Liverpool transfers live amid Adeyemi and Joao Neves latest and Yoro progress (2024)

Liverpool transfer news is becoming more and more concrete as the window progresses. As yet, the Reds have not made their first signing under Arne Slot, but that could change sooner rather than later.

Though Chelsea is not best pleased about the prospect of losing young talent Rio Ngumoha, it appears that Liverpool is close to sealing that deal. That kind of move would set the tone for the recruitment strategy under the new-look structure, with Michael Edwards back in the FSG fold as CEO of football.

In that sense, the onus will be on Slot to prove he can follow Jurgen Klopp in giving young players a chance in the first team. But we won't know that until the campaign gets underway, and there are still more transfer questions to resolve before then.

Some of the answers lie beyond Liverpool's control. Leny Yoro, for instance, has attracted attention from a lot of big clubs this summer, most notably Real Madrid.

It seems we could know more about that particular situation by the end of this week. Liverpool, Manchester United and others will be on standby in the meantime.

Meanwhile, new sporting director Richard Hughes has to manage the outgoing column as well as any potential incoming deals. Liverpool has reportedly already fended off some bids this summer, with one player set to get a chance to impress Slot in the upcoming schedule of pre-season fixtures.

Keep an eye on the Liverpool.com live blog for all the latest transfer updates...

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Deco "wasn't watching Williams"

Barcelona sporting director Deco was in attendance as Spain beat France to book a spot in the Euro 2024 final. He saw another good performance from Nico Williams, although it was current Nou Camp star Lamine Yamal who stole the show.

Speaking to the media, Deco downplayed the idea that he had come to watch Williams:

"He's not a Barca player, I'm here to watch the game," he told SER, via Mundo Deportivo.

Williams has also been linked with Liverpool. Meanwhile, it's previously been suggested that Deco's preference is to sign Luis Diaz.

James Martin

Ugarte close to Man United

Mooted Liverpool target Manuel Ugarte is close to joining Manchester United from PSG. That's according to Foot Mercato.

Ugarte has "resigned himself" to leaving, despite having wanted to make it in Paris. And talks have progressed, with Man United and PSG now much closer together.

Once the Copa America ends, things could move quickly. Ugarte is an important part of a Uruguay side featuring Liverpool ace Darwin Nunez.

James Martin

Barcelona's Nico Williams strategy

Barcelona has a plan to sign Nico Williams.

According to MARCA, PSG could enter the race. Barcelona knows it cannot compete in a straight wage race.

But it will look to lean on other selling points. It intends to stress the club environment to Williams, which would allow him to remain in Spain, as well as giving him assurances as a guaranteed starter.

It's not thought that Liverpool will join the race, despite being linked. Williams continues to impress with Spain at Euro 2024.

James Martin

Alper Yilmaz latest

Yesterday, Liverpool was linked with Galatasaray and Turkey talent Baris Alper Yilmaz. And it's now been claimed he is a "hot candidate" for a summer transfer.

Sky Germany reporter Dennis Bayer claims Alper Yilmaz is likely to be on the move. He does not name any specific destinations, but says there are suitors in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A.

The 24-year-old impressed Virgil van Dijk against the Netherlands at Euro 2024.

James Martin

Olmo shining amid Liverpool links

Dani Olmo is only starting for Spain because of the injury to Pedri. But he's reminding Europe of his immense talent with some glittering displays.

He was instrumental in putting Spain ahead against France, dropping Aurelien Tchouameni with a delightful touch. His effort was then deflected in by Joules Kounde.

And the technician has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool. Back in May, Spanish outlet Marca (via the Paisley Gates) claimed Liverpool had overtaken Barcelona in the race for his signature.

James Martin

Thiago seen at Barcelona training ground

Thiago might not be keeping us guessing for long when it comes to his next step after retiring as a player. According to Mundo Deportivo, he has been spotted at the Barcelona training ground.

That comes amid speculation he could take up a coaching role at the Nou Camp. Not only is he a former Barcelona player, but he would also be reuniting with his old Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick.

The exact nature of any role for Thiago is as yet unknown. But he certainly has all the credentials to make it as a coach, having worked under some of the game's greats, and showcased a deep understanding of the game as a player.

