Liverpool have ‘free run’ at Kylian Mbappe as Reds told John McGinn price tag

Liverpool are expected to strengthen this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to refresh his squad following last season’s failed Premier League title defence.

The Reds’ drop-off last term was of course largely down to injuries, particularly in the defensive department, and Klopp has already guarded against a repeat by snapping up centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

But the Reds boss is also aware that his squad may need a few tweaks, with pretty much the same players having teamed up together for three seasons.

He must also do without the departing Georginio Wijnaldum, and there’s news below of a potential replacement in Aston Villa star John McGinn.

And there’s also an update on continuing speculation linking Liverpool with Kylian Mbappe as Mirror Sport brings you the latest transfer news.

Liverpool would have to sell players to sign Kylian Mbappe

Liverpool could have ‘free run’ at Mbappe

Liverpool could have ‘a free run’ at Mbappe thanks to Real Madrid’s reported agreement with Erling Haaland.

Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport this week reported that Los Blancos have reached an agreement with Haaland, but must now negotiate a fee with his club Borussia Dortmund.

Dortrmund are expected to demand €175million (£150m) for their star striker – and were Madrid to stump up the cash it would likely price them out of a move for Mbappe.

That could leave the way clear for Klopp’s side to bid for the PSG ace, according to Anfield Central.

But the Reds would likely to have to sell one of their star forwards to finance a deal, with Mohamed Salah having previously been linked with a move away.

Reds told McGinn price tag

Liverpool have been warned off John McGinn with a £50m price tag slapped on the Aston Villa midfielder.

Jurgen Klopp has identified McGinn as a potential replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, and sounded out Andy Robertson about his Scotland team-mate, according to The Athletic.

But the publication says Villa are determined to keep their best players – with the possible exception of Jack Grealish, who could be the subject of a £100m bid from Manchester City.

And Liverpool look likely to be frustrated in their pursuit of the 26-year-old, with talks not even likely to get going unless an opening bid of £45m-£50m is made.

Rising star to benefit from Raphinha snub

Harvey Elliott impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers
Harvey Elliott impressed on loan at Blackburn Rovers

Liverpool have been linked with interest in Raphinha, but Leeds United are hell-bent on rejecting any bids, according to Leeds Live.

And that’s good news for rising Reds star Harvey Elliott, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

The highly-rated 18-year-old scored seven times and notched 11 assists for the Championship club as they languished in mid-table.

And according to, Klopp wants to integrate Elliott into his first-team squad next season rather than bidding for Raphinha.

Atalanta join race for Reds target Botman

Sven Botman has been on Liverpool’s radar of late, but the Lille defender now has new suitors in Atalanta.

The Serie A side have been told they will have to break their transfer record to sign the 21-year-old, who was touted as a potential solution to the Reds’ defensive injury crisis last season.

Atalanta’s previous record spend was €21m (£18m) on Luis Muriel – meaning Botman would cost at least as much.

Liverpool’s interest will have cooled somewhat since they snapped up Konate, but Klopp will no doubt still be keeping tabs on another of Europe’s top young defensive prospects.

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