Liverpool confident of beating Tottenham to £35million Nicolo Barella signing

Nicolo Barella has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Spurs (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are confident of winning the race to sign highly-rate Italy Under-21 international Nico Barella.

Jurgen Klopp spent nearly £90million in the summer on midfield reinforcements alone in the shape of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

A serious knee injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in last season’s Champions League semi final first leg win over Roma, allied to the collapse of Nabil Fekir’s proposed move from Lyon, has left Liverpool slightly short of numbers in central midfield.

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Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are both on the lookout for midfield reinforcements (Picture: Getty)The Daily Express claim that Tottenham, who failed to make a single addition to their squad over the summer, have also registered an interest in the 21-year-old.

Serie A giants Milan and Inter are also closely watching developments but the Cagliari is said to favour a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool sold Ragnar Klavan to Cagliari on deadline day back in August and hope their strong relationship with the Italian club could help give them an advantage in a bid to sign Barella.

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Jamie Carragher spots Tottenham’s sly tactic during Liverpool match

Liverpool recorded their fifth straight win of the season at Wembley against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher accused Tottenham’s ground-staff of attempting to give the home side an unfair advantage in their match against Liverpool at Wembley.

The game was originally slated to be the first at Spurs’ new home ground, but multiple delays and safety concerns forced the match to be relocated to the home of the national stadium.

Liverpool dominated the first half and the 1-0 scoreline failed to reflect their stranglehold on procedings with only Gini Wijnaldum’s header to show for an excellent display.

During the break, Carragher spotted the groundsmen watering the pitch, but only the half which Tottenham were due to attack in the second period.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s opening goal (Picture: Getty)

Roberto Firmino doubled the lead after a mistake from Michel Vorm (Picture: Getty)The tactic nearly worked a treat when Lucas Moura scampered away from Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, only to fire his low shot against the base of the post.

Liverpool, however, appeared to put the contest to bed shortly afterwards when Michel Vorm, standing in for the injured Hugo Lloris, failed to claim Sadio Mane’s deflected cross and presented Roberto Firmino with a tap-in.

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Gini Wijnaldum reveals why he chose to join Liverpool after Tottenham talks

Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s opener against Spurs (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum admits he turned down Tottenham to move to Anfield in 2016.

The Dutchman was a man in demand after Newcastle’s relegation and eventually joined the Reds for around £25million.

Wijnaldum scored the opener at Wembley as Liverpool looked to continue their 100% start to the Premier League season with his header crossing the line before it was saved by Michel Vorm.

And the Liverpool midfielder has admitted he spoke to Mauricio Pochettino about joining Spurs before he opted for Merseyside.

Wijnaldum opted for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘I met Pochettino when I left Newcastle. I just felt Liverpool wanted to come to an agreement quickly,’ said Wijnaldum.

‘Tottenham have shown over the years the quality of their players and manager.

‘I see Tottenham as a team like us, wanting to play good football. They are always looking for solutions in the game and play as we do.

‘That’s why people say this is a ‘big game’. In the situation we are in, they say it makes it bigger.’

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Jean Michael Seri reveals why he joined Fulham instead of Chelsea, Liverpool or Tottenham

Jean Michael Seri joined Fulham over the summer (Picture: Getty)Jean Michael Seri has revealed why he joined Fulham this summer rather than Chelsea, Liverpool or Tottenham.

The Ivory Coast midfielder spent three productive years at Nice, with his performances in Ligue 1 attracting interest from a number of clubs.

He was close to joining Barcelona last summer but a move to the Nou Camp fell through.

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While Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were all interested in signing Seri, the 27-year-old has explained why he decided to sign for Fulham.

‘When I played for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, Nice came for me and they really came,’ Seri said. ‘Fulham wanted me the same way.

‘They said, “We want you, come to Fulham.” Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me but they didn’t say, “We want you.”

‘Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.

Promoted Fulham have made a solid start to the new season (Picture: Getty)‘Fulham said to my president, “We want Mica Seri, talk to him if he’s interested because we know Chelsea, Manchester want him and he almost signed for Barcelona but we are back in the Premier League.”

