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Liverpool round-up: Waiting on winger deal; rivals join Chamberlain race; Coutinho to Barcelona latest


Liverpool round-up: Waiting on winger deal; rivals join Chamberlain race; Coutinho to Barcelona latest

The saga surrounding the potential of Mohamed Salah looks set rumble on for at least a little while longer as the Liverpool Echo have reported no date for a medical has been made yet.

Liverpool first made a bid for the Egyptian international at the end of last month, but there offer of £28 million fell short of Roma’s £40 million valuation of the player.

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However, it is now understood that an offer of around £35 million is close to being finalised, and once it is a date for a medical can be arranged.

Salah was close to joining Liverpool in January 2014, before opting for a move to Chelsea instead.

He left Stamford Bridge after just one year, but has found his feet in Italy, scoring 19 goals for the Serie A runners-up last season.

The signing is widely considered to be a positive one for the Reds, with the winger adding some much needed pace to the attack and the fans will be hoping the transfer goes through soon.

Another potential transfer which could have hit a hitch is the move for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is now attracting interest from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.

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Liverpool had been strongly linked with a £25 million move for the 23-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his Arsenal contract.

However, Chelsea and Manchester City’s interest could scupper any plans to sign the England international.

Although no bid has been made for Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool would have been hopeful to sign the versatile midfielder and will hope they can put together a more attractive package than their rivals and secure his services.

In more positive news though, Philippe Coutinho looks as if he will be remaining at Anfield after Barcelona appeared to drop their interest in the midfielder.

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The Liverpool Echo have said Barcelona are making moves to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu and capture Italian midfielder Marco Veratti this summer. This activity would leave no room for Coutinho in the squad.

Although it looked as if Coutinho was set to stay regardless, Liverpool fans will be relieved that their best player looks likely to stay for next season with Champions League football on the horizon.

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