Liverpool are poised to end the race for World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister with a £70 million deal for the Brighton midfielder.
Manchester United and Arsenal are interested, but the 24-year-old Argentine star is said to be ready to commit his future to Liverpool. Talks are well advanced, as are negotiations for 37-year-old James Milner to leave Anfield for Brighton after eight years on a free transfer.
Liverpool are also favorites to sign England midfielder Mason Mount for around £50 million, but the deal for the 24-year-old is subject to the green light being given by new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear to the Anfield hierarchy that he wants at least three top midfield players this summer, with a number of departures including Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Klopp believes the landing of Mac Allister – bought for just £4m from Argentinos Juniors in January 2019 – is ample compensation for pulling out of the race to sign £130m Jude Bellingham. Real Madrid is the favorite to sign him now.
Liverpool have also launched an investigation into last summer’s transfer target Aurelien Tchoumeni, but Real Madrid are unwilling to sell the 23-year-old they signed from Monaco last summer.
Liverpool have struggled this season and Klopp is keen to cash in on the money this summer to build a title fight next season.
But the Reds have found form in recent weeks and Klopp is delighted his players have finally been able to turn things around.
“We’re having a really bad season, I think everyone in this room would agree, and now we have 62 points. It’s strange,” Klopp said ahead of his side’s clash with Leicester on Monday.
“There’s still quality in the guys. I’m really happy that we were able to show a little bit. Where it will end, that’s really not the point. I know everyone wants to go to the Champions League, I understand that 100 percent, because that’s what I want is just not really likely, that’s the situation we’ve created.
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“But to show and show again, we are able to do special things that I am very happy about. Winning six games in a row is special and if it had been easy we would have done it much more often, other teams would have done it a lot.” more often.
“Adding the seventh is even more difficult, but eight and nine are really difficult because it’s football and other teams prepare well for the games and they have their own goals, but this part of the season gave us a clear sign that we are still there.
“Not everything is bad about us and around us. We’ve had a bad season, but let’s see what we can make of it.”
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