Liverpool Look To Splash £200m Before Deadline Day

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Liverpool have left it late this summer transfer window, but they appear to finally be ready to get down to some serious business, with just two days left before the transfer window slams shut.

According to Daily Mail, the Reds are planning to go on the biggest summer spending spree in their history, and are ready to splash a massive sum of £200 million on recruiting players before the close of the transfer window. They are desperate to put up a strong challenge on all fronts this season, and are ready to break their transfer records in order to do so.

So far, they have managed to bring in Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, with the former being signed for a club record fee of £34 million. However, they broke that record yet again by signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita for £55 million, even though he will join up with the squad next season.

They are not ready to end their business there though, and are intent on securing a few more of their top targets in the next two days. One player they are desperate to sign is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, who they have been after for the last two transfer windows.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk.

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The club was dealt a massive blow when the Saints made a formal complaint to the Premier League, claiming that their player had been illegally tapped in order to unsettle him. Since then, Liverpool were forced to issue an apology, and have held off all interest, but it is understood that both club and player are still eager for a move to go through.

If the deal does go through though, it would mean that the Reds would reportedly have to cough up £70 million for him, which is a world record fee for a defender. The player has requested to leave the club too, but Southampton are holding firm on their stance that he is not for sale. Hence, it would probably require the above quoted sum to even tempt the Saints into selling the Dutch defender.

Thomas Lemar celebrates scoring Monaco's second goal.

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Jurgen Klopp has also been after Thomas Lemar this summer, and has made several bids for the Monaco winger, only to see all of them turned down by the French club. Monaco have already sold the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Kylian Mbappe set to follow suit with a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain. Hence, it would require a lot of convincing to persuade the Ligue 1 champions to sell the few remaining stars they have left.

However, that hasn’t stopped Liverpool, who have already seen two bids turned down, but are prepared to offer £75 million plus Divock Origi if that’s what it takes to sign him. The Anfield club has also been targeting Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who is reportedly set to join Chelsea – as an alternative if things don’t work out with Lemar. The Gunners are asking for £35 million for the Englishman, and Liverpool will face a battle on their hands, with their Stamford Bridge rivals in pole position to secure his signature.

Jurgen Klopp has two days to work a miracle, and even if the prospect of Champions League football is tempting for any player, the German may just have left it a bit too late. The next 48 hours will be crucial in defining the quality and depth of Liverpool’s squad for the ongoing season.

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Written by Reyhan Ashley  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.

 

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