Monday, October 18, 2021

Liverpool go back for ‘new Philippe Coutinho’ after Jürgen Klopp ‘request’ as £30m deal agreed

Welcome to the Liverpool.com 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.

Liverpool are the most likely side to sign Borussia Dortmund midfield sensation Jude Bellingham, according to the Daily Star, with Manchester United focusing more on signing Kalvin Phillips or Declan Rice.

A move for Rice looks likely to be next summer, though, while Bellingham might have to wait another season because Erling Haaland will be the one to depart next year, and Dortmund don’t often lose two players in one transfer window anymore.

It is also worth pointing out that Liverpool and Manchester United will not be the only teams interested in signing £100m-rated Bellingham, with his talent absolutely obvious.

But Bellingham’s love for Steven Gerrard could help the Reds out, even if the Rangers manager doesn’t succeed Jürgen Klopp, and he already has a good relationship with Jordan Henderson from his time with England.

The Liverpool right-back has not travelled with the team to face off against Porto in the Champions League this evening, with doubts over the extent of the issue he has sustained.

Alexander-Arnold was present in training earlier in the day but was not on the plane on Monday evening as the Reds made their way to Portugal.

It is not yet known why Alexander-Arnold is set to be missing or how long for. Liverpool must hope that he is back to face Man City on Sunday.

£30m deal ‘agreed’

Further reports of a deal being agreed for Yves Bissouma have emerged, with Spanish outlet Fichajes suggesting a figure of £30m has been agreed for Liverpool to bring the midfielder in.

As much as Liverpool could do with a midfielder, Bissouma is a decent stylistic match to Gini Wijnaldum, and £30m is a decent fee, the supposed deal does not make quite as much sense in as much as the Reds have supposedly waited until January.

Surely if Liverpool felt Bissouma was their man, and Brighton were prepared to cash in, then the deal would have been done in the summer? Delaying until mid-season doesn’t really help anyone.

Liverpool, Man City and Real Madrid are all set to go head-to-head over Nice forward Amine Gouiri, according to Fichajes.

Klopp has supposedly ‘requested’ the signature of the 21-year-old but Man City are also keen as they seek alternative options to Harry Kane.

The French U21 international scored 12 and assisted nine last season in 34 appearances. He is under contract until 2024.

Mikkel Damsgaard was linked with a move to Anfield during the summer but he then played very well at the European Championships which ballooned his price tag.

Damsgaard was reportedly available for around €20m before the Euros and then that close to doubled afterwards, though according to Fichajes, that has now gone back down to ‘over €20m’ again.

At that price, Liverpool should be all over a deal for the player, who can play in the front three and in midfield.

Sampdoria have a good recent history with bringing players through — Bruno Fernandes being one of them — and Damsgaard has been compared to Philippe Coutinho for his style and ability to play a couple of roles.

Juventus, Lyon, Tottenham and Aston Villa have also been linked with the creative player, but Liverpool would surely have an advantage in that race.

Michael Edwards would not have made a move while Damsgaard’s price was inflated temporarily after the Euros — but the player remained where he was, and a more sensible deal might be able to be struck in future.
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