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Saturday's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup: Declan Rice, Vinicius Junior, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Liverpool on Saturday, January 23.

The January transfer window is now open, with Liverpool continuing to be linked with a host of big names.

Jurgen Klopp has been forced to contend with a crippling injury crisis during the first half of the season, leading to speculation that the Premier League champions could move for a new defender this month.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Anfield.

Saturday morning's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup:


Report: Arsenal, Liverpool pushing to sign Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring against Levante on October 4, 2020© Reuters

Premier League pair Arsenal and Liverpool are both in the running to sign Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid, according to a report.

The Brazil international has scored just three times in 23 games for the Spanish giants this term, 10 of those appearances being starts.

Spanish outlet Diario Madridista suggests that Madrid are looking to offload the 20-year-old this month in order to free up funds to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

Ironically, it is claimed that Mbappe's club Paris Saint-Germain have showed an interest in signing Vinicius, who has spent three seasons at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be weighing up a move, with the Reds having previously reached out to the player's agent regarding a transfer last summer.

The Gunners could pull off a double raid on Los Blancos as Martin Odegaard is also believed to be high up on their list of January targets.



West Ham United slash Declan Rice asking price to £50m?

West Ham's Declan Rice on January 1, 2021© Reuters

West Ham United are prepared to accept a cut-price offer of £50m for midfielder Declan Rice this summer, according to a report.

The England international is rumoured to have come close to joining Chelsea last year, only for the Blues - where he spent time as a youngster - to pull out of a deal.

Chelsea are still in the running to sign Rice at the end of the campaign, while fellow Premier League heavyweights Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are also supposedly keen.

West Ham were holding out for close to £80m last summer, but 90 min claims that the Hammers will settle for a far lower amount in the next window.

It is suggested that United are keen to recoup some money given the large amounts lost through ticketing sales and sponsorship deals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rice's father Sean is rumoured to have taken over as the holding midfielder's agent, meanwhile, meaning that all clubs will have to deal directly with him should they match West Ham's valuation.


More transfer news from Liverpool:

Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United 'join Chelsea in race for Declan Rice'
A report claims that Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United. Read more.

Liverpool 'will prioritise Virgil van Dijk deal over Mohamed Salah'
Liverpool want to sign Virgil van Dijk to a new long-term contract before addressing the future of Mohamed Salah, according to a report. Read more.

Kylian Mbappe confirms talks over new Paris Saint-Germain contract
Kylian Mbappe reveals that he is in talks over a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain but is yet to make a decision on his future. Read more.

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