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Calafiori BOOST, Rabiot FREE, Kelleher U-TURN, Summer Sale

Calafiori BOOST, Rabiot FREE, Kelleher U-TURN, Summer Sale

Liverpool only have one player available during the summer transfer window in Lille defender Leny Yoro and are hoping he joins Real Madrid.

That’s according to The Athletic’s James Pearce, who claims that the rumour mill surrounding Anfield is currently “in full swing” despite the lack of transfer activity this summer.

It’s not what fans wanted to hear from new sporting director Richard Hughes and FSG’s CEO of football Michael Edwards, with supporters hoping the team improves on last season.

The Reds have been linked with a number of players during pre-season, their first in the post-Jurgen Klopp era, with defenders, midfielders and forwards being the positions most frequently mentioned to be filled.

Contract uncertainty over Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold – whose terms expire in 2025 – means long-term solutions are being sought in defence and on the wings.

However, only the links with Yoro have “real substance”, according to Pearce, and even then the club believe he will end up at Real Madrid.

Yoro, 18, is also out of contract in 2025 and Lille will not want to lose their academy star for anything next summer.

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Liverpool could make THREE signings

Liverpool are set to make a maximum of three summer signings for Arne Slot’s debut season, according to a recent report.

It promises to be an interesting summer for the Reds, regardless of ins and outs, with new manager Slot taking on his first pre-season with the club.

The 45-year-old will take part in his first Liverpool press conference on Friday, having already completed his first interview on Merseyside.

He will need time to assess his squad ahead of the new season, which will be a challenge with many of his biggest stars currently on international duty.

As a result, Liverpool may be more active in the transfer market towards the end of the window, with very little movement so far.

However, any fans expecting a flurry of activity are unlikely to be pleased as Liverpool are preparing to make a maximum of three first-team signings, according to a report from Football Insider.

They suggest that – as should always be the case – Liverpool will only give the green light to deals for the right players, with the potential for three new additions to the first-team squad.

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Official: Rabiot is a free agent

Liverpool’s alleged transfer target Adrien Rabiot is now officially a FREE AGENT after his contract with Juventus expired.

The 29-year-old has paused all talk about his future until after the European Championships, according to ilBiancoNero, with his France side having qualified for the quarter-finals after defeating Belgium in the last 16.

Rabiot will miss the quarter-finals after serving a suspension and Didier Deschamps now has to decide who will replace the midfielder against Portugal.

Last week it emerged that Liverpool were considering a move for the former Paris Saint-Germain star, who has been at Juve since joining on a free transfer in 2019.

The Italian giants are said to have been surprised that their attempts to renew Rabiot’s contract ahead of Euro 2024 have not received a response from the player and his agent, mother Veronique.

Rabiot was offered a new two-year contract, with the option of a third, with an annual salary of €7m, but headed to Germany with his Les Bleus team-mates before responding to Juventus bosses.

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Kelleher returns

Liverpool and Arne Slot are planning to have an ‘A+’ player with them next season. That could change in the coming weeks, however.

The Athletic reports that as of now, Arne Slot is gearing up for the season with Caoimhin Kelleher on Liverpool’s books. The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield.

Those calls were always going to come, but they were forced to the surface when Kelleher made it clear he wants to be a No. 1 goalkeeper. He’s been Alisson Becker’s backup so far – a solid role, but not one that offers much room for growth.

If Alisson plays at an elite level until his late 30s, Kelleher could be in his 30s before he finally earns the No. 1 jersey. That’s not what he wants from his career.

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Therefore, Liverpool are expected to sell Kelleher this summer. if the right offer arrives. The Athletic article mentions a price tag of £25m or, essentially, an asking price of “offer us something too good to refuse for a back-up goalkeeper”.

No one has offered that yet and as a result Liverpool are planning to have Kelleher next season. That could all change in the coming weeks, of course.

Arne Slot will certainly be happy to have him. Alisson and Kelleher are an incredibly strong goalkeeping duo, with Jurgen Klopp having labelled the latter as ‘outstanding’ and ‘A+’ a few times last season.

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Midfielder leaves after four years

Melkamu Frauendorf is leaving Liverpool this summer. He joined as a youth player in 2020 and has struggled to progress beyond that – with just two senior appearances to his name.

His contract has expired and the German midfielder will join Hannover 96 on a free transfer. Frauendorf leaves on good terms with Liverpool, however, as shown in his farewell message to the club.

The 20-year-old posted on Instagram, thanking pretty much everyone involved with the Reds.

“As I enter a new chapter in my career at Hannover 96 Football Club, today is the day to say goodbye and THANK YOU for the four wonderful years I spent at the Liverpool Academy,” he wrote.

“I couldn’t wish for better training conditions, and my special thanks go to my coaches and all my teammates.

“Thank you to all the staff, especially the kitchen staff, for the absolutely delicious food, and thank you to my teachers who helped me succeed in my language classes.

“To all the fans who made it special to represent the Club in the matches: Thank you!

“The hardest part of leaving Liverpool was having to say goodbye to my host family, you are certainly more like family than host parents to me, and I will miss life with you and all the children in the house. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me.

“All the best to everyone.”

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£65m summer sale

The Athletic reports that Liverpool are hoping to raise around £65m by selling three non-first-team players this summer. Of course, that depends on teams paying their asking prices.

Caoimhin Kelleher is the most expensive of the trio. The Irishman has made no secret of his desire to be a No. 1 goalkeeper going forward, something that will not happen at Liverpool unless Alisson Becker leaves.

The Reds will keep him until a big offer comes in, however. The asking price is £25m, but no team has put anything close to that on the table. Nottingham Forest made a bid of around £15m in January, but Liverpool rejected it.

Tyler Morton – Professional photos.

Tyler Morton is another who could leave. Liverpool want £20m for him and RB Leipzig are interested in signing the midfielder after an impressive year on loan at Hull City.

There is still a strong chance that Morton could earn a place in Arne Slot’s plans this pre-season, but Liverpool are open to selling him for a big offer.

Sepp van den Berg is a very interesting one. Again, Liverpool want £20m, but the Dutchman has been very firm in his desire to leave. Van den Berg has even publicly stated that the Reds are putting his career at risk with a high asking price – he is keen to leave for less than that amount.

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Calafiori Impulse

Il Bianco Nero reports that Bologna are currently dealing with the future of defender Riccardo Calafiori. It’s not a straightforward matter, however.

Bologna are keen to keep him – Calafiori was one of the best defenders in Serie A last season, after all. His standout performance for Italy at Euro 2024 has only strengthened their desire to keep the 22-year-old.

But Calafiori is generating plenty of interest from other clubs. That leaves Bologna knowing full well that he will be hard to keep – even if they offer him a new contract.

And so they are setting conditions. One is the new contract, another is that Calafiori will not go to Juventus – the club he has been most linked with. Bologna will not sell to them and the defender cannot ask for a transfer.

In return, they will accept that offers from the Premier League will be too good to refuse. Something in the region of €50m (£42.5m) will almost certainly be accepted and certain English clubs are capable of putting it on the table.

Liverpool may well be one of them.

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