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Reds Target Bilbao forward



Reds Target Bilbao forward

Reds make early Iker Muniain summer transfer approach amid contract delay.

LIVERPOOL are looking to take advantage of Iker Muniain’s contract uncertainty with Athletic Bilbao with the view of signing the forward on a free transfer in the summer. According to newspaper outlet in Spain.

The winger’s development has been disrupted by long-term ligament injuries which he has suffered in recent years having emerged as one of La Liga’s most highly-rated youngsters almost 10 years ago.

Still only 25, Muniain has four goals in nine La Liga appearances for Bilbao this term and even captained the Basque outfit in a draw against Eibar earlier this month.

But the Spain international’s current contract expires in June and that has seen potential suitors begin to circle.

According to Marca via Sport Witness, both Liverpool and Serie A side Napoli have already made offers to Muniain.

Muniain remains an important member of the Bilbao squad having scored 51 goals and provided 35 assists in 357 first-team appearances for the club.

It is said that the attacker might prefer to stay at the San Mames Stadium, where he has played his entire career having joined Los Leones at the age of 12 in 2005.

He made his debut aged just 16 and remains the youngest player ever to play for Athletic with the club still sticking to their policy of only signing players from the Basque region.

Yet he would be an attractive option to Jurgen Klopp’s side given his versatility. Muniain is capable of playing anywhere across the front three and could be a useful back up to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out wide in particular.

While Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed for Liverpool since joining from Stoke City in the summer, the Swiss international has generally performed best in an advanced No 10 role in midfield.

And with Shaqiri the first-choice deputy to Salah on the right wing, Liverpool do not have a natural backup for Mane on the left.

Jurgen Klopp has already made his move for Muniain, according to reports

Harry Wilson has emerged as another possible long-term option out wide for Klopp, but it is not yet known whether the Welshman – who can also play left, right or as an attacking midfielder – will be trusted with senior responsibilities at Anfield.

That’s with the 21-year-old currently impressing on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the Championship, providing three goals and two assists so far in 12 league and cup outings.

Liverpool boss Klopp wanted to sign a No 10 in the summer with a move for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir falling through on the eve of the World Cup due to concerns over the Frenchman’s injury history.

And he could see Muniain as another play-making option alongside Shaqiri as Liverpool look to build on their progress under the German manager with silverware.

Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League only behind reigning champions Manchester City on goal difference having gone unbeaten in their first 10 games.


Transfer News: Man United Target ‘rejects’ Barcelona move



Transfer News: Man United Target ‘rejects’ Barcelona move

Manchester United have been given a lift in their quest for Matthijs De Ligt after he dismissed a transfer move to Barcelona, as indicated by reports.

The 19-year-old centre-back has developed as one of European football’s most exciting player this summer in the midst of reports Ajax are set up to give him a chance to leave for a fee of around €80million.

De Ligt’s future destination now however stays obscure, with connections to all of United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Be that as it may, the most recent reports in Spanish paper Marca claim De Ligt has ruled against a transition to Barca despite them already being the top choices to sign the Dutchman.

In spite of the report saying that a transfer deal had been agreed between the two clubs, his agent Mino Raiola has assumed a major role in De Ligt’s choice to snub the Catalan club.

Different reports as of late have claimed that Raiola would lean toward his client to join either PSG or another club and now it appears he could have his desire.

Man United’s inability to play in the next season’s Champions League is a major problem in their quest to sign De Ligt with it comprehended he might want to join PSG.

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Transfer News: Chelsea Reignite Interest in Bayer Leverkusen star as Hazard replacement



Transfer News: Chelsea Reignite Interest in Bayer Leverkusen star as Hazard replacement

​Following the departure of Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea have restored their long term interest for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.

Chelsea were keen on the Jamaican winger over a year ago, and in spite of having a poor season last campaign, will look to the 21-year-old to attempt and fill the void left by the Belgian.

Bailey’s move to London relies on the result of Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as they hope to have their transfer ban overturned.

The ​Daily Mail reports that the Stamford Bridge club are hoping to sign the young wingers, for example, Bailey to replace Eden ​Hazard as well as Willian and Pedro, who are not getting younger anymore.

Bailey could cost the Blues around £80m, a huge sum for a player who is yet to really sparkle. He showed up last season, scoring five goals and one assist.

Leverkusen will request for huge fee whoever desires to sign Bailey, as they face losing the in all exceptionally player Kai Havertz to Bayern Munich and have effectively lost Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund.

​Chelsea signed Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic in January as they hope to introduce young players to drive the club forward.

They are also purportedly inspired by Ajax’s David Neres, with the Blues fighting it out with a many teams of other ​Premier League clubs for his signature including ​Everton, ​Liverpool and Europa League final opponents ​Arsenal.

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Transfer News: Manchester United clear favourites win the race for Liverpool and Man City target



Transfer News: Manchester United clear favourites win the race for Liverpool and Man City target

Man United are supposedly clear favourites to beat rivals Man City and Liverpool to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.

Maddison was a standout amongst the most great midfielders in the Premier League last season, with the previous Norwich City man scoring seven goals and seven assists in his first campaign in England’s top flight.

Also, it appears as though Maddison’s form has gotten the attention of some of England’s top clubs, as the Daily Star are reporting that all of Man United, Liverpool and Man City are in the chase for the 22-year-old, with the Englishman being valued at around £60M.

Also, it appears as though United are driving the race to sign the player, as the Sun are reporting that the Red Devils are ‘clear favourites’ to sign Maddison, with Betway having them at chances of only 4/11.

Maddison would be a quality signing for United to make, as he’s shown with his incredible display for Leicester this year that he has what it takes to compete with the best the Premier League.

Man United appear to lead the race to sign Leicester man Maddison this summer.

Maddison would be a decent signing for United, paying £60M for him may be somewhat steep.

Maddison has been impressed this year, anyway paying that much for a player who’s just had one year in England’s top flight may be excessive in certain people’s eyes.

In any case, United unquestionably have the funds to get him this summer regardless of the fee, it will be surprising to see the player remain with the foxes this summer.

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