The five best midfielders Liverpool must target this summer
As Jurgen Klopp and his men begin pre-season preparations at their training camp in Austria, the question remains what other additions Liverpool will make this summer.
The Reds are joined by new center-back Ibrahima Konate as well as returning loan players such as Harvey Elliott.
There have been several reports that Liverpool will not dive into the transfer market until they sell several squad members.
Names such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Neco Williams and Harry Wilson are among the players who could leave Anfield this summer.
It appears the club are eager to replace Georginio Wijnaldum who left Merseyside in May.
Let’s take a look at the midfielder men Liverpool have to target this summer, all of whom have recently been linked with the Reds.
Recent reports in Italy (via Paisley Gates) claim that Liverpool have made an offer of € 70million for the Inter Milan starlet.
Barella played a vital role in Italy’s success at Euro 2020, including scoring in the quarter-finals against Belgium.
Although he needs a big return of funds due to the pandemic, Inter are adamant they will not sell the 24-year-old.
Having won a league and an international title, the Italian midfielder has more than enough pedigree to lead the Liverpool midfielder today and into the future.
Another man who impressed at the European Championships is Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches.
The 23-year-old shone in the center of the park for Portugal despite their surprisingly early exit from the tournament.
Despite being so young, Sanches is quite famous in football circles for his time spent at clubs like Swansea and Bayern Munich.
A string of injuries were a key factor in Sanches’ failure to carve out a place for themselves in England and Germany, but the Portugal international appears to have settled in well with his latest team, Lille.
A club with which he won the league title last season.
Sanches is also priced much lower than other Liverpool-linked midfielders at € 30million.
One man who seemed closer to Anfield than any other player on this list is Spain international Saul Niguez.
The veteran Atletico Madrid has been at the club since the age of 18, making more than 300 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.
Reliable sources in Spain have claimed Liverpool are actively pursuing Niguez and have rejected more than € 40million.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Twitter that Barcelona have reached a swap deal with Atletico against Saul, with Antoine Griezmann returning to his former squad.
With a mountain of league and Champions League experience under his belt and possessing impressive attributes both creatively and defensively, the 26-year-old is the most ideal replacement for Wijnaldum.
Speaking of ideal substitutes, the Leicester City midfielder maestro could add that goal factor that Liverpool have been lacking in recent seasons.
Another man who has just achieved success in silverware, Tielemans scored the winner of the Fa Cup final against Chelsea.
The Belgium international has reportedly expressed interest in joining Liverpool (via Voetbal 24).
Similar to Nicolo Barella, the £ 64million Tielemans Prize is a huge stumbling block for Liverpool.
A deal for the 24-year-old would be a huge addition for Jurgen Klopp’s side but to give in to Leicester’s demands would be foolish in the current climate.
If Liverpool are to build for the future by adding men to join players like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott among Liverpool’s young talent, they should look no further than Ryan Gravenberch.
The 19-year-old Dutch starlet has made waves across Europe due to her rise through Ajax’s ranks.
Gravenberch is a regular holder for the Eredivisie Champions and has won several individual honors over the past year.
He made 61 appearances, scoring nine goals. Although he is unlikely to catch the young midfielder this season, Gravenberch must be closely watched by Liverpool in the coming months.