Mo Stewart hosts The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst to discuss the breaking Ben Woodburn news, Lyon’s interest in Shaqiri and any potential Aouar swap deals, Klopp’s positive quotes on transfers and Dusan Vlahovic fee being set
Liverpool Transfer News as The Anfield Wrap sits down with Paul Gorst to discuss Liverpool’s transfer dealings. Jurgen Klopp’s positive transfer quotes. Ben Woodburn has impressed everyone at the club this preseason – what does his future hold at LFC? Olympique Lyonnais interest in Xherdan Shaqiri has the panel wondering about any potential swap deals for Houssem Aouar. Dusan Vlahovic fee is set at the young striker is shown interest from around Europe.
Ben Woodburn Has Impressed Everyone In Preseason
Ben Woodburn has been turning a lot of heads during Liverpool preseason. It seems like a lifetime has passed since he became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer at the at of 17 years, 45 days on the 29th of November in 2016. Although he’s shown bright sparks, he was largely a player that had left the radar of most Liverpool fans having been loaned out for consecutive seasons to Sheffield United, Oxford United and Blackpool.
Having joined Liverpool at the age of seven, he has shown every sign of someone desperate to play for the reds, now at the age of 21 he has reached a crucial point in his development. Early loan spells have done him a lot of good, he has developed his game playing against more physical, stronger opponents and grown into his frame as a young man. Woodburn isn’t the sort of player that towers over opponents, so the development of his technical game has been crucial for his success as a footballer at the top level. His movement and tactical nature has been precise. His passing has been deliberate, tidy and his instinctive touches, including first time balls have been at times jaw dropping. His overall presence on the pitch has proved that he understands the importance of his role to his teammates.
“He played in the pre-season I think four, five, six, seven positions…
Played right-back, did really well; played midfield, did really well; played the wing, did really well; played number nine, did really well. So that’s good.” – Pep Lijnders, Liverpool Assistant Manager on Ben Woodburn
Just a year younger than Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn looks as if he’s trying to throw his name in the hat as everyone wonders about who will be the next Liverpool wonder kid to establish themselves in the side. Having grown up with Curtis Jones, Owen Beck and been thrown in with Harvey Elliott – Woodburn looks like he’s ready to meet the challenge.
Lyon Have Xherdan Shaqiri Offer Rejected
Liverpool look to cash in on utility man Xherdan Shaqiri after an impressive Euro 2020 display. The experience and reliable midfielder has confirmed he’s open to leaving, and Lyon have recently made an offer that was rejected by the club for the Swiss ace.
Lyon had reportedly offered £5 million, with Shaqiri valued by Liverpool at more than £12 million. Liverpool have been flexing their stronger negotiating position as they have the option to extend Shaqiri’s contract by 12 months until 2023. The panel discusses whether there is any leverage for Liverpool to negotiate Houssem Aouar as part of the Shaqiri deal. Lazio and Napoli have also shown interest in Big Shaq, as Shaqiri can expect a fond farewell from Liverpool fans if he does depart this season.
Dusan Vlahovic Fee Set Above €50 Million
Dusan Vlahovic is a hot commodity among European clubs looking to replace the huge gaps left by prolific strikers. Fiorentina has recently rejected a bid by Inter Milan for upwards of €50 million, as the Italian club will look to replace Romelu Lukaku in he departs this summer. Interest in Dusan has also been shown by Borussia Dortmund, who will look to replace Erling Haaland who will surely depart this summer with interest from every big club in Europe. Tottenham Hotspur are also in the market to replace Harry Kane with Vlahovic becoming one of their main targets, with their rivals Arsenal also attempting to make inroads to sign the Serbian player.
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