Liverpool transfer news, rumours, gossip and speculation including the latest on Alexis Mac Allister, Mason Mount, Romeo Lavia, Benjamin Pavard and now-departing Roberto Firmino
Hello and welcome to the ECHO’s dedicated Liverpool news and transfers blog on Saturday, May 27.
Liverpool have little to play for in their season finale at Southampton after Champions League qualification was taken away from them by rivals Manchester United on Thursday night. It means Jurgen Klopp and his players will find themselves in the supplementary Europa League next season.
When it comes to proposed incomings, meanwhile, the Reds have seemingly been handed a timely boost in their pursuit for Mason Mount with United reportedly considering his £55m asking price too much to pay with the other priorities in their squad, right now. Progress is also thought to have been made with Alexis Mac Allister as his agent – and father – prepare to visit the UK for transfer discussions.
Journalist suggests why Liverpool’s move for Bellingham broke down
Liverpool are on the hunt for midfield reinforcements this summer, with James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all leaving the club.
While Alexis Mac Allister has been linked with the Reds in recent times, though the name on the lips of most supporters was Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham.
Despite being heavily rumoured to be of signifiant interest to Jurgen Klopp and co, any hopes of Bellingham making the move to Anfield appear dead in the water. Real Madrid now appear to be Bellingham’s most likely destination.
German journalist Christian Falk has suggested that the agent fees involved in a potential agreement have put Liverpool off signing Bellingham.
In his column for CaughtOffside, Falk wrote: “I heard his father’s demands were the decisive point. Of course, the overall package mattered. If we were talking about just the salary and transfer fee, a Liverpool move may have been possible.
“However, a salary of €20m [£17.3m] plus a transfer fee, which Dortmund have set at €150m [£130m], plus add-ons and then some side money for Mark Bellingham and the agent would be impossible for Liverpool. I heard they said it was crazy and they don’t do such crazy things.”
Liverpool target to resist summer move according to reports
Liverpool, alongside other major clubs, have been linked with Torino defender Perr Schuurs in recent times.
Schuurs has only been with the Italian side for one season, having joined the club from Ajax in August 2022, but has won plaudits for his performances in Serie A.
Subsequent rumours of a move to England began to emerge, with the player’s agent even claiming that Liverpool has attempted to sign Schuurs before he joined Torino.
However, Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim that the Dutchman has confirmed he will be spending ‘at least one more year in Granata’.
It is said that the 23-year-old believes he has more room for development before moving to a big club and will turn down the interest of the likes of Liverpool to do just that.
Liverpool icon Divock Origi to return to the Premier League?
Divock Origi is set to leave AC Milan after just one season according to reports.
According to il Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia, the Belgian could leave the San Siro in the summer with a number of Turkish clubs monitoring the striker.
It has been said, however, that he would prefer a move back to the Premier League with West Ham interest.
Asking price for Kelleher emerges
A bid of £25 million or more is expected to be enough for Liverpool to part ways with goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher this summer.
The Athletic claim that Kelleher represents Liverpool’s ‘most valuable asset’ when it comes to selling players this summer, with the Irishman attracting interest from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Brentford.
Kelleher has only made 20 senior appearances for Liverpool, having joined the club’s youth set-up in 2019, but has impressed on the multiple occasions when he has deputised for Alisson in cup competitions.
Kelleher is said to ‘relish the chance’ for more regular game time and become a first-choice goalkeeper elsewhere after progressing through the ranks at Anfield.