Liverpool transfer roundup: Rashica update, Reds race Man Utd for teen defender

Liverpool’s insistence that they won’t be doing any big business this summer hasn’t slowed down the transfer chat involving the new Premier League champions.

Perhaps that’s because there are plenty of players out there who would jump at the chance to join Jurgen Klopp’s team, even if there’s no obvious starting spot for them right now.

Of course, the bigger question is probably whether the Liverpool manager would want them in his all-conquering team.

But even if Liverpool don’t go big on senior signings this summer, we could yet see some business to enhance their next generation of stars…

Rashica a drop too pricey

Werder Bremen’s victory in their Bundesliga relegation play-off could spell the end of Liverpool’s interest in forward Milot Rashica.

Jurgen Klopp’s team had been linked with a move for the Kosovo forward, who top-scored for Werder this season.

Kicker (via the Birmingham Mail) claimed his release clause would drop to £13m if the German club were relegated.

However, Bremen beat FC Heidenheim on away goals to hang on to their top-flight status by the narrowest of margins.

Rashica may still leave this summer, but his release clause now remains at £33m – potentially enough to put off certain suitors.

Reds race United for teen

While it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will go big on senior players this summer, there’s no sign they intend to stop strengthening their youth ranks.

The Reds have recruited European youngsters in recent years, with Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg among those to feature in the cups, and the latest name in their sights is Willy Kambwala.

According to L’Equipe, via Get French Football News, Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Sochaux centre-back, who plays for France’s under-16 side.

They won’t be able to complete a deal until he turns 16 in August, but with Manchester United also reportedly keen, it’s one worth keeping an eye on.

Liverpool clinch keeper deal

Liverpool’s under-23 and under-18 squads have been left short in goal following the departure of Daniel Atherton, Shamal George and Kai Mackenzie-Lyle.

However, the Reds have added depth with the signing of 16-year-old stopper Fabian Mrozek.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Pole joins on a youth scholarship deal but will be able to sign senior terms when he turns 17 in September.

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Mrozek, who has played for Poland at under-18s level, joins from the FC Wroclaw academy.

Liverpool still have plenty of options between the sticks, with Kamil Grabara and Loris Karius returning from loan to join Alisson, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher, but Mrozek joins a host of youngsters aiming to be one of the next in line to make the step up.

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