TAKING a look at the latest transfer gossip on this Thursday morning, with some big news on interest from the Blues.

Blues In For Benteke

Reports in the Mirror suggest that Everton are making Christian Benteke a surprise target to replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian has been the subject of interest from Sunderland and Crystal Palace, with the Reds rejecting a bid of £27million plus add ons from the latter, but the Blues interest could yet spark a bidding war.

Can just see that blowing up in our faces.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke arrives at Anfield before the Premier League match against Everton, the 226th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ajax Edging Closer To Mario Move

Ajax seemingly took another step towards securing a move for Mario Balotelli last night, as they ensured safe passage to the Champions League Playoff round, just an aggregate win away from group stage qualification.

Preliminary talks were said to have taken place earlier this week, with the Italian receptive to the move, despite rumours he would have to take a near £50k-a-week wage cut, but the move was said to be hinging on Champions League qualification.

Big Ajax fan for the next round.

Lucas To Bag Big Bonus

Reports from Turkish media outlet Milliyet suggest that Lucas could be set to rake in a bonus of up to £400k, on his reported £2.6million move to Galatasaray.

The bonus would see Lucas receiving £15,000 per game, with a cap of up to 30 games, should the move go through, though it is understood that the player isn’t actively pushing for a move, and Jurgen Klopp is looking to keep hold of the Brazilian.

Reckon he can still do a job, when called upon.

ST. LOUIS, USA - Monday, August 1, 2016: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva throws a bottle onto the pitch, and is later sent off, after team-mate Philippe Coutinho Correia is felled by a dangerous late tackle during a pre-season friendly game against AS Roma on day twelve of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Busch Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Markovic On The Move

A lacklustre pre-season from Lazar Markovic could spell the end of his time on Merseyside, as the ECHO’s James Pearce has reported that Liverpool are open to offers for the 22-year-old.

Markovic seemed to struggle in pre-season, in what was being tipped as his chance to prove himself to his new boss.

Still feel we’ve not seen enough of him. Here is his best moment:

Zielinski On The Move

One deal that definitely won’t be happening is the transfer of Piotr Zielinski to Liverpool. Sky Italia are reporting that the Polish international is set for a medical at Napoli ahead of a 16million euro move.

Zielinski had been a target of Klopp’s, and had previously been pictured in a red shirt, sparking claims that he would be making a move to Merseyside, however it seems a deal to join Napoli is now all but sealed.

Barely seen him play and when I have he wasn’t great. One of them.

 

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