Wrapping up the Liverpool transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Sterling signing for Chelsea – but Liverpool were interested
Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea and confirmation of his move from Manchester City is now imminent, however, it has emerged Liverpool were one of the clubs interested in the England international.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and Jurgen Klopp’s side had all shown interest in Sterling, who forced through a transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City back in the summer of 2015.
Liverpool in talks with Gomez over new contract
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is in talks over a new contract at Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp looks to stave off interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.
Gomez’s current deal still has two years left to run, but Sky Sports News has been told it is a top priority for new sporting director Julian Ward to secure Gomez’s future.
Reports elsewhere suggest Aston Villa are at the head of a group of clubs interested in signing Gomez, but there has so far been no contact from anyone at Villa Park.
Klopp and his coaching staff consider Gomez to be England’s best centre half, and even though he has struggled for game-time since recovering from a serious knee injury two years ago, he is still very much part of Klopp’s plans.
Gomez found himself predominantly deputising for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right back last season, but Liverpool still see him as offering competition to Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip to partner Virgil Van Dijk at centre back.
Salah signs three-year Liverpool deal
Mohamed Salah has ended speculation about his Liverpool future by signing a new three-year contract.
The Egypt forward contract was due to expire in the summer of 2023, but his fresh terms in excess of £350,000 a week, makes him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
The three-year deal still fits into the club’s sustainable wage structure and is incentivised with scoring bonuses.
Julian Ward jetted out to meet Salah, who is on holiday, to finalise the paperwork and FSG president Mike Gordon was instructive in negotiations with the forward’s Ramy Abbas Issa.
Monaco complete Minamino signing for £15.5m
Monaco have completed the signing of Japan forward Takumi Minamino from Liverpool in a deal worth £15.5m (€18m).
The fee is an initial £12.9m (€15m) plus a further £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons.
Minamino, 27, signed from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020 and played 55 times for Liverpool, scoring 14 times.
Chelsea to approach ex-Liverpool sporting director
Chelsea are expected to engage Michael Edwards over their sporting director vacancy with owner Todd Boehly previously referencing Liverpool as a “great model” for success.
The man who helped reshape the recruitment of the Merseysiders and constructed Jurgen Klopp’s world-class squad with smart, analytical-powered transfers, departed Anfield this summer after 11 years.
A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe’s powerhouse teams – Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain specifically – as well as hedge funds and billionaires wanting to buy clubs and have him run them.
Mane joins Bayern in £35m deal
Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £35m.
Sky in Germany understands the 30-year-old has signed a contract with the German champions until 2025.
Bayern will pay an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances, and will pay another £2.5m based on individual and team achievements.
The deal eclipses what Liverpool paid for Mane – £31m plus £2.5m in add-ons – with Southampton not getting any additional money.
Liverpool sign Aberdeen’s Ramsay
Liverpool have completed the signing of Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay for £6.5m.
The Reds are paying an initial £4m up front with a further £2.5m coming in the form of add-ons.
The 18-year-old recently travelled to Liverpool to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical. The defender has signed a five-year deal at Anfield and will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad for pre-season. Liverpool have no plans to loan Ramsay out.
Liverpool complete Nunez deal
Liverpool have completed the transfer of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in a deal worth up to €100m (£85m).
The Portuguese club, who announced the deal in the early hours of Monday morning, say Liverpool will pay an initial €75m (£64m), with add-ons amounting to €25m included in the deal.
The transfer is subject to the 22-year-old Uruguay international agreeing personal terms with Liverpool and completing a medical.
Cherries approach Liverpool over Phillips loan
Bournemouth have made an approach to Liverpool about taking Nat Phillips on loan for the season.
Liverpool are currently weighing up the offer for Phillips, who also spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth
Who have Liverpool been linked with?
Adrien Rabiot – Juventus have turned their attentions to Roberto Firmino as part of any swap deal with Liverpool for Adrien Rabiot, having previously wanted to include Naby Keita in the transfer (The Independent, July 1).
