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Report: £23m midfielder's agent has great relationship with Julian Ward, amid claims Liverpool could bid for him

According to reports in Germany, Liverpool want Konrad Laimer, who has the same agent as Reds forward Sadio Mane.

Kicker claim that Liverpool are among the clubs interested in the RB Leipzig midfielder when the summer transfer window opens.

There is relevance to the identity of Laimer’s agent, as per Goal. They claim that Bjorn Bezemer has a strong relationship with Julian Ward, the Reds’ soon-to-be sporting director.

Bezemer did speak to Bayern Munich recently, but that was about Laimer, and not Mane, who apparently has contract talks planned with the club at the end of the season.

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Liverpool want Konrad Laimer

Kicker’s report reads: “Not only FC Bayern Munich are interested in Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer, Dortmund and Premier League clubs – allegedly Liverpool and Tottenham – also have the 24-year-old in mind. The Austrian’s contract runs until 2023. Whether he extends or seeks another challenge is currently open.

Goal add: “Liverpool sources insist they are relaxed about (Mane’s) situation, with talks between the club and Bezemer, scheduled for the end of the season. Bezemer has a strong relationship with Julian Ward.

He was with Ward and other club officials at the recent Champions League game in Villarreal, and it is viewed as unlikely that the stories linking Mane with a move away are a ploy to squeeze Liverpool into accelerating contract talks.

At this stage, there has been no indication, publicly or privately, that Mane is seeking a new challenge. He is happy on Merseyside, though he is, naturally, aware that several of Europe’s top clubs are keeping a close eye on his situation.

Bezemer is understood to have met with Hasan Salihamidzic, the Bayern Munich sporting director, last weekend, it is understood that the German giants are not interested in pursuing a summer move for Mane. Bezemer also represents Laimer, whom Bayern are targeting, and sources have told Goal the discussions centred on that.”

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Football Transfers recently claimed a fee of around £23m might be enough for Leipzig to do business, after their Europa League semi-final exit at the hands of Rangers last week.

The Red Bull model churns out energetic midfielders with huge potential and it was there that of course Liverpool recruited Naby Keita.

Laimer is a target for Manchester United and getting one over on their bitter rivals would be a welcome bonus for Liverpool, who have been far sharper and more effective in the transfer market in the last few years.

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