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Thursday's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup: Dayot Upamecano, Marcus Thuram, David Alaba

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Liverpool on Thursday, October 29.

The summer transfer window has now closed and attention will begin to turn to January for Premier League champions Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's side brought in Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas during the summer, making for one of their busier transfer windows in the last couple of years.

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

Thursday morning's Liverpool transfer talk news roundup:

Paul Scholes urges Manchester United to sign Dayot Upamecano

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano pictured on August 13, 2020© Reuters

RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano would be an ideal signing for Manchester United, according to the English club's former midfielder Paul Scholes.

The France international is widely expected to leave Leipzig during next summer's transfer window, and United are said to be firmly in the hunt for his services.

Upamecano could not prevent Leipzig from suffering a 5-0 defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Scholes has urged the 20-time English champions to move for the 22-year-old in 2021.

"This is the type of defender I think United need, he's very different to [Harry] Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof," Scholes told BT Sport. "He absolutely loves one-on-ones, he loves getting down that channel because he knows he's gonna beat them. It's very much the same as what Rio [Ferdinand] used to do, what Jaap Stam used to do.

"It frees the rest of the team to worry about attacking play, because you know you've got a centre-half who is going to defend and he'll do it all day."

Upamecano, who has also been linked with Liverpool, will allegedly have a €42m (£38m) release clause in his contract next summer.

Liverpool 'given green light to move for David Alaba'

Bayern Munich's David Alaba pictured with the DFB-Pokal trophy in July 2020© Reuters

Liverpool have reportedly identified Bayern Munich defender David Alaba as a leading target.

The 28-year-old remains a key figure for treble-winning Bayern but his contract is due to expire next June, and the latest round of talks over an extension are believed to have broken down.

As it stands, Alaba would be free to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, while he could also potentially leave the Allianz Arena at the start of 2021 for a reduced fee.

A number of clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus, were linked with the Austria international during the recent transfer window.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool have now identified Alaba as a leading target, with the Reds given the green light to launch a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp's side currently have severe issues in the middle of their defence with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip on the sidelines.

Alaba has played the majority of his career as a left-back but has since developed into a central defender, with all seven of the Austrian's outings this season coming in that area of the field.

More transfer news from Liverpool:

Lucien Favre: 'Manchester United speculation could have harmed Jadon Sancho form'
Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admits that the transfer speculation surrounding Jadon Sancho over the summer could have played a role in the attacker's slow start to the season. Read more.

Liverpool 'interested in signing Marcus Thuram'
Liverpool are interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Marcus Thuram during next summer's transfer window, according to a report. Read more.


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