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Liverpool round-up: Duo set for summer exits; Aubameyang speculation; takeover rumours


Liverpool round-up: Duo set for summer exits; Aubameyang speculation; takeover rumours

Liverpool could be set to sell two vital first team players in the form of Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge, that’s according to TalkSPORT reporter Micky Quinn. Quinn also claims that the club’s owners have promised Jurgen Klopp a sizeable summer transfer budget.

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The German boss is expected to bring in around five or six new players for the first team, with some of them set to replace the unwanted duo who have failed to impress Klopp enough in his first season and a half at Anfield, with both being dropped at times.

This is supported by other reports, which claim that the sale of Sturridge will help to raise funds to go towards the potential signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Klopp signed the Gabon captain for Dortmund before leaving the Bundesliga outfit and could capitalise on his connections there.

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Priced at £40 million, he wouldn’t come cheap and Manchester City are also believed to be considering a move for the striker, whose pace and strength would undoubtedly fit in on Merseyside. An ideal Klopp signing, the deal could depend upon whether Liverpool recover from their current poor form to seal qualification for the UEFA Champions League as his quality undoubtedly deserves such a high level of competition.

Such signings could have become commonplace, as Sky Sports claim that the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, was offered the opportunity to buy the club in 2010. Valued at £70 billion, former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks offered the club to the entrepreneur but he never replied to their offer.

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The club was eventually sold to Fenway Sports Group after a disastrous spell of ownership under the American duo, who also offered the club to Kraft, the owners of brands such as Cadbury’s in both 2005 and 2010.

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