To talk through the conflicting Liverpool transfer reports, Saul Niguez, Renato Sanches, Youri Tielemans, Ismaïla Sarr and the Homegrown Player rules, Rob Gutmann hosts Joel Richards, Harriet Prior and Joel Sanderson-Murray…

Liverpool Transfer Rumours

  • Senior club sources have rubbished recent reports suggesting bids have been tabled for either Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez or Renato Sanches of Lille.
    Brighton & Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans have been repeatedly linked but that speculation has also been dismissed by insiders.
  • Youri Tielemans has his admirers at Liverpool but the price tag is massively prohibitive. Leicester would want around £60 million for the Belgian, while Aston Villa value John McGinn at around £50 million.
  • Donyell Malen has been on the club’s radar but interest in the Netherlands international has gone no further than an initial inquiry. Borussia Dortmund are in the box seat to sign Malen.
  • Instead, Liverpool are looking outside of the Premier League. Florian Neuhaus not an option now release clause has lapsed. Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman is not a target.

“There was always an acceptance that with the Euros and the ongoing financial impact of COVID on clubs, that a lot of business would happen later in the summer,” a senior club source tells The Athletic.

“Nat Phillips is very much in demand, which is understandable,” a senior club source confirmed. “We’d be reluctant sellers, given how well he did last season and how much everyone loves him, so it would have to be right for Nat too.”

“There is money there to spend but if you could boost the kitty considerably through sales, then that will have an impact on how much you have to recruit that Wijnaldum replacement.”

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