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    Brazil sensation Joao Gomes reveals ‘greatest desire’ to seal Liverpool transfer… after Man Utd sent scouts to watch him

    BRAZILIAN star Joao Gomes has revealed Liverpool would be his dream Premier League move.The 21-year-old midfielder was linked with Manchester United earlier this summer after the Red Devils sent scouts to watch him play for Flamengo.
    Gomes has said his dream Premier League move would be to LiverpoolCredit: Rex
    However, it was reported that United’s representatives were more impressed by their own player Andreas Pereira.
    And now Gomes has confirmed he would actually prefer to play for their rivals Liverpool.
    He was asked on a live stream whether he wants to move to the Premier League one day – and if so then what team would he want to join.
    To which he replied: “Liverpool are a team I’d play for.
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    “I have the greatest desire to play. Playing in the Champions League is my biggest dream and that of my family. My biggest dream in football.”
    Despite being just 21, Gomes has already made 93 appearances for Flamengo.
    He has scored twice for the Brazilian outfit and also contributed three assists.
    Liverpool could well be enticed into signing Gomes if the price is right.
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    His market value is thought to be around £32million.
    Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly interested in bringing in a new central midfielder this summer if they can find the right fit.
    They have been linked with the likes of Sporting Lisbon’s Matheus Nunes and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. More

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    Liverpool ‘pull out of race to sign Matheus Nunes’ despite injury woes with Wolves set for £51m transfer for midfielder

    LIVERPOOL have pulled out of the race to sign Matheus Nunes, according to reports.And that looks set to pave the way for Wolves to seal a £51million transfer for the midfielder.
    Matheus Nunes, left, is not going to Liverpool but could join WolvesCredit: EPA
    The Reds were heavily linked with the Sporting Lisbon star amid their injury woes.
    Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are all currently sidelined for Jurgen Klopp.
    But the Daily Mail report Liverpool are no longer pursuing Nunes.
    Now Bruno Lage will try and convince the 23-year-old star to choose Molineux after he impressed against the Premier League side in pre-season.
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    However, it is said Wolves “doesn’t appeal” to him just yet.
    The eight-cap Portugal international – also linked with Chelsea and Leeds this summer – has a £51m release clause in his contract at the Estadio Jose Alvalade which runs until 2026.

    Nunes joined Sporting in 2019 and has racked up 100 appearances for the club, chipping in with seven goals.
    He is a top-class No8 box-to-box midfielder, combining his fine passing range with an intense pressing game.
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    The ace shone in the Champions League last season, impressing Pep Guardiola in the match against Manchester City – despite the 5-0 defeat for Nunes and Sporting.
    Guardiola said: “I would say that Matheus Nunes is one of the best players in the world today.”
    Wolves have made the loan of Hwang Hee-chan from RB Leipzig permanent while Nathan Collins and Goncalo Guedes have also moved to the Black Country this summer.
    Lage’s side host Fulham on Saturday – with the travelling Cottagers fans facing a headache to get back to London afterwards due to strikes. More

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    Arsenal and Liverpool ‘line up Yeremy Pino transfer’ with Villarreal ready to sell winger, 19, for right price

    ARSENAL and Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Villarreal star Yeremy Pino, with the Spanish club prepared to sell at the right price. The 19-year-old is seen as one of their future stars after coming through their youth team.
    Yeremy, or Yeremi, Pino has caught the eyes of scouts from EnglandCredit: Getty
    The club were not expecting any moves for him and the Premier League interest has reportedly caught them by surprise.
    They are keen to hang on to their teen prospect but acknowledge that England’s big clubs may have too much money to resist.
    AS report that Villarreal have recently become aware of the interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
    The report states that a big offer would lead to a “difficult decision” for the Yellow Submarine.
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    Pino’s release clause is reportedly around £67million, which would represent a huge outlay for either Arsenal or Liverpool.
    But AS say he is seen as one of the “jewels of the yellow crown” and there is much excitement about his development.
    If Villarreal were to recoup the cash, the money could go towards a permanent move for Tottenham’s out of favour midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.
    At the moment he is set to join Unai Emery’s team on loan again after impressing in the second half of last season.
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    Reports suggest they would be able to land him permanently for £12.6m at the end of the agreement as part of the draft loan terms.
    Arsenal and Liverpool have both already spent part of this window drafting in youngsters for the future.
    The Gunners signed Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos in June on a long-term contract.
    The talented 19-year-old has already earned comparisons to his countryman Douglas Costa.
    Meanwhile Liverpool managed to land Fulham’s winger Fabio Carvalho on a free this summer.
    The Portuguese teen took the Championship by storm last season and netted 10 goals and managed eight assists. More

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    Liverpool ‘plotting swap transfer deal’ involving either Roberto Firmino or Naby Keita for Inter star Marcelo Brozovic

