£36M Werner move, De Ligt deal, Pulisic, £108 million Koulibaly in Man United, Liverpool Wednesday news and gossip
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Reports have claimed Liverpool are ready to make a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, if he rejects a new contract from the German side.
The young striker is fast becoming one of the most sought after players in Europe, after impressing at RB Leipzig since making his debut back in 2016, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close eye on his development as he looks to add some depth to his ever impressing squad.
And his interest has reportedly grown this season after Werner started the new campaign in fine fashion with an impressive eleven goals already, making him one of the leading scorers in the Bundesliga, while also showing Europe just what talent he possesses.
Leipzig are desperate to keep hold of their prized asset and are trying to convince the German to sign a big five-year deal to stay put, But accoridng to Bild, Werner is hesitating and believes he is ready to make the next step in his career.
Werner stated in the summer that in order for him to become a world class player, he needs to make the move to a bigger club, he was quoted on the Metro website: ‘To become a world-class player, I’ll probably have to play in an even better team at club level.
‘I want to be honest, Naby Keita hasn’t become world class with us either, he may now be at Liverpool.’
Christian Pulisic has admitted he is looking forward to officially signing for Chelsea at the end of the season.
The 20-year old American is regarded as one of the finest talents in the game, and has been an integral figure for Dortmund over the seasons, making 114 appearances for the German side.
But with the emergence of Jadon Sancho, Dortmund decided there were ready to let the American leave and sign for Chelsea in a deal which will cost the club £56.7 million.
However, as part of the deal he will be loaned back to Dortmund until the end of the season.
Pulisic told Sky Sports: “In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League.!
“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players.
“[I’m] looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team. But for six months, it’s all BVB!
“Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110 per cent commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.
“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.
“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”
Reports have claimed Napoli have told chasing Manchester United and Barcelona they will have to pay a staggering £108m to prise Kalidou Koulibaly away this coming January.
Koulibaly is now considered to be one of the top centre-halfs in Europe, and is dominating Serie A with his powerful displays at the back for the Italian giants.
His performances caught the attentions of former United boss Jose Mourinho, was desperate to improve the back-line believing that was the cause of the clubs terrible start to the new season.
But although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not expected to spend big amounts of money, there were reports United bigwig Ed Woodward was ready to splash the cash and bring Koulibaly to England in a deal worth around £90 million.
But according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is holding out for a fortune, and has told both United and Barcelona that they will now have to spend £108 million to secure a deal for Koulibaly.
Koulibaly recently signed a deal with Napoli that will keep him at the club until 2023, so the Italians have no need to cash in as the player is tied down to the big deal, so they will only do business if United or Barcelona are ready to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in history.
Reports have claimed Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars has accepted Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt will be leaving the club.
De Ligt is one of the most sought after youngsters in world football and is already starting to establish himself as one of the best ball-playing centre-halves in Europe with the Dutch side, despite the fact he is only 19-years of age.
He has already played over 60 times in Holland’s top flight and his performances have caught the attentions of United, who have one of the worst back-line records this season and have already shopped more goals in the Premier League this season than they did in the whole of last year.
Ajax are no fools and have no intention of letting the talented Dutchman leave for anything less than £60 million, believing he has the qualities to develop into the best central defender in Europe.
But despite their fight to keep hold of their star man, Overmars has accepted de Ligt will be leaving the club and is already planning how to spend those substantial transfer proceeds in January.
And according to the Times, United bigwig Ed Woodward is ready to sanction a mega-money deal for De Ligt and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer funds to complete a few transfer deals in order to help get the club back into a top four spot.