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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah a £200 million transfer target Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain

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Liverpool are facing a battle to hold on to leading scorer Mohamed Salah this summer as European giants are lining up to try and poach him – potentially for a world record £200 million fee.

Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona are all reportedly keen on signing the Egyptian, who has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances for club and country this season, according to a report in The Sun.

Salah, 25, has been compared to Argentina great Lionel Messi recently – he has also scored more goals than him this season – for his performances for Liverpool. In his most recent match, he scored 4 goals against Watford.

In the current transfer market, it is thought it may take a world record fee – the current mark was set by PSG last summer when they paid Barcelona £198 million for Neymar – to prise Salah from Liverpool. Selling him for that much would be a huge return on the £34.3 million the Reds paid Roma last summer for him.

However, every player has a price, as Liverpool proved when they accepted Barcelona’s £145 million bid in January for Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, having rebuffed several previous offers from the Spanish side.

Should Liverpool take the money – and it is surely speculation at the moment – they would have enormous spending power, given that they still have about £70 million left in the kitty from the Coutinho deal.

Of course, if Salah went to Real, it would mean they would drop their interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. But then that might mean one of Europe’s other giants would come in for them.

Whatever happens, it seems like this summer will be another one of frenetic transfer activity.

Liverpool target Thomas Lemar as potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool are targeting Monaco’s attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar as a replacement if Philippe Coutinho leaves for Barcelona this month.

Sources in Spain have said Barca are preparing a new bid for Coutinho, and are hopeful that Liverpool will be willing to do business with them, having rejected 3 bids for the player in the summer.

Should Coutinho leave, then Lemar is seen by Liverpool’s bosses as an ideal replacement, according to The Mirror. The 22-year-old French international has been a star for Monaco in the past couple of seasons, and could cost up to £90 million.

But Lemar is also coveted by other clubs, not least in the Premier League. Arsenal tried to sign him in the summer, and are believed to still be interested in doing a deal, especially if one of Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil were to leave. Manchester United and Chelsea are also believed to be keeping tabs on the player.

If Liverpool were to sign Lemar – who is rated as one of the best young talents in Europe – it would take some of the sting out of losing Coutinho.

Barcelona preparing new bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

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Barcelona are preparing to make a new bid for Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, according to reports in Spain.

In the summer, Barcelona had 3 bids for Coutinho rejected by Liverpool. The last bid was for £118 million, although it is believed that included about £30 million in add-ons, such as the player winning the Balon d’Or.

However, Barca retain their interest in Coutinho, despite the fact that he will be ineligible to play in the Champions League, having already appeared for Liverpool this season. It is thought the player himself is still keen on making a move – he had a transfer request rejected back in the summer too.

It is thought that if Barca are to stand any chance of tempting Liverpool’s bosses into selling this month, they would have to increase their offer from £118 million, and drop the add-on clauses.

Another theory is that Barca may do a deal that would see Coutinho make the move to the Camp Nou in the summer – much like the one Liverpool did with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita last summer.

Liverpool are keeping quiet on the rumours, wary of the story turning into a saga again as it did in the summer. They will also not want rumours to distract either the player or manager Jurgen Klopp.

Adding fuel to the fire though, a Nike advert appeared earlier this week – briefly – for Barcelona shirts, which included Coutinho’s name.

It looks as though Liverpool fans are in for another worrying transfer window…

Champions League last 16 draw – mixed results for English sides

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The Champions League draw for the knockout phase has been made, and will see some of the five English teams come up against some of the favourites for the title.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have arguably the hardest draws, facing Barcelona and Juventus respectively.

The three remaining English teams have, on paper, less tricky ties. Liverpool will play Portugese side Porto, Manchester United have drawn Sevilla, and Manchester City come up against Basel of Switzerland.

Of the other ties, the most eye-catching sees two of the tournament favourites face off as Real Madrid take on Paris St-Germain.

The draw in full – dates ties will be played in brackets:

• Juventus v Tottenham (13 February and 7 March)
• Basel v Manchester City (13 February and 7 March)
• Porto v Liverpool (14 February and 6 March)
• Sevilla v Manchester United (21 February and 13 March)
• Real Madrid v PSG (14 February and 6 March)
• Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma (21 February and 13 March)
• Chelsea v Barcelona (20 February and 14 March)
• Bayern Munich v Besiktas (20 February and 14 March)

Barcelona target Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen in potential January transfer swoop

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Spanish giants Barcelona are said to have made Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen their number one transfer target in the upcoming January transfer window.

Danish international Eriksen has emerged as a top target as Barca seek to strengthen their squad, according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon.

Barcelona are also said to be still interested in signing Liverpool’s Phillippe Coutinho and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

Unnamed sources have said that Barca’s management have been tracking Eriksen for some time, and have been impressed with his performances for Spurs this season.

A move for Eriksen may be popular, as Liverpool’s asking price for Coutinho has been a deterring factor for the Catalan club and Ozil used to play for bitter rivals Real Madrid, which could mean that fans would struggle to take to him.

Eriksen has been a star for Spurs for several seasons. In 2016/17 he scored 8 goals and provided assists for 15 more. So far this season, This season, Eriksen has scored 3 goals and made 2 assists in 13 PL matches. He has also made 75 appearances for Denmark, scoring 21 goals.

But Eriksen would not come cheap. He is contracted to Spurs until 2020 and club chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for driving a hard bargain – he would be loathe to see one of the clubs stars leave when the club are still in the Champions League and in contention for a top-four spot in the PL.

In today’s inflated transfer market, Levy would doubtless be looking for at least £100 million for the 25-year-old who could still have his best years ahead of him.

Eriksen himself has previously expressed an admiration for the Catalan side. Last summer he said: ““Barcelona are a great club. I don’t think there are many who say no to Barcelona.”