Nottingham Forest leading race for £25,000-a-week Liverpool defender
Liverpool are asking for £20m from Nottingham Forest in order to sell right-back Neco Williams. The two teams have been discussing a transfer for Wales international, who spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign helping Fulham to secure promotion to the PL by winning the Championship.
Williams, part of the team which has qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, could replace Djed Spence in the Forest team for their first season in the PL since they were relegated before the turn of the millenium.
Previous reports had indicated that the Reds were looking for £15m in order to part with the Welshman, but Jones explained that the total financial package Liverpool are asking for from Forest would value him at £20m.
Neco has played 33 first-team games for the Reds since making his debut in a penalty shootout win over Arsenal in 2019, but only eight came in the first portion of last campaign before his loan spell.
UCL giants in pole position for 22-year-old Liverpool transfer target
Liverpool could be ready to miss out on Roma playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo, with Juventus set to launch a concrete pursuit this summer. Italy international has emerged as one of Serie A’s brightest youngsters and particularly caught the eye in the European tournament last campaign.
The Old Lady have contacted Roma to initiate a deal for Zaniolo, who commonly featured on the right-wing under Jose Mourinho throughout the 2021-22 season. The Bianconeri are set to accelerate their pursuit, with discussions ongoing over his possible signing.
Earlier this summer, Italian media claimed Liverpool and Tottenham had joined Milan and Juventus in monitoring Nicolo’s situation. But the latter look to be in the driving seat if they wish to push forward with a possible switch. The German coach could be searching for a new right forward amid uncertainty over Salah’s future at Anfield.
After Sadio Mane’s exit this summer, Mohamed Salah could follow him out of the door in 12 months’ time once his Reds deal expires. And the 22-year-old attacker’s ability to play on the right, as well as an attacking presence in central midfield, would undoubtedly attract Jurgen Klopp.
But it’d be a surprise to see the Reds entering a bidding war with Juventus in the current transfer window. The Reds are understood to have concluded their business with the signing of teenage Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay. His arrival follows Fulham attacker Fabio Carvalho’s and the £85m capture of Benfica centre-forward Darwin Nunez.
Liverpool keep a close eye on €35m-rated La Liga winger
Ousmane Dembele has five offers on his table heading into the summer transfer window, including one from Liverpool. The Barcelona winger is also a target for Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG over a potential Bosman move.
France international could be about to leave the Catalan giants only when he has started to deliver on the immense promise and potential he possesses. Dembele had been a frustrating figure in the first four and a half years of his stint with the Blaugrana, with attitude issues, fitness woes and terrible form hampering his progress.
But Ousmane rose to the occasion in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, ending the season with more assists than anyone else in La Liga (13) despite playing just 21 matches. But while the 25-year-old forward has been one of the best Barcelona footballers under Xavi, his deal situation has left the Catalan giants agitated.
At the same time, Liverpool, Chelsea, and other European bigwigs have set their sights on the French winger. The interest from the Reds stems from the departure of Mane, who will officially complete his move to Bayern Munich later this week on July 1.
While Liverpool have signed Darwin Nunez, the Uruguayan striker is not a like-for-like replacement for Sadio Mane. The Frenchman has thus emerged as a viable target for the Reds. Apart from Liverpool and Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG have also tabled offers to add the former Borussia Dortmund forward.