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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO's Wednesday live blog for your latest Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip. Ibrahima Konate reportedly agrees personal terms with Liverpool, Leicester City want Naby Keita and Ryan Gravenberch linked with the Reds. Send your thoughts to @LivEchoLFC or @TheoSquiresEcho, subscribe to our FREE Liverpool FC newsletter, YouTube channel and listen to our Blood Red Podcast.23:02Connor DunnTop storiesThese tales have caused quite the reaction on the website today and are well worth a read if you've not had a look through them yet!22:30Connor DunnLiverpool 'willing to pay £56m' for Nicolo BarellaAccording to Calciomercato, Liverpool are willing to pay £56 million to bring Nicolo Barella to England, while Tottenham have also reportedtly made their interest known.The Inter Milan midfielder has been very impressive this season and has even earned comparisons to Italy and Juventus legend Marco Tardelli from former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola.As such, Antonio Conte is said to want to tie the 24-year-old down with a new deal and so any deal with the Reds looks very unlikely.Nicolo Barella has impressed for FC Internazionale (Image: 2020 Claudio Villa - Inter)21:36Connor DunnLiverpool 'seduced' by Dusan VlahovicLiverpool have reportedly been 'seduced' by Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.Corriere Dello Sport claim the Reds are chasing the La Viola striker, who is among the top scorers in Serie A this season, while Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested according to TuttosportBoth reports, cited by Sport Witness, claim Fiorentina are desperate to tie the £25million-rated striker down to a new contract after he fired 13 league goals this season - placing him ninth in the Italian top flight's scoring charts despite his side's lowly position of 14th.Vlahovic is contracted to the Serie A club until 2023, and they could face a battle to keep hold of him this summer.Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina 20:37Connor DunnLiverpool face Chelsea competition for GravenberchLiverpool will reportedly face competition from Chelsea to sign Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. The Reds are getting set to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, with the Holland international due to leave the club this summer as his contract expires with Barcelona favourites to sign the former Newcastle star on a free transfer.Gravenberch, meanwhile, is just 18 and has emerged as one of Europe's most promising midfielders this season at Ajax.And it appears there will be a race for his signature as the Daily Express say Jurgen Klopp's side will have to battle it out with Thomas Tuchel's club for the teenager star.Ryan Gravenberch of Ajax (Image: Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)19:40Connor DunnMinamino explains Southampton transfer decision Takumi Minamino has explained how former Southampton player Maya Yoshida helped to guide his temporary move from Liverpool on deadline day.The Japan international admitted he was not expecting to leave the Reds and did not know about Ralph Hasenhuttl's interest until the final moments.He called compatriot and Japan captain Yoshida, who played for the Saints for more than seven years, to help point him in the right direction.“It was the last day [of the transfer window], after training – around five o’clock, I think. Some guys called me, and it just happened,” Minamino said of the deal, which was officially confirmed two hours after the deadline.“I didn’t expect it at all, so I was probably the most surprised of anyone when I got the call.“It was a good feeling. For me it was a good opportunity, and I was getting a positive feeling. I wanted to take this chance, and I came here.“Before the deal was finalised around midnight, I had around 30 minutes to chat to Maya. I asked him about the team, the manager and the players.“He told me everything, he explained some positives about this team. I spoke with Maya a lot.”Minamino said he is really enjoying his time down at St Mary's stadium, with the manager communicating to him in German as he learns more English and players like Nathan Redmond, Ryan Bertrand, James Ward-Prowse, Danny Ings, Moussa Djenepo and Jack Stephens helping him to settle in.And the 26-year-old also explained why he left Anfield.“For a football player, playing is the most important thing,” he told the official club website of his desire to start more often.“Playing more is helping me to get more confidence back as a player. I want to play more; the more I am helping the team and contributing to wins, the more my confidence will grow.“Playing in the Premier League has been a dream for me since I was a child. I am really enjoying getting the chance to play in the Premier League.“I only have a few months left to help the team but I want to work hard and use my full abilities to make sure the team do well and climb up the league as much as possible.“I just want to help the team by scoring and assisting as much as possible. I am an attacking player so it is my responsibility to score and assist to help the team. That is where I am focused.”Takumi Minamino of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match against Leeds United18:35Connor DunnDembele makes future decision as Liverpool linked againEl Mundo Deportivo report that Ousmane Dembele wants to stay at Barcelona.As per TeamTalk, Liverpool are interested in the highly-rated 23-year-old with his contract set to expire next summer and financial trouble setting in at the Camp Nou.However, reports in Spain suggest that manager Ronald Koeman has told the attacker he is part of his plans with the France international outlining his desire to remain with the La Liga giants.Dembele has made 36 apperances this season, scoring 10 goals and notching four assists after overcoming a series of injury problems.Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona (Image: Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)18:03Connor DunnSouthampton interested in 'Neco Williams loan-to-buy'Southampton wanted to sign Neco Williams on loan in January but after an unsuccesful swoop, they've been tipped to return this summer with a 'loan-to-buy' offer.Jurgen Klopp deemed Williams to valuable to release in the winter but that has reportedly not deterred the Saints, with The Athletic stating the Wales international's outings as a left wing-back for club and country have shown a “level of versatility Southampton are keen to explore.”Neco Williams in action for Liverpool (Image: Getty)17:16Connor DunnLiverpool 'approach' Norwich over BuendiaLiverpool have reportedly appoached Norwich City over the availability of Emiliano Buendia this summer.According to Anfield Central, the Reds lodged an enquiry with the Championship leaders and are interested in the 24-year-old winger.Buendia, who rose through the ranks at Real Madrid before switiching to Getafe and then arriving at Carrow Road in 2018, has scored 12 goals and notched 16 assists in 33 Championship appearances this term.Arsenal have reportedly shown interest in the Argentine in the past too - so could be one to watch this summer.Emi Buendia has been very impressive in the Championship for Norwich City this season (Image: Getty)16:39Connor DunnAdrian confirms fresh contract talksAdrian has opened up on his contract situation at Liverpool.The Spaniard is currently in his second season at Anfield, with his current deal with the Reds due to expire at the end of the season.“I have just signed a contract and I am happy in Liverpool. Since I arrived they welcomed me with open arms,” Adrian told Spanish news outlet Marca. “It has been a step forward in my career, not only for getting titles but for being in a great team and training daily with the best in the world.“I am happy here. It is true that this second season personally has been quite irregular.“The club has made me see that they are happy with me. We are in talks, but nothing is clear yet.“It will have to be solved between now and the end of the season. The most important thing is to remain happy and enjoy this profession.“I would like to continue here, but there are quite a few points to clarify and make the best decision for all parties.”Adrian in training for Liverpool ahead of their Champions League game against Ajax (Image: Getty)15:54Connor DunnAdama Traore 'for sale' amid Liverpool linksWolves are reportedly set to put Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore this summer in order to cash in on some of their most valuable assets, according to transfer focused journalist Duncan Castles.Liverpool have been linked with a move for Traore in the past while Neto and Neves are two of Nuno Espirito Santo's most talented players.Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, transcribed by HITC, Castles said: “I’m hearing it’s not just Pedro Neto who is being made available for sale, it’s also Ruben Neves and Adama Traore.“[They are] essentially the three most sellable and valuable talents in Wolves’ squad at present, excluding Raul Jimenez.“Adama is 25, he is contracted until 2023. They want to sell at least one of those for a substantial fee, perhaps more than one, and then reinvest and freshen up the squad.”Adama Traore was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool. (Image: Getty/Liverpool FC)15:24Connor DunnLiverpool 'pursuing' Ryan GravenberchGazzetta dello Sport - via SportWitness - claim Liverpool are 'purusing' Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch.The 18-year-old has already won three caps for Holland and is reportedly seen at Anfield as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who's contract expires this summer.Manchester City and Chelsea are also mentioned in the report as being interested in the teeange midfielder, who has made 37 appearances in all competitions this term and started in each of Ajax's Champions League games.Gravenberh is reportedly being valued at €35m, but having only recently extended his contract in June last year, he could cost significantly more.Ryan Gravenberch of Ajax15:00Theo SquiresLiverpool 'will sign' Kabak permanently Liverpool have decided against making a move for Ibrahima Konate because they would prefer to sign Ozan Kabak permanently.
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.BILD claim the Reds have opted for the Turk as a cheaper option, with Jurgen Klopp able to snap him up permanently for £18m, which would be considerably cheaper than Konate.BILD also explain that Liverpool see Kabak as ‘one of the greatest defensive talents’ in Europe, and as he is already a part of the squad, doesn’t need to get accustomed to Liverpool’s system.LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Ozan Kabak of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on February 20, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)14:40Theo SquiresAshley Cole's advice for TrentAshley Cole has advised Trent Alexander-Arnold what he needs to do to improve defensively.13:36Theo SquiresLiverpool 'won't bid' for KonateNow the other side of the Konate coin.Ibrahima Konate will not be joining Liverpool this summer according to reports in Germany.That’s according to SportBILD, who claim the Reds have told RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff they don't intend to pursue a deal for the Frenchman.BILD insist that while Konate looks set to move on, ‘his new club will not be Liverpool’ as a result. explaining that following the rumours in England, Mintzlaff called the Reds to ask if there was anything in it.He was reportedly told that the defender is ‘currently not an issue’ for the club, meaning they will not be moving for him this summer.Who knows what to believe...Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena (Image: Boris Streubel/Getty Images)13:31Theo SquiresKonate 'agrees terms' with LiverpoolLiverpool have reached an agreement with Ibrahima Konate over personal terms claim Anfield Central.They report the RB Leipzig defender will sign a deal worth £85k a week.However, the report adds sporting director Michael Edwards is still negotiating with RB Leipzig over the payment structure of his fee.I wouldn't be getting carried away about this one just next and our next blog update will explain why...Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig (Image: Boris Streubel/Getty Images)12:27Theo SquiresReferee hits back at KloppJurgen Klopp wasn't particularly taken with the standard of officiating from compatriot Felix Brych.But did you know the refereer hit back at the Liverpool boss?It's in Ian Doyle's moments missed from Madrid here...11:58Theo SquiresMilner's message for fans11:40Theo SquiresKroos shares Madrid game-planToni Kroos has admitted Real Madrid targeted Liverpool's defence last night.The Reds' defensive problems this season have been well-documented after losing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to serious injury.And the German has explained how the La Liga giants preyed on the Reds youthful backline in the trio's ongoing absence.Lot of things went well in the first half. I think we came out very motivated and even concentrated in our game plan and it went well, we tried to attack them very early because we knew the that they also have to change some players because they have some injured players at the back. So, maybe we thought that’s going to be a good chance to win the ball very early and it went well.“And of course when we have the ball, our idea was to keep the ball, keep the possession and play forward. And I think all of this went well especially when we lost the ball, we got the back ball very fast, I think this was one key for this for this great first half.“Yeah, I mean it’s normal, I think that you try to figure out of the rival you know where some points where you can attack them. But it’s not only the point because they had to change some defenders but also that they come not too easily to their front because of all of us now what quality they have and you know in the front so one idea of course was to attack the defenders so that they cannot go easily to the front where they have most of their qualities.”Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is challenged by Naby Keita of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 6 2021 in Madrid, Spain (Image: Angel Martinez/Getty Images)11:23Theo SquiresLiverpool issue statement in response to racist abuse10:58Theo SquiresJournalist silences KloppA miserable night for Liverpool and for Jurgen Klopp yesterday.But this has made me chuckle.10:48Theo SquiresRicharlison taunts LiverpoolRicharlison has been taunting Liverpool again. The Everton forward took to Instagram after compatriot Vinicius Junior scored twice in a 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg victory over the Reds, posting an old photo on Instagram of him posing alongside Madrid's goal-scoring hero, and the eyes emoji.Dave Prentice has the story HERE09:43Theo SquiresKeita linked with LeicesterLeicester City are reportedly monitoring Naby Keita and could move for the midfielder if Liverpool decide to sell this summer.That's according to Football Insider.The 26-year-old has ultimately struggled to make an impact at Anfield because of recurring inuries and has slipped down the Reds pecking order has a result.Meanwhile, he was substituted last night before half-time after a disappointing display against Real Madrid.And the report claims Liverpool could look to sell Keita for £30m this summer, and Leicester would be interested in making a move for his services with Brendan Rodgers a big fan of the midfielder.Naby Keita during Liverpool's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid (Image: (John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images))08:03Theo SquiresPlayer ratingsThese don't make for pretty reading...08:03Theo SquiresKlopp on Keita substitutionSo Naby Keita was canned last night just before half-time.No injury this time. Jurgen Klopp has admitted it was tactical.What does it mean for his Liverpool futue?08:02Theo SquiresKlopp on fan-less Anfield If it's a European night at Anfield but no fans are there to witness it, can it be famous?Well we'll find out next Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp knows it'll have to be if Liverpool are to progress.08:00Theo SquiresZidane on second legBoasting a 3-1 advantage with no fans at an Anfield return, Zinedine Zidane would have every reason to be confident ahead of next week's second leg.But he's taking nothing for granted.07:59Theo SquiresKlopp hits out at refereeJurgen Klopp wasn't happy with the ref last night.07:59Theo SquiresReal Madrid reactionRight, let's get some Real Madrid reaction out the way.Last night was, well, rubbish. I could say worse but this is a family-friendly blog here at the ECHO!Anyway, here's Gorsty's verdict on Liverpool's 3-1 loss over in Spain...07:57Theo SquiresRedknapp makes Kane to Liverpool claimFormer Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp has suggested Liverpool could move for Harry Kane this summer.Roberto Firmino's woes in front of goal in recent months have been well-documented, with the Brazilian even benched against Real Madrid on Tuesday night in favour of the in-form Diogo Jota.And speaking on Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post Podcast, Redknapp believes the England captain could be the answer.“Harry Kane maybe might be a player who is on their radar, who knows how Liverpool might address it.”Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur look on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on November 26, 2020. (Image: Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)07:54Theo SquiresHaaland coach wants Liverpool moveErling Haaland's first football coach wants the Borussia Dortmund star to join Liverpool.The 20-year-old striker is one of the hottest prospects in world football and has been repeatedly linked with a transfer to several elite clubs around Europe this summer, including the Reds.The Norway international has scored 33 goals and provided eight assists in just 32 games for Dortmund this season, which has naturally caused interest to peak around the young talisman.And now, Alf Ingve Berntsen - Haaland's coach at Bryne FK - has opened up on his wish for the player to move to Anfield.Connor Dunn has the story HERECOLOGNE, GERMANY - MARCH 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on March 20, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. 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