    LIVERPOOL are keen on a swap deal for Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic – with either Roberto Firmino or Naby Keita going the other way.That’s according to Calciomercatoweb, who say the Merseysiders want Brozovic, 29, to bolster their midfield before transfer deadline day.
    Liverpool are keeping tabs on Inter Milan star Marcelo BrozovicCredit: Getty
    Liverpool are willing to swap either Naby Keita or Roberto Firmino for Marcelo BrozovicCredit: Getty
    Roberto Firmino will find opportunities limited at Liverpool this seasonCredit: Rex
    The Reds have endured a raft of injuries in the position with Thiago Alcantara joining Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita in the treatment room after hobbling off against Fulham on Saturday.
    But Liverpool are not keen on splashing the cash for the midfielder as they are saving for Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham next year.
    That is why they could offer Firmino or Keita in exchange for the Croatia international.
    Keita’s contract runs out next year – although rumours suggest he will be offered an extension.
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    Firmino, on the other hand, could find opportunities limited with the arrival of Darwin Nunez while Diogo Jota continues to make a strong claim for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up.
    Inter are reportedly open to discuss selling Brozovic as they have been enduring some financial issues.
    The Croatian ace has been previously linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona so the FA Cup holders may face competition for his signature.
    The defensive midfielder joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015 and has since amassed a total of 28 goals and 37 assists in 289 appearances.
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    The 29-year-old has won the 2021 Serie A title and 2022 Coppa Italia trophy with the Nerazzurri.
    Brozovic also played a crucial role in Croatia’s stunning 2018 World Cup campaign that saw them making it to the final after eliminating England in the semi-finals. More

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    Liverpool edge closer to sealing contract extension with Naby Keita as it will be cheaper than a transfer replacement

    LIVERPOOL are close to sealing an extension with Naby Keita as he enters the final year of his contract.Keita has arguably been a very rare blemish on the Reds’ near-flawless record in the past few years.
    Liverpool are close to sealing an extension deal with Naby KeitaCredit: Getty
    Yet Kop money men are keen to keep the Guinea midfielder, 27, despite a mixed time at Anfield since his £52.75million moves from RB Leipzig in 2018.
    That is because it would cost a fortune to replace Keita in their squad and they would prefer to retain him even if he is not first choice.
    Keita could be talked into staying put if the terms are right after winning every major trophy with the Reds.
    He was ruled out of Liverpool’s shock opening day draw against Fulham through illness.
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    Keita saw pal Sadio Mane leave Anfield this summer for Bayern Munich as Jurgen Klopp shuffles his pack.
    Klopp splashed a fee rising to £85m on Benfica’s Darwin Nunez to replace Mane.
    And it is a move Liverpool legend Pepe Reina hailed as a game-changer heading into the new season.
    Reina said: “Darwin and Mane are two great players of a certain stature.
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    “Let’s find out what Darwin can bring to the squad with the help of his team-mates.
    “But this swap makes sense and it can be a great thing for the club.
    “Liverpool have a great variety of players but they needed someone who can hold up the ball and play one-two passes.
    “And thanks to Darwin they are perfect in attack.”
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    Liverpool will be even BETTER this season with Darwin Nunez replacing Sadio Mane, warns Pepe Reina after £85m transfer

    PEPE REINA claims that £85million new boy Darwin Nunez will more than just fill Sadio Mane’s gigantic boots at Liverpool.The Senegal talisman departed Anfield for Bayern Munich after six years of outstanding service in which he contributed a frightening 168 goals and won every single major trophy at stake.
    Darwin Nunez will make Liverpool even better despite Sadio Mane’s exit, according to ex-Reds goalkeeper Pepe ReinaCredit: Paul Marriott/The Sun
    Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich early in the summer windowCredit: Getty
    And Jurgen Klopp acted swiftly to bring in the refined Uruguayan finisher who caught his eye in last season’s Champions League quarter-final showdowns against Benfica.
    He is now confronted with the vertiginous task of replacing his free-scoring predecessor though.
    But for Reina, who defended Liverpool’s goal 394 times during an eight-year spell, Liverpool have actually become BETTER due to Darwin’s towering presence which offers a never seen dimension to their vibrant attack.
    He told SunSport: “Darwin and Mane are two great players of a certain stature.
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    “Let’s find out what Darwin can bring to the squad with the help of his teammates.
    “But this swap makes sense and it can be a great thing for the club.
    “Liverpool have a great variety of players but they needed someone who can hold up the ball and play one-two passes.
    “And thanks to Darwin they are perfect in attack.”
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    Reina was pushed out the door in summer 2013 to make way for incoming Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with Brendan Rodgers keen to revamp an ageing side that had languished for years in the doldrums.
    But the 39-year-old Villarreal veteran goalkeeper insisted that he has moved on.
    That departure, however painful at the time, paved the way for transfers to European super clubs Napoli, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
    Reina said: “I have no regrets because for eight years I was the club’s number one goalkeeper, playing nearly 400 games. I can’t moan about anything.
    “In the end it had to happen and we went our separate ways. All things considered, things didn’t go too badly for me since then.
    “So, with hindsight, at the time it was the right call.”
    Liverpool have a great variety of players but they needed someone who can hold up the ball and play one-two passes. And thanks to Darwin they are perfect in attackPepe Reina
    Reina has observed Liverpool’s staggering rise from afar in recent years.
    And far from begrudging the club’s success, he heaped praise on the stunning transformation it has undergone.
    He said: “Liverpool are a healthy club and a benchmark worldwide.
    “The team, the players, the technical staff and the whole environment exude positivity.
    “The Premier League is a beautiful league and Liverpool are an incredible side.”
    Completing a clean sweep of trophies after coming within a whisker of doing so last term is not beyond Liverpool.
    But contesting the domestic trophies and European glory with Pep Guardiola’s Man City as their closest antagonists remains a tall order.
    Pepe Reina pictured with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez
    He admitted: “Liverpool can win the Quadruple. But in Man City they have a huge rival, they are really good.
    “And it will again be a great race for the league title between Liverpool and Manchester City. I think no one else will fight for the title.
    “As for Arsenal, it would already be good for them if they qualify for the Champions League.”
    Reina was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2010 and notched three Premier League Golden Gloves.
    Liverpool have had three number ones since he left to reunite with former Kop boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli nine years ago.
    But it was only after two failed experiments with Mignolet and Loris Karius that the club finally managed to fill the Spaniard’s void in 2017.
    And Reina feels that Alisson belongs to the pantheon of goalkeeping greats as he ticks all the boxes.
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    He said: “For me Alisson is one of the best and most complete and best goalkeepers in the world.
    “Alisson is perfect for the way Liverpool want to play. And he’s helped the team a lot in winning trophies.”
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    Chelsea set to snap up ex-Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards as new sporting director as Todd Boehly makes changes

