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‘Better than Cristiano Ronaldo’ – Jurgen klopp delivers a honest verdict on £45m Liverpool transfer target

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‘Better than Cristiano Ronaldo’ – Jurgen klopp delivers a honest verdict on £45m Liverpool transfer target

Since it was first announced that Sadio Mané will most likely depart the club this summer, a slew of names have been linked with a move to Liverpool. Mané is expected to inform the club that he want to pursue a new challenge abroad after six years with the club.

Since then, a slew of contenders for Mané’s replacement have emerged. Rafael Leo, a forward for Milan, is one of them. Liverpool and a slew of other clubs have been linked with the 22-year-old Portuguese forward, who just played a key role in Milan’s first Scudetto in 11 years.

Since his arrival in Italy, Leo has been regarded as a rough diamond, a player with immense potential who makes the wrong decision at the crucial moment or lacks a finished product.

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Portugal’s forward Rafael Leao attends a press conference at Cidade do Futebol training camp in Oeiras, Portugal, on May 27, 2022. Portugal’s football team prepares the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against Spain, Switzerland and Czech Republic in June. (Photo by Pedro Fi?za/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Those days, however, are no longer. He emerged as Milan’s key player in the title race, scoring seven goals in the second half of the season and particularly in the final five games, scoring or contributing in each of them as he turned on the flair.

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Leo concluded the season in Serie A with 11 goals and 10 assists, causing many to take note of one of Portugal’s future best players.

Liverpool have been linked with him on several occasions, while Manchester City might ‘go crazy’ for him as a replacement for Raheem Sterling, according to Footmercato, while Real Madrid and PSG are also interested.

Transfermarkt has Leao valued at £45 million, although La Gazzetta dello Sport recently reported that Milan would be unlikely to accept anything less than €100 million (£85 million) for him.

Furthermore, the club’s sports director Paolo Maldini recently stated that Leo is a ‘untouchable’ when it comes to a possible exit, and that he is one of the cornerstones of the new and energetic Milan.

Milan also has no financial concerns and no financial motivation to sell one of its crown jewels, as the club is about to be taken over by RedBird. Should Liverpool make their interest in Leo known if he feels he has achieved everything he can with Milan after winning the Scudetto?

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Leao still has a lot of potential that he hasn’t realized yet. Despite making significant progress this season under Stefano Pioli, he still has to work on his game. Jürgen Klopp would be ecstatic to have a player like Leo under his tutelage.

However, with Luis Daz now at the club, it’s unclear whether Leo would be a required acquisition, given he can’t play through the middle like Mané did halfway through the season.

Instead of adding someone like Leao, who is more of a winger, Liverpool would be better served by signing a No.9, or someone who can rotate between a No.10 and a No.9, like classic Roberto Firmino or Mané.

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If Liverpool hadn’t bought Daz in January, a summer transfer for Leao would be a no-brainer. But, as things are, he’s probably unnecessary.

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Liverpool are exploring signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to strengthen their midfield, according to reports.

Liverpool wants to aim to turn around the Reds’ fortunes by bringing N’Golo Kante to Anfield in what would be a spectacular cross-Premier League trade.

That’s according to one report that says that the Merseysiders are looking at the iconic Chelsea midfielder as an option. Kante has been injured all season, following an injury sustained early in the season against Tottenham Hotspur, and is yet to feature under Graham Potter.

But with Liverpool seeking midfield reinforcements – and potentially shelling out for a big rebuild – Kante could be an ingenious solution.

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According to Catalan outlet El Nacional, via Football365, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made the request to ownership Fenway Sports Group to bring the World Cup winner to Liverpool in the summer.

Kante’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and it’s unlikely that Chelsea would renew it. Bringing in Kante for nothing could be a wise option with Liverpool needing to rebuild this summer and a hefty bid for Jude Bellingham rumoured.

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Kante’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign. (Getty Images)

However, the 31-year-old has experienced injury problems in the previous two seasons, and since Klopp hasn’t been able to rely on the physical wellbeing of players like Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Arthur Melo, Jordan Henderson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent seasons, adding another injury-prone midfielder might not be a good idea.

especially in light of the pay. Kante would not be cheap because he is most likely one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League right now and Kante is valued at €30m by Transfermarkt

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Klopp has ruled out any new signings(opens in new tab) before Tuesday’s deadline, with attacker Cody Gakpo the only new face this month.

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(Video) Watch Darwin Nunez’s Brighton highlights as the Uruguayan impresses and continues his return from injury

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(Video) Watch Darwin Nunez’s Brighton highlights as the Uruguayan impresses and continues his return from injury

For the majority, it was a day to forget as Liverpool was defeated by Brighton once more, our attempt to win back the FA Cup was unsuccessful, and Darwin Nunez was given another opportunity to shine on the left flank.