Jude Bellingham – Real Madrid have identified England youngster Jude Bellingham as their priority target for next summer (Daily Mail, June 28); Liverpool are confident they will be able to sign Bellingham next summer (The Sun, June 27); Jurgen Klopp will wait until next summer to move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham (The Sun, June 17).
Christopher Nkunku – Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig – that includes a £51.6m release clause – despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (June 23).
Nicolo Barella – Liverpool could be set to offer Naby Keita in exchange for Inter Milan midfielder Barella (Daily Express, June 20).
Jude Bellingham – Liverpool are confident they will be able to sign Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer (The Sun, June 27); Jurgen Klopp will wait until next summer to move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (The Sun, June 17).
Kalvin Phillips – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to rival Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola this summer in the battle to land Kalvin Phillips from Leeds (Daily Mirror, June 6).
Raphinha – Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer (Daily Mirror, June 7); Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Leeds forward Raphinha because of doubts over Sadio Mane’s future, and are considering an offer which would include them sending Takumi Minamino to Elland Road (Sunday Mirror, June 5).
Arnaut Danjuma – Manchester United and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head for the signing of Villarreal forward Danjuma after Newcastle pulled out of the race (Daily Express, June 4).
The latest players linked with a Liverpool exit
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool are planning talks with Roberto Firmino and his representatives in the next few weeks to gauge his interest in staying at the club, with the likelihood of cashing in on him this summer if he indicates he would like to pursue a new challenge, potentially at Juventus (Sunday Mirror, July 3).
Owen Beck – Liverpool’s promising left-back Owen Beck is a loan target for Portuguese top-flight club Famalicao (The Sun, July 4)
Joe Gomez – Aston Villa are pushing forward in their efforts to sign the Liverpool defender this summer (Daily Express, June 30).
Neco Williams – Liverpool have turned down Nottingham Forest’s opening offer for Williams as they are holding out for the £15m price tag they recently attached to him (Daily Mail, June 30); Fulham are preparing a £10m bid for Liverpool defender Williams as they look to fend off Nottingham Forest and Southampton (Daily Mail, June 21); Liverpool’s £15m rated full-back Williams is a target for Nottingham Forest but Fulham, Southampton and PSV have also made offers (Daily Mail, June 20).
Ben Davies – Out-of-favour Ben Davies looks to have been offered a surprise career lifeline at Liverpool this summer in pre-season amid speculation over a move to Celtic (Daily Record, July 6); Celtic have ‘made contact’ with Liverpool over a potential move for Davies this summer as Parkhead chiefs revive their interest in the centre-back (Daily Record, June 23).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a surprise stance on Oxlade-Chamberlain as he would reportedly prefer to lose the star for free when his contract expires next summer rather than cash in on him now (Sunday Express, June 19); Liverpool will listen to offers of just £10m for Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Manchester United and West Ham thought to be interested (The Sun, June 13).
Nathaniel Phillips – Liverpool are considering sanctioning defender Nat Phillips’ return to Bournemouth on loan next season (Sunday Mirror, June 12).
Caoimhin Kelleher – Kelleher will hold discussions around his Liverpool future after the June block of internationals, with the goalkeeper admitting that he is “not sure” if he will be moving on from Anfield to play regularly next season. (Daily Mirror, June 7).
Confirmed Liverpool signings
Calvin Ramsay – Aberdeen, £6.5m
Darwin Nunez – Benfica, £85m
Fabio Carvalho – Fulham, undisclosed
Confirmed Liverpool departures
Divock Origi – released
Loris Karius – released
Sheyi Ojo – released
Ben Woodburn – Preston, free
Elijah Dixon-Bonner – released
Luis Longstaff – released
Sean Wilson – released
Conor Bradley – Bolton, loan
Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich, £35m
Adam Lewis – Newport, loan
Billy Koumetio – Austria Wien, loan
Takumi Minamino – Monaco, £15.5m
Marcelo Pitaluga – Macclesfield, loan
Vitezslav Jaros – Stockport County, loan
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