Jurgen Klopp wants two players signed from the same club, could offer Fabinho in swap deal
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Jurgen Klopp wants two players signed from the same club, could offer Fabinho in swap deal

Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of Inter Milan duo Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez and could try to sign both players for Liverpool.

That’s according to Italian outlet Inter Live. The main focus of their report is Barella, who is claimed to be a big target for Liverpool during the summer.

It’s suggested that Klopp has been tracking the 26-year-old for some time. As a result of Liverpool’s need for a midfield revamp, Barella is now claimed to have come to the fore.

It won’t be easy to sign him though, with Inter demanding around £88m for his sale. This reportedly won’t ‘scare’ the Reds, although they’re said to be weighing up the opportunity of adding a player exchange to sweeten the deal. In that respect, Fabinho is claimed to be the most likely candidate.

However, Inter will reportedly turn down any such proposition. They don’t want to lose Barella, but if they did, it would be purely on a cash up-front basis. As for Martinez, he’s said to be ‘highly esteemed’ by Klopp, and could also be on his summer wish list.

Barella unlikely to be on the table

As Liverpool look for a new midfielder, Barella’s name has been thrown up a number of times over the weekend.

There’s no question that he’d be a suitable signing for Klopp. Full of running, quality and fight, he’s exactly what Liverpool have been missing this season.

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But it really doesn’t feel like a deal that’s ever going to happen. If it were, it would have to be during this off-season. By the time the next one rolls around, he’ll be twenty-seven. Surely too old for Liverpool to drop such a big fee on.

As a result of Inter’s unwillingness to sell Barella, that makes him probably a no-go this summer.

The Reds can’t afford to waste time on targets who aren’t get-able. They need plenty of business doing, so it’s better to get new signings through the door and gelling as quickly as possible.

Martinez also feels like a transfer that will never happen. The Argentine has been a rumoured target for Liverpool for ages but a move has never transpired. With the Reds now fully-stocked in attack, they no longer need him. We’d rather keep Fabinho.

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