In a surprising turn of events, Spanish newspaper El Nacional has reported that Real Madrid are willing to accept a staggering £90m offer from Liverpool for midfielder Federico Valverde.
The Uruguayan player, who has established himself as an integral part of the Real Madrid squad, has attracted the attention of several top clubs in recent seasons following a string of impressive campaigns in Spain’s top flight.
Valverde’s versatility, technical skills and tactical awareness have impressed many, making him a sought-after asset in world football. Liverpool, known for their smart recruiting, appear keen to strengthen their midfield options and see Valverde as a possible solution.
Although Real Madrid have previously expressed a desire to keep the 22-year-old, financial considerations and a possible need to rejuvenate their squad may have influenced their decision to accept such a significant offer. Should the deal go through, it would no doubt change the dynamics of both clubs and set the stage for an intriguing transfer saga.
However, it’s important to note that neither club have provided official confirmation.
Former Liverpool defender Max Thompson has died aged 66
Former Liverpool defender Max Thompson, who was the youngest player to play for the club for over 30 years, has died.
Legendary manager Bill Shankly handed the youngster his debut against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the 1973-74 season at the age of 17 years and 129 days, in the iconic Scots last campaign in charge.
In a tribute, the club said: “Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the passing of former player Max Thompson.
“Thompson, once the Reds’ youngest ever player, has sadly passed away at the age of 66.
“The Liverpool-born defender joined the club as an apprentice before being rewarded with a professional contract.
“At the age of 17 years and 129 days, Thompson was handed his senior debut by Bill Shankly with a start in the final game of the 1973-74 season, a 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspur.
“That club record would stand until May 2010 when Jack Robinson appeared as a 16-year-old in a Premier League fixture with Hull City”
The Liverpool-born centre-back would feature for the club against Real Sociedad during their UEFA Cup campaign in 1975-76., remaining at the football club until 1977.
Following his time at Anfield, Thompson went on to make over 200 appearances in his career turning out for the likes of Blackpool, Swansea City, Bournemouth, Fleetwood and Swansea as well as loan spells with American outfit Dallas Tornado and Seattle Sounders.
Thompson would return to Liverpool in the early 1990s as a physiotherapist after taking a football injuries course at the historic Lilleshall complex after his playing career.