Liverpool News Summary: Transfer Blow, Midfielder Set to Leave, Battle For Dutch Defender

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Liverpool ready to sell £48m signing this summer

Liverpool are reportedly planning to sell African midfielder Naby Keita just a year after luring him at Anfield from RB Leipzig.

The 24-year-old versatile midfielder has joined Reds from RB Leipzig in a £48m deal last season and has played 26 games in all competitions.

Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has not been truly amazed over by the Guinea midfielder, however, and reports from Britain suggest that the Reds could try and cash in on his signature.

The Merseyside Reds are supposedly planning to take a £10m on Keita if it means they can get him off their books and sign his replacement ahead of the next campaign.

German duo Dortmund and Bayern Munich are rumoured to have already held transfer talks with agents of the players.

Meanwhile, Liverpool long-term target James Rodriguez has reportedly ruled out a permanent transfer to German champions Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign, leaving his career in limbo giving the chance to Premier League teams to make move for his signature.

The Colombia international attacker has spent the past two campaigns on a season-long loan deal at the Allianz Arena from La Liga giants Real Madrid, where his career unlikely to continue since the return of Zinedine Zidane.

Frenchman’s dogout combined with the arrival of fellow non-EU player Eder Militao, is believed to have ended any hopes Colombian forwrd to play one again for the Los Blancos.

Despite a vast improvement in form at German champions in recent months, though, Spanish media outlet Marca reports that the 26-year-old is not interested in staying at Allianz Arena.

Real Madrid lining up €70m bid for Liverpool's dream target

La Liga giants Real Madrid are lining up a €70million bid for Liverpool long-term target and Ajax centre-back  Matthijs de Ligt, according to Calciomercato reports.

The Dutchman is one of the most highly-rated defenders at the moment, winning the 2018 Golden Boy award earlier last season.

His stellar performances for the Dutch club’s defensive end, captaining the side at the age of just 19 have led the rumours linking him with a switch to top teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Merseyside Reds have been tipped to make a summer move for his signature, as Jurgen Klopp sees him as an ideal partner for Vigril van Dijk in the Reds defensive end with the pair already playing at high level for Netherlands national team.

La Liga giants Barcelona have arguably looked the most likely team to secure the services of talented Dutchman, however, Real Madrid have joined the race for his signature.

With Sergio Ramos not getting any younger, the Los Blancos are looking for his long-term replacement.

De Ligt represents just that, and is seen as someone who could be one of the best defenders in the world in the nearby future.

Ajax are set to have a serious fight on their hands to keep hold their teenage prospect.

Liverpool handed massive blow in their pursuit of 23-year-old Spaniard

Real Madrid head-coach Zinedine Zidane has seemingly decided that Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United long-term target Marco Asensio will spend next season at Santiago Bernabeu.

Spanish winger was once touted as one of the top prospects in world football, however, the midfielder has endured a below-par season for the Los Blancos.

Premier League trio are allegedly monitoring any developments regarding the future of 23-year-old winger. However, Zidane is keen on to keep him at Santiago Bernabeu for the rest of the season.

The manager is quoted by Marca as saying: “I have spoken to him and told him that he will be fundamental to the team, and I want him here with us.”

Spanish winger still has over four years left on his current deal with the Los Blancos.

Chelsea are reportedly in the market for offensive reinforcements ahead of the new season with Eden /Hazard is likely to make the switch to Real Madrid with Zidane is desperate to lure his long-term target at Santiago Bernabeu this summer and Asensio would be an ideal replacement for Belgian superstar if the Madrid club agrees on a swap deal.

Manchester United plan to sell Alexis Sanchez this summer and new forward is needed in order to compete for all possible trophies. next season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are in danger to lose Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, with both of them linked with an exit from Anfield after the end of the current campaign.