The Reds remain intent on bolstering their midfield options over the next two transfer windows but are going to have to keep fighting to sign some of their top targets.
Liverpool may have completed a deal for Cody Gakpo
this week but they are still expected to bring in further signings throughout the January transfer window.
The Reds have been strongly linked with a move for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez but with a deal now looking unlikely next month, other alternatives are being considered. As a result, there has been an interesting update in the pursuit of Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, although Liverpool has been dealt a huge blow by a Premier League rival for another of their targets.
Liverpool remains on Amrabat’s ‘trail’
Liverpool has been consistently linked with Amrabat over the last month following the midfielder’s impressive World Cup performances with Morocco and there has now been a fresh update on their pursuit of the 26-year-old.
Having splashed out £ 37 million on Gakpo this week, it is unlikely that the Reds will meet the £100m release clause of Benfica star Fernandez. As a result, a deal for Amrabat looks even more likely, given that he will only cost around £40m.
And according to Gazzetta Dello Sport,
Liverpool is still interested in capturing Amrabat next month and remains ‘on his trail’, with the report adding that it will cost the Reds ‘€40m, if not €45m’, while Amrabat ‘wants to play in the Champions League.
Chelsea move for Reds target
Liverpool is out of the running for Brazilian starlet Andrey Santos following reports that he is set to sign a long-term deal with Chelsea next month.
A report in The Times had already claimed that the Reds were involved in the race to sign the 18-year-old, who plays as a midfielder for Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama, but any hopes of signing him have now been lost after Chelsea won the race for his signature.
Fabrizio Romano claims Santos is set to arrive in London to undergo a medical and then sign a long-term contract with Chelsea. Chelsea is expected to pay Vasco da Gama £11m.
Liverpool is said to have joined the race for Rennes striker Martin Terrier following reports that they have expressed an interest in the Frenchman.
The Reds signed Darwin Nunez in the summer but could already be planning for the departure of long-term forward Roberto Firmino next summer, meaning another out-and-out striker will be required, despite their wealth of attacking options.
According to French outlet Media Foot, Liverpool has joined the queue for Terrier alongside Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester United, although their recent capture of Cody Gakpo suggests any deal may have to wait until the summer.