‘My president calls me, he says, “Fulham want you, do you want to go?” I say, “If they want me, they respect me.” The big clubs want me but Fulham show they want me.’

Seri has featured in all four of Fulham’s Premier League games this season and scored his first goal for the Cottagers in the 4-2 victory over Burnley last weekend.

Fulham looked on course for back-to-back wins as they led Brighton but Glenn Murray’s 84th-minute penalty secured the home side a point on Saturday.

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Speaking after the draw, Fulham manager Slaviša Jokanović said: ‘We have mixed emotions.

‘We showed our quality and showed we can play against a solid team. But we made some sloppy mistakes today and paid the price.

‘I don’t want to be too disappointed. We need to look at the positives. This isn’t an easy place to play and we managed to get a point.’

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Liverpool complete transfer deal for England U17 star Bobby Duncan

Liverpool have reportedly clinched a deal for Bobby Duncan (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have secured a deal for England U17 star Bobby Duncan, reports say.

Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard, confirmed earlier in the week that he was to leave Manchester City.

He first signed for City when he was 11 but has been training away from the club for months and said it felt like the right time to ‘fulfill his potential’ elsewhere.

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Tottenham, Juventus and Monaco were all hoping to sign Duncan but Liverpool have won the race to secure his signature.

According to the Daily Telegraph, he will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1 after the Reds paid £200,000 to complete a deal.

‘It’s been an amazing six years at Manchester City,’ Duncan said this week.

Duncan is a regular for England U17s (Picture: Getty)‘It was a difficult decision for me and my family but the time is right for a new challenge and fulfil my dreams and potential elsewhere.’

Duncan is rated as one of the most talented teenagers in English football, having become the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Brazil for the U16s.

The Liverpool-born striker has been persistently linked with a return to Merseyside and looks set to make the move official next week.

Duncan is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard (Picture: Getty)Meanwhile, new Liverpool signing Naby Keita has revealed his shock at being handed the number eight shirt by club legend Gerrard.

‘It was an incredible day for me,’ he told Liverpool’s official website. ‘Gerrard gave me the number eight jersey.

‘When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it. When he came in, I looked and him and said “Wow” because he is a legend.

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‘He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here.

‘If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it’s not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that’s my motivation.’

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son

Heung-Min Son is wanted by Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. (AFP/Getty Images)Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has impressed at Spurs since his £22 move from Bayer Leverkusen nearly three years ago, scoring 47 goals in 139 appearances for the club.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new attacking option with Anthony Martial pushing to leave United this summer, while Jurgen Klopp is also looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

According to Sport1, United, Liverpool and Arsenal all have Son on their summer shortlist.

And the report claims that the South Korea international is open to leaving Tottenham this summer.

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But Spurs hold a strong hand in negotiations as the midfielder still has two years remaining on his contract, and Sport1 claim that the club will demand at least €70 million (£62m) for the player.

Son is currently with South Korea’s squad at the World Cup and is preparing for his nation’s final game group game against Germany on Wednesday.

South Korea still have a slim chance of reaching the last-16 after losing their matches against Sweden and Mexico but they require a victory over Germany.

Earlier this year, reports claimed that Tottenham were ready to offer Son a new contract and an improvement on his current £60,000-a-week deal.

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Liverpool ready to beat Tottenham’s offer to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa

Jack Grealish is on Liverpool’s radar. (AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool have entered the race with Tottenham to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to reports.

Having failed to gain promotion to the Premier League, Villa are now in serious financial difficulty and face the prospect of selling their key players.

Villa value Grealish at £40 million but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made a £20m offer.

According to The Sun, Liverpool have also registered their interest in the 22-year-old and are willing to better Spurs’ £20m offer.

The report also claims that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made Grealish one of his priority targets for the summer window.

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Liverpool already have two new midfielders ahead of the new season in Naby Keita and Fabinho.

But with Emre Can set to leave on a free transfer, Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his midfield options even further.

Earlier this week, Nabil Fekir’s agent also gave Liverpool fresh hope after claiming that the midfielder’s transfer saga ‘is not over’.

