Liverpool have reportedly shown interest in Manchester City’s Kyle Walker but a deal looks unlikely as the right-back wants to remain at the club.
That is according to the Daily Mail, who reports that the England star has opened talks over a contract extension with the treble winners despite strong interest from Bayern Munich.
Thomas Tuchel is reported to be a fan of the 33-year-old and is seeking to bring him to the Bundesliga side, and should the Man City star decide to leave, the German champions seem the most likely destination as of now.
The report had said that there is also interest from Liverpool. But it would be difficult to see such a transaction take place between the Premier League rivals. However, this may provide a big hint at how Jurgen Klopp may set up his team in the coming season.
If Liverpool are enquiring about top-class right-backs that could hint at Trent Alexander-Arnold being used as a midfielder next season following his outstanding performances in the position throughout the final games of the just concluded season.
It is unlikely that the Reds acquire Walker, but if they can lure another right-back to Anfield this summer, fans may get to see Alexander-Arnold become a full-time midfielder throughout next campaign.
Liverpool need £95m to complete dream summer transfer window with three signings
Liverpool have already identified Khephren Thuram as a target with Gabri Veiga and Levi Colwill also among the players monitored.
The transfer window is barely a week old and Liverpool have a number of things on their agenda as they look to bolster their squad this summer.
Alexis Mac Allister’s deal was concluded without a hitch as the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder signed on to become the latest Argentine to line up at Anfield.
The objective doesn’t stop there as Liverpool continue to eye further improvements to their squad ahead of the players reuniting at the beginning of July for their 2023-24 Premier League and Europa League preparations.
After their disappointing campaign last time out, the focus is on defensive and midfield acquisitions as the goalkeeper and attacking options remain stocked. Should Caoimhin Kelleher exit Anfield this summer, the Reds may have their arms twisted into movement between the sticks.
But the priority remains in the engine room as well as a left-sided defender, should one become available. Questions were sparked throughout the campaign about the quality of Liverpool’s midfield as they were exposed during their difficult spells before dropping to their lowest Premier League finish since 2016.
Options in midfield were few and far between with injuries hampering options as well as lack of investment in recent years. In the lowest finish of Jurgen Klopp’s reign in a full Premier League calendar, there hasn’t been a season with more chastening defeats as the Reds fell off the boil just a matter of months after chasing the quadruple.
By comparison to recent seasons, there is no financial cushion from qualifying for the Champions League or prize money from their runs in various other competitions.
They scored a reported £105.7m from their pursuit of a seventh European crown at the end of the 2021/22 term with an estimated £71m received from their last-16 exit to Real Madrid in March.
The German has already argued that the lack of European football can’t be used as an excuse to not open their wallets in the transfer window.
“It is a fantastic club with a really good football team and even better, hopefully, next year. I’ve barely faced the situation where you talk with a player and everything is great and he says, ‘okay see you if…’ That doesn’t happen really often,” he said in May.
“We are still Liverpool and we are really attractive for a lot of players, we should not forget that. That’s why I’m not concerned about that fact.
“Everything is of course more difficult without the Champions League, especially in long term, and we have to not do these things more often.
“But apart from that, it’s okay the situation we are in from a talking point of view and convincing point of view.”
The ECHO understands that the Reds have a longer shortlist than usual for this transfer window with a number of factors contributing to that, none more so than the departure of engine room options James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita – who both struggled with injuries in the last 18 months of their Liverpool careers.
Khephren Thuram is under real consideration, it is understood. Ibrahima Konate has spoken openly about his France compatriot, Thuram, who has been “seduced” by the project at Anfield, according to L’Equipe. There is a possibility that the 22-year-old will be holding the Liverpool shirt before the start of the Premier League season against Chelsea.
According to Transfer Markt, his current market value is said to be in the region of £27.3m. He is likely to cost more than the reported £35m for Mac Allister – likely to be in the region of £50m – but should Thuram express his intentions of leaving the Allianz Riviera this summer, it might force Nice to part ways.
Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone and Gabri Veiga are also on the list, while Southampton’s 19-year-old Romeo Lavia has his admirers but Arsenal have reportedly steered ahead in the race for the Belgian.
Ryan Gravenberch emerged as a key target earlier this year and reports claimed in April that Liverpool met with the player’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, who also represents Thuram. Although, there is a reluctance to sell from Bayern Munich, despite the Ajax academy prospect being a peripheral figure at the Allianz Arena last season.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the model of selling-to-buy remains at Anfield after recent seasons and the addition of Jorg Schmadtke, who succeeded Julian Ward as the sporting director at the beginning of June.
A player who is attracting interest, who Reds will be able to catch at the U21 European Championships in Georgia and Romania, is the aforementioned Veiga. The Spanish youngster has courted interest from his homeland and from the Premier League with Chelsea and Newcastle joining Liverpool in the pursuit, according to reports.
This summer could be the final one for him at his boyhood club and what a way it could be for him to sign off. His goalscoring exploits on the final day of the season not only saw them see off Barcelona but also stay in La Liga thanks to the win.
Reports suggest he could be available for £32m this summer due to his release clause and with the Reds among the clubs front of the queue. In an ideal summer, this would be perfect business to continue the overhaul in midfield.
Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott staked their claims for Liverpool starting positions in various parts of the season, the Liverpool-born man enjoyed an extended run in the first-team towards the end of the term as he featured in 11 successive games.
Jones’s rich vein of form coincided with the Reds securing Europa League football with an 11-game unbeaten run. It’s believed Jordan Henderson will endure a slightly reduced role which adds three more options to the two that could join Mac Allister on Merseyside next season.
The backline that Klopp has at his disposal is ageing with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip both in their 30s. A wildcard exit has been mooted for the Cameroon defender, who arrived as a free agent from Schalke in 2016, with a year remaining on his term and his injury problems at the back end of the season, he could be headed for an Anfield exit. There has been no indication of that so far this summer, however.
Netherlands captain Van Dijk spoke this week about his future in L4 and discussions with the Reds boss, he explained how the finish to the season plus the incoming signings have contributed to motivating him. For that reason, Levi Colwill, valued at £13m according to Transfer Markt, could be the right addition to the Liverpool backline.
Having cut his teeth in the professional game during a loan spell with Huddersfield Town, Colwill shone in Brighton’s historic season that saw them qualify for Europe for the first time in their history.
Prising the defender away from Chelsea will be a difficult task but not entirely impossible as they look to deflate their bloated squad. The Londoners aren’t shying away from business as they continue to monitor talents across the world but Liverpool targeting Colwill, who was called up to the England senior squad for the first time this month, would be a significant piece of business to inject youth alongside Konate in the backline.
In the scenario that Liverpool can work their magic and get their hands on Thuram, Veiga and Colwill, it would be a big step to completing the first steps of the overhaul at Anfield with a dangerous blend already up front.