Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.
Gnabry could pass Mané on the way out
Sadio Mané is officially a Bayern Munich player. For the Liverpool fans who were not already reeling at the news, seeing him decked out in another team’s colours (admittedly also red) was the gut punch that finally drove home the reality.
But it may not all be bad news. Among Mané’s new teammates is Serge Gnabry, who is in a very similar position to the one his latest colleague just left behind. With a contract expiring in 2023 and no sign of a renewal, his future is very much up in the air.
Bayern Munich are still hoping to keep him, but are aware that it may not be possible. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić, who was heavily involved in the recent negotiations with Liverpool, has broached the subject:
“We really want to keep him. I hope that he chooses Bayern. If a player doesn’t want to decide for the club, then we can find a solution that makes everyone happy.”
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And the ECHO report that Gnabry is believed to be a ‘player of interest’ to Jürgen Klopp, with the move a ‘serious proposition’ in light of the uncertain futures of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Should a move materialise, it is likely to be a free transfer, so the prospect of a de-facto swap with Mané is remote. But at 26, Gnabry could still come in and refresh the front line even if he joined Liverpool next summer.
Liverpool want Mount
Liverpool and Manchester City have reportedly both made ‘discreet’ offers to Mason Mount this summer. That’s according to Sky Sports, citing the Daily Express, in a roundup of the window so far.
The Chelsea midfielder is contracted until 2024. As Liverpool know all too well, two years left on a deal can quickly turn into one year, which can quickly become a crisis.
Transfermarkt currently values Mount at £67.5m, although Chelsea would likely demand more to countenance a sale to a direct rival. Nevertheless, that market value will keep on falling unless the contract situation is resolved, and it is not hard to see why Liverpool might be monitoring the situation.
Along with Jarrod Bowen (also linked with Liverpool) and Salah, Mount was one of just three players to hit double figures for both goals and assists in the Premier League last season. An eager presser with a creative streak, he would slot neatly into Klopp’s midfield.
Sterling still wants Anfield return
Something must be in the air at Chelsea when it comes to intra-division dealings. While Mount is being linked away, Raheem Sterling is apparently firmly on the incoming radar.
Yet this is reportedly not the first choice of destination for the Manchester City star. According to Robin Bairner, a freelance journalist regularly featured on Goal and Football Transfers, Sterling’s preference this summer is a move to Liverpool.
It seems he may already have given up on this ambition, with Chelsea or Barcelona looking like the only realistic suitors. But Sterling is said to have gone as far as enquiring about the possibility of a return to Liverpool, only to be knocked back.
The move is now said to be ‘off the table’, and it is hardly surprising. Sterling returning to Liverpool would have been the most sensational transfer of the last decade or more, given the combination of the history and the fierceness of the current competitive rivalry with Manchester City. Nevertheless, it is proof that Anfield is one of the most attractive destinations around — a far cry from when the winger pushed for a switch to the Etihad in the first place.
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