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After being substituted for goal-scoring Harvey Elliott at the hour mark, our No. 27 began his comeback from injury by finding himself in some precarious positions out wide.

It’s fantastic to see that the Uruguayan is capable of these typically high octave performances since his willingness to run and apply pressure to the defense nearly won the ball back high up the pitch.

 

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Liverpool tipped to agree signing of £21.9million star player before deadline

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Liverpool has wasted time during the January transfer window despite knowing how much the team needs a dynamic midfielder.

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Paul Robinson, a former goalkeeper for Tottenham, believes the Reds should sign Ryan Gravenberch, a Dutch international, on a late-season loan from Bayern Munich.

 

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The retired England international told Football Insider:

“Gravenberch has not played much this year. He has been a bit-part player at best for Bayern Munich. He has so much potential. Let’s not forget he is still just 20. I think he is a good player from what I’ve seen of him.”

“Perhaps he needs a new manager. He could flourish under somebody like Jurgen Klopp. If Liverpool can get him on loan, why not? It is an area that we all know they need to look at. I would not be against that move.”

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Gravenberch is a talented central midfielder, who won multiple league titles with Ajax under the management of Erik ten Hag.

The 20-year-old made direct contributions to 9 goals in all competitions last season, including 7 (2 goals and 5 assists) in the league-championship campaign.

The Dutch Eredivisie giants sold him to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window for a fee of £21.9 million (25 million euros).

However, the youthful midfielder has primarily served as a bench warmer since going to Germany. The Netherlands player has only played 221 minutes in the competition and has yet to start a league game for the Bavarians.

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The 11-cap international was unable to secure a spot in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup roster without regular football.

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With only two days left in the January transfer window in which to complete any late deals and strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the rest of the season.

There are now only two days left in the January transfer market, so any last-minute dreams that Liverpool might strengthen their team are quickly fading.

By announcing the signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven before the month had even begun, the Reds got the window off to a fast start. They beat out rival Manchester United for the attacker, giving the fan base newfound hope.

However, their form has been awful throughout the entire month of January, and even though it cannot be done in the next 48 hours, the necessity for a renewal in the summer is evident.

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Liverpool’s top transfer priority is still Jude Bellingham yet other players will have to leave in order to restructure a depleted team.

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A number of the Red’s Midfield player’s contracts will expire in the summer. (Getty Images)

Liverpool will do everything in their power to land Bellingham at the end of the season – and they have been handed a morsel of hope in what will surely be a difficult process.

Borussia Dortmund is no pushover when it comes to selling star players; over the last two summers, the club made £73 million and £51 million respectively by offloading Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

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Bellingham is being kept this time around in an effort to prevent a repeat, but Fabrizio Romano claims that he is “expected” to go due in large part to the weight of all the interest.

To get him, Liverpool will have to compete with Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and probably many other teams.

According to The Daily Mail, the club has been reportedly scouting the rosters of teams like Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain in the hopes that a last-minute midfielder deal may be made.

Liverpool is content to hold out on making its major acquisitions until the summer, but they are also open to any options that may arise right away.

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The likes of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner are all out of contract in the summer, while the loan deal for Arthur Melo will expire too.

Although it appears likely that Liverpool will remain silent in the closing hours of the transfer window, one transaction may still be completed.

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Liverpool have wasted time in the January transfer window knowing that they badly need a versatile midfielder to boost the squad.

Former Spurs goalie, Paul Robinson, thinks the Reds should secure a late-window loan signing of Dutch international, Ryan Gravenberch, from Bayern Munich.

The retired England international told Football Insider:

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“Gravenberch has not played much this year. He has been a bit-part player at best for Bayern Munich. He has so much potential. Let’s not forget he is still just 20. I think he is a good player from what I’ve seen of him.”

“Perhaps he needs a new manager. He could flourish under somebody like Jurgen Klopp. If Liverpool can get him on loan, why not? It is an area that we all know they need to look at. I would not be against that move.”

Gravenberch is a gifted central midfielder who played for Ajax under Erik ten Hag and won numerous league championships.

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The 20-year-old made direct contributions to 9 goals in all competitions last season, including 7 (2 goals and 5 assists) in the champions League campaign.

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Ryan Gravenberch (Getty images)

The Dutch Eredivisie giants sold him to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window for a fee of £21.9 million (25 million euros).

However, the young midfielder has mainly served as a bench warmer since going to Germany. The Netherlands player has only played 221 minutes in the competition and has yet to start a league game for the Bavarians.

The 11-cap international was unable to secure a spot in Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad without regular football.

Liverpool were linked with the Oranje midfielder back in 2021. It remains to be seen if Gravenberch to Anfield will be possible before the transfer deadline ends next week.

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