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Liverpool target Alisson is keeping Ederson out of international team

The Brazilian has been in fine form for Roma this season.

Mathew Coull

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When it comes to naming the best signings of the Premier League this season many names pop to mind. Mohamed Salah has been a revelation at Liverpool, Nemanja Matic has been Manchester United’s standout player whilst lower down the table the likes of Pascal Gross at Brighton or Marko Arnautovic at West Ham spring to mind.

For many however it is the arrival of Ederson at Manchester City that will top the pile. The Brazilian goalkeeper has been excellent since his arrival in the summer. The BBC reported City paid Benfica £35 million for the stopper, which has certainly paid off. Ederson has been one of the top keepers in the Premier League and plugged the biggest gap in City’s team. Pep Guardiola’s side now look set for the title.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Ederson of Manchester City celebrates his side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

But despite his excellent form for City the stopper is still not the number one for his nation. The man with that responsibility has been heavily linked with Liverpool this summer.

Alisson is currently Brazil’s number one and looks like keeping that role at the World Cup in Russia this summer. The Roma stopper has emerged as one of the top keepers in Europe since his switch to the Italian capital in 2016.

Liverpool’s interest in his services has not been a secret. It was claimed first by the Sun that Liverpool were keen on the Brazilian stopper back in January. Those rumours have continued, but his price-tag has been a massive talking point. Most recently, Corriere dello Sport have suggested a deal would cost Liverpool a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £52 million.

ROME, ITALY – MARCH 13: AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates the victory after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk at Stadio Olimpico on March 13, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid and Arsenal have also been mentioned as Alisson targets but Liverpool would be right to spend such a fee on the excellent goalkeeper. The Reds have struggled to find a suitable stopper for some time now. Simon Mignolet has finally got the chop after consistent unreliable form for Liverpool. Loris Karius has come in recently and done better than his previous runs, but Alisson is a world-class option.

The fact is Liverpool fans would have loved it if Ederson had made his way to Anfield in the summer and not the Etihad. This summer they might have a chance of bringing in a player who is keeping him out of international contention.

With that in mind, Liverpool should not baulk at the £52m asking price.

West Ham United

Signing Yaya Toure is not enough to gain support for West Ham board

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West Ham United are believed to be close to appointing former Premier League winning coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager, and reports indicate that it could lead to a coup signing in his former player Yaya Toure.

The Telegraph make the claims as they say that previous talks between the Hammers and the free agent broke down, but the appointment of the Chilean would smooth matters and may make a deal more feasible.

In truth, the signing may not actually impress West Ham fans all that much. They have grown used to the signing of players who were dominating the game five years ago and are now past their best. The signings of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Patrice Evra over the past year have shown as much with mixed results.

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The board are desperately seeking a way to get fans back onside as discontent grows and fans accuse them of not spending sufficiently to back their team and the signing of such a high profile player of immense quality may satisfy those wishes.

That may be the plan, but Yaya Toure made only two Premier League starts in 2017/18 and such a record bares terrifying resemblances to the likes of Andy Carroll, commanding a high wage whilst spending more time in the stands watching on than actually making an impact.

Toure could provide a spark and excitement, there’s no denying that he would be an invigorating addition, but he is not the long-term solution that the club require as fans cry out for players with potential and already at their best. His signing would be a mere distraction.

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Liverpool target Besiktas’ Anderson Talisca would add superb attacking depth

The Brazilian has recorded 28 goal contributions in Turkey this season.

Max Cohen

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After Besiktas’ 5-1 home win over Sivasspor on Saturday, manager Senol Gunes strongly hinted that star attacker Anderson Talisca would be joining Liverpool this summer.

The possible signing of the Brazilian midfielder would be a superb acquisition for Liverpool, adding depth and quality to the club’s star-studded attack.

According to FourFourTwo, the Besiktas manager confirmed Talisca would be leaving the Turkish club for the Premier League after two years on loan from Benfica.

And Gunes dropped a massive hint that put Liverpool as the possible frontrunners in attaining his signature ahead of Manchester United.

“He might be rivals with Cenk Tosun,” Gunes replied when asked about Talisca’s English destination.

Of course, former Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun plays for Everton– leading many to jump to the conclusion that Talisca is headed to Anfield instead of Old Trafford.

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The signing would represent a strong statement of intent from the Reds, as Talisca has enjoyed a stunning two seasons at Besiktas and is a burgeoning attacking talent.

In 47 appearances this season, the 24-year-old was involved in an impressive 28 goals, scoring 20 and assisting eight.

And the Brazilian’s past form shows this fantastic season is not a one-off. In 2016/17, Talisca bagged 17 goals and six assists, despite only featuring 33 times in all competitions.

While some might argue that the Turkish Super Lig has a poorer defensive standard than the Premier League, Talisca has proven his worth in European competition as well. In his time at Besiktas, he has notched five Champions League goals, as well as two goals and four assists in the Europa League.

The Brazilian youth international would add impressive offensive depth for Liverpool, as the Reds look to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.

The purchase of the prolific attacking midfielder would be an ideal first step in assembling a squad that could bring Anfield its first league trophy in over two decades.

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Tottenham have already identified Eric Dier’s £25 million replacement in Wilmar Barrios

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Losing first team regulars may not be a complete surprise to Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino, and that may why be reports are indicating that the coach has already lined up an alternative to Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama should either move on this summer.

The Sun say that there is still interest in Dier, who will be at the World Cup with England, whilst Wanyama’s struggles with injury may mean that Pochettino looks elsewhere for the role of midfield enforcer.

They believe the target to be Boca Juniors’ 24-year-old holding midfielder Wilmar Barrios, a Colombian international who plays alongside Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez at international level.

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The youngster has become a key man in the Boca Juniors side but, perhaps unusually, has not caught the attention of many in Europe. Barrios has, though, developed a reputation as one of the best players in South America, particularly in his position, as he has become a linchpin protecting his back four.

That is protected in his very impressive stats, which show that he makes on average three tackles per game and 2.8 interceptions per match, compared to the 1.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions for Dier playing in a very similar role.

Barrios’ intelligent reading of the game has drawn comparisons to Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, with both men guilt of diving into tackles on occasion despite all of their many strengths.

He may be raw, with no experience of playing in Europe, but at £25 million he could prove to be a bargain and Mauricio Pochettino’s return home to go on a shopping spree could provide a long-term solution to the holding midfield role which seems as uncertain as ever after the 2017/18 season.

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