James Martin

"Growing concerns" over Gordon

There are "growing concerns" about Anthony Gordon's state of mind after a move to Liverpool was floated. That's per the Daily Star.

It's claimed that figures within the England camp believe he has been distracted by the possibility of moving to Anfield. He has supposedly "taken his eye off the ball".

Gordon is not expected to win a place in Gareth Southgate's team for the remainder of the tournament. He has been a peripheral figure so far.

James Martin

Pre-season schedule change

Liverpool has made a slight alteration to its pre-season schedule. Liverpool vs Sevilla will now kick off at 12:30 on August 11.

It's the last pre-season game before the Premier League campaign gets underway. Taking place at Anfield, it will give Arne Slot a chance to make final adjustments.

Ticket information is available here. Before the Sevilla clash, Liverpool will complete a tour of the US, where it will face Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.

James Martin

Liverpool nets $2.5m

Liverpool has already earned a transfer windfall this summer. It has netted around $2.5m from a shrewd sell-on clause.

Per The Athletic, the move that has taken Kamil Grabara from Copenhagen to Wolfsburg has secured his old club a tidy sum. The goalkeeper was on the books at Liverpool as a youngster.

A deal was agreed last summer, but the move has only recently gone through, allowing Liverpool to reap the rewards of its 20 per cent sell-on clause. That adds to the $3.8m (£3m) it earned from the original sale to Copenhagen.

James Martin

Lots of agent chatter

James Pearce has shut down a number of Liverpool transfer rumors. He has dismissed links to Riccardo Calafiori and Nico Williams out of hand.

Via The Kop Council, Pearce revealed there is "literally nothing" in those links. He suggests that reports have been driven by agents.

Calafiori looks to be closing in on a move to Arsenal. Williams remains up for grabs, amid overtures from Barcelona, but it seems we should not expect Liverpool to get involved.

James Martin

FSG confirms Bordeaux talks

FSG have confirmed to the ECHO that they are in discussions about acquiring French club Bordeaux.

When Michael Edwards returned to the fold, it was with a multi-club brief. And it seems that move could now be in progress.

The Liverpool owners insisted that talks are in "early stages" and "exploratory".

James Martin

Yoro "rejects Man United"

Leny Yoro has issued a swift response to Manchester United's ambitious transfer bid. He has reportedly made it clear he will not be making the move.

It's long been believed that Yoro is holding out for Real Madrid. And according to Marca, he is closer than ever to making that move, having already turned down other options.

United had previously sounded out Yoro, but was supposedly met with a clear response: "I'm sorry, I want to play for Real Madrid."

James Martin

Liverpool "a shout" for Eze

Transfer journalist Steve Kay has given an update on Eberechi Eze. Speaking to KS1TV, he suggested Liverpool could be "a shout" on one condition.

It's claimed that at 26, Eze does not want to move to be a squad player. That's why Arsenal and Manchester City are not viewed as especially viable options.

There could be a similar issue at Liverpool. But if Luis Diaz were to leave, then Eze would be more likely to arrive at Anfield.

James Martin

Chiesa touted to Premier League

Federico Chiesa's agent will offer his client to Premier League clubs, claims TeamTalk. He is looking for a package worth in the region of $166k (£130k/€154k) per week.

Juventus, his current club, has already declined to match those demands. Napoli and Roma have submitted concrete proposals, but they also fall below Chiesa's expectations.

So far, despite being linked, Liverpool is not thought to have made an offer. There has been contact from Saudi Arabia.

James Martin

Williams sets Barcelona "deadline"

Nico Williams prefers a move to Barcelona this summer, claims Sport. But he will not wait indefinitely, and has set the club a deadline.

Liverpool has also been credited with an interest. Barcelona's president has stated that the club has the finances to complete the transfer for the Athletic Club winger, but it seems the clock is ticking.

James Martin

Liverpool trio omitted from pre-season

Arne Slot is still a long way from a full contingent at Liverpool, with many of the top stars still away at international tournaments or else enjoying their summer breaks after their participation came to an end.

But This Is Anfield notes that three players who you would expect to be in attendance are not currently present. It could hint at transfer exits.

Neither Billy Koumetio nor Rhys Williams are training with Slot's squad. That's despite a shortage of center-backs.

