Liverpool transfer news: Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Jurgen Klopp, Lucas Leiva

TWO clubs are entering the race for Virgil van Dijk, including
Everton who are doing their utmost to outdo Liverpool in the
transfer market.

Plus an update on Naby Keita as Jurgen Klopp speaks on
transfers.

It’s a Liverpool edition of Rumour Mill!

EVERTON, ARSENAL IN FOR VVD

Virgil van Dijk is the transfer saga of 2017.

To add more twists to the story, Everton and Arsenal have
entered the race to sign the Dutchman from Southampton.

The Daily Star has claimed Toffees manager Ronald Koeman
is keen to reunite with Van Dijk, who he brought to
Southampton.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Everton's Ronald Koeman.Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Everton’s Ronald
Koeman.
Source:
AFP

The report suggests Everton are well aware of Southampton’s
£60m asking price and are so keen to add another defender to
their stocks they could just pay it.

Koeman has been monitoring Van Dijk since January over a
possible move to the Blue half of Merseyside, despite the
player preferring a move to Liverpool instead.

But The Express reports Arsenal are another option for
the 26-year-old.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton is in demand.Virgil van Dijk of Southampton is in
demand.
Source:
Getty Images

The Gunners are “preparing to swoop” for both VVD and Celtic
youngster Mousa Dembele to try and fire themselves back
into the Champions League.

They are currently weighing up bidding £45m for the defender,
well off his current valuation.

Meanwhile, The Sun claims Van Dijk could still move to
Liverpool, “after insisting he will only move to Anfield.”

That is a claim The Mirror reported last week.

NABY KEITA LATEST

Naby Keita will be a Liverpool player, says respected
journalist Gabriel Marcotti.

Reports in the UK suggest a Reds bid for the RB Leipzig man is
to be made this week and once Liverpool offer a certain figure,
RB will change their stance on the midfielder not being for
sale.

“I think Liverpool believe that Keita wants to come and they
believe via intermediaries that they have an understanding of
what his terms would be,” Marcotti told ESPN.

Guinea’s Naby Keita.Guinea’s Naby Keita.Source:
AFP

“The problem is Red Bull and Ralf Rangnick have come out and he
said he does not want to sell, Keita’s not for sale.

“Does Keita go and try and force a move? No club wants to keep
an unhappy player.

“There is a valuation where Leipzig are going to sell no matter
what Rangnick says.”

KLOPP OPENS UP ON TRANSFERS

Jurgen Klopp has said he has the “100%” backing of owners FSG
and won’t compromise on his top transfer targets, report The
Telegraph.

“One hundred per cent,” the German said when asked if he was
being backed in the transfer market.

“Ok, I didn’t ask if I could buy Ronaldo or the other guys from
Barcelona but I am absolutely fine with this.

“If they could make it quicker, you can imagine they would be
here and trying. It’s not about money or something like this.

Jurgen Klopp.Jurgen Klopp.Source:
AFP

“It is not about a number (of players). It is about how it fits
together. We will see.

“I felt we already had a pretty good side last year, especially
when everyone is fit and that gives me a good feeling.”

Klopp also admitted the Reds’ transfer dealings were
complicated.

“It is always complicated,” he said.

“I read in Germany that there are still transfers in the
Bundesliga for £5million. You can imagine that happening in
England? No chance. Yet it is similar quality.

“You are in a circle and that is how it works here. It’s not
that we don’t want to spend. It is all about doing the right
things.”

ANFIELD EXITS IMMINENT

Lucas Leiva has been snapped in landing Italy ahead of a
proposed move to Lazio.

Lucas, who spent 10 seasons at Liverpool, will undergo a medical before completing his
£5m switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas
Leiva.
Source:
AFP

A soon-to-be teammate at Lazio has said Lucas will be warmly
welcomed.

“Lucas Leiva is a great player with a lot of experience,” said
midfielder Senad Lulic.

“We have so many young players here that we need someone like
him. We await him with open arms and hope he arrives soon.”

Finally, the Liverpool Echo reports Cameron
Brannagan
is set to leave Liverpool.

The young midfielder has been left out of the travelling squad
to Hong Kong, instead travelling with the Under-23s.

The Independent claims Brannagan won’t extend his deal with
Liverpool as it enters the final year. Stoke, Hull and Derby
are potential interested clubs.

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