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Premier League 2018-19 opening day fixtures in full – Arsenal face Manchester City in Unai Emery’s first game

Manchester City won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points (Picture: Getty)Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title away against Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the division last season, becoming the first side in the history of the competition to reach 100 points.

The game represents a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who will come up against Guardiola and his assistant Mikel Arteta who was also in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger.

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Unai Emery faces a daunting start to his Arsenal tenure (Picture: Getty)

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Arsenal vs. Man City

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Southampton vs. Burnley

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Elsewhere, Manchester United start with a home game against Leicester, while Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield.

Chelsea, who are still to resolve their managerial situation, travel to Huddersfield while Tottenham visit Newcastle.

Promoted Wolves entertain Everton, while Craven Cottage will host its first Premier League game for four years when Crystal Palace travel to west London for an opening day derby.

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How Liverpool have complicated Manchester United’s pursuit of Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham are resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld this summer (Picture: Getty)Tottenham will demand a fee in the region on £70million for Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld, according to ESPN.

Mauricio Pochettino is resigned to losing the former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender, but Spurs believe Liverpool’s world record purchase of Virgil van Dijk in January has changed the goalposts.

Jurgen Klopp sanctioned the £75m signing of Van Dijk and Spurs are adamant Alderweireld should command a similar fee.

The Belgium international’s situation has been further complicated by a clause in his current contract which states he can be sold for just £35m next summer unless he signs a new deal before then.

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Liverpool paid £75m for Virgil van Dijk in January (Picture: Getty)

Clement Lenglet is also said to be interesting Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have made an impressive start to their summer transfer dealings, completing the signings of Brazil international midfielder Fred and highly-rated Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot for a combined total of over £70m this week.

If United fail to agree a deal with Spurs for Alderweireld, Mourinho is likely to switch his attentions elsewhere.

Reports on Thursday claimed United had already made an approach for Clement Lenglet, while Mourinho is also said to be an admirer of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.

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Christian Pulisic’s father directly responds to Manchester United and Liverpool transfer links

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly keen on Christian Pulisic (Picture: Getty)Christian Pulisic’s father has labelled the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League as ‘hogwash’.

The 19-year-old winger has scored 12 goals in 97 games since breaking into Borussia Dortmund’s first-team back in 2016 and is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham are eyeing a move for Pulisic’s services this summer and the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool are also understood to be interested.

The American’s father, Mark Pulisic, has poured cold water on the rumours, but revealed that his son will sit down for talks with Dortmund ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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‘He was linked to Tottenham. Last week it was Liverpool. The week before Man United. The week before this… it’s hogwash,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘He’s linked with a different club every week. I have no idea. His agent right now is working and looking, in close relation with me and Christian, and we’re just trying to see what the best phase of his next development will be.

The American will discuss his future with Borussia Dortmund this summer (Picture: Getty)‘Now is the time that the season has just ended that we’ll sit down with Dortmund, we’ll sit down with, I don’t know whether others clubs are in the mix, [and see what] Dortmund’s idea is and their plans for Christian.

‘But there’s nothing concrete. Right now, Christian plays for Dortmund and that’s where he is planning on playing again next year.’

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – MAY 12: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on May 12, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)While Pulisic’s father refused to rule out a summer move, he stressed his son would make the ultimate decision.

Asked if the United States star should stay at Dortmund, he responded: ‘I don’t know. I wish I had the answer because life would then become very easy. But there’s always change.

‘You can think one thing, then you do it, and at the end of the day it wasn’t the right thing.

‘Football is crazy. You kind of have to go with the flow and make sure the player feels comfortable, whatever the decision is.

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‘There’s no magic formula. Is it right to stay at Dortmund? Who knows. Is it right to move to another club? He might think it is, or someone else might think it is, but it might not be in part of his mind.

‘The only thing we can do is continue to talk with him and make sure he’s always in the loop of what’s going on, present all the facts and the content of what can happen, or will happen.

‘It’s up to the player to make that final call.’

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