Bobby Clark is also nowhere to be seen. He's just signed a new deal at Liverpool, and there has been talk of a possible loan - although his absence may be explained by an injury picked up towards the end of last season.

Matt Addison

Liverpool 'should consider cashing in on Mohamed Salah'

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes that the Reds should run the numbers on Mohamed Salah this summer and potentially consider cashing in on the 32-year-old.

"The logical thing would be to analyze the data around Salah," he told Genting Casino. "Arne Slot is unlikely to come in and match exactly what Liverpool have done for the last six or seven years.

"If he wants to implement a change in philosophy as well as tactics, you have to look at the numbers and have an honest conversation about whether Salah enhances what Arne wants to do.

"If there is evidence to suggest not, then you start to look at the numbers of whether or not to keep him, but it has to be a business decision. Unless Mo is going to be the focal point going forward and the numbers suggest he can do that, then there is always going to be a price he can be sold for and someone who can be brought in.

"I'm sure the recruitment team and Arne himself will have a list of names they would like, but there are players already at the club who can make a difference. Look at Cody Gakpo, is this guy showing the form with the Netherlands that he could be showing for Liverpool next season?

"Forget the age thing, I don't think Mo has dropped off or shown any injury scare which would suggest anything needs to change from that perspective. If Mo is happy to stay and he is part of Slot's future, then I think he stays for the foreseeable. However, if it doesn't align with Arne's vision and the money is right, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mo move on."

Matt Addison

Leny Yoro transfer bid accepted

According to Nabil Djellit, Lille has accepted a bid worth $54m (£42m/€50m) from Manchester United for Leny Yoro as that represents a superior figure to what Real Madrid is prepared to offer.

But the deal is far from finalized. The player's preference remains to move to Spain. Liverpool is also keen on the player, of course, but again, he wants to move to La Liga.

Matt Addison

Saudi minister makes Mohamed Salah claim

Liverpool rejected a bid worth $192m (£150m/€177m) for Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah last summer. There was no appetite to lose the Reds' star man.

A year on, there is even less reason to think he might want to make the move, even if the money on offer is enormous again. But the Saudi sports minister Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud has been speaking about Al-Ittihad's pursuit of Salah.

"Al-Ittihad requested Salah, and the package was astronomical," he said, via Ben Jacobs. "He was under contract and we [the Ministry of Sport] were not in direct negotiations. So we enquired to Liverpool and they said they had no desire to sell and so we ended the matter decisively."

Matt Addison

Cody Gakpo responds to position question

Arne Slot has already confirmed that he has a plan for Cody Gakpo at Liverpool, though the Dutch head coach refused to explain to the media what that might be.

And now, the player himself has admitted that Jurgen Klopp didn't play him in his favored role. "I will play on the left wing at this tournament," Gakpo said ahead of facing England in the Euro 2024 semi-finals. "I also played a lot as a striker at Liverpool.

"I have always been a left winger so that's always been my preference. But in the last one and a half years, the coach needed me to play somewhere else and that's what I tried to do at my best."

Matt Addison

Diogo Jota 'must have been frustrated to miss out at Euro 2024'

The latest episode of The Overlap was released earlier today and the panel have been having their say on Cristiano Ronaldo, who was ultimately holding Portugal back at Euro 2024.

“When you look at them from defense to attack..." Ian Wright said, hinting at how much talent there was to be unlocked. But, he added: "Apart from the Ronaldo."

"Does he retire now?" Gary Neville chimed in.

"I think the way he played at this Euro’s, despite how great he has been, surely Diogo Jota must be disappointed that he can’t get on that pitch," the Arsenal legend answered diplomatically.

Matt Addison

Steven Gerrard wants to sign Lionel Messi

Steven Gerrard has admitted that his dream signing for Al Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League would be Lionel Messi, who is, of course, currently with Inter Miami in MLS.

"It's a dream for me to have Messi at Al Ettifaq," he admitted to MBC Masr 2. "He is an incredible player and would be a great asset for the club. I know it's difficult for him to move to Saudi Arabia, but there's nothing wrong with dreaming."

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FSG 'in talks to buy Bordeaux'

Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the Liverpool owner, could be looking to France as it looks to expand its soccer portfolio. Local outlet France Bleu reports that FSG is "very serious" about acquiring Ligue 2 outfit Bordeaux.

