In today’s transfer roundup, we have fresh news linking Liverpool with another young talent, a completed transfer and one of the old guard potentially set to stay at Anfield.
Welcome then, to Thursday’s transfer news roundup.
Reds enter race for in-demand teenager
Yet another teenage talent has been linked with a move to Liverpool, as according to the Daily Mail, via the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have registered their interest in Genk striker Leon Bailey.
The Jamaican has emerged has one of Europe’s most in-demand teenagers at an age of 19, with clubs the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Roma, amongst others taking an interest in him. And it’s Roma and Bayer Leverkusen who are reportedly set to launch £20million bids this month, potentially moving others into action.
Jese prefers move to Spain
One of the hot topics leading up to January this season, has been the departure of summer signing Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.
There has been plenty of talk as to who would be a fitting replacement for him, with a number of strikers linked with a move to Anfield. One of those has been Jese Rodriguez.
The Spanish forward moved to Paris Saint-Germain last summer from Real Madrid but has struggled to settle into French football and make an impact, leading to reports he is seeking a move away from the Parc Des Princes.
Liverpool are said to be interested in snapping the Spaniard up but according to The Metro, Rodriguez is only interested in a move back to his native land, where La Liga club Las Palmas are said to be his preferred destination.
That said, a move to Anfield now looks unlikely for the forward, who will reportedly entertain no other offers but those that come from his hometown club.
Ilori completes Reading switch
Reading have completed the signing of Tiago Ilori from Liverpool.
The Football Championship club has paid a fee in the region of £3.75 million for Ilori, with the Portuguese defender signing a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Madejski Stadium.
The move brings to an end a barren four-year spell at Anfield, in which Ilori failed to make any sort of impact, with regular first team appearances rare for him under both Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.
Either way, he seems to have joined a club very welcoming of him, with manager Jaap Stam saying, ”Tiago is the type of defender a lot of people like – his technical skill, passing ability, pace, quality and physique. We always want players with those attributes within our squad.
“In this league, with all the games we need to play, you never know what’s going to happen with injuries and suspensions – so it’s also important we have options and the chance to rotate.
“And looking to the future, you need to seize the opportunity when players like Tiago are available, so we’re very happy that he will be joining us at Reading.”
All the best for him then!
Lucas is staying
Just when we thought he was slowly making his way out of the Anfield door, he slams it shut with a first goal in red ever since 2010.
Lucas Leiva’s first-half header was enough to see Liverpool beat Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third round replay last night. And more than just being a vital goal in the Reds’ cup campaign, it may have been a stamp of commitment to his career at the club.
The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with several moves away from Liverpool, with Inter and Atlético Mineiro most recently mentioned as likely destinations. However, it seems that reports suggesting Lucas prefers to stay put are true and manager Jürgen Klopp backed them up following the match at Home Park, saying:
“[He is] a great personality, a good player, a really wonderful guy.”, Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“I’m pretty sure he could be a good friend for the rest of your life, when he is not a player. You have to line [him] up and sometimes not – it’s not his hobby to accept things like this, but he’s OK. And he is really important for us.”
When asked if Lucas would definitely be staying at Anfield this season, Klopp said, “From my point of view, I think yes he is staying,”
“But what is definitely in this business? We have kind of an agreement so I actually would say yes.”
That said, we’ll just chuck the Lucas ‘Leaver’ nickname in the bin because the Brazilian is going nowhere.