Klopp told to forget Coutinho, £30m Man United move made, Legend wants £55m ace at Liverpool, Lindelof wants Reds deals done, £200m Salah stunner
Here is a roundup of the latest Liverpool and Manchester United news from icfootballnews
Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp not to pave the way for Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho to return to Anfield this summer
Despite the fact Eden Hazard has been in spectacular form for Chelsea over the course of this season, and despite the fact he has helped the club achieve their goals of getting back inside the top four and win the Europa League, he has decided to leave the club for Real Madrid.
And according to reports in the media owner Roman Abramovic wants unhappy Barcelona star Coutinho to come in and help fill the void of the Belgian when he leaves.
The Brazilian has not made the impact that many expected since his move from Liverpool, and reports in the Spanish press have claimed that he could be sold at the end of the season, especially after the Champions League semi-final loss to the Reds.
Chelsea were looking at the Brazil international in a cut-priced deal, but any move for Coutinho would mean the Blues’ transfer ban would have to be frozen or lifted.
And that led to some speculation in the media suggesting that Klopp to make a move to try and bring back his former star man, in a deal just below the £100m mark.
Klopp knows that he needs to splash the cash in the coming transfer window in order to keep the club moving forward, and despite many fans hating Coutinho leaving for Barcelona, the Brazilian is a creative force.
But Aldridge doesn’t want him at Liverpool and has urged Klopp not to make a summer move for the Brazilian.
“Coutinho left on a sour note as he forced his way out of the club and while he is a great player, I don’t think Liverpool should blow their transfer budget on bringing him back,” Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World.
“None of us have forgotten that Coutinho left Liverpool in a difficult position when he jumped ship mid-way through the season, so we should not give him a simple route back to play for the European champions.
“We all trust Klopp in whatever decisions he makes, but I think adding attacking a top quality attacking option would be the way forward this summer.”
Journalist Duncan Castles has claimed Arsenal have approached Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.
Bailly was signed by United for £30 million two seasons ago and firmly became a may stay in the back-line for the special one last season, as he was the most consistent defender at the club.
However, Ex-boss Jose Mourinho chopped and changed his defence this season as he searched for the best centre-back partnership, and Bailly has barely featured for the club, with the Portuguese boss dropping him from the side.
And his game time has not improved much under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the club legend preferring Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling during his seven wins as boss.
And one club that has been linked with a move is Arsenal according to reports, with boss Unai Emery desperate to strengthen the back-line after in the coming transfer windows with his current defence receiving criticism for some of their performances.
“I know that [Arsenal] have a longstanding interest in Eric Bailly and have approached him to find out if he’d be interested in moving to Arsenal,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“But the question mark in that deal has been: would they have the money to give Manchester United back what they paid to sign him three seasons ago?
“That essentially came down to whether they qualified for the Champions League or not, and when they didn’t, it doesn’t look like they’re gonna have the resources to get Bailly out.
“And Bailly himself has been told that Solskjaer doesn’t want to sell him.”
John Aldridge has urged Liverpool to snap up Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to add to his attack.
Zaha has been linked with Manchester United, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham over the past few months after rebuilding a career that was once dead in the water.
The winger has become one of the most dynamic, creative and exciting wingers to watch in the Premier League and is ready to once again take that next step in his career.
Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing at United as he joined from Palace for £10 million in the summer of 2013, but the 26-year-old was unable to impress David Moyes and made just four first-team appearances during his time at Old Trafford.
But with talks that he wants to play on the biggest stage once again, there has been some talk in the media that Arsenal boss Unai Emery has asked the club for extra funds to complete a £55 million deal for Zaha.
It is no secret that Emery has been given a small transfer kitty to play with, and despite many calls for him to improve the back-line, he is determined to add a winger like Zaha to the squad.
However, Aldridge has urged Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to make a move to try and sign the gifted winger.
“Wilfried Zaha is the one I think he should go for,” he wrote in his Sunday World column.
“With Daniel Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is injured or out of form.
“Zaha has given Liverpool some real problems in the last couple of years and Klopp’s ability to turn talents of his type into consistent performers has to make him the kind of player who could thrive at Anfield.”
Victor Lindelof has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to complete his summer transfer business BEFORE the start of pre-season training.
United once again finished outside the top four spots and failed to gain anymore silverware for the cabinet, with many believing that the United squad is no longer good enough to compete at the very top of the game.
And that has led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media that Solskjaer is looking to follow up the signing of Daniel James with a number of new signing, with the club expected to spend well over £100 million in the coming months.
And Lindelof, 24, insists it is important that they are in place before their preparations for next term get underway.
“Pre-season is very important for the team,“ the centre-back said on the TalkSport website.
“New players come in and meet the group and I think it’s vital, especially this season, that we’re altogether in the beginning and work through things we want to do and the things we want to improve, so yeah I would say pre-season is very important.
“When I had just signed for the club [in June 2017], it was important for me to meet and bond with all the players and staff, see what kind of personalities there are and see how the club worked. I really enjoyed it.”
Liverpool might be tempted to sell Mohamed Salah if Real Madrid offer an eye-watering £200m, according to journalist Jonathan Northcroft.
Liverpool have become one of the most dangerous and exciting sides to watch in Europe under the guidance to Jurgen Klopp, partly down to the qualities of both Salah and Mane.
The two attackers have become two of the best players in their position in world football, and there performances over the past 24 months have led Liverpool to a Premier League title challenge and two Champions League finals.
Liverpool have previously sold Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in recent years and, while Salah is contracted at Anfield until 2023, Northcroft has claimed the Reds could sell for £200 million
“There’s no pressure, there’s no desire at the moment to sell,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“But they are in that nice position now where if someone wants to offer Philippe Coutinho money, which probably wouldn’t be in the next year for Salah, but might come somewhere down the lime, they can present the head coach with the option, ‘what do you wanna do here?’
“And they can also take into account whether the player wants to go, that was a position they obviously found themselves in with Coutinho.
“So let’s say in a year’s time Real Madrid did materialise with £150m-£200m for Salah, the player wanted to go and Jurgen Klopp thought ‘well, that’s a good deal in terms of being able to reinvest in the squad.’ I think they’d be in position to do that and they would have things lined up.”