Seven-time European champions AC Milan have shifted their tentacles toward Merseyside in the bid to boost their striking options ahead of the second half of the season.
Italian news platform Gazzetta dello Sport claim that AC Milan are targeting the Reds’ striking duo of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi after failing to lure Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club.
Milan were keen on a return for the LA Galaxy striker but they were unable to convince the 37-year-old to swap Major League Soccer (MLS) for the Italian Serie A.
It was further revealed that AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is a big fan of both Sturridge and Origi and the Italian giants have made them striking alternatives to the aforementioned Ibrahimovic.
Sturridge and Origi have not featured much for the Reds in the new campaign.
Both players are behind the famed front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.
Daniel Sturridge has played more than Divock Origi as he’s the fourth choice forward option after Salah, Mane and Firmino.
Divock Origi has been able to feature in just three games (one start and two substitute appearances).
He recently made a telling contribution for Liverpool with a late goal in the all-important victory over Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League.
Liverpool Pondering Move For American Midfielder
Premier League table toppers Liverpool are ruminating over the idea of a transfer for highly rated American midfielder Weston McKennie according to reports emanating from the British media.
Weston McKennie plays his club football for German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 at the moment.
The Sun claim that the Reds are keeping tabs on the player with a view to potentially make a move for him.
The 20-year-old has been in superb form for Schalke 04 since he broke into the first team at the start of the season.
The American midfielder has impressed for Schalke 04 in both the German Bundesliga and the Champions League thereby leading to interest from other European clubs including Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Weston McKennie would definitely be a signing for the future if the Reds splash the cash on him.
He will find it hard to break into current Liverpool midfield with players like Dutch international star Giorginio Wijnaldum, Brazilian international player Fabinho, James Milner, Guinean midfielder Naby Keita and club captain Jordan Henderson.
The aforementioned midfielders have been able to fire the team to the top of the table in the Premier League.
Liverpool are four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City ahead of the weekend’s set of games.
Tottenham In Talks To Sign Liverpool-linked Winger
North London club Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in talks with La Liga giants Barcelona in the bid to sign Brazilian winger Malcom in the current January transfer window.
This is according to the publication from Spanish media portal Sport.
It was revealed that Spurs want to boost their forward options following the loss of England national team skipper Harry Kane and South Korean star Son Heung-Min to injury and country assignment respectively.
Son will be on national team duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup from now till next month, while Harry Kane has been ruled out till March after suffering an ankle injury during last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to in-form Manchester United.
Kane sustained the unfortunate injury in the dying minutes of the game that was decided by a first-half strike from Marcus Rashford.
Malcom has previously been linked with a transfer to the Premier League with clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and league leaders Liverpool mentioned.
Barcelona winger Malcom could plug the gap left by the aforementioned Tottenham duo.
The young Brazilian has failed to make an impact at the Nou Camp since his transfer to Spain from French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux at the start of the season.
The 21-year-old was on course to secure a transfer to Italian Serie A club AS Roma before Barcelona hijacked the move in a £38m deal.
Liverpool Target Pens £300,000 Contract With Juventus
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is on course to swap North London for Italy after putting pen to paper on a contract with Serie A champions Juventus.
According to The Times, the former Cardiff City player has signed a contract that will see him join Italian Serie A giants Juventus in the summer when his Arsenal deal expires.
It was revealed that Aaron Ramsey will earn at least £300,000 on a weekly basis to make him the highest paid British footballer in the world.
1996 Champions League winners Juventus have won the race to sign the Welsh international player ahead of other interested clubs including Premier League table toppers Liverpool.
The Reds were initially interested in signing the 28-year-old when it became obvious that Arsenal won’t offer him a new contract but their interest has cooled in the last few weeks.
As a matter of fact, the Reds’ interest could be traced back to last summer when Aaron Ramsey had one year left on his Gunners contract.
German champions Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and many more were also keen to sign him.
Juventus have pulled off another free transfer signing from the Premier League after Emre Can join the Old Lady for free from Liverpool last summer.
Niko Kovac Rules Out January Exit For Liverpool Target
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has dismissed transfer rumours hinting towards a January exit for midfielder James Rodriguez.
Colombian international star James Rodriguez has been linked with a move from the Allianz Arena with clubs like Arsenal and Premier League table toppers Liverpool.
The former FC Porto and AS Monaco playmaker is on a two-year loan deal at German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from European champions Real Madrid have joined the Bavarian giants at the start of last season.
He has just six months left on the loan contract though Bayern have the option to make the transfer a permanent one upon its expiration in the summer.
Earlier reports had claimed that James Rodriguez could leave the club in the current January transfer window after falling out of favour with Croatian tactician Niko Kovac.
Addressing those rumours in a recent interview, Niko Kovac revealed that James Rodriguez wants to stay at the club beyond this month and that the player confirmed his desire to stay with Bayern Munich at a recent fan event.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac spoke about James Rodriguez ahead of the league clash with TSG Hoffenheim in what’s the first game of the second half (Matchweek 18) In this season’s German Bundesliga
Liverpool and Chelsea target 80-goal hero
Liverpool are interested in Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, that’s according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero.
The 28-year-old hitman — who has featured for Juventus, Torino, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla — is a well-traveled player with bags of experience and Klopp wants to bring him to Anfield in the next transfer market window.
Though the Reds have top and in-form strikers, it is obvious they largely rely on Mohammed Salah for goals and Klopp isn’t happy with that.
The media outlet claimed that the German tactician will send his scouts to watch Immobile’s performance against Napoli on Saturday so as to know if the Italian will add more threat to his attacking frontline in the coming season.
Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are likely to end their stay at Anfield by the end of the season after falling out of favor with Klopp.
