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Liverpool poised to launch bid for Swiss sensation



After months of transfer speculation, the race to sign Basel winger Xherdan Shaqiri may finally come to an end when Liverpool begin the formal bidding for the youngster.

The Swiss international has drawn widespread attention from some of Europe’s elite sides following some dazzling displays on a club and international level.

One of the winger’s latest exploits was defeating Manchester United in the Champions League as he provided both assists in a match that ended 2-1 to FC Basel.

Despite only graduating from Basel’s academy in 2007, the 20 year-old has also made 17 appearances for the Swiss national side, scoring four goals in the process.

Liverpool have been linked with numerous wingers in recent months with Lukas Podolski and Adam Johnson both popping up on a regular basis.

The rumours could prove true as the Anfield club seeks to revive their season, which would see them finishing outside the top four again should they continue their current course.

The Merseysiders spent heavily on their midfield over the summer window, bringing in the likes of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing.

Despite the fact that the trio cost around £50m, Kenny Dalglish may still dip into the transfer market once more in an effort to improve his squad.

The move may rest on who leaves the Reds side first though with Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez both being linked with moves away from the club.

Tom is one of our most experienced contributors, with over a decade of online puiblishing. A Man Utd fan, Thomas brings you all the latest news from Uk football.

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  1. Umarr

    January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    A move for shaqiri n A. Johnson is superb n will brighten our top 4 finish. K D pls sign them for us.

  2. sly heat malama

    January 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    is one of the best young star ,i would like to see him at Anfield ….all the best LFC

  3. Karabo letswalo

    January 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Lucas podolski is just the right foward that liverpool needs. If he signs the contract with liverpool. That would be vital for liverpool since suarez is banned!

  4. ibe

    January 25, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    LFC is a top team they should stop investing in average players. we must aim to win the league not just finish fourth! players like podolski is a step in the right direction. YNWA.

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Liverpool target Jadon Sancho ‘looking to leave’ Borussia Dortmund



England star Jadon Sancho wants to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer, according to the Daily Mail.

This development comes as the 19-year-old has endured a rocky time of late in Germany.

In October he was fined £86,000, dropped for their crucial match against Borussia Monchengladbach, and made to train alone after he returned late from international duty with England.

Ahead of that match versus Monchengladbach, Dortmund manager Lucien Favre said his player “still has a lot to learn.”

And last weekend Sancho’s relationship with his manager took a further turn for the worse, as he was embarrassingly substituted after just 36 minutes in defeat to rivals Bayern Munich.

Favre confirmed that Sancho’s premature exit from the match was not injury related.

“He was not injured, he trained yesterday,” Favre told reporters.

“I had to go on what I was seeing and, to be honest, it was not good enough.”

Europe’s biggest clubs, such as PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester United, are reported to be circling as a result.

Liverpool, too, are thought to hold a strong interest in Sancho.

In February, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he was interested in the player when he left Manchester City in 2017, but felt a deal between the English rivals would have proved impossible.

“We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him, and then we think ‘Can we get him?’ No,” Klopp said.

“English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.”

Ex-Germany and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann recently backed his former club’s interest up:

“What I hear is that Liverpool have great interest,” Hamann told Sky Germany.

“I would imagine that next summer they could become one of the bigger interested parties.

“He’s from Manchester City and I do not know if he would come back again, and it’s a thing for Manchester United, too, if they’ve ever been at the rivals.”

It certainly appears that the current Premier League leaders have a winger high on their wish list, as we reported yesterday their possible interest in Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, as per talkSPORT.

It’s fair to say, though, that Sancho would be a considerably higher-profile and more expensive signing than the Scot should he arrive at Anfield.

Despite his recent troubles, the explosive England international has registered an impressive three goals and five assists in eight Bundesliga starts this campaign.

He is expected to start in tonight’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after Raheem Sterling was dropped for his ‘disturbance in a private team area’ with Joe Gomez.

