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Liverpool transfers: No 2 signing on the way, contact made and Klopp ‘serious’ about move to €40m starter winner

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no intention of resting on his laurels after signing Alexis Mac Allister as a £34.4m raid on Feynoord is reportedly due next.

The Reds acted quickly and secured their first deal of the summer with Mac Allister signing a £35m debut deal. But with four players knocked out of Liverpool’s sole midfield at the end of the season, Klopp is planning at least two more signings to bolster his squad.

In fact, the likes of Nicolo Barella, Khephren Thuram and Kouadio Kone have been linked this week.

Thursday’s transfer rumors also suggested that a new move for Klopp’s long-term target, Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni, is also on the cards. However, with both quantity and quality needed at Anfield this summer, Klopp is unlikely to go too big with a signing. Indeed, it was politics that caused Liverpool to abandon their quest to sign Jude Bellingham. The teenager, who agreed to a €100m transfer to Real Madrid this week, was deemed overpriced by Liverpool.

It was a similar story with Mason Mount, with Klopp ultimately feeling the fee for Mac Allister represented a better deal.

And now reports in the Netherlands speak of a “serious” approach to Feyenood for captain Orkun Kokcu. The Turkish star had a sensational season with Arne Slot. The 22-year-old made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 times and assisting five more times. For a defensive midfielder, his stats are nothing short of sensational.

Liverpool transfers: Klopp wants Kokcu as signing number 2

Now De Telegra has outlined Klopp’s desire to carry the star with 20 appearances at Anfield this summer

They report that Kokcu is also on Benfica’s radar and they are set to compete against Liverpool for the signing of him.

However, it appears Liverpool are in pole position to sign him and have already made contact about a deal. And while they won’t specify whether the actual contact is with the player or with Feyenoord themselves, they do say Klopp is “in love” with the prospects of adding Kokcu to his midfield.

Seen as an ideal midfield counterpart to Mac Allister, Klopp believes the addition of both men could give their midfield a fresh approach.

Furthermore, among the champions of the Eredivisie there is a growing fear of not being able to keep their star.

In response, Feyenoord are now looking for a record fee for their midfielder. Their previous record is the £22.5m Leeds received last summer for winger Luis Sinisterra.

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Liverpool have reportedly rejected new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino’s belated interest in signing Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The midfielder officially completed his move to the Reds on Thursday morning after signing a five-year contract with the club, where he will become the first player to wear the number 10 shirt since the departure of Sadio Mane last summer.

According to The Times’ Paul Joyce, Pochettino, who was announced last month as Graham Potter’s successor at Stamford Bridge, made a “late move” to sign Mac Allister. The same report also said Manchester United and Newcastle were eyeing the 24-year-old.

Mac Allister’s move to Anfield is expected to be the first of many in the Premier League this summer, with West Ham captain Declan Rice and his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Harry Kane both expected to be the subject of much interest before the window closes. closes at the beginning of September.

Rice, 24, helped the Hammers win their first European Cup in 58 years as he guided them to UEFA Conference League glory on Wednesday night after a late goal from Jarrod Bowen secured a victory 2-1 against Fiorentina in Serie A.

However, following the club’s victory in Prague, co-owner David Sullivan admitted he was open to receiving offers for the England international in the coming days.

“I think it has to be like this. We promised him he could go,” Sullivan told talkSPORT when asked if Rice would play his last game for the Hammers on Wednesday. “He’s committed to moving on and when the time comes he’ll have to move on and we have to find a replacement.”

“We didn’t want that. We offered him £200,000 a week 18 months ago and he refused. You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.”

“I think the offers will come in [Thursday]. Three or four clubs have shown interest, but out of respect for West Ham they are not making offers for players while we are still playing.”

Premier League runners-up Arsenal are believed to be among the favorites to sign Rice. The Guardian reported on Thursday that the Gunners are confident of beating Bayern Munich in the race to captain West Ham.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will not only lose Mac Allister but also lose midfielder N’golo Kante to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad in a deal worth £86m a year. The two-time Premier League winner is out of contract at the end of July and appears to have played his last game on the English coast as he becomes the latest high-profile player to move to the Middle East after Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. .

If Kante is to complete his move to Saudi Arabia, he could be joined in the coming months by a familiar face: Riyad Mahrez. The pairing who played a key role in Leicester City’s stunning 2016 Premier League win could soon reunite as the Manchester City winger is the subject of interest from Al-Ahli.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed the interest on Thursday morning, but insisted City won’t leave the Algerian full-back for free this summer and will seek compensation for the five-time Premier League winner, who still has a year left to spare. contract.

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