The World cup has kicked off in Russia as the top nations battle it out for glory in the cold north. We’ve already seen some amazing moments including an opening day onslaught of Saudi Arabia by host nation Russia, a hattrick from Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and an amazing free kick from AS Roma veteran and Serbian captain Alexander Kolarov.
Most of this excitement has managed to lure countless Liverpool supporters away from their daily rounds of toxic transfer rumours. Liverpool fans have spent days and nights on social media platforms such as twitter and Instagram in a desperate attempt to unravel any potential transfer news. While some have even gone as far as tracking international flights in and out of Airports around of Northwest Manchester. With inaccuracy of information and fake news becoming a wide spread problem in this article we bring you the latest on all Liverpool targets from the most reliable of sources.
A majority of the transfer news over the last couple of weeks has revolved around one man; Nabil Fekir, and rightly so. The exhilarating central attacking midfielder from Lyon was touted as the perfect replacement for Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho who joined Spanish champions Barcelona in January.
The transfer links to Fekir picked up pace soon after Fabinho joined from AS Monaco. Along with the highly anticipated arrival of Leipzig rebel Naby Keita, the trasnfer of Nabil Fekir would’ve lead to a complete midfield overhaul. The prospect of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Nabil Fekir together in a midfield elated Reds’ fans worldwide. It was a midfield that had everything creativity, robustness, pace, directness, stability and flare. The only deal remaining to be completed was Nabil Fekir. However, it would turn out to be the trickiest of the bunch.
Given the reputation of Lyon Chief negotiator, Jean-Michel Aulas, Liverpool knew this would be a tough deal to broker. Aulas constantly stated that Fekir wouldn’t be sold before the World Cup. Yet, Liverpool were determined and according to reliable journalists Paul Joyce and James Pearce a fee was agreed between the two clubs a couple of days before France’s football team flew off to Russia. Liverpool sent a medical team to France and a medical was conducted. Along with the medical an introductory interview and photo shoot was conducted as well.
The following morning news broke claiming that Fekir had failed his medical, or that Liverpool attempted to renegotiate the initial fee. From what we understand Fekir’s knee appeared to be degrading and this stirred concerns in the Liverpool medical team. Before making a conclusive decision a second opinion was sought. However, soon after Lyon called an end to negotiations with an official announcement on their club website.
There are many stories swirling around regarding what lead to a break down of negotiations. Some sources say Liverpool wanted to lower the fee given Fekir’s medical condition. While other sources claim Lyon had lost their negotiating power due to the medical results and pulled out of the deal. We can’t know or sure as Liverpool haven’t made a concrete statement on the transfer deal. Thus leaving the door open on the possibility of Fekir playing in Liverpool red come fall.
After Karius’ blunders in last month’s UCL final it was almost certain that Liverpool would be in the market for a goal keeper this summer. Jan Oblak, Jack Butland and Alison were the names circling the net even before the season ended. The UCL final only added oil to the fire.
After the arrival of Mohammed Salah for what now seems a bargain, AS Roma were determined to not make the same mistake with Alison. A price of 75 million pounds has been up in the air for quite some time now. However, Liverpool were in an attempt to bring the price down to around 50 million pounds.
Another complication along with price is the added interest of Real Madrid in the player. Real Madrid have been after a goal keeper every summer since the departure of Casillas couple of years ago. After failing to land David De Gea, Real Madrid have shifted their attention towards the Brazil no.1 Alison.
Ian Doyle of the Liverpool echo reports however, that there is growing belief around the Liverpool recruitment team that Alison would much rather prefer a move to the European Champions over a move to Merseyside. For that reason , Liverpool have “not even tabled a bid for Alison”. This claim is backed by Sky Sports who have explicitly stated that Alison won’t be joining Liverpool FC
Where does Jurgen Klopp go from here? He could look at other targets such as Butland or a rather recent name added to the circle has been Thomas Strakosha of Lazio. Alternatively, Klopp could look at promoting Danny Ward to a much more senior role in the team. Whatever happens it is almost certain that there will be major changes made to the Goalkeeping department, which has proved to be quite troublesome over the past couple of seasons.
Shaqiri was relegated with Stoke city at the end of last season and it was a certainty that he would leave in the summer. Everton and Liverpool were linked with the ex-Bayern Munich wide man just days into the transfer window. He is rumoured to have a 12 million pound release clause. However, reports have stated that this figure is much higher than the suggested 12 million pounds.
Some fans feared that Shaqiri was pursued as an alternative to Nabil Fekir. However, David Maddock of The Mirror claims that this is not the case and Liverpool are attempting to bring in both the players as they are on track to adding depth to their squad. The arrival of Shaqiri would help bolster attacking midfield options as Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain is side lined till late November.
The Swiss international is currently away in Russia at the world cup. However, Liverpool will look to wrap up the deal soon after Switzerland end their stint in Russia.