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Juventus plan £175 million bid for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah – report

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Italian champions Juventus are planning to make a £175 million bid to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah this summer, according to a report. 

Salah is joint top scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 goals in 26 matches. He has also provided 7 assists this season. This follows his 32 goals last season for the Reds.

But Sky News Arabia is alleging that Juventus are lining up a £175 million summer bid for him, which has the backing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

In addition, Spanish news site Don Balon go on to say that there could be a vacancy in Juve’s forward line this summer if Paolo Dybala is sold. There have been rumours that Dybala could be on his way out – possibly to the Premier League – for some time, but there has yet to be anything concrete to back that up.

If – and it’s a big if – the deal were to go through, it would make Salah the second most expensive signing in history, behind Neymar’s £198 million deal to leave Barcelona for PSG.

However, Liverpool will not want to lose their talisman and would surely fight hard to keep him and offer new terms.

Don Balon add that Juventus are also looking at Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, who would seem to be a more realistic target as he could be moved on as Los Blancos are expected to have a major rebuild of their playing staff this summer.

This could well be just speculation – Juventus have ambition but are also generally realistic with their transfer business, as they showed by securing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a pre-contract earlier this week.

Manchester United join race to sign PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot

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Manchester United are the latest Premier League club to be linked with wantaway Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

United are believed to be looking for a defensive midfielder this summer, having sold Marouane Fellaini last month and players such as Fred seemingly out of favour. Spanish news outlet AS has reported that United are now looking to Rabiot as an option.

However, they will face stiff competition to sign the 23-year-old. Premier League rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been rumoured to be keeping tabs on Rabiot, as have Spanish giants Barcelona.

Rabiot seems certain to leave PSG in the summer. He has refused to sign a new deal and his current contract expires in the summer. His situation has led to him being banished from the first team by manager Thomas Tuchel – his last appearance was on December 11 in a Champions League tie against Red Star Belgrade.

However, he has been included in PSG’s 23-man Champions League squad for the knockout stages – and they face United in a last 16 tie tonight.

Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City chase Ajax star Mattaijs de Ligt

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A host of clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona are all chasing a summer deal for Ajax star Mattaijs de Ligt this summer. 

De Ligt has become one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe after a series of fine displays in the Eredivisie and Champions League this season.

The 19-year-old has also broken into the Dutch national side and played a part in helping them to the Nations League semi-finals, which will take place later this year.

It seems certain that Ajax will cash in on the Dutchman this summer and there could be a bidding war for him. His club have valued him at £50 million.

Italian news site Calciomercato speculate that Juventus have an edge in the race thanks to their relationship with agent Mino Raiola, who represents de Ligt.

They say that Raiola doesn’t have such a good relationship with Barcelona. Likewise, it is thought that English clubs also do not want to deal with Raiola. For instance, he has fallen out with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the past, notably when Zlatan Ibrahimovic quit Barca during Guardiola’s spell as boss there.

Liverpool meanwhile may want to pair de Ligt with his international team-mate Virgil van Dijk – and that could be a lure for him.

However, with such a prospect on offer, English clubs may yet do business with Raiola, as it is thought de Ligt is an admirer of the Premier League.

Liverpool have £61.3 million bid for Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne rejected – reports

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Premier League title chasers Liverpool have had a €70 million (£61.3 million) bid for Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne rejected, according to reports in Italy.

Liverpool have been rumoured to be interested in signing Insigne before, but now they have firmed that interest up with a bid with a view to a summer transfer, according to La Repubblica in Italy.

Napoli are currently 2nd in Serie A, and Insigne has had a major role in the side’s success this season. The Italian international has played 19 matches and scored 8 goals, with a further 5 assists.

La Repubblica added that the bid was made through agent Mino Raiola to Insigne’s father, rather than directly to Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Nevertheless, De Laurentiis has said no to that offer, saying that the player is worth €150 million (£131.6 million).

While Insigne has a contract with Napoli that runs until 2022 and, at 27 years of age, is at the peak of his career, De Laurentiis can justifiably ask for top dollar for his start striker. However, Liverpool would likely refuse to pay that much for the player – only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have commanded higher transfer fees than the amount De Laurentiis quoted.

However, the amount quoted could just be a tactic to put clubs off trying to buy Insigne.

Whether Liverpool will come back with an improved bid remains to be seen.

All the factz on West Ham United v Liverpool, including which TV channel its on

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The final match in this round of Premier League fixtures sees West Ham United take on Liverpool at the London Stadium. 

A win for the Reds would take them 5 points clear of Manchester City again at the top of the table. Meanwhile a win for the Hammers will lift them into the top half of the table.

The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

Here are the factz you need to know:

* Liverpool have scored 4 goals against West Ham on each of the last 4 occasions they’ve met. There have been 2 4-0 wins and 2 4-1 victories.

* The Hammers are going for their 3rd consecutive win at the London Stadium in all competitions – something they have never yet done.

* Liverpool have won 8 of their last 10 PL matches. They have lost 1 – to Manchester City – and drew against Leicester last time out.

* West Ham have won 6 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3 and drawing 1.

* The Hammers are late starters – 17 of their last 20 PL goals have come after half time.