sign Sporting's Bruno Fernandes with Manchester United now clear frontrunners in the race for the Portuguese international's signature.

Fernandes' agent has met with representatives of United, Liverpool and Tottenham but no club has agreed a fee with Sporting yet.

The Reds look set to miss out on Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, with Tottenham now in pole position to secure the 22-year-old's signature.

Liverpool are considering a move for Dani Ceballos

Ceballos is keen to leave the Bernabeu to play more regular football and has attracted plenty of interest from the Premier League with Arsenal also in the running.

One report in Spain suggests Real Madrid would be happy to sell Ceballos for around £50m but would insist on a buy-back clause of around £70m just in case he should fulfil his potential.

According to Muchodeportivo, Liverpool also have their eye on Real Betis defender and Barcelona target Junior Firpo.

Firpo was also part of that victorious Spanish European U21 Championship-winning side this summer and is said to be available for around £25m. Liverpool are considering offering a swap deal with Champions League hero Divock Origi thrown into the bargain.

Lille's Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool this summer

Meanwhile, the club have moved closer to buying Lille’s Nicolas Pepe after the president admitted he has begun talks with the Anfield club, adding that another side is also interested in attracting the forward.

And the former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has said Dani Alves would be the ideal signing for Liverpool. Alves is currently a free agent after leaving PSG.

“I feel maybe could fit in well at Liverpool and Klopp would like him as a style of player,” said Kleberson. “He’s very technical, fast and has an incredible temperament in the big games. He’s a winner.”

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