Liverpool set to make move for Butland


Liverpool are set to press ahead with a move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland.

The England international has been linked with a move to Anfield over recent months and it now looks likely that a deal will be pursued for the goalkeeper this Summer.

His potential arrival has been met with generally negative reactions from fans across social media, but it seems that the twenty-five year old will be targeted after the Champions League final.

Stoke’s relegation down to the Championship after a decade in the Premier League is viewed as a factor that will help to reduce Butland’s price tag along with making a deal easier.

The former Birmingham City stopper has also been linked with a switch to top flight new boys Wolves, but fighting off competition from Molineux is unlikely to prove much of a stumbling block to any deal.

Butland’s potential arrival will almost certainly spell the end for Belgium international Simon Mignolet’s Liverpool career, as the former Sunderland man seeks first-team football ahead of next season.

The signing will also jeopardise Welshman Danny Ward’s future at the club following a disappointing season which saw him make just one appearance following a successful spell on loan at Huddersfield Town in 2016/17.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to see Butland as the man to come in and provide competition for current number one Loris Karius.

Klopp interested in English duo


Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles have emerged as potential Summer targets for Liverpool.

That’s according to a report by Miguel Delaney in The Independent, in which he claims that the Premier League defenders have been identified as possible additions to the squad for next season.

The article claims that manager Jurgen Klopp wants to bring in four players ahead of the new season as he looks to add depth and quality to his squad with a title challenge in mind.

But only one of the pair will be moved for, should the German decide to press ahead with a bid, and he has the full backing of the board if he does target either of them.

Should one of them arrive at Anfield this Summer, they will not necessarily be coming in to replace Dejan Lovren as the partner for Virgil Van Dijk, but to add depth to Klopp’s options at centre-back.

Klopp does have Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez as central defensive options in his squad at present, but the latter two were ruled out for the remainder of the campaign thanks to injuries.

Tarkowski, who is twenty-five years of age, and Lascelles, twenty-four, would each fit the profile of signing that both Klopp and FSG like to make.

Suarez could be allowed to leave Barcelona


Barcelona could be open to the idea of letting Luis Suarez leave this Summer.

The La Liga champions are trying to pull together the enough funds to complete the signing of Antoine Griezmann from rivals Atletico Madrid and could sacrifice the Uruguayan to do that.

Suarez turned thirty-one earlier this year and his transfer value is only going to decrease as he continues to get older, so the Catalans could decide to cash in while they still can.

They are reported to be exploring the possibility of bringing in funds by letting Frenchman Ousmane Dembele move on, in either a loan or permanent deal, but may find it easier to sell Suarez.

Dembele only arrived at the Camp Nou last year when he joined from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth a reported £135m – and that price tag is putting other clubs off after his disappointing debut season Spain.

Suarez has scored goals wherever he has been, from his spell in Holland with Ajax on to Anfield between 2011 and 2014 and since his move to Barcelona following the World Cup that Summer.

Should he be allowed to leave this year, a switch to Anfield could prove tempting to both him and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp – who is reported to be looking at attacking signings.

A factor against the idea, however, is his age – with both FSG and Klopp seemingly against the idea of spending big transfer fees on players past their peak.

Barcelona are not going to let him leave on the cheap, so a tantalising return to Merseyside would appear to be an unlikely prospect – despite Suarez admitting that he would only sign for Liverpool if he came back to England.

“You never know what will happen in the future. If I was to return to England, it would be to play for Liverpool – not for any other team.” he said last year.

“I’ve missed the fans. The atmosphere is incredible, it’s incredible.

“Everyone who has played for Liverpool knows how important the fans are – they know they will always be in my heart.” he finished.

It seems that this reunion is unlikely, but supporters will hope that it could happen one day.

PSG make contract offer to Buffon


Paris Saint Germain are reported to have offered a contract to Gianluigi Buffon.

That’s according to French newspaper Le Parisien, who are claiming that the Italian international has been given the opportunity to agree a two year deal with the club.

Liverpool have been linked with a bid for the forty year old this week, but it seems unlikely that Jurgen Klopp will go ahead with a move to bring him to Anfield.

Premier League champions Manchester City have also been credited with a move to bring Buffon to England this Summer, but they are more secure in their goalkeeping situation.

Buffon announced that he would be leaving Juventus once his contract expires after being expected to bring the curtain down on his legendary professional career.

The Serie A champions have offered him a coaching role, but the former Parma man could be persuaded to delay hanging his gloves up by being given the chance to play abroad for the first time in his career.

It has been claimed that Klopp is interested in bringing the experienced veteran to Anfield in order to add some wisdom to his goalkeeping ranks, but a deal seems unlikely to happen.

Lijnders in line for Anfield return


Former Liverpool first-team coach Pepijn Lijnders could be in line for a return to the club.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is considering offering him the chance to come back and take up the position of assistant manager this Summer, according to a report by The Daily Mail.

The Dutchman only made an exit from the club in January when he was given the chance to become manager of second tier NEC Nijmegen in his homeland.

But he has since left that position after failing to secure promotion to the Eredivisie and is so available to return to Liverpool to replace former assistant manager Zeljko Buvac.

