Karius undergoes scan
Liverpool ‘keeper Loris Karius has undergone a scan which is taking place in the United States, according to a report from ESPN. The news comes just over a week after the two mistakes the 24-year-old made in the Champions League final.
The scan is to investigate the head trauma the German reportedly suffered after a collision with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, which could excuse him somewhat for his overall performance.
Karius complained to the referee about the incident with the Spaniard, who also was involved in another clash with Mohamed Salah that ended the Egyptian’s final with a shoulder injury.
The Liverpool medical team were concerned about any possibility of a concussion suffered by the under-fire goalkeeper. Karius flew to the States on holiday but has been instructed to visit a specialist in Boston.
There is one name that Liverpool supporters cannot get away from their lips and that man is Ligue 1 ace Nabil Fekir.
Fans are determined to snap up the French international before the World Cup begins and the man standing in the way of any potential transfer is Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Reports suggest 69-year-old club president is one of the most difficult negotiators in Europe and Liverpool will be in for a sturdy test if they are to lure Fekir to Anfield.
Known for the sales of Florent Malouda, Hugo Lloris and Alexandre Lacazette, Aulas will surely not want another one of his star players to leave the French city and will likely put up a difficult contest for the Reds.
Lemar to Spain?
According to reports from Spanish outlet AS, former Liverpool target Thomas Lemar looks set to join Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid with the Frenchman considered a priority target, even if his compatriot Antoine Griezmann remains at the club this summer.
The 22-year-old was a top-target for the Reds last summer. However, any future interest in the Monaco winger looks over as the 2017/18 Europa League winners set to be the side to lure Lemar away from France.
Atletico Madrid’s current sporting director Andrea Berta has flown to France to open talks with the Ligue 1 runners-up, who are believed to want a fee upwards of €90m, a figure that could increase should he impress at the World Cup this summer.
The Spanish outfit will understandably be keen to wrap up any deal before the youngsters involvement in Russia.
Rafa Benitez should plot Fernando Torres reunion at Newcastle United
Rafa Benitez should plot a reunion with his former superstar.
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.
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.
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.
Blow for Liverpool as Real Madrid enter race for Roma goalkeeper Alisson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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