Martin King brings you a roundup of Thursday’s transfer rumours.
As the month of January continues, so do the multitude of stories linking Liverpool and knowing just how it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with every single headline, we’re always here to keep you up to date.
Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top transfer rumours from Thursday, linking the Reds with a few ins whilst talking up the possibility of a few outs.
Read on, for the latest transfer news round-up.
European giants target Lallana and Can
This story has been doing the rounds for a good while.
According to The Times, three European clubs in Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are in a race to land Liverpool’s Adam Lallana.
The Englishman has been in exceptional form for club and country this season, scoring eight goals and recording seven assists.
Such form has earned him two Standard Chartered Player of the Month awards at Melwood but it seems it has also earned the 28-year-old recognition from some European heavyweights.
With Lallana reaching the final two years of his contract, The Times also report that bids could come in for the midfielder should Liverpool fail to tie him down to a new deal before the summer.
And as if that’s not enough to digest, it is further reported by website Calciomercato that Juve are also interested in Emre Can. Perhaps an alternative to Lallana?
We will find out.
Liverpool ‘join race for Tiemoue Bakayoko’
In other midfielder news, French tabloid Le 10 Sport, report via The Independent that Liverpool have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal in a race to sign Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (I know, I’ve never heard that name in my entire life either.)
It is stated that the two clubs have made a “concrete approach” for the 22-year-old midfielder, who has made 13 caps for France.
Six feet tall and a real physical customer, Bakayoko could be the answer to the Reds’ cry for a strong defensive midfield presence but with Ligue 1 side Monaco reportedly not interested in selling and Arsenal, Manchester City and even Chelsea rumoured to be waiting in the wings, this particular piece of news borders more on highly unlikely.
Swansea withdraw interest in outcast Sakho?
It would seem that Swansea City’s reported interest in Mamadou Sakho has diminished.
It was recently reported, by Sky Sports, that new Swans boss Paul Clement is looking to bring the Reds defender to South Wales this month, however, reports by the Daily Mail now suggest that upon learning of Liverpool’s £20 million valuation of the French international, the Welsh club have turned their attention elsewhere.
That means the Reds’ under-23 squad will continue to have Sakho as an option until another side (if any at all) shows a willingness to pay big money for a man who hasn’t played even a single professional match in the first team since April 2016.
Liverpool to return for familiar option Hector
Few of the Anfield faithful can express their unfamiliarity with the name Jonas Hector.
The German left-back was constantly linked with a move to Merseyside in the previous transfer window, a time that saw him come off an impressive season with FC Köln, to shine for the Germany on their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
The 26 year-old has since signed a contract extension at the Bundesliga club but that hasn’t stopped The Times from reporting that Liverpool are still targeting Hector, with a new name being thrown into the hat in Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Either way, it is believed that a move from both clubs is more likely to happen in the summer, with Köln manager Peter Stoger’s response, according to the Liverpool Echo, to it being:
“I won’t have sleepless nights about it.”
Will any of the rumours above become reality sooner or later? Let us know in the comments section below!