It is suggested that "exclusive discussions" have been held with the French side about a deal. Three representatives from Boston are said to have traveled to France to meet with the DNCG the "financial policeman of French football" — in order to ratify any prospective deal. John W Henry and Julian Ward have supposedly been involved in explorations.

While there is "no binding offer" from FSG, it is said that "negotiations are continuing on the financial front" and an initial investment of $45m (£35m/€42m) will be made to ensure Bordeaux can participate in Ligue 2 for 2024/25. This comes with the club under threat of demotion to the Championnat National — the third tier of French football — due to long-standing debt.

Current Bordeaux president Gerard Lopez would remain involved with the club, it is said. Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera is currently in charge of the club as head coach.

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Liverpool chases Rio Ngumoha

Liverpool could continue its pattern of snapping up some of the best young talent around the country as the Reds chase a deal for 15-year-old Chelsea winger Rio Ngumoha. (Full story: HERE).

Ngumoha has been described as one of the best players in his age group by those who have watched him regularly. He has represented England at U16 level and would sign as a scholar at Anfield if a deal is concluded. The Reds have a strict wage structure in place for academy prospects and it is understood that this will not be broken.

Chelsea is "furious" at the prospect of losing such a highly rated prospect, the Daily Mail reports. But Liverpool would simply be reaping the rewards of similar moves in the past proving there is a proper pathway.

The Reds' signings last year included the hugely talented Trey Nyoni from Leicester City, who made the bench for the Carabao Cup final (against Chelsea, of course) just a move months after arriving at Anfield as a 16-year-old.

Matt Addison

Joao Gomes is "one to watch" for Liverpool

As well as left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, Liverpool is also being linked with a transfer move for Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes this summer.

According to Ben Jacobs, Gomes is a player that the Reds admire. The 23-year-old has made a positive impression since joining the Premier League side.

"Midfield is not as high on their list of priorities as a center-back and wide player," Jacobs said. "But I don’t think we can entirely rule it out. Liverpool really like Joao Gomes as well, so that could be one to watch in the coming months. But for now, midfield is not the priority."

Matt Addison

Real Madrid "progressing" in Leny Yoro talks

Further to that last update, The Athletic reports that talks are "progressing" for Real Madrid to sign Liverpool-admired Leny Yoro this summer. An agreement could be struck for around $43m (£34m/€40m).

If Real Madrid cannot agree a deal with Lille in this window for the 18-year-old wonderkid, then it is suggested that he would simply wait a year and let his contract run down. Personal terms will not be an issue.

Liverpool would make a move if it became plausible that a deal to bring him to Anfield could happen. But the chances of that occurring appear to be slim.

Yoro was left out of France's squad for the Olympic Games at the end of last week. He played 44 times for Lille last season as he established himself as one of the best up-and-coming talents in the game.

James Martin

Leny Yoro progress expected this week

It's all gone a little bit quiet on the Leny Yoro front. He's believed to prefer Real Madrid over other suitors such as Liverpool, but the Spanish giant is yet to reach any agreement with Lille.

However, the Daily Briefing reports that the deal should pick up pace in the coming days. Real Madrid has "sped up talks" with the French club, and a conclusion should be reached this week or next week.

Although "English sides" are offering more than Real Madrid, the player's preference remains clear. And with Lille scared of losing him for nothing next year, it's expected that common ground will be found regarding the fee.

James Martin

Liverpool rejects Sepp van den Berg bids

Liverpool has already turned down multiple bids for defender Sepp van den Berg, reports The Athletic. Mainz and Wolfsburg have both been knocked back.

PSV has also shown an interest in the Dutchman. Liverpool maintains a $26m (£20m/€24m) valuation, but has decided to hand him the chance to impress Arne Slot.

It's claimed he has already caught Slot's eye in the early days of pre-season. He could now "stay put" as a result, although he will continue to be assessed over the course of the US tour.

KEY EVENT

Karim Adeyemi wanted

Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus are all interested in signing 22-year-old Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Karim Adeyemi this summer, according to Sky Germany.

Dortmund is willing to cash in on the player for a fee of $32m (£26m/€30m) or more because Adeyemi, who scored only five goals last season, had an inconsistent campaign. While there is interest lingering in the background, no club has made a concrete move yet.

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