No appointment will be made until after the Champions League final has been played and Buvac remains employed by the club, despite his absence from duty.

Klopp is said to have kept in touch with Lijnders and is very fond of his former coach, which would make a return to the coaching staff at Anfield a good move for the Dutchman.

Things could change should Buvac be brought back into the fold, but as things stand that outcome is looking increasingly unlikely.

Neves not looking to leave Wolves


Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has said that he has need to leave the promoted club at present.

The former Porto man has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester United since helping the Midlands club make a return to the top flight, but he seems set on remaining at Molineux next season.

“Right now it’s not good for me to risk a way out.” he told O Jogo.

“I feel very good at Wolverhampton, I have no reason to leave because I’m going to play in the best league in the world.

“The fans already know me, the club too and everyone knows what I can do for the club.

“I spent a great year there and I love playing at Wolverhampton.

“Therefore, I have no interest in going out, because it’s the best for me and for my future.

“I came to evolve as a player and now that I’m maybe in the best phase of my career it would be a very big risk changing club.

“This is the right path.

“When I signed for Wolverhampton, I had good expectations because I liked the club project, but I never thought we would win the Championship in the first year.

“Of course our goal from the start was promotion, but we played an excellent season and we were champions with two fixtures left to the end of the league.

“This is a championship that is usually very competitive.” he finished.

Neves was left out of the Portugal squad for this Summer’s World Cup in Russia despite some fine performances for Wolves.

Napoli name price for Koulibaly


Napoli have named their price for Kalidou Koulibaly.

The central defender is a man in demand and the Italian club are planning to resist interest from clubs in the Senegal international this Summer as they look to go one better in Serie A next season.

But RAI Sport are claiming that they have quoted interested clubs a price of around £100m for the centre-back, with a host of clubs around Europe keen to sign the twenty-six year old.

Liverpool paid a world record fee in January to sign Holland international Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in a deal worth a reported £75m, which blew away the previous highest price for a defender.

Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past and it is believed that manager Jurgen Klopp is still monitoring the defender, but other big spending clubs are said to be leading the race to snap him up.

Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United are all said to be interested in luring Koulibaly away from the San Paolo during the Summer transfer market and could feasibly outbid the Reds.

Napoli are said to believe that the price tag is high enough to put off any club from making a bid to prise away one of their star men.

Ronaldo fit for Champions League final


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final.

That is according to his manager, Zinedine Zidane, who has said that his star man is “120%” fit to take part in the Kiev showpiece.

The thirty-three year old suffered an ankle injury during his side’s 2-2 draw with rivals Barcelona earlier this month.

But Zidane has revealed that he will be able to call upon the services of the Portuguese superstar next Saturday when the game kicks off.

“Right now he is 120%.” he said.

“He is fine. If Cristiano is 120% that’s fine with me.” he added.

Zidane has also stated that Wales international Gareth Bale will be fit and ready to take part should he be selected for the game.

“You can say he’s playing better because of the goals he has scored, but he has been training well.” he said.

“The most important thing is to see everyone in good physical shape. That’s what I care about.” he finished.

Real Madrid will be aiming to win their third Champions League trophy in a row, while Liverpool are taking part in a first final since losing 2-1 to AC Milan in 2007.

Barcelona offering Dembele deal to clubs


Barcelona are offering Ousmane Dembele to other top clubs around Europe.

That’s the claim being made by Catalan radio station RAC1, who are reporting that the France international is being touted around the continent as a potential loan or permanent signing.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move for the player he missed out on back in the Summer of 2016 when the Frenchman chose to join Borussia Dortmund from Rennes.

He made a big money switch to Spain to play for Barcelona last year, but things haven’t worked out as well at the Camp Nou for him as had been hoped and it now looks like he could be on the move yet again.

The La Liga champions are closing in on a deal for his compatriot Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid are believed to be preparing to raise the funds for that move.

Klopp recently refused to be drawn on whether he would be launching another bid to bring Dembele to Anfield when asked in a press conference about the young forward.

“Oh! Dembele is on the market? Is he on the market? Now I am interested!” he said.

“I never comment on transfer rumours. I’ve said already much more than I usually say.” he added.

City set to win Jorginho race


Manchester City look set to win the race to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The Italy international’s agent, Joao Santos, has stated that his client will make the move to The Etihad this Summer provided the two clubs can thrash out a deal.

“Jorginho is still under contract, but if Napoli find an agreement with City then he goes to Manchester.” he told Calcio Napoli 24.

“Finding an agreement with the English won’t be a problem, considering their importance, but I repeat it depends on Napoli as the player is tied to the Azzurri for two more years.

“City are champions of England and among Europe’s top clubs.

“Now we must stay calm. If Napoli and City find a solution, we can talk about it, otherwise the player will be happy to stay at Napoli.

“For now, I haven’t heard from anyone at Napoli because I imagine they’re busy planning for next season.

“I hope to hear from their director, and maybe he’ll be in Naples in the next few days to talk about Jorginho.” he finished.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil born midfielder, along with rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs, but it looks like Pep Guardiola has beaten him to the punch.