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Arsenal monitoring £34m rated Juventus defender Merih Demiral for a potential move in January



Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Juventus defender Merih Demiral following his lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Turkish international joined the Old Lady in the summer but has struggled to live up to his potential thus far, causing him to slide down the pecking order of Juve’s defence.

The 21-year-old has only played one match for Juventus following his move from Sassuolo but has hugely impressed in the international stage, helping his country stay ahead of world champions France in the race for qualification for the European championships.

Unai Emery’s outfit currently sit 6th in the Premier League due to their defensive woes so far this season. The Gunners have the joint-second worst defence in the top half of the table, having already conceded 17 goals in just 12 games leaving them with a -1 goal difference.

Therefore, the Spanish coach has been under immense criticism and a signing of the calibre of Demiral in January could help ease the pressure of the former Sevilla manager and help turn Arsenal’s form around.

Emery is currently the second favourite to be sacked with the bookies setting his odds of leaving at 9/2 with only Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhutl having shorter odds.

A defender is one of the major weaknesses in the Gunners’ squad but Demiral will certainly not be cheap considering his huge upside.

A mark of £34m has been reported as the asking price, which is double that of what Juventus signed him for in the summer. Juve’s Italian rivals AC Milan were also monitoring the defender’s situation but scoffed at the asking price leaving Arsenal as favourites to sign Demiral.

Manchester United have also reportedly had interest in the youngster and with their defensive woes as well, the Red Devils could well be in with a shot to land the Turkish international. Atletico Madrid have also got their eye on the centre-back.

Reports have suggested that Demiral would be open to a move to either England or Spain, but would like to establish his squad status with former Chelsea manager Sarri.

Demiral showcased his obvious talent during his short stint at Sassuolo but the arrival of teenage sensation Matthijs de Ligt has meant that the defender has not gotten the opportunity to feature as often as he would like.

Juventus are heavily stacked in defence with the likes of Georgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani and Emre Can all capable of playing centre-back.

Therefore a move to Arsenal could benefit all parties as Juve would be able to cash in for a squad player and the Gunners would be able to have a young defender that could help solidify their defence.

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Liverpool linked with move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser



Liverpool have been linked with a surprise January transfer window move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.

The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer and could therefore be available at a cut-price free to bolster the Reds’ forward options.

TalkSPORT’s south coast correspondent Alex Crook broke the news on the radio station’s Drivetime show, revealing:

“My understanding is Jurgen Klopp is lining up a surprise move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.

“He is out of contract next summer and that means effectively Bournemouth will have to sell him in January.

“If you had sold him last summer you might have been talking about the £20-25million mark, but now with his contract running out you might talking around the £10-15m mark.”

Such a low fee in today’s market for a player with more Premier League assists than any other player since the start of the 2018-19 season could represent a great deal for the current league leaders.

It seems unlikely Fraser would get in Liverpool’s first XI ahead of last season’s golden-boot sharers Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah, but with Xherdan Shaqiri injured and seemingly out of favour, and Divock Origi arguably more comfortable as a central striker, there are definitely minutes to be had for another wide option.

More explosive and direct in terms of dribbling with the ball than Shaqiri, Fraser could provide Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with the option to utilise the 4-2-3-1 system his side deployed for a spell last campaign, with Mané or Salah starting from a more central area alongside Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool fans in particular will remember the impact Fraser can have off the bench, too, after he scored one and created two more in a memorable 4-3 victory for Bournemouth against the Reds in December 2016, despite only entering the pitch as a 55th minute substitute.

The Scotland winger, however, hasn’t hit the heights of last season thus far, having spent the early weeks of the campaign on the bench.

He recently told the Bournemouth Echo that his period on the bench was “not nice and obviously frustrating,” but he has since regained his place in the side, assisting Harry Wilson, who is on loan from Liverpool, for a nicely-worked goal against Newcastle at the weekend.

TalkSPORT’s Crook not mention whether Wilson, who has proved a hit on the south coast with four league goals already this campaign, could be used as part of any potential deal.

This latest transfer development could come as a blow to Arsenal in particular, who had been more strongly linked to the player since the summer.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this one develops over the coming months.

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