Liverpool could get a whole new midfield wholesale from Bayern Munich while Manchester United are being quoted some big striker numbers.
LIVERPOOL TARGET BAYERN MUNICH MIDFIELD
Liverpool need new midfielders and they could pretty much a whole new midfield wholesale from Bayern Munich, with the German champions said to be open to selling both Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.
Goretzka is said by Anfield Watch to be an option for Jurgen Klopp, though Sky Germany have said that he is resisting all efforts – including from West Ham, who want to replace Declan Rice – to move him out of Munich. The club might sell him for as little as £34m but at the moment he is refusing to engage.
Also no longer unsellable is Kimmich, with Kicker claiming that he is available for transfer this summer (for around £52m) as Bayern try and push on a process that could see them compete for the Champions League again. They need to pay for Harry Kane somehow, and that price is rising close to £120m.
IN AND OUT AT NEWCASTLE
It looks like Allan Saint-Maximin out and Harvey Barnes in at Newcastle United this week, with the north-east club clearly hoping to break even on those deals.
Al Ahli official bid for Allan Saint-Maximin: €25m fee to convince Newcastle, they want more but negotiation is advancing to crucial stages. 🟢🇸🇦
Newcastle are confident to complete Harvey Barnes deal once they'll sell Saint-Maximin. pic.twitter.com/QzZOY4N6tr
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2023
The price for Barnes – according to Ben Jacobs – is going to be not far north of £35m so Newcastle will presumably want to squeeze that kind of money out of Al Ahli for the Frenchman.
Eddie Howe is clearly reluctant to sell, saying: “Maxi is the player that’s generating the interest. FFP is a new dynamic which really came to the fore after my first window here when we knew it would impact us. Player trading is a key part of it – you can’t hit it, if you don’t trade. We’re forced to trade a player this window.
“If the deal didn’t go through, I’d be delighted. It would obviously impact our ability to bring any more players in, and then we potentially might have to sell another player. That’s the way that Financial Fair Play has hit us.”
MAN UTD STRIKER LATEST
For a succinct round-up of what is coming out of Old Trafford, we turn to the BBC’s Simon Stone, who brings us the latest on the Rasmus Hojlund deal.
‘While personal terms are not expected to be a problem in completing a deal, there has been no agreement with the Serie A club over a fee. Atalanta are understood to want 70m euros (£60.2m) for the 20-year-old.
‘Having committed more than £100m on their two signings so far, and having been fined by Uefa for breaking Financial Fair Play rules last week, United want to stick to their budget.
‘It means other options, including Eintracht Frankfurt’s highly-rated France striker Randal Kolo Muani, 24, are coming into play.’
The slight problem? The German club will want even more for Kolo Muani.
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