Liverpool have raced to the front of the chase for Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Julian Draxler according to the bookies, say the Daily Star. The Reds have joined Arsenal in pursuing the German, with the Merseyside currently at the shortest odds to complete a summer move for the former Wolfsburg man.
The news comes as Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that the German international is unhappy in Paris and his club are actively offering him to other clubs, including Barcelona. He could be a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, explaining why the Reds would be favourites.
However, Jurgen Klopp was less clear in his thoughts on what remains of the transfer window. He is quoted by The Times as revealing that he is not sure if the club will be involved in the final two weeks of transfer activity before the window shuts at the end of the month as he said:
“We are looking, but that is what I do when I am not actually on the pitch or not thinking about training or the next game of course. We think about what we can do. But if the transfer window would have ended yesterday we already would have a team which I like and could play football with… A few things can happen on both sides but everything leads in the direction of August 31 and I can imagine it will be a busy day. If we are involved in this busy day I don’t know but we will see.”
To date, the club have made just two first team signings by bringing in Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Andrew Robertson from Hull City. Whether or not they make further additions now remains to be seen.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has ruled out the possibility of Manuel Lanzini joining the Reds too. The Croatian manager directly addressed the rumours as he is quoted by Metro as saying:
“No, I am not worried [about Lanzini leaving]… I speak to Manu every day and he is very happy… He broke into the Argentina team, he got a call-up for the September games so he knows that if he plays for West Ham I have a chance to improve, sign a better contract with West Ham and play for Argentina. He is very happy. I don’t want to set a price tag on him, I am sure he is going to stay with us.”
That could deal a blow to Jurgen Klopp and co. if they were considering the Argentinean as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho in the future if the Brazilian is sold to Barcelona.