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Liverpool round-up: Winger has medical; bid made for Moreno; hope in Keita chase

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Liverpool round-up: Winger has medical; bid made for Moreno; hope in Keita chase

Liverpool are tantalisingly close to confirming the signing of Mohamed Salah as he arrived at Melwood for his medical today.

Sky Sports and the Liverpool Echo have been following the progress of the deal all day and an announcement confirming the signing is expected imminently.

The transfer is expected to cost a shade over £34 million, meaning Andy Carroll will remain as Liverpool’s record signing, for the time being at least.

A deal, when it is confirmed, will end a month of tense negotiations, with Roma holding out for a high fee for the winger after Liverpool’s initial offer of £28 million was rejected.

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However, a fee has now been agreed and the transfer looks to be a formality.

The pace of Salah will give the Reds some incredible pace out wide, with the rapid Sadio Mane returning from injury for the new season.

Mane missed the end of the season with an injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby, but he has sparked rumours this summer after a picture appeared on Instagram of him with Liverpool target Naby Keita.

Keita has been the target of a move to the Reds, but his current club, RB Leipzig, have said he’s going nowhere.

 

Speaking in German newspaper Bild, executive board director Oliver Mintzlaff said there would be no sales with a Champions League campaign coming up, especially not Emil Forsberg or Naby Keita.

The Guinea international is seen as Liverpool’s primary target in defensive midfield, a position which they struggled to effectively fill after Jordan Henderson got injured last season.

There can be no doubt signing the 22-year-old would be a fine move, but for now, despite Mane’s teasing efforts, it appears to be a pipe dream.

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Finally, despite being bound for the exit door, Liverpool have rejected an £11 million bid from Napoli for Alberto Moreno, according to the Telegraph.

Moreno was dropped last term in favour of midfielder James Milner and his departure seemed inevitable.

But the Reds are holding out for more money for the 24-year-old, who they signed for £12 million from Sevilla three years ago.

His former club are also said to be interested in a deal, as well as both Milan clubs.

The Reds must value Moreno highly, because it is highly unlikely he will remain at Anfield this summer, especially with the club in the market for a new left-back.

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