Liverpool have been featured on a three-team list as an Atletico Madrid striker was selected in January. However, a deal could only be closed on one condition, a report claims.
The Reds went into the current international break as the only undefeated team in the Premier League. After injury worries destroyed the title defense last season, Jürgen Klopp’s team looks like real trophy contenders this season as well.
However, Klopp is facing the possibility of doing without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the new year.
Both strikers are scheduled to take part in AFCON 2021. After several delays, the competition starts on January 9th and lasts for about a month.
While the likes of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi can cover the absences, a spate of injuries would go on Liverpool dangerous lack of quality options.
As such, Liverpool have started building ties with a number of attacking stars since the summer window closed. And after Caught offside (citing the Spanish outlet Fichajes) the surprise name of Joao Felix has emerged as a contender to strengthen the ranks.
On the surface, the Portuguese’s signing, who once cost £ 113million, seems extremely far-fetched. However, the article claims that the possibility of loaning Felix on loan in January is being “considered” at Atletico.
Felix is only 21 years old and has not yet reached the heights many expected after his blockbuster move in 2019.
His fights have ensured that he will be left without a starting place after Antoine Griezmann’s return from Barcelona. Ex-Reds cult hero Luis Suarez is another Felix who struggled to get starts before Diego Simeone.
The giants of Serie A, Inter Milan and Juventus, should also be there. However, should Liverpool deem an approach to credit viable, they would reportedly insist that an option to buy was included.
As Caught offside to say it, Liverpool “will get little benefit from developing another team’s player”.
His age and undisputed potential could tempt Liverpool’s forward-thinking owners. Although several factors suggest a move is possible, seeing Felix in a red shirt on Anfield Road at this stage is still an ambitious idea.
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Meanwhile, Tottenham football director Fabio Paratici has left the door ajar for Liverpool or Manchester City to pounce on a deadly striker. That comes after his recent comments left Spurs out of the running.
Only five days ago, boss of the Fiorentina Rocco Commisso confirmed that Dusan Vlahovic will leave the club in a coming window after the club’s proposals for a new contract were rejected.
That prompted renewed ties to Tottenham and Man City, but also Liverpool. The mirror claimed transfer guru Michael Edwards was planning a £ 77m transfer to Vlahovic as his final move on the Liverpool transfer committee.
Time will tell where exactly Vlahovic will land. But according to trusted journalist Fabrizio Romano, it won’t be Tottenham.
Romano tweeted said a quote from Spurs boss Paratici during the Festival dello Sport. Paratici said: “Dusan Vlahovic is valued by many clubs, that’s normal. He is not in our plans for the time being ”.
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