    CHELSEA are in talks with former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards over a move to the club, according to reports.The transfer guru was the man who helped construct Jurgen Klopp’s current Liverpool team before he left the club in June.
    Michael Edwards is reportedly in talks to join ChelseaCredit: PA
    Todd Boehly has been in charge of transfers this summerCredit: PA
    He had been in the role for six years, in which he developed a reputation for being a tough negotiator and excellent talent spotter.
    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is keen on bringing him to West London so he can take charge of transfer business, claims The Times.
    After Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the Blues, director Marina Granovskaia and former goalkeeper come technical adviser Petr Cech also departed.
    As a result, Boehly has been in control of transfers this summer with his approach being criticised by some.
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    He reportedly wants to add Edwards to the club’s hierarchy but faces a hurdle in that him and manager Thomas Tuchel may have different visions for the team.
    Edwards also reportedly wanted a year off after leaving Liverpool, and it’s unclear if he’d return to work so soon after quitting his role at Anfield.
    Rumours say there is no exclusion clause that prevents him joining another club.
    Edwards has played a huge behind the scenes role at Liverpool, helping build a team that has won the Premier League and Champions League.
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    Under his guidance the Reds have signed the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
    Edwards also played a big part in selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a staggering £142million.
    If Chelsea can’t bring Edwards to Stamford Bridge former Southampton and Tottenham chief Paul Mitchell could be of interest as is Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, according to reports.
    Liverpool are moving on from Edwards and have signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica for £85million.

    Meanwhile Chelsea have signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Raheem Sterling from Man City, with a deal for Marc Cucurella to be finalised today.
    Yet there has been frustration over missing out on deals for Jules Kounde and Raphinha to Barcelona. More

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    Liverpool star Diogo Jota signs new five-year contract after stunning start to Anfield career since £40m transfer

    LIVERPOOL ace Diogo Jota has signed a new five-year contract at the club. The Portuguese attacker made the move to Anfield from Wolves back in 2020 in a £40million transfer.
    Diogo Jota has signed a new long-term deal keeping him at LiverpoolCredit: Getty
    He made the adaption to Jurgen Klopp’s side look easy by swiftly becoming a key player for Liverpool.
    In an interview with the club, Jota, 25, expressed his delight at putting pen to paper on a contract extension saying: “Well I’m really proud, I have to say.
    “Now, signing a new long-term deal, it’s obviously from the club’s perspective proof of the belief in myself as a player.”
    Since arriving he has won the FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield, narrowly missing out on Premier League and Champions League glory.
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    In total, Jota has made 85 appearances for the club scoring 34 goals and registering nine assists.
    Last season was his most prolific of his career netting 21 times in all competitions, 15 of which came in the league.

    Competition for places in Liverpool’s attack is high but he regularly got the nod to play as the central striker ahead of Roberto Firmino last season.
    However, his first-team place is under threat from Luis Diaz and new boy Darwin Nunez.
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    Jota picked up an injury in the Nations League and looks set to miss the beginning of the new season.
    He said: “Unfortunately for me I had an upset in this pre-season because I got injured [in the] last game of the season playing with Portugal.
    “So I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say.”
    Liverpool start away at Fulham on Saturday. More