Back in April, it was being reported that Bruno Fernandes was a major target for Liverpool this summer. The Portugal international has been in fine form for Sporting Lisbon this season. The former Sampdoria midfielder thrived back in his Portuguese homeland and put in some fine performances that had plenty of teams linked with his signature.
Liverpool, of course, would love to have Fernandes on board. With Fabinho and Naby Keita also arriving it would have been the final step toward revamping their midfield and pushing for silverware next season.
However, his asking price at Sporting was dramatic.
As reported by the Mirror in May the midfielder has a £87 million release clause in his deal at the club. As good as Fernandes is, spending that amount of money on the player would have been an absurd waste of resources from Liverpool.
However, this has just got very interesting.
Fernandes is now one of several Sporting players to have quit the Lisbon club, citing just cause. Following on from their captain and goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s lead, Fernandes and others have resigned from the club after being attacked by fans in a recent training session. The players reportedly do not feel safe at the club want to force an exit – as reported by A Bola.
Whilst Liverpool should not consider paying £87 million for Fernandes, if the talented midfielder is suddenly available for nothing then a deal must be pushed through.
Who knows where this case is heading, with the legality of it all still up in the air.
But it appears Liverpool could still have a great chance of signing the player for much less than the original £87 million asking price.
If that is the case, then the Reds could be on to a bargain.
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Boss Jurgen Klopp has demanded more from Liverpool‘s fringe players
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that he will not tolerate any complaints from unhappy fringe players this season as he relies on them to make their point on the training ground.
“I cannot make people happy, I never could. Whatever happens on 31 August there will be a specific point where it is clear that is the squad for the next four months until January. Who cannot be happy in these four months being part of the squad at Liverpool I cannot help. Everyone who trains on his highest level – because the decision has already been made that they are good enough to play for Liverpool – has a big chance to be an important part of the team, to stay in the team and all these things.”
The German did not hide his feelings having been forced to leave out the likes of Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan last weekend, whilst Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren remain sidelined. Klavan has since left the club, and as the transfer market enters the final stages in other countries it appears more exits could be on the way.
Ragnar Klavan has revealed that two Liverpool players encouraged him to leave
Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan completed a £2 million move to Serie A side Cagliari on Friday just before the transfer deadline arrived in Italy, and he has explained his decision to leave Merseyside.
“I had offers from several teams, including in other countries, but Cagliari really wanted me. Darijo Srna advised me to come here, as I talked to him via Dejan Lovren. Other Liverpool teammates like Alisson, Salah and Lucas Leiva all spoke highly of Serie A.”
Some fans may have been surprised to see him depart but given that he was entering into the final year of his contract and was unlikely to feature regularly with the likes of Matip, Lovren, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk ahead of him, it makes sense.
Under 23s set for loan deals
The Liverpool Echo report that the final two weeks of the loan transfer window could see several under 23s players depart the club on loan in search of regular game time, joining the likes of Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria who have already headed out on loan.
Many of those to feature for the team against Manchester United under 23s on Friday evening spent time out on loan last season, including Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella who was heavily involved in pre-season and was linked with a move away.
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Liverpool have rejected a bid for Marko Grujic
The transfer window may have closed in England but it remains open until Friday in Italy and reports from the Liverpool Echo say that the Reds have turned down an approach from Serie A side Torino for midfielder Marko Grujic. The deal was reportedly a season long loan with an option to buy worth 10 million euros (£9 million).
The Serbian was heavily involved in pre-season after impressing for Cardiff City on loan last season and was expected to return to Wales after helping them earn promotion but a move collapsed.
Besiktas are considering a move for Loris Karius
Turkish newspaper Aksam claim that Besiktas have emerged as candidates to sign German goalkeeper Loris Karius on loan to provide him with an Anfield escape having lost the number one shirt to Alisson Becker after his Champions League final nightmare in Kiev in May.
Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the goalkeeper remain unclear despite publicly giving him a vote of confidence and a loan deal may be an ideal solution. Much could depend on the Turkish team’s pursuit of other targets, including Arsenal‘s David Ospina.
Rhian Brewster is nearing a return to fitness
It was a major blow to Liverpool’s plans for young striker Rhian Brewster when he picked up a serious ankle ligament injury in January, but under 23s manager Neil Critchley has told Goal that he could return to light training as soon as next month after a summer of rehabilitation.
“I’m sure he’ll be doing a few people’s heads in down at Melwood, chomping at the bit and ready to return! He’ll be quite restless. He’s a young boy who loves playing football and wants to play football, so he’ll hugely frustrated at the moment.”
The 18-year-old was training alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rebuild fitness after signing a new deal to commit himself to the Merseyside outfit despite interest from elsewhere.
Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton
Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.
When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.
It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.
As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.
The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.
Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.
But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.
The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.
It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.
Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.
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