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Liverpool must hijack Wolves’ stalling Rui Patricio move

The Portuguese keeper would be a fantastic recruit for Liverpool.

Mathew Nash

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Wolves have been linked with a move for Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio this week, with the Sporting Lisbon man finally set to leave the club. But the move has been mired in controversy. Wolves had a €18 million (£15.7 million) deal accepted for the player but, as reported by the Mirror, the deal appears to have fallen through over agent Jorge Mendes’ involvement.

The deal is now in turmoil and the goalkeeper has sensationally resigned from his contract at the club. Wolves are obviously still hopeful of pushing a deal through, but surely another Premier League team should think about hijacking the Premier League newbies.

That team is Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side desperately needs a new stopper. That fact became painfully evident after the Champions League final, in which Loris Karius inexplicably conceded two woeful goals.

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It is surely the final straw and Liverpool must realise they need an experienced safe pair of hands between the sticks.

Patricio is exactly that. The Euro 2016 winner has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in Europe for the past 10 years and has built himself a legendary status in the Portuguese capital.

Now, the situation has clearly turned sour, and Liverpool should be taking advantage.

At a price-tag of £15.7 million Patricio is an absolute steal. Sporting will be more than happy to sell him to Anfield, as it will avoid letting Wolves get their hands on the player. Napoli are also keen on a player who has constantly rejected the chance to leave his boyhood club until now.

Liverpool have been keen before. Back in the summer of 2015, it was suggested that Liverpool wanted the player, as reported by O Jogo.

So he is no stranger to the Liverpool hierarchy and would bring a level of competence to the Anfield goal that has not been seen since Pepe Reina was on Merseyside.

If Patricio’s deal to Wolves lags, Liverpool would be mad not to bring in a bargain solution to their goalkeeping problem.

 

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Rafa Benitez should plot Fernando Torres reunion at Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez should plot a reunion with his former superstar.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish.

The Spaniard is calling for the club to back him in pursuit of a “10 to 15 goals a season” striker this summer, with the likes of Salomon Rondon (Northern Echo) and Bas Dost (the Sun) circulating around the Newcastle rumour mill.

However, both would likely break the Magpies current club-record of £16 million – for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 – and perhaps Benitez would be better served going for a former favourite.

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Fernando Torres is a free-agent having left Atletico Madrid, following last month’s Europa League triumph and Newcastle should offer the 34-year-old a route back to England’s top flight this summer.

Under Benitez’s tutelage at Liverpool, Torres was widely recognised as one of the most formidable forwards in world football, and though his impact has diminished over the years, there’s no doubting the World Cup winner’s quality in front of goal.

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The prospect of an elite level striker arriving at St James’ Park on a free transfer is a no brainier if the player can be convinced and the club should make it happen.  He knows the league inside-out, having made 212 appearances for Chelsea – where he won the Champions League – and with Benitez at Anfield, and he could instantly propel Newcastle’s attack to higher levels.

Becoming a crucial part of a new project on Tyneside would be enticing for Torres, as his unwavering desire and tenacity on a football pitch is something that cannot be questioned. And he doesn’t seem the type to move to the States or China in pursuit of one last pay-cheque.

He has all the attributes to become a cult-hero at Newcastle, and the club should act now.

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Blow for Liverpool as Real Madrid enter race for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

Jamie Watts

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Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper this summer, as Real Madrid are set to enter negotiations for Roma’s no 1, Alisson, according to reports from Sky Sports.

The Brazilian international has been touted as Liverpool’s priority target since the summer window opened, just days after current stopper Lloris Karius cost Liverpool the chance of winning their sixth European trophy, with two huge blunders in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp was said to be weighing up whether or not to make a move for the 25-year-old, having been somewhat deterred by the Italians’ hefty asking price of £80 million this week. And another huge obstacle has presented itself, in the form of defending European champions Real Madrid.

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The Spanish giants are readying an initial bid, which is expected to be somewhere in the region of £43 million, but the bid will likely be rejected given the Romans’ stance, wanting almost double the amount – making Alisson the most expensive keeper in world football.

However Madrid are reportedly willing to include add-ons that amount to around £60 million, with Sky in Italy suggesting that personal terms are agreed between the player and club.

If Roma are stubborn on their prize asset, Madrid will likely elevate their interest in Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois – who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool – as the Belgian international enters the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

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The Reds will keep monitoring the situation of the Roma man, who registered 17 clean-sheets in Serie A last season, but will continue pursuing alternatives. Barcelona’s back-up stopper Jasper Cillessen is on the wish-list, according to reports from Don Balon, should Alisson decide to leave for the Spanish capital, or to stay at the Stadio Olimpico next term.

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Will Liverpool regret missing out on Thomas Lemar last summer as Atletico agree deal?

Liverpool’s long-spanning target is set for a move to Spain.

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Atletico Madrid are said to have agreed a deal with Monaco to sign French winger Thomas Lemar this summer, according to a statement from the official club website, which will leave a number of Premier League sides feeling disappointed.

The 22-year-old is currently away on international duty ahead of the World Cup, but both clubs are reportedly keen on finalising the transfer before then, according to Sky Sports.

The news will come as a blow to Liverpool, who have closely courted the player for a number of years – notably throughout last season – with reports from the Express suggesting Lemar had chosen a move to Merseyside over Arsenal in January.

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Jurgen Klopp reportedly made a £55 million bid for the player’s services last summer, but Monaco were unwilling to lose more key members of the team, having already lost Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain. That meant Lemar and new Reds midfielder Fabinho had to remain at the Stade Louis II for an extra season.

The Reds were likely to revisit their interest in Lemar this summer (the Express), after the collapse of Nabil Fekir’s highly anticipated switch, as Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options having been reminded that squad depth is a powerful thing in the Champions League final.

Rumours surrounding the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri (the Mirror) and Ousmane Dembele (the Express) suggest Liverpool are still prioritising bringing in high-profile attackers and Lemar certainly belongs in that bracket.

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His best return came a year ago, with the former Caen forward amassing an impressive 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, sparking the initial interest from Europe’s elite.

A year on, the Europa League champions appear to have won the race, and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere.

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