Sofian Amrabat is one of many midfielders interested in a move to Liverpool and the Fiorentina director has opened up about the rumours.
The January transfer window is four weeks away, but Liverpool’s pursuit of a new midfielder has intensified in recent days.
The Reds could take advantage of the World Cup as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen this area in the upcoming window. Arthur joined the Reds on deadline day from Juventus, but the Brazilian will be sidelined until the New Year due to injury.
This has seen Liverpool linked with players who impressed at the tournament in Qatar, including Jude Bellingham and Sofyan Amrabat. Amrabat has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs following his group stage appearances for Morocco. Meanwhile, Amrabat helped the Africans top Group F. Bellingham, meanwhile, remains at the top of the Reds’ wish list.
These are the latest rumors to emerge from Anfield.
Fiorentina captain at Amrabat
Fiorentina director Prade has weighed in on rumors that Sofyan Amrabat will move to Liverpool in the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old has started all three of Morocco’s World Cup group games, with the Africans impressing as they topped Belgium and Croatia. As Amrabat played a key role in keeping Kevin de Bruyne quiet on Sunday, they overcame the odds, a remarkable achievement.
Meanwhile, Prade has revealed he has no intention of selling the player as Liverpool plan to make an ambitious bid for Amrabat. “We want to keep Amrabat here, there are no plans to sell him. We have the option to extend his contract next year, there is no rush – he is part of our plan.”
However, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim that the pay rise could turn Amrabat’s head and highlight the Champions League football on offer for Liverpool. The midfielder earns just €1.8m at Florence and could earn more if he moves to Anfield.
Klopp’s agent played down the German’s comments
Jurgen Klopp’s agent Mark Kosike appears to have ruled out Liverpool manager Hansi Flick being appointed Germany manager after missing the World Cup.
The Germans finished third in Group F with just four points from three games, while Japan topped their group with six points and Spain second on goal difference. A 4-2 win over Costa Rica on Thursday was not enough for Flick’s side as they crashed out of contention again at the group stage.
Flick has come under increasing criticism and his position is expected to be reviewed next week as the Germans look back on what went wrong in their disappointing World Cup campaign. This is the second tournament in 2018 in which the Germans failed to advance.
Klopp has been linked with the Germany job if Flick were to lose his job, but Kosike appeared to shut down those rumors by saying the 55-year-old “intends to complete” his contract with Liverpool. Klopp signed a new two-year contract in April that will see him through to the end of the 2025/26 campaign, his 11th season at the club.
“It’s a media thing,” Kosike told Sky Germany. “Jurgen has a contract until 2026, and he intends to fulfill that contract,” he said.
The Reds are about to lose the Laimer race
Liverpool are set to make a move to Bayern Munich after losing out in the race for RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer.
The midfielder is the latest man Anfield have discovered as they anchor themselves in the middle of the park. With the player out of contract at the end of the current campaign, the Reds made inquiries in the latter stages of the summer.
Leipzig are keen on a better deal for Laimer, but the Austrian is unwilling to extend his stay at Red Bull and could sign a pre-contract in January. Bayern have put an offer on the table until 2027 as Julian Nagelsmann looks to strike again at his former club.
Liverpool were also joined by Chelsea in the transfer race, but it looks as if both teams will miss out. Laimer did say “nothing has been decided” when quizzed on his future recently, but it looks increasingly likely that a switch to Bavaria will occur, as per Sky in Germany.