Transfer gossip: Liverpool pull out of race to sign midfielder; Spurs launch surprise move & Ronaldo snub

Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign a Chelsea target, while Tottenham have launced a surprise move to sign a Leicester City star…

FERNANDEZ PRICE TOO HIGH FOR LIVERPOOL
Liverpool have found the asking price for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez to be out of their price range, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds are on the lookout for the right player to help solve their issues in midfield, which were on display last night as they beat Leicester City 2-1.

Numerous midfielders have been linked with a move to Anfield with Jude Bellingham understood to be their top target for the summer transfer window – but they face fierce competition from Real Madrid, Manchester City and other clubs.

Romano revealed yesterday that Fernandez has said ‘yes’ to Chelsea with the Blues beginning ‘direct talks’ with Benfica over a potential January transfer. The Portuguese outfit want any interested club to activate his €120m release clause with Fernandez only arriving in the summer transfer window for €10m from River Plate.

But Chelsea are willing to spend over €120m in order to avoid paying up front and Romano now claims that ‘focus will be on new midfielder’ for Liverpool but they ‘are not intentioned to pay €120m for Fernandez as of today’.

On potential transfer movements, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said on Friday: “We’ve to collect money for a bit, then we can spend. That is how we work.”

TOTTENHAM WANT BARNES
Tottenham are exploring the possibility of making a surprise move for Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes in January, according to reports.

Barnes has become a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-ups over the past few years following a number of loan spells in the EFL. The England international scored 24 goals over the previous two seasons in all competitions and has started off this term in form too with Barnes bagging six Premier League goals in 14 appearances.

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And now the 25-year-old is interesting Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici, who Football.London say ‘is understood to like’ Barnes. The report warns that Barnes ‘would come with a hefty price tag as he still has two and a half years remaining on his contract at a club that would be reluctant to part company with him’.

RONALDO SNUBS MLS MOVE
Cristiano Ronaldo completed his lucrative move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr last night
with reports claiming he could earn up to $200m per season with all the commercial opportunities and incentives included.

Ronaldo has disappointed some fans by move to Saudi Arabia after telling Piers Morgan in his controversial interview that he still wanted to play at the highest level.

There seemed to be a lack of concrete interest from top clubs in Europe with Romano insisting that the other offer on the table came from Major League Soccer.

Romano claims that ‘Sporting Kansas City were really trying to sign’ Ronaldo and ‘held a meeting before Morgan interview then one more with concrete talks about the prospects of CR7 playing in Kansas City commercially’.

The transfer expert added: ‘Salary package was huge but Ronaldo decided for Al Nassr move’.

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