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Sunday's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup: Sadio Mane, Lionel Messi, Thiago Alcantara

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Liverpool on Sunday, August 30.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Liverpool eye possible reinforcements.

Jurgen Klopp's champions have not been particularly busy during recent windows, but that has not stopped the rumour mill from linking them with additions.

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

Sunday morning's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup:


Liverpool winger Sadio Mane 'open to Barcelona move'

Sadio Mane in action for Liverpool on June 21, 2020© Reuters

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is reportedly open to discussing a transfer to Barcelona.

At a time when Lionel Messi has requested a transfer away from the Catalan giants, talk may soon turn to who will replace the global superstar.

Barcelona's next move will be dependent on whether they are able to recoup a transfer fee for the Argentine, who currently feels that he should be able to become a free agent.

However, reports in Spain suggest that Mane would like to be considered for a switch to Camp Nou in the future.

While the Senegal international has enjoyed four successful years at Anfield, it is claimed that the 28-year-old will want to take on a new challenge at some point in his career.

The report also indicates that Mane's relationship with Jurgen Klopp 'is not as strong' as it has been in previous years.



How Liverpool could line up with Thiago Alcantara

Premier League champions Liverpool continue to be linked with a summer bid for Thiago Alcantara, who has signalled his intention to leave European champions Bayern Munich during the current window.

Jurgen Klopp is understood to have identified the 29-year-old as his top transfer target, although the two clubs remain at odds over a fee for the midfielder, who has just one year remaining on his contract in Munich.

Liverpool have been relatively quiet in recent transfer windows and have only signed left-back Kostas Tsimikas so far this summer, but a deal for Thiago would be their highest profile signing since bringing Alisson Becker to the club.

Bayern have reportedly given Liverpool a deadline by which to make their move, though, with talks progressing at a slow rate so far.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the Merseysiders could line up with the Spain international in their ranks.



LIV XI w/ThiAlc

Liverpool have a great deal of competition for places in midfield already, but arguably none of Klopp's current options possess the same quality as Thiago.

The pass-master would therefore likely be a regular starter for the Reds, which could mean that Georginio Wijnaldum's place in the team comes under greater threat.

Jordan Henderson is the captain and was Liverpool's player of the season last term so his place looks secure, whereas Fabinho has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football.

Thiago is more than capable of performing his role from that deeper position and could replace Fabinho in the XI, but that would also require a slight change in Liverpool's style which Klopp may be keen to avoid following such a successful season.

Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Curtis Jones provide yet more options in the middle of the park too, making that area of the pitch by far Liverpool's most competitive in terms of starting opportunities.

Elsewhere, Klopp's preferred choices look settled - a front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane which is highly unlikely to be disrupted after Liverpool passed on the chance to sign Timo Werner and a back five of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Alisson.


More transfer news from Liverpool:

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Shirt numbers available to Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool
Amid speculation linking Thiago Alcantara with a move to Liverpool, Sports Mole looks at which shirt numbers would be available to the Spain international at Anfield. Read more.

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