Both players have failed to appear frequently in the League this term and they are tipped to move elsewhere in the summer window if they must bring their respective careers back on track.
Should the want-away strikers part ways with the Merseyside club, II Messaggero says Klopp won’t hesitate to capture the experienced strikers.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are also looking at the prospect of doing business with Lazio for the Italian man.
The same source also credited Sarri with an interest in the player’s services. The Blues are not doing too badly at the moment but there’s room for improvement.
Having experienced how challenging and stressful things could be in England, the Italian manager hopes to have more depth at the final third of the pitch ahead of next season.
Hence, the former Napoli manager hopes to bring his compatriot to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Ciro Immobile has played 112 games for the Stadio Olimpico outfits in all competitions, scoring 80 goals in the process.
Mourinho denies Responsibility For Salah’s Transfer
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied widespread reports claiming that he was responsible for the sale of Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho spoke about Liverpool forward Salah and the situation that led to his exit from Chelsea in a recent interview monitored by Football London.
The Portuguese tactician revealed that he signed the Egyptian international star for Chelsea from Swiss side FC Basel before adding that Salah was impatient as regards the playing time that he was getting under him at Stamford Bridge and that led to his loan move to Italian Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
Mohamed Salah impressed a great deal at Fiorentina before spending another successful loan spell at Italian capital club AS Roma.
The 26-year-old went on to join AS Roma permanently.
Liverpool signed him from AS Roma in a deal worth £36m at the start of last season and he has been instrumental to the recent successes recorded by the Reds.
Salah was a key part of the Liverpool squad that reached the final of the Champions League last season before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish club Real Madrid.
He has scored 14 league goals this season to lead the Reds to the top of the Premier League table.
Representatives Pushing For Barcelona Exit For Ex-Liverpool Playmaker
The representatives of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho are reportedly pushing for an exit from the club for the player.
According to the Independent, Brazilian international star, Coutinho could leave the club this year with his camp holding out for a transfer out of Barcelona.
Former Inter Milan playmaker Coutinho has been the subject of intense transfer speculation dating back to last month after the Brazilian lost his spot in the Barcelona starting XI under the guidance of manager Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona officials are keeping their cool over the transfer rumours with them still holding out hope that Coutinho will fulfill their expectations of him.
The 26-year-old is seen as the long-term replacement for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.
He has a Barcelona contract that does not run out until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Barcelona on joining the club from Premier League leaders Liverpool in a £142m deal.
With the transfer, Philippe Coutinho is the third most expensive transfer of all time behind the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Coutinho has scored four goals in just 10 starts in the Spanish La Liga since the start of the season.
Liverpool Keen To Offload 24-Year-Old Winger In January
Premier League leaders Liverpool are desperate to offload the wages of winger Lazar Markovic on the Reds’ wage bill in the current January transfer window.
According to the publication from the Liverpool Echo, the Reds want to sell the 24-year-old this month.
Earlier reports claim that Chinese Super League sides are interested in the former Hull City player but nothing concrete has come out of those rumours.
Liverpool want to get his £50,000 weekly wages out of the way rather than wait until the summer for him to secure a free transfer move.
His Liverpool contract expires at the end of this season.
Lazar Markovic has been training with the Liverpool U23s at the Kirkby Academy since he rejected a summer move to Belgian club Anderlecht.
The Reds had agreed on a £2.9m transfer fee and a 50% sell-on clause with the Belgian giants only for the player to fail to agree to terms with Anderlecht.
Lazar Markovic has not featured for Liverpool this season amidst the Reds’ ascent to the top of the Premier League table after 22 games.
The Reds are four points clear of Premier League champions Manchester City with sixteen games to go between now and the end of the season.
Liverpool Goalkeeper To Stay Until Summer – Report
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will reportedly stay at the club for the remainder of this season.
This is as a result of the publication from the stables of popular media outlet ESPN.
It was revealed that the Belgian international shot stopper won’t be granted his desire to leave the club during the ongoing January transfer window.
The former Sunderland star wanted to leave the club last summer but the move was blocked by the club.
French Ligue 1 side Nice are long-term admirers of the Belgian shot stopper and could make a move for him if he’s available for a transfer.
Simon Mignolet has fallen out of favour at Liverpool following the arrival of Brazilian national team star Alisson Becker from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
Alisson joined the Reds in a then world record fee for a goalkeeper.
Liverpool paid £67m for his transfer only for Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to break that record days later with his £71m transfer to Chelsea from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao.
Mignolet played second fiddle to the Reds’ first choice goalkeeper Loris Karius last season and he has retained the same position in the present campaign despite the loan exit of Karius to Turkish giants Besiktas.
Alisson is the undisputed first choice goalkeeper at Liverpool this season.
Liverpool Not Interested In Re-signing Barcelona Star
Five-time European champions Liverpool are reportedly not interested in re-signing Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Daily Telegraph say that the Reds are not open to the idea of securing a return for the Brazilian international star.
Philippe Coutinho has been linked with an exit from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in this transfer window after failing to secure a spot in the Barcelona starting XI.
Manchester United have been heavily mentioned as a possible destination for him.
The former Inter Milan star signed for Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018.
The Catalans paid £142m for his transfer as he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Nou Camp.
Coutinho is the third most expensive player in the history of world football behind 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and compatriot Neymar who both play for French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
The Brazilian playmaker impressed for his country at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia before they were knocked out by Brazil in their last eight clashes.
The 26-year-old has not been able to replicate that form in the colours of Barcelona this term with just 10 La Liga starts.
He has scored just four goals in the league this season in addition to the fact that he has started just one of the last five games in the Spanish La Liga.
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