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Transfer rumor: Liverpool ‘prepare’ Karim Benzema bid as Philippe Coutinho swap rejected

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The festive fixture list is now upon us with Liverpool currently two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in the table.

Liverpool return to Premier League this afternoon when they take on Wolves, and their recruitment team will have targets in their minds going into the January transfer window.

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Jurgen Klopp had a relatively quiet summer, with Ibrahima Konate, a deal agreed before the end of May, the only major acquisition at Anfield.

Could there be more Liverpool moves on the way in the New Year sales? Here’s a round-up of some of the latest speculation from around the web on the tittle-tattle trail.

Who?

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Where?

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Spanish newspaper El Nacional.

What?

According to the report, Liverpool are said to be among the clubs looking to sign the Real Madrid striker next summer.

The French forward has two years remaining on his deal with Los Blancos and is currently playing some of the best football of his career.

Benzema has scored 12 goals and registered 7 assists in 14 La Liga outings this season, but could be forced out of the club should Real Madrid pull off a move for Kylian Mbappe.

The report claims that the experienced striker may be open to the idea of leaving the club should this happen, with Liverpool listed as a possible destination.

The report adds that the Reds would ‘be willing to offer a virtually blank cheque’ for the 33-year-old, should he become available.

Who?

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Where?

Spanish newspaper Sport.

What?

Manchester City have passed on the chance to land Coutinho as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Barcelona target Ferran Torres.

According to the report, Coutinho has been offered to City as part of a potential deal for Torres in the January transfer window, but the Etihad club have rejected the chance to sign the Brazilian.

The report goes on to claim that the decision had made with the view that any deal for their young striker will be financed solely by money.

Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a club-record deal back in January 2018, but has endured a difficult time in Spain as he struggled to recreate his Anfield form.

Who?

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Where?

Daily Star.

What?

Daily Star columnist Paul Merson believes Liverpool-linked Rudiger is ‘definitely leaving’ Chelsea.

With his contract expiring next summer, the Germany international will be able to talk to teams outside England when the winter transfer window opens on January 1.

And in recent weeks the Chelsea defender has been linked with a move to the Reds, even though Jurgen Klopp is well stocked for centre-backs at the club.

But Merson said: “Chelsea are going to miss Antonio Rudiger when he goes because it will take £60-70m to replace him.

“Rudiger is definitely leaving. If he wanted to sign a new contract he would have done it by now. There’s no chance he stays now.

“Teams will be queuing round the block now to sign him, and someone will pay him a lorryload of money to join them.”

 

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