Liverpool transfer news: A long-time obvious FSG target may become available because to financial troubles at a rival, while a wonder kid is also being monitored
When the season comes to a close, teams’ futures and transfer decisions regarding their own players may be resolved. Liverpool is no exception in this sense.
We could see stars go this summer (in fact, it’s a certain conclusion that some players will leave), and players will join, with it clear that the club needs FSG to back something of a reset in the summer after a terrible season.
Naturally, the midfield is the most concerning area. The number one transfer target is Jude Bellingham, but there will undoubtedly be more names on Jürgen Klopp’s list. Given the price involved, there is no guarantee Liverpool will sign the Borussia Dortmund star, and FSG will almost certainly have backup plans in place if a deal isn’t made.
One of such players is a midfielder now playing for Inter who Klopp is said to adore. The third piece of news today surrounds a Lille star who has allegedly captured the club’s attention.
Here’s Liverpool.com’s take on the latest transfer rumors swirling around the Reds.
Nick Barella (Inter)
The energetic Italian has been on Liverpool’s radar for some time, so speculation about him is nothing new. But, according to InterLive.it, with the club needing to produce $63 million (£53 million/€60 million) by the end of June in order to balance the books for the season, Barella might be the sacrificial lamb given his high value.
Barella is an important member of Inter’s and Italy’s midfields, and his tremendous energy would be welcomed at Liverpool. FSG could possibly take advantage of the financial predicament, with Klopp a renowned admirer of Barella – he has previously described him as a ‘top-class player’.
According to Liverpool.com, Inter manager Simone Inzaghi will be devastated to lose Barella, but Inter’s finances are currently in disarray. Its overall debt is gradually diminishing, but it still needs to raise $63 million (£53 million/€60 million) by the end of June, and Liverpool and FSG would be prudent to completely capitalize on the situation and pounce for their best midfielder. Barella would be a perfect match for Klopp’s three-man midfield, and he’s only 26 years old. Signing Barella, with or without Bellingham, would be a no-brainer.
Baleba, Carlos (Lille)
The 19-year-old has been impressing in Ligue 1 with Lille, who never seem to run out of great potential. Baleba, a central midfielder for Lille this season, is wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United, according to 90Min. Milan appears to have attempted to bring him to Serie A in January, but the move was rejected by Lille.
According to the article, a move to the Premier League is more plausible, with Newcastle, Leicester, and West Ham all interested in the youngster.
According to Liverpool.com, Liverpool is in need of midfielders, and someone like Baleba would suit the bill in theory. Furthermore, his youth suggests that he might be in the Liverpool engine room for more than a decade. Nevertheless, FSG is now at the position where it has to sign ready-made midfield stars rather than potential, which Baleba remains at this time.
Perhaps it would be preferable to let him transfer to another side for the summer, spend two or three seasons there, and then reconsider him afterwards. He isn’t necessarily prepared right now.