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Liverpool make world record £62 million bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

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Liverpool have offered Italian side Roma £62 million for Alisson – which would be a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Roma are reported to be considering the bid, but want a fee closer to £66 million, according to reports.

Alisson played for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia – ahead of Ederson, who plays for Manchester City – and acquitted himself well, keeping three clean sheets. The 25-year-old put in a string of impressive performances for Roma in Serie A and the Champions League last season as well.

Liverpool have been long rumoured to have had an interest in Alisson, but this is the first time they have made a formal offer. The number one position at Anfield has been subject for question for some time, but especially after current keeper Loris Karius made two high-profile errors in the Champions League final, although he was later found to be suffering from concussion at the time.

The current world record fee for a goalkeeper is the £35 million City paid for Ederson last summer – although Gianluigi Buffon’s transfer to Juventus in 2001 was for a reported euro53 million – but at the time it was worth £32.6 million.

Former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres joins Japanese side

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Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker has left European football and joined J-League side Sagan Tosu.

Torres, 34, was a free agent after his contract expired at the end of last month and Atletico decided not to renew it. Despite offers from Europe, he decided to follow fellow veteran Spanish international Andres Iniesta and head to Japan.

“I have had offers from France, Germany and even one from Spain but at no point did I ever think about going to another European team,” Torres said. “I wanted a new challenge in a completely different place.”

Torres scored 126 goals in 314 matches during his eight-year spell in the Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, winning the Champions League with the latter in 2012. He was also part of Spain’s World Cup and European Championship winning sides in 2010 and 2012.

Paris St-Germain want Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in world record move – reports

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French champions Paris St-Germain are reported to want to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for £240 million, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo has claimed that PSG are looming for reinforcements as they bid to finally win the Champions League and have Coutinho on their radar.

A move could unite Coutinho with his international team mate Neymar, who PSG are desperate to keep happy amid rumours he may want to leave the French capital.

Mundo Deportivo claim PSG have contacted Coutinho’s agent but not Barcelona.

However, there are several major stumbling blocks to be overcome if a deal were to happen. Firstly, Barca have no intention of selling a player they only bought from Liverpool in January for £142 million. There is also a release clause of £350 million in Coutinho’s contract.

Secondly, PSG are still under investigation for Financial Fair Play breaches after they bought Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer for about £366 million – although Mbappe was only brought in on loan initially, with the deal being completed this summer.

If found guilty, PSG may have to sell one of their striking stars.

There are also reports that Neymar wants to leave, with Real Madrid said to be interested in taking him to the Spanish capital.

Manchester United and Liverpool considering bids for Tottenham star Son Heung-min

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Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly considering bidding for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min this summer, according to reports from Germany.

Son has been a mainstay in the Spurs side since he arrived from German side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015 and helped the side to successive finishes in the top 4 of the Premier League.

But now German sports outlet Sport1 has reported that Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on bringing the attacker, who was part of the South Korea side that knocked Germany out of the World Cup, to the north of England, although neither club has made a bid yet.
However, whether they could prize Son from North London is another matter. While Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to shuffle his squad this summer and let some players leave, Son isn’t expected to be one of those. In addition, the player has made no indication that he is looking to leave. Finally, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for driving a hard bargain, and wouldn’t consider letting him go unless either club made a huge bid for him.

Liverpool line up huge bid for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio

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Liverpool are willing to pay an astonishing £158 million to bring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio to Anfield, according to reports.

Various Spanish media outlets have reported Liverpool have tabled a ‘firm offer’ for the 22-year-old playmaker.

Moreover, the reports have not been denied by Real Madrid, giving some credence to this rumour.

Asensio is rated as one of the brightest talents in Spanish football, and is already an international for Spain – he is currently at the World Cup in Russia – although he was not a regular starter for Madrid last season.

A bid of this size would be enough to convince Madrid bosses to part with a player of massive potential.

It would also give them the financial clout to make a world-record bid for Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, who would be the marquee signing Madrid are craving as they seek to depose Barcelona as champions of Spain.

Asensio himself is said to be becoming frustrated at his lack of starts at Madrid and could be open to a move.

However, it is not known if new Madrid manager Julien Lopetegui would be willing to sell him. Plus, Asensio has a €700 million release clause in his contract, but it is thought it is only theoretical and a huge bid such as Liverpool’s could be enough.

If – and it’s a big if – he deal happens it will be the second largest in history, behind only the £200 million PSG paid Barca for Neymar last summer.